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    Not not the boat

    I love my non mechanical dad , I am glad he is still trying to be active @70 .
    So after working till three in the morning ( helping my friend whom owns a bar ) I got up at 8a.m drove two hours. I picked up the engiene for his boat and came back to the house - installed the fly wheel, cover - and polished the pieces that needed to be polished prior to install . I dropped in the motor around 4p.m and was dead ass tired from the night before . I was glad i had the MOTOR in the boat !! I send him on his way but not before installing the hitch pin in correctly and plugging in the lights on the trailer ! He shows up sunday ( i had to help at the bar again till 4a.m) and said he forgot the bolts and new fuse block that he bougth ( he didn't, later found them on the front seat of the boat ?) calles me sunday afternoon and said he installed the fuel pump and he could not figure out how to put on the alternator - It's a j bracket ( two bolts ) this part killls me - says he could not believe how easy it was to install the fuel pump amm Dad did you put the fuel pump rod in ????? Fuel pump rod ??? ya fuel pump rod , what does it look like Dad i will see you saturday - leave the boat alone till i get there k

    At what ages have your parents started "fogettting things " and how do you deal with it . More importantly he is wanting to make his boat faster ? do i intentionaly slow it down ? he's not bad , just makes me nervous !
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    At some point the "Student becomes the teacher" in these relationships Tom

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    I feel ya brother my dad dose the samething to me but he tryes to work on the airpalne luckly I am the one with the licance so I have to look at everthing before it flys But at least hes still a great pilot

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    Props to ya Lucky for being there for him.......I can tell you getting old sucks, (it is better than the alternative though), my mind continually writes checks my body can no longer cash. Simple stuff, loading a bare block in the truck, one arming cylinder heads, pushing boats/cars/trucks around, jumping off a tailgate without landing on my ass, driving all night and staying awake the next day...................And yes, the student, at some point in time, becomes the teacher.........Props to you both........Ray
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    My Father in law who was my mechanical teacher and mentor had a plaque that said this (or close to it) :

    "When I was a boy of seventeen I thought my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around, but when I got to be twenty four I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years."

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    I am looking forward to the day when I will get to call my boys up and say "Come help your old man fix the boat" then kick back a few beers with them. Good times

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky View Post
    Not not the boat

    I love my non mechanical dad , I am glad he is still trying to be active @70 .
    So after working till three in the morning ( helping my friend whom owns a bar ) I got up at 8a.m drove two hours. I picked up the engiene for his boat and came back to the house - installed the fly wheel, cover - and polished the pieces that needed to be polished prior to install . I dropped in the motor around 4p.m and was dead ass tired from the night before . I was glad i had the MOTOR in the boat !! I send him on his way but not before installing the hitch pin in correctly and plugging in the lights on the trailer ! He shows up sunday ( i had to help at the bar again till 4a.m) and said he forgot the bolts and new fuse block that he bougth ( he didn't, later found them on the front seat of the boat ?) calles me sunday afternoon and said he installed the fuel pump and he could not figure out how to put on the alternator - It's a j bracket ( two bolts ) this part killls me - says he could not believe how easy it was to install the fuel pump amm Dad did you put the fuel pump rod in ????? Fuel pump rod ??? ya fuel pump rod , what does it look like Dad i will see you saturday - leave the boat alone till i get there k

    At what ages have your parents started "fogettting things " and how do you deal with it . More importantly he is wanting to make his boat faster ? do i intentionaly slow it down ? he's not bad , just makes me nervous !
    forgetting things, or doing things incorrectly that they used to do correctly when blindfolded, or just going ahead and doing things wrong when, at one time, they would have recognized that it wasn't right and stopped to research or asked for assistance, isn't necessarily a sign of "aging".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    My Father in law who was my mechanical teacher and mentor had a plaque that said this (or close to it) :

    "When I was a boy of seventeen I thought my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around, but when I got to be twenty four I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years."


    That's some funny s**t right there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moneypit View Post
    Props to ya Lucky for being there for him.......I can tell you getting old sucks, (it is better than the alternative though), my mind continually writes checks my body can no longer cash. Simple stuff, loading a bare block in the truck, one arming cylinder heads, pushing boats/cars/trucks around, jumping off a tailgate without landing on my ass, driving all night and staying awake the next day...................And yes, the student, at some point in time, becomes the teacher.........Props to you both........Ray

    Gotta agree with all that. I was doing pretty good up til last year when I hit 50. Things just don't work quite as well as they used to. Knees have gone to hell for sure and might have to give up water skiing. I tend to think about things that MP listed above before just doing it up like I used to.

    Have patience. Like it or not.........with some luck, we'll all be there at some point.
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    I learned all my McGiever stuff from Pops. As he aged he used to get ticked that he couldn't do the things he had in his youth. Like chase me down and hand it too me I miss the ol man. I say that respectfully as if he was here he still try to catch me.
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    My Dad has been taking his taxes to H&R Block for about 10 years.
    Lately we've been getting his affairs in order as he is now 86.
    We were going through some stuff about a week ago and he told me he has to pay taxes every year, so I got to looking at it. They have been screwing him for all these years on his taxes, so I took all his stuff this year over to my CPA. She got really hostile and said there's NO WAY this may should have to be paying taxes!!! Anyway, he's getting back a pretty good chunk for this year, and she wants to file ammended for the previous 3 years.
    AFter leaving the accountant's office the other day, he said you know, it's sure funny how roles change.....anymore you are taking care of me.
    Made me feel pretty good. He's been my best friend all of my life.

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    Enjoy these times. They will be the memories you think about later on.

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    He's been my best friend all of my life.

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    Nice Ken thats the way I feel about my Son Josh !

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    Iam glad to see that dad isnt the only one that this is happening to I was geting worried about him he was a vary good mech. at one time

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