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November 19th, 2007


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03:07 pm - Best birthday celebration ever.
This is one of the best stories I've read in a long time.
(11-18) 14:05 PST San Francisco -- A foghorn sounded on the Golden Gate Bridge Sunday morning, followed by the sounds of the big band tune "Hey Big Spender!"

A red and white Capezio tap shoe emerged from the fog, and out popped 75-year-old Michael Grbich of Oakland, who tap-danced his way across the landmark bridge - just because he could.
Not only does it make me feel gleeful, it perfectly embodies the philosophy that really makes me beam inside. It's the eccentricity combined with the attitude that if you wanna do something just cause you can, do it. Imagination plus motivation equals celebration. You have an idea? You wanna tap dance across the Golden Gate for your 75th? Can you do it? Go ahead! Do it! Just because you can. It's that impulse that drives a creative spirit. It feels good to live in that fashion. And don't worry about feeling old or ineffective or whatever, as Mr. Grbich also believes this teaches us a bit about risk, too.
...Grbich is a mixed media artist, weightlifter and tightrope walker whose motto is "I risk, therefore I am."

"Whether you are 75 or 25, life is all about taking risks," Grbich said. "That's when you're truly alive - like playing tennis or making love or dancing - you forget everything and lose your self consciousness."
If leading your own parade across the Golden Gate Bridge with grandchildren tossing confetti and tapdancing on iron gratings to hear how it sounds helps you retain your self-consciousness, man, do it.

How awesome! How inspiring! My grandpa jumped out of an airplane for his 80th birthday (beating George Bush to it, I might add) because he could. I only wish I can accomplish something as cool when I turn over larger milestones.

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From:fancycwabs
Date:November 19th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
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I guess I need to start planning something newsworthy for when I hit 40 in three years.
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From:tikva
Date:November 19th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
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That was fucking awesome. I just sent it to my team at work. (Healthy Aging, dontchaknow!)
From:ungratefulninja
Date:November 19th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Why wait for the larger milestones?
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From:saint_buddha
Date:November 19th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
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It doesn't get any better than that.
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From:pecosy
Date:November 19th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
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This story made me smile when I read it yesterday. Very much the right outlook on life. It reminds me of the grandpa of one of my friends, who went skydiving on his 100th birthday and had business cards made up that read "World Traveller, International Lover, Last of the Big Spenders." I bet you'd like his story.
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From:spwebdesign
Date:November 19th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
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My grandpa jumped out of an airplane for his 80th birthday

I hope he was wearing a parachute!
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From:joyeous
Date:November 19th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
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And if adding a few more vowels to your name helps it become more pronouncable, do it.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 21st, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
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O snp!
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From:gwynethfar
Date:November 20th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
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That is really inspiring. I think, if I live that long, I will have plenty of time to think up something incredibly silly to do to commemorate it.
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From:cloudscout
Date:November 20th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Am I the only one who was picturing "Mr. Six" in his head while reading this?

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