And so the marathon ends (in Off-topic)


Demigod May 3 2011 10:57 AM EDT

My great-grandmother passed this morning at the age of 105. 1906-2011. She was born before Oklahoma was a state; before New Mexico was a state; before Arizona was a state; before Alaska was a state; before Hawaii was a state. She lived through the depression and married twice, once to a pro-baseball player. She beat her era's life expectancy of 48.9 years by more than double, earned the right to vote, and saw horse-drawn carriages give way to cars. She was around for World War I, prohibition, the invention of plastic, and grew up with a wage-earning black housekeeper. She was here when Pluto was discovered, and she was here when Pluto was downgraded.

The amount of history one person can witness is mind-boggling. Cheers to a great run. I've been around long enough to see Lucky Charms add even more delicious marshmallows to every bowl. So, you know, we're pretty much tied.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] May 3 2011 11:05 AM EDT

that was one helluva nub run! g'bye gran. ; )

Lochnivar May 3 2011 11:17 AM EDT

I've been around long enough to see Lucky Charms add even more delicious marshmallows to every bowl. So, you know, we're pretty much tied.

She was around for that too... she wins, big time.

Quite the run though, we should all hope to be that fortunate.

Zenai May 3 2011 1:32 PM EDT

Wow such a wonderful testament to life in general and pure will power in specific.

Fantastic run Gran hopefully the rest of us can put in two-thirds much time and be lucky enough to see half as much as you!

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] May 3 2011 2:14 PM EDT

That's a really nice run, as to tying things up with the generations before us... I don't think many of have even a chance. My grandparents were all amazing people who accomplished incredible things. Comparisons leave me and my challenges looking like a joke.

Personally I think humanity peaked around the time your great grandmother was born...

Gunny Pew Pew [Red Permanent Assurance] May 3 2011 2:54 PM EDT

Why are we here? Plastic.

She died after Osama, seeing the long form birth cert., and beating Portal 2. That's timing.

Underage Drinking May 3 2011 6:36 PM EDT

Out of all those moments, which ones flashed before her eyes?

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] May 3 2011 7:36 PM EDT

most likely one of her idiot great-grandchildren such as demi!\

; )

IPoop May 3 2011 7:43 PM EDT

Wow that was an awesome innings!

One of those profound moments in life when you realise what she has lived through.



Condolences on your loss

Demigod May 3 2011 8:17 PM EDT

Thanks, guys. I would LOVE to find a pic of Atlanta's skyline from when she was born, but the oldest ones I can find are from the 1960s. When she bought her house, it was a quaint home in the middle of nowhere. Over time, they added on to it, making it a large two-story home. For those who know the area, the quaint setting is now known as Ponce de Leon Avenue & Scott Blvd, and the neighboring homes sell for the better part of a million bucks even after the housing crash.

In other words, someone find me that pic.

Demigod May 3 2011 8:18 PM EDT

Atlanta's skyline

AdminTal Destra [G6] May 3 2011 11:37 PM EDT

Here is a pic of 1907 Peachtree street in Atlanta

Demigod May 4 2011 12:04 AM EDT

Thanks. I think the lack of blimps & helicopters is killing my hopes of panoramic shots. That might be as good as it gets.
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