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Teaching -- can’t stand for 50 minutes (can’t stand for five minutes if it comes to that) and it’s exhausting as well.
Scuba – took my last dive on my 80th birthday, did not enjoy it. Can’t depend on the muscles.
Playing in the band -- sitting in front of the trumpets, even with earplugs, damaging. And my back couldn't make it through rehearsals.
Making music at home -- lips have lazy muscles too. Oboe and both clarinets have gone on ebay.
Going to the movies – dialog escapes me. With Netflix at home I can pull up captions.
Lectures – I keep trying, but it all depends on the timbre of the speaker’s voice. Hearing aids can only do so much.
Live theature – see above. I get about one-third of the dialog.
Music – this is a big loss. Doctor says it’s not the ears, it’s the brain. Orchestras sound like so much jumbled cacophony. Singers sound off-key. Sometimes individual guitar or cello is okay, but that’s about it.
Concerts – see above.
Records, CDs – see above.
Late-night radio -- Used to listen to our PBS station when I couldn’t sleep, but now they broadcast the BBC all night, and it’s hard to understand even the slightest accent.
Cosmetics – trying to do anything beyond lipstick was a poor idea once the wrinkles got serious. No great loss.
Guided walks – the last one I took several years ago (fascinating tour of the city’s largest cemetery) I barely kept up, and I noticed one guide was evidently delegated to drop back and worry about me.
Bird Walks – yes, these are slower if not completely stagnant, but I can’t stand up that long.
Binoculars – yes, I can use them but not standing up – balance problem.
National conferences -- see Lecture problem above.
Shopping -- that's out, but buying on the Internet was invented just for me.
Visiting the kids. This involves Airports – I’m still conflicted on this one. Resolved never to fly again, but then decided to give it one more try next week. Stay tuned.
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