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Discussion: Age?

in: Swampfox

Nov 22, 2015 2:18 AM # 
We're all here in the Free State wondering how old Swampfox is?
Nov 22, 2015 3:43 AM # 
I can tell you that Swampfox ran his first M35 race in 1993.
Nov 22, 2015 3:44 AM # 
Hmmm, odd, it doesn't seem to show up in the usual place. Could it have been hacked and spirited off, perhaps, to the Live Free or Die State?

Well, from certain events this year, it is possible to deduce that swampfox must be at least 55 (orienteering age.) And we can reasonably establish an upward boundary of, say, 110, since hardly anyone is actively orienteering at ages beyond 110 in these modern times. That is in contrast to certain of the biblical times, when there were folks orienteering well into their multi-hundreds of years old. Some scholars who have specialized in the study of orienteering in the very earliest times estimate that Methuselah quite likely participated in over 900 Tio-Milas.

To put that number in proper context, it is believed there are no Texans who have participated in as many as 2 Tio-Milas, and there are almost more Texans than there are ticks living east of the Mississippi. Keep that in mind next time you (while located east of the Mussissippi) are pulling some unexpected foreign living thing from your skin: if it looks like a tick it's probably a tick, but if you can't be sure whether it's a tick or a Texan the odds are nearly 50-50 either way!
Nov 23, 2015 1:37 AM # 
You have provided some valuable information and, as it turns out, I can reciprocate.

I learned that when I am 55 I no longer have to do the Possum Trot. You might find it valuable to know that if you have a Texan burrowed into your skin you can remove it by putting your right hand on the bible and yelling, "Obama!", 3 times. It'll let lose and run away.
Nov 23, 2015 3:08 AM # 
I also seem to recall that 1) Swampfox was born sometime in... April?, perhaps, and that b) I think he might have the same birthday as somebody who has lived in Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington, Vermont, and South Carolina. In that order. (And perhaps some other places I might have missed, including a peripatetic stint where he was in constant motion al across the USA.)

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