I could have sworn that I replied to this post earlier tonite, in fact I know I did. The wife was hounding me to get away from the computer so we could go to the the inlaws to have dinner, and I kept telling her, right after I post this response! I must have deleted my response instead of posting it. Oh the nagging sometimes, oh, you guys know what I mean, I know I don't have to explain myself. :-D
Anyway, I became interested in keeping bees about 5 and a half yrs ago. I started keeping bees as a way to understand bees better, in order that I could perform live removals and save colonies that I got calls on. It all started with a hive that was in a customer's rental. Soon after, I began getting more and more calls, and things kinda balooned from there. The more I learned the more fascinated I became. I have always liked the outdoors and nature in general.
Bailey is the friend I mentioned in an earlier post. We talk about bees and fish together now, all because of a hive that set up shop in his purple martin gourd.
I don't think its really an age thing but it does help when you're more settled into a routine way of life, you're more able to plan your hobbies better. I believe there are a lot of people out there who would keep bees if they knew how fascinating they really are.