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The Avengers: Age of Oldtron

1funny261When last we saw our superheroes they’d saved the Earth again.
What’s an appropriate Thank You gift for saving a whole planet?
Some flowers?
A massage, after all, most action movies have a happy ending.
Maybe just a nice bottle of wine.

Yet they’ve never come across a menace such as this…
My eyes scanned the parking lot. Left, right, rear mirror, we were surrounded.
Nothing on the news to warn us, no mention of unusual phenomena, no word of any outbreaks and yet…there they were.
I stopped the car to let them shuffle past. I remained still, barely breathing, but some small movement, maybe a twitch, or release of breath alerted them to my presence. There was no escape!
Oh where, oh where were The Avengers now?
Watery eyes narrowed as one sort of focused on me and muttered loudly about young whippersnappers.
My terror fled, I smiled, did he just say ‘young’? Sure, I know, it’s all about perspective, he’d obviously starred 80 in the eye and kept going, but still, I’ll take it.

I’m always fairly shocked at how impatient and downright rude some people are to the elderly. They’re old, not stupid. They’re still people, they’re just older people.
So you have to wait as an older lady counts out $5.35 in change (way to be a stereotype).
Listen as they grumble about everything, tossing out the phrase, ‘in my day’ randomly.
Wait as another takes minutes to pick out a loaf of bread. Ok, that one isn’t unreasonable, what happened to the bread section, when did it become so complicated?

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1books22I’ve been under a lot of pressure lately, dear readers, I’m sure it shows in my posts, so when I saw Performing Under Pressure by Dr. Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry (Crown Business) on http://www.bloggingforbooks.com/ I thought, it couldn’t make it worse. Generally self-help books are a lot of flash and little substance. They give tons of examples, most of which don’t pertain to you, and then a few ideas of how to help. This book isn’t much different, but they did have some interesting ideas I thought I might try to get the weight of the world off my back, it’s wreaking havoc with my posture and social life – who wants to date someone with that much baggage?1funny256

The Avengers already follow most of this advice:

  • Befriend the Moment. Don’t think of it as saving a world, but being part of a world and helping where you can. It’s an opportunity, it can even be fun.

  • Focus on the mission – save the world, don’t worry about how Tony Stark’s arrogance is going to Scooby-Doo the plan.

  • Be a control freak – totally works for Dr. Banner, not so much The Hulk, he’s more like an out-of-control freak.

  • Practice experiencing pressure – I hope we have plenty of practice with pressure by now. Slow down, there’ll be plenty more peril!

  • Share the pressure – assemble your own team of Avengers, people that will be there for you, to help, give advice, offer support, and always have your back.

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Be kind to older people, if you’re lucky, you might be one yourself…as will The Avengers:

  • 1funny260Thor will get old and gray and need Thoréal (because, he’s worth it).

  • Hawkeye will need bifocals (hopefully he won’t get cataracts).

  • Iron Man will rust and creak.

  • The Hulk will become The Bulk.1funny258

  • Captain America will become Captain Forgetful.

  • Black Widow will become Gray Widow (she’ll probably still be gorgeous).

  • Nick Fury will become Nick Cranky.

Like many of us, my life may not always have gone where I wanted it to go, but I try to do my best, even under pressure, so maybe it will end up where it’s supposed to be. As for the pressure, it’s still there, but even writing about it, banishes it briefly to another galaxy where it can hang out with Loki (since they left him out of The Avengers: Age of Ultron).

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67 thoughts on “The Avengers: Age of Oldtron

  1. Great work! I had no idea where this post would go, and it was such a pleasant surprise! I’m not much of a fan of movie reviews: to me they’re like ice cream reviews. I’d rather taste for myself than read about it. Still, I gave it a go, and I’m happy i did. Thanks – Greg

    P.S. I work in geriatrics 🙂
    P.P.S I’m under 50, but the “in my day” grumbling has already started 🙂

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    1. I’m not a fan of movie reviews either, I’m either going to like a movie or not…which is why mine tend to be a little offbeat. 😉
      I’m glad you read it as well, Greg. 🙂
      I’m just under 50 as well and I find myself saying that sometimes too. lol 😉
      Thanks for dropping by, stay a spell, there’s over 500 selections to choose from. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the reblog, Greg, hope this day is treating you kindly. 🙂
      I’d hoped changing the title would be enough to offset the movie review idea…oops. 😉

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  2. LOL… Donna, you slayed me with the “Thoreal” ad.
    I’m definitely in the Age of Oldtron… When i saw “Avengers” i thought of the old TV one with Patrick Macnee! (Sorry. Don’t go to the movies — tends to give me a migraine. That’s my excuse and i’m stickin’ with it!) Did you laugh yet? Laughter opens that pressure valve… Mega hugs my friend. ❤ 😀

