Where have all the old people gone?
Strictly anecdotal observation here but last night I went out to eat with my wife and son for fathers’ day. Its literally the first time we’ve been out since covid. We went to the mall first for some shopping and browsing, then to our favorite sushi restaurant. I couldnt help noticing that everyone out was young [ under 40 ]…there was literally NOBODY over 40 in the restaurant at all the entire time.
I was the oldest person in the room at 48. Felt weird. In fact there werent even people my own age. At the mall, only young people working and shopping [ it was dead…like a ghost town ]. The only time I saw anyone older was when we made a brief stop at Home Depot.
Has anyone else noticed this trend? If so, what is going on? Are they all afraid to come out? Did more of them die than we were told?
If my parents (in their 70’s) are any indication, they’re still sitting at home, trying to overcome the trauma that the media has inflicted on them over the past 18 months. They see everyone going out again, but they’re scared to take that step themselves.
They trust the TV, the newspapers, magazines, bureaucrats, and politicians. All the authorities. These sources haven’t given them full permission yet. They can’t even fathom that something doesn’t add up, that these people may have any motive other than their best interest at heart.
The matrix tells them that it’s risky to go out, and in their traumatized state, they are “just being careful” by staying in for a bit longer. Maybe they go out to get groceries now, with double-masks. They’re like animals staying in their cage because that’s all they know anymore, even though the cage door is open. The cage is safe.
It’s sad. What these people have done is abuse.
Depends on where you live mostly. There are plenty of middle aged up to about retirement age out where I live but the elderly are still laying low for the most part. Since work never stopped or went virtual for me I got to see my coworkers every day except when people were out with covid.
They all decided to leave and go live in Florida. Where there is always good water. Where the flora is always green. Where there are always birds. Where the garden always grows. Where the land and homes are cheap. Where there is no Income Tax. Where no Socialist Democrat is running things. Where there is no SMOG. Where the fishing is always good. Where it does not snow. Where the weather never gets very cold, and neither do the women!
I do think a lot of it depends on where you are. I still have friends in what is now a pretty blue county. Some of them are absolutely terrified, even though they have been vaccinated. They have learned to do curbside pickup for all their shopping and the thought of going out to eat scares them.
In the more red county 50 miles south, no one gives a darn and old people are out and about. Now admittedly church attendance is down but those who are showing up for church dropped the mask in service piece pretty quickly.
I can tell you why this older couple is not going out. Because dinner for two with a glass of wine and tip will cost well over 100 bucks. That’s stupid when we are on a fixed income. We are much better off financially and physically than most our age. We just don’t know how long we are going to live or what medical issues lay ahead.
We go out for lunch sometimes and sit at home for a couple of glasses of wine before dinner. Much safer too these days.
2019 was a crazy busy year. I volunteered myself into exhaustion doing community work. 2020 sent me home…and I liked it there. I was able to spend quality time with my spouse, paint a fence, paint a few pictures, plant a medicinal herb garden, prepped for shortages & went back to cooking quality healthy food. We created a personal fortress where we are completely free to do what we want. I know not everyone is that fortunate. We have had tough times too, but learned how to get to the other side of them… and believe me, they really were tough. Chris speaks of resilience, tough times can make you that. A friend gave me some advice, ‘Kill the snake that is closest.”
We watched Chris videos from early in the Covid build up. and soon began following the FLCCC protocols, so we were not all that worried about ourselves. We took care of ourselves by learning everything we could about what was coming at us. We still do that – every single day. We do worry about friends and family who do not listen to me about what I learn here.
We decided that we like our more home-directed life-style, so we’ve kept it. We are the missing old people. We are home, prepping for the next five years, thinking that they might economically be rough times. We are following some of Chris’s suggestions by purchasing what we believe we will need and making sure things are in good repair. Part of preparation is assuring that we are in as good of physical condition as possible. We all know by now that pharma meds are vulnerable to becoming unavailable. I haven’t heard much open talk about that, but that is where my spidey sense kicks in. How much better off are we if we don’t need them at all? Big Food and Big Pharma are really two of the Ugly Brothers that slap you on the back and steal both your health and your wallet.
Anyway this cute old couple is happily at home, cooking on the BBQ, & hiding out from the third really ugly one – Big Brother.
Interesting to hear from a couple of the older folks here regarding their choice to stay home. If this remains a trend, I see an economic brick wall coming fast.
