Do you like listening to old people's stories?

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#1 MrMe1000
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I think it's always fun and interesting to hear my grandpap's stories.

He talks about when he served in WWII and growing up in the 1930's. Since his family was 100% Italian immigrant family he had a couple cool stories about the Italian Mafia too.

So OT do you guys like listening to old people's stories?

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#2 PerfectCircles
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To a certain point, once my grandpa got too old his stories turned into big lies. They were interesting but it just wasn't the same as getting to hear about his childhood and stuff.
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#3 positivebalance
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most of my grandparents stories are awesome.

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#4 raven_squad
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The first couple of times, very much so. I could do without the re-runs. :P
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#5 MrMe1000
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Go ahead and share your stories too, like I did.

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#6 Danm_999
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Depends upon the stories and the person telling them.
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#7 testfactor888
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Not at all. I have not had to deal with any of those in awhile though as all the grandparents I talked to have been dead now for 5 years. They just bored me to tears half the time and I got distracted and tried to look like I am interested but half the time I just zoned out.
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#8 LightR
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I would like to; I've never had an old old person tell me a story. :(

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#9 metallica_fan42
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Unless it's family, I find most stories from seniors rather boring.
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#10 shamuk
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I have a degree in history so I've spent a lot of time sifting through my Grandfather's interminable anecdotes about Norway during WWII trying to find something I can write about. He had a lot of information about safe houses and weapons caches, but it was mostly just him talking about all the women he was into and his drinking stories. He apparently tried to volunteer during Finland's Winter War with Russia but got stuck in an alcohol rehabilitation centre with some of his friends. He was kind of a jerk so I didn't like talking to him =\

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#11 Pixel-Perfect
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Yeah, I do. I can't think of any stories in particular, but it's awesome hearing about my Grandpa's time with NASA mission control. :P

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#12 deactivated-583cc789d981d
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I did (both my Grandpa's are dead:() and I had a neighbour who was in the Wehrmacht (German Army) who fought at Stalingrad and was able to fight all the way back to Berlin and was there until the surrender. He was a great guy although he was very hard to understand due to his very strong German accent:P. My Pa on my Mum's side fought in the Middle-East and later looked after Japanese POW's in Papua New Guinea and was given a Saki tea set as a thank you for being kind to the Japanese prisoners.
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#13 yabbicoke
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The coolest story my Grandpa told me was when he worked with NASA to bring Apollo 13 back safely (he has some kind of physics degree). He even got to shake all three of the astronaut's hands afterward.
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#14 Nifty_Shark
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I don't care for them because the ones that were forced (old people come to school and talk with some students) didn't mean anything so I respectfully listened. My dads grandparents are estranged thanks to my dad having some falling out with his mother which is a real shame cause I love those grandparents. My mom only has her mother and I love spending time with her. However she never talks about old times. She's always living in the present which I guess is a good thing for her.
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#15 theonlyway316
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no

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#16 coolbeans90
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I LOVE old people's stories, whether they be from my grandparents or just any old bloke I run into. I swear these people are gifted narrators.

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#17 Robbler
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I love listening to the stories of anyone from any walk of life. It's when you realize that they may be a little mentally unstable that I bail. Otherwise, I could listen all night. I can tell the difference between unstable and drunk.

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#18 acsam12304
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i listen to them sometimes not to be rude and act all interested

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#19 Ronstera
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Yes of course, I always find their stories interesting..
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#20 Suzy_Q_Kazoo
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Yes, I do. They're interesting!

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#21 Robbler
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Not at all. I have not had to deal with any of those in awhile though as all the grandparents I talked to have been dead now for 5 years. They just bored me to tears half the time and I got distracted and tried to look like I am interested but half the time I just zoned out.testfactor888

You are a very sensitive girl...NOT.

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#22 bebop013
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Go ahead and share your stories too, like I did.

MrMe1000

my grandpa told me mostly stories about his childhood in rural pennsylvania. one was about my great great uncle who was 100% native american and chose to live in the mountains instead of with the rest of the family. he always carried a big knife and one day the police found a man murdered by i knife. they hunted my g-g-uncle and finally killed him. latter they found the actual man responsible for the murder, but because my gg-uncle was just some "savage redskin" nothing was ever done about it. my grandpa told me they never even came and apologized.

my grandpa served in korea and vietnam but he never talked-talks about it. the one story he did tell me was when one of his choppers got shot down: after they crashed he was the only uninjured surviver. he played dead when the vietcong patrol came (7 men), lying face down with his pistol under his stomach, when one of th VC rolled him over he took them out ( i don't know how, i assume he shot them all, all he said was "im sure they're discussing it with their ancestors")

all his other war stories about him i have to read about on the internet or news paper clippings we have.

a book was being made about him but last time i visited him he said he told them no, that stuff is best left where it is.

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#23 testfactor888
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[QUOTE="testfactor888"]Not at all. I have not had to deal with any of those in awhile though as all the grandparents I talked to have been dead now for 5 years. They just bored me to tears half the time and I got distracted and tried to look like I am interested but half the time I just zoned out.Robbler

You are a very sensitive girl...NOT.

