“Dagnabbit!”

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Dagnabbit

It’s been a long-time coming, but it came.

I remember when I turned 50 and received an invitation to become a member of AARP. I hid the invitation. I didn’t want to go to that party. I was too young, still too full of myself. A senior? Forget it!

Last week, while checking out of the supermarket, a 17-year-old bag boy with bluish-blond hair said rather proudly, “old timer, can I help you bring your bags to the car?”  Old-timer?! I looked around to see whom he was talking to. The last time I heard the term “old-timer” was when one of my favorite western heroes, Roy Rogers called his comedic, quintessential western sidekick, Gabby Hayes, an old-timer.

For those of you younger folks, every early western star had a sidekick. Gabby Hayes fit the bill. Pushed back brim on his hat, a beard that looked like tumbleweed and then his mouth—he had no teeth. His favorite phrase was “dagnabbit.”

I said to my new friend, “Do I look like I need help? Am I shuffling around with no idea of where I am? Do I not have a full set of teeth in my mouth?” He seemed startled. Was this old-timer prideful? Assertive? Self-assured?

My new friend became embarrassed, mumbling something that was unintelligible but sounded like ‘wow – you’re really something!’

Then I quoted Gabby Hayes… “Young whippersnapper, if you want to put those bags in my car, have a go at it.”

So is there a moral to this story? Perhaps some life-changing words of wisdom? Sure, just be proud of who you are – no matter what someone else may think or perceive.  Let’s face it – we were all young whippersnappers once.

Take my advice for what it is…It’s just, AS I SEE IT.

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Leonard F. Baer
Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000.

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