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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Who's your oldest Friend

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State of Jefferson

Jan 1st, 2018 11:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just got off the phone with my friend Geoff.
Born in England 1922. We met in Monterey, Calif in 1964 and have been friends since.

He was an engineer, machinist, owned British Automotive Imports .. a Brit car parts supply
business in Monterey for 14 years. Been around the world on freighters, aircraft engineer/mechanic/pilot. Steam engine engineer/technician. Highly literate.. extraordinary Brit motor car tech, devoted Christian, though now at 95 enjoys the effects of macular degeneration but reads 2-3 books a week and he and his wife still enjoy F-1 racing and the occasional hit of bourbon.
Extraordinary sense of humour and wit and ethics and morality long gone.
Lived and worked in England, US and Spain (14 years)

Back in History we both worked at British Motors of Monterey.

We're going to get together in a few weeks and no doubt jabber on.
I wish everyone could know him or someone like him.

I feel extremely privileged to know Geoff (and Helen) Green.

Happy New Year Geoff (and Helen) he'll be 96 this year.

One of if not the most, honorable and interesting persons I have ever known.

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(This message was last edited by jefe46 at 01:22 AM, Jan 2nd, 2018)

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Life makes a man tired.
Jan 2nd, 2018 05:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

My friend Eric. First met him at Mountain Home AFB, ID in May of 1981. He lives here in Lynchburg. In fact, that’s why I started coming up here 5 years ago.

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Jan 2nd, 2018 05:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

My oldest friend is as old as I am, a guy I’ve known since we were in Kindergarden.

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Jan 2nd, 2018 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have no friends. The Solitary man. They all deserted me after my Stroke. People in my neighborhood run into their house when they see me!

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Jan 2nd, 2018 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Not a close friend but probably one of my classmates. I moved away and he stayed in the community and was consumed by alcoholism. Sad today. He talks a big story about himself but everyone knows he's just a broke drunk.
I have several friends from church and my old band that I see regularly.

(This message was last edited by BbendFender at 10:57 AM, Jan 4th, 2018)

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Jan 2nd, 2018 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you mean "friend of longest standing", then it would be a guy who moved into our neighborhood when we were both in 2nd grade.

If you mean "friend who is chronologically the oldest", then, right now, 81.

When I was in my mid 30s to mid 40s, I hung around a lot with a guy who was then in his mid-late 70s. He was an old Okie who had little formal education but could do just about anything with his hands. I learned a lot about carpentry, auto mechanics, welding and electrical stuff from him.

When you're young, it can really pay off to listen to people with a lifetime of experience under their belt rather than just dismissing them out of hand as "old fogies". While wisdom doesn't ALWAYS come with age, it certainly can.

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Staten Island, NY

Our resident rational liberal
Jan 2nd, 2018 10:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had some events in my life which resulted in my getting rid of all of my friend group in one shot, once in high school and once in college. I never really "recovered" from those and I don't consider myself to have any long standing friendships other than with the wife.

"When you're young, it can really pay off to listen to people with a lifetime of experience under their belt rather than just dismissing them out of hand as "old fogies". While wisdom doesn't ALWAYS come with age, it certainly can. "

The FDP business model. ;)

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Hemet, SoCal

I detect the El Supremo
Jan 2nd, 2018 11:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

No real close friends (here) anymore. One of my closest male friends is a Bahraini whom I worked with for years. He's a few years younger than me and we keep in touch constantly. He is a Muslim, respects my religion, and wants peace & harmony in the world.

My closest friends here are my wife and her sister.

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So. Cal. USA

Jan 2nd, 2018 12:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have two remaining close friends. One was a high school buddy and the other a former roommate.

We stay in touch. My high school friend had told me he would not be able to attend to my Dad's memorial service on the 21st of last month. He was to work the Cav's game, he works in production. He called his boss and took the day off to surprise me at the service then later in the week took me to a comedy show in downtown Cleveland. Just wow. I did save his life once, an allergic reaction to a spore in a cabin we rented one winter.

My other adult life long friend and I share many common interests, guitars, music, sports cars, auto sports, distain for our exs. We talk almost weekly. His lets me take his 911 for a blast through the twisties when I visit. We have mutual respect for each other's opposing political views.

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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Jan 2nd, 2018 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't talk to him often these days but my last remaining friend from childhood is my old next door neighbor from WLA. He moved to Missouri (his family's home state) back in the 80's. We're the same age and I've known him since grammar school.

