As a Tough Old Geezer Skier with a name tag to that effect, perhaps people find it amusing and intriguing to talk to an old geezer. Whatever the case, I find that I am continually amazed how entertaining and interesting a ski lift ride with a chance seat mate can be. As far as old friends and acquaintances go the same old stories often get repeated ad infinitum, but from time to time real problems get hashed out.
Maybe I should set up a stand like Lucy did in the Peanuts Comic Strip by Charles Schulz. The sign reads,
"Psychiatric Help - 5 Cents".