Remember this old saying? Have fun with it and answer it as many times as you want. For example, "Old engineers never die, they just go out of spec." Or, "Old quality engineers never die, they just go out of tolerance." Or, "Old sofas never die, they just go to college." Once we get more normal/non-geek examples on the boards, I'm sure you'll get it. For example, finish this one: "Old writers never die, they just______"
:-) Thanks for that!! I'm having one of those wish-I-could-"turtle-in" for safety types of days. I feel about a hundred, so at least (using your logic) I should look good and hopefully get my computer fixed today. :-)
I believe that is "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away." The implications being that if one is a soldier and lives to a ripe old age, they most certainly dodged the fatal elements of the battlefield to return home once again. Age eventually defeats the active participation of the old soldier but it never kills his/her instincts and love for their country. That part of them lives on and is remember long past the course of their natural life here on earth....that becomes the "fade away" part in my mind. ~WB
Too cool! I'd never heard it said as anything but a joke, and I had no idea this was a serious and deeply moving saying. I apologize to anyone whom I may have offended by posting this as a joke, and many thanks to Wayne Brown for the real story.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur famously quoted the line "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away" during his speech to the US Congress, upon his return to the United States, after he was fired by Pres. Truman during the Korean War.
It's a pity though, that nowadays soldiers coming from the battlefield are greeted not with respectful celebration but with spiteful derision.
A. Villarasa--I cannot explain how horrified I am that I have ignorantly but deeply offended you. I most certainly meant no disrespect to anyone, living or dead, especially not to General MacArthur! I doubt anyone meant offense. I'll close this ASAP.
I checked with the military folks I knknow, and they assured me it was a well-established joke where they are living/stationed, as well as having the elegantly and reverently phrased deeper meaning that Wayne enlightened me/us with. If anyone is offended, however, I apologize sincerely. In thanks to those who have already submitted their work, however, apparently understanding only the single meaning, please know that no offense was intended at all; I was simply ignorant about its origins. I have great respect for all soldiers and thank them most sincerely for risking their lives to protect us all in these United States of America, the best in the world, where we are free to do and say whatever we want as long as we don't infringe on the rights of others and with but a few very reasonable requirements, such as mandatory education. I'll try to find a way of closing this to new contributions from the mobile interface, but I won't have access to the Internet for hours yet.
Old plumbers never die, they just take the plunge.
Old Tailors never die, they just double up in stitches.
Old Nurses never die, they just can't take the pressure anymore.
Old C&W singers never die, they just write another song about dying.
Old Skiiers never die, they just sort of slope
Hey Laura......Thanks!! This was fun.....this old gal's still got it.....These just popped out of my head in a matter of seconds....I stopped before I wore myself out ..My brain is good for another 30,000 miles.......and I really thought I was beginning to lose it!! LOL
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