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(Galeno wrote...ongoing "considering wrong aspects" thread"...):

<If... short of retirement cash, I'll sell generic viagra on the beach to old guys who can't put the lead in the pencil the way they could before the stress of working those extra 10 years..<grin>.

<g>, galeno...but not ear-to-ear. At 57, the little remaining lead in my possession was encased in pencils in my desk at school. I would've tucked the pencils under my sheets but feared that the attempted transfer of lead would have interrupted foreplay. So much for attempted humor, but actually, even foreplay faded. Would a former 100m sprinter even toe the line if he knows his time will be a dead-last 20 seconds???

On a more serious note, going to the doc a while back and getting the little green triangles was har-, er make that difficult. The word "mortality" is in the title. Give up sex for the rest of my life? (No.) When I bought my 100 shares of Pfizer years ago, it was because millions of other guys would need it.

Now for a necessary transition.

I'd always considered myself impervious to sexual dysfunction in the same manner that I'd largely set death squarely on the back burner in my retirement planning. However, just as the "moratorium on lead" became evident, so did the effect of the deaths of no less than 4 colleagues, all under 60. Two were R'd and two were on the verge. The death of the last one--56 & R'd a total of 3 months--was especially devastating. Another man who had already filed his papers died on an exercycle in our wellness room so he a long R.

Accordingly, we've updated our wills, which were made in 1979 when guardianship of two daughters was an issue. (They're *only* 26 & 28 now, lol.) I've made some adjustments to the survivors clauses in my 403 and IRA. My wife's name has been put on some dotted lines to give her the ice cream store I bought last year in case of my demise. We've made some other adjustments/additions to the whole picture, but you get the idea.

The "Reaper" isn't disappearing anytime soon. I'd like to think that I won't be, either. So just as it was time to acknowledge the moratorium on "lead," I've now tried to confront the fact there is no moratorium on death.

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