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Publisher’s Comment: Turning 50 is simply the old 40

As hard as it is to believe (go with it), I'll be turning 50 in a very short time. I've always said I was going to age gracefully. But as the years fly by, I find myself looking at those Grecian and h...




As hard as it is to believe (go with it), I’ll be turning 50 in a very short time. I’ve always said I was going to age gracefully. But as the years fly by, I find myself looking at those Grecian and hair replacement commercials and wondering just how long it will be before I make the investment.

It’s not that my hair is going grey. In fact, it’s not. For that I am thankful. My problem stems from the back and I think it may be working its way to the front a little quicker than I’d like.

It was late last year when I stepped into a crowded elevator here at 12 Concorde Place. Being a relatively new building, its architects built it in more chrome and mirrors than you’d find at the Fergus Truck Show.

The elevators of course are all mirrored and it was there that I discovered exactly what was going on (or should I say coming off) up top.

I make a point of not looking at the floor in an elevator. Most people do, but I try to avoid being a floor watcher. After reading the elevator certification date and confirming it was in order, I happened to glance up.

What I saw somewhere between the top of the door and the side of the ceiling caused me to smirk. It was obvious that someone was thinning, but as I glanced around the elevator, I couldn’t tell who. No big deal and it was certainly none of my business.

As I nonchalantly continued my gaze, I froze. Moving my head back and forth ever so slightly confirmed my worst fear. It was me.

I later discovered from my friends that the flight of the falling hair had been going on for some time.

Turning 50 isn’t the end of the world. I’ve experienced some challenging health issues in the past so I’m just happy waking up each morning on the right side of the ground.

The party issue has been a hot topic around my house.

For some reason people think that turning 50 is reason to celebrate. I’m thinking that since the new 50 is the old 40 and the old 50 is the new 60, I’ve got another 10 years before I’m ready for the big party.

Thin, fat, bald or hairy, I’m looking forward to my fifties.

– Rob Wilkins is the publisher of Truck News and he can be reached at 416-510-5123.


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