Steve M
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Jan 2nd, 2018 01:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

My experience is similar to Mfitz’s

Neighborhood kids mostly bad news,
High school friends I still chat a bit with on csocila media.
College as a commuter was a job.

My wife is my longest standing friend. We met in 1980.

A lot of it is me, and I think it is common among men, as I change jobs or locations, I adapt to the current environment and leave the past behind. I think women are more connected to their history.

Might be a hunter/gatherer vs. nurturer thing...

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Mass., Amerika

CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Jan 2nd, 2018 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Coming from a military family, I never lived anywhere long enough as a child to develop a lifetime friendship.

My oldest friends are a few guys I played football with in high school -- I still get together with them once a year for the Superbowl.

I got a bit of a shock this year when the person I considered my closest friend decided she wanted nothing more to do with me because of a political difference. We didn't even have a discussion on it, she just assumed which side I was on and pulled the plug on our 30 year friendship.

You think you know someone --

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Jan 2nd, 2018 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

My friend who is the oldest in age is Lorne, my neighbor from the cottage in Canada. He's about 78 and we make it a point of getting together when he comes down here for the winter.

My friend who I've know the longest is an old bandmate. We haven't seen much of each other in quite a few years. He's single, lives alone and has lots of girlfriends...on Facebook. We really don't have much in common anymore.

My wife and I have been together for 35 years. She and I pretty much hang out all the time. While we've made some friends down here it's nothing more than an occasional card game night with an older couple.

It's really been more about family since I became an adult, even more so since I quit gigging.

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Clawhammer Rules!
Jan 2nd, 2018 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I still know the two kids I played with in first grade but we only see each other now at funerals and reunions. My best friend for years I've known since 1965 so that's about fifty two years now.
We see each other every other year of so, beyond that it's texts on birthdays and the like.
I have not made any tight, close friends since my twenties, as there are just not enough shared adventures past that age to facilitate that type of bonding.

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Jan 2nd, 2018 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

I met my best friend in middle school.
In High school he dated my girlfriends best friend. Me and my girlfriend married in high school and he and his girlfriend married after he completed college. We both live in the same town and 30 years ago he introduced me to the roommates he had while in college (college parties mostly and some hiking). Us 7 guys have been camping yearly for almost 30 years and get together around the holidays even when some live many states away. We text and email all the time. These guys are my best friends and are like brothers to me. We have seen our families and kids grow and we have all grown up together. I dont know how I have been so lucky as I know this is not the norm but I am grateful beyond belief


Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Jan 3rd, 2018 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

My oldest friend is Pete, whom I met in first grade. He lived close, so we spent a lot of time fooling with his reel-to-reel doing wrestling interviews.

We ended up together at Rutgers, shared three apartments, and still meet once a year for an accumulation of apartment-cosharers' reunion.

My other buddy, Larry was a friend since third grade. Played folk group, rock band together in high school, then some seriously good original folk rock music in college (Hard Water). I see him at the same reunion, we bring our guitars and catch up.

Oh yeah, he quit the tech world and became a luthier- built one for each member of the band...

Serial # 011 from BlackwaterRiver, Hard Water special edition!

(This message was last edited by wborys at 01:03 PM, Jan 3rd, 2018)

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Redesdale UK

"Still Alive And Well"
Jan 3rd, 2018 11:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Two guys from my home town, one of whom I went to school with. In 1975, aged 19/20, we bought an old car and drove through England and France to St Tropez, which was the coolest place on earth that year. We still talk about a very eventful few weeks.

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Jan 3rd, 2018 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Boring but my oldest friend is my wife. We've been friends since '85 and were friends before becoming romantic. 'Marital unpleasantness' hasn't changed that.

Never kept in touch with old school friends and the very good friends since died young (31 and 54 years).

We don't have kids so it's just the two of us from now on.

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California Escapee

Don't look at me with that tone of voice
Jan 3rd, 2018 01:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Who's your oldest friend?

My favorite intoxicant...

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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Jan 3rd, 2018 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

gman, great story and you are indeed blessed.

Had a haircut today and my barber and are about the same age and chat about a number of things each time I see him. I actually mentioned this thread today and said how almost all my old close friends from childhood into later life were dead. Two died at 49 and one died around 61-62. I was surprised that he said the same thing had happened to all of his close childhood friends. So those like you who still have a close knit group are fortunate indeed.

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