I love comments like this!
One of the reasons I never got into fights when I was in high school was because by the time people had parsed out what I had said was an insult… I was long gone.
When I owned a business I always thought getting a call for ‘references’ was counterintuitive. If you were a great employee and I didn’t want you to leave, why would I not make it sound like you were a POS and were worthless? If you were ‘not so great’ I would be inclined to make it sound like you were the best thing to happen to the business ever and that it would be devastating to lose you…
A friend of ours years ago worked in India. He had a lousy scoundrel of an ex-employee ask him for a reference. He wrote “This man is capable of anything.” The guy, not being a native English speaker, was very pleased…
@detailer At a dermatologist’s office this past week, the nurse asked me how old I was. I answered, and she looked astonished. She looked at my paperwork on the clipboard, and before she could say that I don’t look that old, I said “I dye my hair.”
@detailer@macromeh@rtjhnstn@Star2236 Yeah, why is that? My 59th was last June, and it was kind of depressing. 39/40 and 49/50 weren’t too horrible, but the thought of turning 60 has thrown me for a loop. Is it because I can’t pretend any longer that I’m not old, even though I don’t act my age? Is it because I’m running out of time to accomplish anything? Is it because last week, the doctor told me my knee is officially bone on bone? Am I having an existential crisis?
Children, children…I will celebrate (calmly) my 42nd 40th this year. Oh to be 69 again! Hell, I would settle for 80!
WWII, the Korean War, the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, administrations, the Cuban Missle Crises, Viet Nam, and all the rest of the “eras” of the last half of the 20th Century were real to me. Unlike most young people of the present, I know who the enemies of America were and are today.
I know how to dial a rotary telephone, what a party line is, what “Has a good beat, and easy to dance to…85” means, I watched “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” and more stuff than you Kiddies can ever imagine.
I may or may not be the only geezer on this forum, but, I can tell you this…it is better to be here than the alternative!
@chienfou@detailer@Jackinga@Lynnerizer@Star2236@werehatrack My wife’s step-dad is amazing. He will be 95 in March. He lives on an acreage and he still mows, clears brush, cuts and splits firewood, keeps a garden, etc. He was a fireman in his younger years, but he’s now been “retired” longer than he was in the workforce.
I wish I had half his energy.
My aunt was kind of mischievous. My mother says that when they were young some American guy made a lechy comment to her, and she very demurely said something really insulting to him in Japanese, with a flirty smile. They both walked away happy.