I am a guy and if you want to quibble over me not seeming sad about my grandparents I see no point to it. You did not know them and they we're jerks to my family so good riddance to them.
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#24 Robbler
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[QUOTE="Robbler"]

[QUOTE="testfactor888"]Not at all. I have not had to deal with any of those in awhile though as all the grandparents I talked to have been dead now for 5 years. They just bored me to tears half the time and I got distracted and tried to look like I am interested but half the time I just zoned out.testfactor888

You are a very sensitive girl...NOT.

I am a guy and if you want to quibble over me not seeming sad about my grandparents I see no point to it. You did not know them and they we're jerks to my family so good riddance to them.

You elucidated the one thing I was trying to find out. (holds a beer up to screwing them)

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#25 testfactor888
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[QUOTE="testfactor888"][QUOTE="Robbler"]

You are a very sensitive girl...NOT.

Robbler

I am a guy and if you want to quibble over me not seeming sad about my grandparents I see no point to it. You did not know them and they we're jerks to my family so good riddance to them.

You elucidated the one thing I was trying to find out. (holds a beer up to screwing them)

lol you bastard :P
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#26 Robbler
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[QUOTE="Robbler"]

[QUOTE="testfactor888"] I am a guy and if you want to quibble over me not seeming sad about my grandparents I see no point to it. You did not know them and they we're jerks to my family so good riddance to them.testfactor888

You elucidated the one thing I was trying to find out. (holds a beer up to screwing them)

lol you bastard :P

Snarf!

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#27 Calvin079
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I think it's always fun and interesting to hear my grandpap's stories.

He talks about when he served in WWII and growing up in the 1930's. Since his family was 100% Italian immigrant family he had a couple cool stories about the Italian Mafia too.

So OT do you guys like listening to old people's stories?

MrMe1000

Yes; my Grandpa lived through the Dirty Thirties and stuff. I like the stories of some animals that he had becasue they were so odd.

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#28 kerk12
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In fact I do too like listening to my grandpa's stories.

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#29 Robbler
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[QUOTE="testfactor888"][QUOTE="Robbler"]

You elucidated the one thing I was trying to find out. (holds a beer up to screwing them)

Robbler

lol you bastard :P

Snarf!

I don't suspect for one minute you are telling the truth, otherwise you wouldn't be so pissed.

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#30 ferbctg
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I thinks it will help us to get more experiences from older persons.
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#31 testfactor888
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[QUOTE="Robbler"]

[QUOTE="testfactor888"] lol you bastard :PRobbler

Snarf!

I don't suspect for one minute you are telling the truth, otherwise you wouldn't be so pissed.

Can't tell if you are fighting with yourself in this post but to what you said

I got better things to do than get mad about a forum so you are reading me wrong :)

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#32 Robbler
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[QUOTE="Robbler"]

[QUOTE="Robbler"]

Snarf!

testfactor888

I don't suspect for one minute you are telling the truth, otherwise you wouldn't be so pissed.

Can't tell if you are fighting with yourself in this post but to what you said.

I got better things to do than get mad about a forum so you are reading me wrong :)

Then you should move on, take a beating, and stop dwelling...

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#33 testfactor888
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[QUOTE="testfactor888"]

[QUOTE="Robbler"]

I don't suspect for one minute you are telling the truth, otherwise you wouldn't be so pissed.

Robbler

Can't tell if you are fighting with yourself in this post but to what you said.

I got better things to do than get mad about a forum so you are reading me wrong :)

Then you should move on, take a beating, and stop dwelling...

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#34 Robbler
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[QUOTE="Robbler"]

[QUOTE="testfactor888"]

[QUOTE="Robbler"]

I don't suspect for one minute you are telling the truth, otherwise you wouldn't be so pissed.

testfactor888

Can't tell if you are fighting with yourself in this post but to what you said.

I got better things to do than get mad about a forum so you are reading me wrong :)

Then you should move on, take a beating, and stop dwelling...

Cry to the Hand.

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#35 ZombiefiedZomB
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I enjoy listening to my grandparents telling me stories about their childhood and their early adult life, I even like listening to the reruns.
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#36 Deano
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they're all dead so....

honestly my dad is bad enough, I swear i've heard some of his stories 100 times.

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#37 rawsavon
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Same as any other group of people... 5% are awesome and entertaining. I want to tell the other 95% to STFU ...the only benefit to having old people tell stories is that they won't remember me telling them that 5 min later
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#38 KlepticGrooves
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Depends on what they're talking about. My Grandad used to talk about "old days", like when he'd deliver materials to and supervise the German POWs who were rebuilding a church in my town that the Germans bombed during the war. Usually he just talks about stuff like Planets/the Universe and history, which is still pretty interesting.

I think it shows respect to take time to listen to what old people have to say.

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#39 pierst179
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Absolutely, my grandparents are great storytellers.

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#40 T_REX305
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my grandparents are on the other side of the world and dont speak my language. so i dont get much stories. but WW2 stories are fun