While the young people were out, there simply isnt enough of them to support the retail economy all by themselves. That restaurant we went to should have been packed…father’s day weekend? Perfect weather? 6:30pm?
It used to be filled to the hilt. Same with the mall [ thought the mall has been dying a slow death for the past 10 years ]…holiday weekend, in summer time? It was a ghost town.
Literally the only place that was doing a brisk business was the Home Depot…not sure what that means [ maybe people just spending on home necessities? ].
I chuckled reading your answer. You’re speaking for us.
I’m 68 and my wife is 66. We’ve been doing everything humanly possible to stay healthy and are amazed at how much fear is out there. I notice the folks who are older than us are still particularly fearful even though almost all of them have been vaccinated. I keep talking to my wife about how we’re becoming like the Lone Ranger as there are fewer and fewer of us who aren’t vaccinated. Nevertheless, I feel I’ve researched this subject far better than friends who have been vaccinated and therefore, we have no intention of taking the jab. Our children are of the same mind thanks to Dad’s relentless preaching on the subject and their common sense and good decision making skills.
I have pulled back from participating on this site as part of my whole program of taking my health to the highest level in combating cancer by removing myself from unnecessary exposure to fear and negativity. I need to know what’s going on at a certain level but I think the wholesale immersion in all of this for the past 12+ years as I had done has not been optimal for my health. So far, against the odds and most expectations, I’m winning the battle against cancer and pray that I will continue to do so but I’ve also fully submitted myself to God’s will. It’s ultimately His call, not mine.
We like to eat out occasionally and did so as soon as that was allowed. We have not allowed fear to run or limit our lives. But on my diet, there is next to nothing available in most local restaurants that I am willing to eat on any kind of regular basis so I do it mainly for my wife’s enjoyment and a break from cooking and to socialize with friends.
We shed our masks as soon as was allowed but were amazed at what a security blanket the face diapers have become to so many. This whole pandemic has been a fascinating study of human psychology and the results don’t speak well for the behavior of most of the population. It has become eminently clear that unthinking obedience to authority, social pressures, conformity, and fear drive the decisions of most, not knowledge, wisdom, critical thinking, and independent thought.
We’d love to travel internationally again but refuse to get vaccinated just to be able to do so. So we’ve decided to do more travel within the USA including visiting family and friends. Obtaining healthy food during our travels will be a challenge but we will be packing food, buying food, and preparing food along the way and also will be researching eating establishments that can provide healthy, nourishing, life sustaining foods.
I went out and bought an expensive high performance car for our travels, not because it was wise or practical, because it was fun and gave me enjoyment. And if anyone wants to preach to me about that, don’t waste your time. I spent many years without even owning a car and many other years owning the most economical and environmentally friendly vehicles available so pardon me for my indulgence at this late stage in life facing a potentially terminal illness. Understanding a bit about neuropsychoimmunology, the fun and happiness factor trumps the practicality and common sense factor at the present time. Sometimes we just have to get a little wild and not be so worried about the more practical things in life and the future but live for the moment and enjoy this very precious life we’ve been blessed with. And the car will be enjoyable conveyance to visit family and friends around the country and build upon one of the most important things in life, relationships with those folks.
So we’re still here and still going out and about as needed but we have also grown to appreciate the simple things in our own backyard so to speak. The other night, I built a bonfire and we sat out under the moon and stars until past midnight, just talking, watching the fire and then the coals, listening to the sounds of nature, and looking up at the glory of the heavens. I walk around the neighborhood regularly and take in the smells of flowers and plants, the sky and the clouds, the birds singing, and the sounds and sights of children playing. I also regularly stop and talk with neighbors and have established many new and pleasant connections that wouldn’t have occurred when life was more fast paced and frenzied. I visit the nearby beach as well and thoroughly enjoy my walks there, taking in the sand, the water and waves, the sky, the pleasant breezes, the sound of the gulls, the sight of an eagle, and the occasional passerby.
I have had occasion recently to deal with state and federal governments on a variety issues involving car titling and registration, federal and state income taxes, Social security, etc. In a nutshell, the government offices and systems have achieved new heights of inefficiency and incompetence using COVID as an excuse. But other than those less than enjoyable bureaucratic interactions and the growing craziness of this world, life is still good and we plan on enjoying it to the fullest.