Monday, January 26, 2009

Old joke warning

Ponder this: “You may not like flowers, but eventually they will grow on you.” That gem according to Digger O’Dell, the friendly undertaker on the old radio show, “The Life of Riley,”

News flash: Boomers don’t think they are ever going to die.

A recent research firm found the cheery fact that most boomers say they think old age begins at 79.5. “A ridiculously sunny view” writes Michael Winerip in his new NYTimes Generations column. Sunny because the average life expectancy is 77.

Although his new column is written for people who type with their thumbs, it is good geezer reading, too.


“Time and money had always been the boomers’ friends: a new job, a second marriage,a reconstructed knee, a fresh start.” He even has the temerity to refer to the Boomer label as cheesy.

To some, aging remains a mystery. Not me. If you’re lucky, you age. The only secret I’ve learned in the past 70 years is pretty simple – enjoy.


Ken Martin said...

This reminds me of a discussion we were having with friends recently. When we announced we planned to sell our house and buy a two-story place at Mueller, they seemed incredulous that we would be buying a two-story house (I'm 69). One of them said her knees couldn't take it. I replied, "My knees are fine."

And I'm not even a boomer. I'm from the pre-boomer era. So I must fit the profile that Winerip is talking about. I think old age begins much later.

Escaped Waco Alive said...

Where is that Winerip whippersnapper? I'll wack him with my walker. Notice that John Paul Stevens (one of my heroes), the 89-year-old justice, didn't flub his lines at the inaugural. I'm 55. I've lost 170 pounds. My Child Bride's ten years younger than I. I can still type faster on a manual typewriter than on a computer. I'm just getting started. And I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. (I know I wanna grow up to be just like Geo., that sexy ol' geezer.)

The South Plainsman said...

George, we are not Boomers. We are older than that. They are still too young to know the real truth.

Ken, I had to go to one story house about 5 years ago. Bad knees. When I was a kid and got dinged up playing ball, when the coaches said "shake it off and get back in there," I thought that was what I was supposed to do. LOL

Would do it again. As George said, we learned to enjoy...and at an early age.

Life is good. Even for septuagenarians. Maybe even better for them.

George Phenix said...

I know I'm not a Boomer.I'm the FATHER of Boomers.

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