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    1. I know I’m heading into it, but maybe not quite there yet, at least mentally.
      I do wish people were nicer to older people.
      Oh yes, I remember those Avengers as well. 😉
      Only the 3D ones give me migraines so I’m lucky because I’m a movie nut. 😉
      I’m laughing…the pressure’s being pushed away…for now. 😉
      Megahugs sweetie. 🙂

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  3. Loved this, especially Thoreal because he deserves it. I was asked by a brother of a patient not so long ago, why I was so old, and it kind of freaked me out. Because in my mind, I am still in my 30s. But I guess it is all in one’s perspective. I catch glimpses of myself in a mirror sometimes, and I think – eek I am getting older, but actually I feel like I have more energy than I did in my 20s. And it makes me kind of mad that people think getting older is some kind of disease or disability, because I think it should be worn proudly like a badge of honor, and pooh on all the young whippersnappers who think they have it figured out – let’s hope they get to enjoy being a ripe old age and then they will understand.

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    1. Thank you kindly. 😉
      Yes, time sneaks around and we barely notice it and then boom, there it is.
      Yes, I wish people would treat older people like people, not a problem that’s annoying them.
      A badge of honour, yes, that’s a wonderful way to think of it, it’s certainly denied to many. 🙂

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      1. I guess it has something to do with the increasing lack of empathy we are seeing these days, and the fact we live in a completely disposable society. Bums me out – thinking about all the brilliant, amazing people cast aside because they don’t fit the youthful picture everyone is searching for today.

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  4. I have a confession to make. Do you know why in the Age of Oldtron it takes so long to count out our nickels and dimes? Because that’s all we have, our fingers don’t work so well, and may be in need of a new prescription. Do you know why young people don’t count out change? Because they don’t save change and they use a credit card and that’s why they are impatient. 😀 😀 😀

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  5. I wouldn’t worry too much about the baggage, any fella would be happy to date you and protect you from the Oldies. Then one day far off in a distant future you will become an oldie too though there will be regeneration treatments by then so fingers work in purses, and he will help protect the young from you and your calling them whippersnapperswhile waving a walking stick at them.
    Have a Great Weekend Donna
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    1. Awwww, thanks, David, you’re so sweet. That’s such a funny picture you painted, actually sounds kind of fun. 😉
      Hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far. Massive hugs. 🙂

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  6. LOL with the old people stuff. 🙂

    I can’t believe that I’m faster than most of the people in Wally World, and I can’t begin to tell you the number of 20-somethings the older generation passes on the road. I keep wondering what’s in the water when people under 30 are going 40 in the left lane while being passed at the speed limit of 60 in the right lane. 2 miles down the road, they’re still impeding traffic.

    The world is a crazy place when a 65 year old man on a motorcycle is riding along faster than a 30 year old woman in a sports car. In may day, it was the old people that pulled that…uh, stuff. 🙂

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      1. I think it’s a throwback to the days when our ancestors heard a rustling in the bushes and determined it must be a leopard. That kind of stereotyping saved our lives. We’ve advanced technologically, but as far as our psyche is concerned, were still living in the jungle/forest. 🙂

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  7. OH! Wow! That is very very good! You’re good! Positively great! Ok, I’ll stop going on and shut up. One more, really really good! Ok, bye!

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  8. Great stuff for a Sunday morning Donna! So true and sad that old age is no longer venerated but mocked or ignored completely, a big waste of a good deal of wisdom. Perhaps we should reinvent old age with some new superheroes ‘ Zimmer-man’ perhaps – I shall probably spend the rest of the day thinking of possibilities 🙂 🙂

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    1. Does that mean I have to wear underwear over tights, cause, ummm, no.
      But I could go for a cape unless I’m flying near a plane, I’d probably get sucked into the engines. 😉

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  9. I surprised Mr. T with the idea and we made time in our schedules (okay, the planets lined up just right) and we went and saw the movie yesterday – So. Good. So much fun and action, and your post is spot on to apply to the 3rd movie, we do need our village to be there and support us, so I need to make sure I’m a good villager to those around me! Great reminder!

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  10. I actually saw this movie, my 8 year old insisted. It was enjoyable, but way too long! I started getting bored and tired of sitting. Come on and save the damn world already – we all know you’re going to do it. And what is with the 3D it’s cool for like 2 minutes and then you have a headache and it’s annoying to have to wear the glasses over your RX glasses. And no. Loki is not in this one.
    Maybe I’m just getting old and cranky.

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    1. I feel like they’re making these movies so long because they charge so much to see them and all the hype, but it’s a long time to sit, my bladder is never happy…and I can’t do 3D, gives me a migraine. And I wanted Loki!!! I’ll be old and cranky with you! 😉

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    1. Me too, so pretty! 🙂
      As always it was awesome, it’s I that should be thanking you and all the other delightful ladies who make us laugh and connect at #FridayFrivolity
      Hope the rest of the weekend is good to you, because you’re worth it (true and couldn’t resist the Thoreal again). 😉

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