Well Got my invite to join AARP today....

  • silverfox

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    Mar 06, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    They MUST have lowered the age limit yes? YES? icon_biggrin.gif

    It is like....I don't mind turning a certain age but getting this piece of mail gave me pause.

    By the way, anyone in AARP? Is it worth anything to join?
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    Mar 07, 2010 1:13 AM GMT
    silverfox1 saidThey MUST have lowered the age limit yes? YES? icon_biggrin.gif

    It is like....I don't mind turning a certain age but getting this piece of mail gave me pause.

    By the way, anyone in AARP? Is it worth anything to join?


    Excuse me young man but it seems someone there got your SS# and got your real age! icon_redface.gif

    Expect an invite once a week for the rest of your life, You might get 5% off on a tall coffee at Starbucks with the card. The articles on comparisons in depend products are very informative.

    Otherwise I don't have a clue too busy chasing 20 yr olds down a mountain slope with my snow board. Actually they are pretty easy to catch try it and open the invite next week icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 07, 2010 1:31 AM GMT
    silverfox1 saidThey MUST have lowered the age limit yes? YES? icon_biggrin.gif

    It is like....I don't mind turning a certain age but getting this piece of mail gave me pause.

    By the way, anyone in AARP? Is it worth anything to join?

    I got my invite as I turned 50. And I wondered 2 things: how did they know my exact birthday, as well as my exact mailing address? This was back in 1999.

    Well, ya know, I thought the US government was supposed to keep my personal information confidential. I'm not aware of anyone else who had it. So what is the US government doing giving my private information to a commercial organization, like AARP? Even my address, and date of birth?

    As a result, I've refused to join AARP in the 11 years since. I don't care what they offer in benefits, they had no business invading my privacy.

    Naturally I don't expect any Member of Congress to question this, since the AARP is a powerful lobby group, that no politician would dare offend. Another example of why US politics are broken, our alleged democracy owned lock-stock-and-barrel by special interest groups, who really call the shots behind the scenes.

    I've called what we have in the US an oligarchy in the past here, and some others have proposed the term plutocracy, but the result is roughly the same. The ordinary people have little to say in the government, which is run by an elite class. I hate to preach revolution, but what else is left to us?
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    Mar 07, 2010 7:04 AM GMT
    They have been asking me to join for years, literally. At first I thought it was a mistake but four years later I am still getting mail from them.


    Should I be flattered or dismayed?
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    Mar 07, 2010 12:21 PM GMT
    I've been getting their mailings for years now...I wouldn't worry.

    On another note, I went to the movies with a friend in his early 50s. While we were waiting in line he looked at his ticket and realized that he was given the senior citizen discount! It took a while to calm him down.
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    Mar 07, 2010 12:28 PM GMT
    Did you get the complementary adult diaper? I use mine as a fruit bowl.
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    Mar 07, 2010 12:35 PM GMT
    McGay saidDid you get the complementary adult diaper? I use mine as a fruit bowl.

    LMAO! Not a nut bowl?
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    Mar 07, 2010 12:37 PM GMT
    Only when I'm wearing it, but even then, the designation is debatable.
  • silverfox

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    Mar 07, 2010 1:19 PM GMT
    lissenup saidI've been getting their mailings for years now...I wouldn't worry.

    On another note, I went to the movies with a friend in his early 50s. While we were waiting in line he looked at his ticket and realized that he was given the senior citizen discount! It took a while to calm him down.



    Note from the Op:

    What? I qualify for senior citizen discounts at the movie theater now?

    Is this true?

    If so, I am insulted!!!!!!!
    .(and excited at the same time!)
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  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 07, 2010 1:22 PM GMT
    LOL. I got the same thing Friday!!
  • HotCoach

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    Mar 07, 2010 1:29 PM GMT
    Go for it. I get to use my benefits often. And there is strength in numbers. We seniors are about to become, if we are not there already, the largest voting block in the country. And being the most educated group of seniors ever we could bring about huge social change as we did in the Sixties.

    I wear my AARP identy proudly.
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    Mar 07, 2010 1:35 PM GMT
    They do have some good benefits but i think if you shop smart you can do without it. If you do decide to sign up, be prepared for their marketing calls.
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    Mar 07, 2010 1:37 PM GMT
    silverfox1 said
    lissenup saidI've been getting their mailings for years now...I wouldn't worry.

