Welcome… to Geriatric Park! Stemming from the need for the growing number of older members to feel welcome, we have formed F.O.S.S.L.: the Fellowship of Older Steel Supporters and Listeners. This division is open to members 35 and over, of any nationality. (Younger members may be granted honorary status at the division’s discretion, if they have an “old soul”. See Trilobite Scouts below.) Are we changing our name now that Dr. Steel has retired (or secluded himself or whatever)? NO. Why not? Because one, we still support Dr. Steel’s ideals and enjoy listening to his music, and two, that would screw up the acronym, wouldn’t it? And three, we’re old and set in our ways, and anyone that doesn’t like it can GET OFF OUR LAWN! Goals of FOSSL? We are a support group for the older people in TSU. I mean let’s face it, the major demographic in this army is skewed toward high school/college/post college, and sometimes the older people might feel they don’t quite “fit in.” And it’s important that every member of the Army feels that they fit in somewhere. Our age and experience (and treachery!) can be applied in our operations. A lot of us older people have more contacts in different places, and are more respected in the community at large, as well. We might be better at connecting with age 35+ potential soldiers, since we have many of the same experiences, we’re at similar points in our lives, etc… we can understand better than younger soldiers what aspects of Dr. Steel’s message would interest our age group. We can target other adults our ages and tell them how the Toy Soldiers are not just for kids. We can target more like charity events and such that are habited more by “grown-ups.” We will also be experts in shaking our canes and yelling “get off our lawn”, sitting around in rockers boring the younger soldiers with stories of how it was “back in our day, when we didn’t have Dr. Steel…”, and “supervising” while the younger soldiers do the hard work. :) ____________________________________________ Official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/116260845112946/ ____________________________________________ Motto: “One foot in the grave, the other in the sandbox.” Relevant Quotes: “There’s no point in being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes!” – The Fourth Doctor “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” – Willy Wonka “When I became a man I put away childish things – including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” – C.S. Lewis “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis “Maybe the Fountain of Youth isn’t a fountain at all. Maybe it’s a way of looking at things. A way of thinking. … Maybe Kick the Can is the greatest magic of all.” – Charles, in the Twilight Zone episode, “Kick the Can” “Youth and skill are no match for old age and treachery.” ____________________________________________ When applying for this division, please indicate your age (or at least that you’re over 35, I know how sensitive the ladies can be on this subject), along with any other pertinent information you wish to give, in the FOSSL forum here: http://www.toysoldiersunite.com/forums/topic/35-fossl If you are under 35: To apply to be a Trilobite Scout, DO NOT press the Request to Join button below! Please post your desire to join in the Division forum FOSSL thread above, and indicate that it is a “Trilobite Scouts request.” Thank you.