    On another note, I went to the movies with a friend in his early 50s. While we were waiting in line he looked at his ticket and realized that he was given the senior citizen discount! It took a while to calm him down.



    Note from the Op:

    What? I qualify for senior citizen discounts at the movie theater now?

    Is this true?

    If so, I am insulted!!!!!!!
    .(and excited at the same time!)
    . ]


    No....sorry....I think you have to be 65. That's why my friend was upset.
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    Mar 07, 2010 2:11 PM GMT
    Hell, I've been getting 10% discounts for years now with the gray in my goatee and side of my head. Still, I joined ARRF (<---not a mistake) for a while, but they've pissed me off lately.
    I agree with Vespa. Just how did they know? I mean, I know you can get this info at your county couthouse if you wanna dig for it. Maybe they employ teams of people who do nothing but go to courthouses and write down birthdates, names, years, check death records....Naw....I agree with RedV, ...the Soc Sec musta given them carte blanc to our information.

    As a side note.....this country has talked for years about having a National ID Card....well, like it or not, your SocSecCard IS your defacto ID Card. EVERBODY and their grandmother has access to your name, number. So let's just make it the National ID Card and issue NEW numbers for SocSec.
  • Anto

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    Mar 07, 2010 2:22 PM GMT
    lissenup saidWhile we were waiting in line he looked at his ticket and realized that he was given the senior citizen discount! It took a while to calm him down.


    lol
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    Mar 07, 2010 2:26 PM GMT
    For nearly a year I got perverse pleasure from going into restaurants that offered a senior's meal at age 55, as well as a kid's meal for those under 13. I'd take my 12-year-old son along and get both! LOL! Of course they assumed I was his grandfather, but what the hell...
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    Mar 07, 2010 2:29 PM GMT
    RowBuddy saidI had AARP when I was 18! Since my dad was a member I was automatically eligible for membership. Its nice getting the Discount!!

    My partner's a member, but he never uses any of their discounts, to my knowledge. AARP doesn't offer anything we can't get from other sources, often better. I've yet to see a unique AARP advantage that makes membership worth having. icon_confused.gif
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    Mar 07, 2010 2:31 PM GMT
    While I concur with Red_Vespa about the whole privacy issue, I really don't see what the big bruhaha is about. Yea, you are middle aged. You could be dead. It is a natural right of passage and frankly, I look forward to the mailings which will begin for me next year. Silverfox, you are a paragon of male beauty and a great guy, which is even better. I'd say, especially in this economy, youth, schmooth. Bring on the discounts!
  • Celticmusl

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    Mar 07, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    OMG.....how depressing. You're not old when you're 50 or 60. You're old when you join AARP or wear black socks with white tennis shoes.....that's what makes you old.

    Ok.....I'll start us out:

    You might be old if:

    .....you wear shorts and suspenders to the beach.
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    Mar 07, 2010 2:51 PM GMT
    You might be old if:
    ……….if you have more medications then hair follicles’.
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    Mar 07, 2010 3:00 PM GMT
    I got my plastic coated membership card and a "bill/invitation" in the mail for $16, on Friday 3/7/10...I don't turn 50 until LATE July this year....I hate being reminded that I am about to be officially known as an "OLD FART".....LOL!!...I will be paying my membership fee ASAP...so I can start getting my discounts! FUCK the OLD FART connotations...this is about $$$$$....LOL!!!
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    Mar 07, 2010 3:04 PM GMT
    Celticmusl saidOMG.....how depressing. You're not old when you're 50 or 60. You're old when you join AARP or wear black socks with white tennis shoes.....that's what makes you old.

    Ok.....I'll start us out:

    You might be old if:

    .....you wear shorts and suspenders to the beach.



    ....you wear socks with your Sandals to the Shuffleboard court...icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 07, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    You might be old if:

    You drive an Oldsmobile, and look through the steering wheel.
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    Mar 07, 2010 3:18 PM GMT
    You might be old if:

    .....when you get on all fours....your tits and balls hit the ground before your hands and knees......oh wait thats....you might be fat if....whatever!...LOL!!!
  • Celticmusl

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    Mar 07, 2010 3:22 PM GMT
    You might be old if:


    You wake up with that "morning after" feeling, only you didn't do anything last night!