TIME FLIES

It is said that “Time flies when you’re having fun.” As for me, time flies when you can’t believe a certain young woman and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary this fall, and next year on June 23, the oldest of our two daughters (Big One and Little One) will celebrate(?) her 50th birthday. How is it possible that one day the young woman and I got married, and the next thing we know, our girls are older than my oldest clothes (though not by much). Time and fun fly when ‘hangers-on’ in the closet look the same as decades ago….but the reflection in the mirror looks like Methuselah’s grandfather. 😦

The moral of the story?

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

Then be not coy, but use your time
And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.

–Robert Herrick (from his poem TO THE VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME, 1648)

In other words, take the advice of legendary songwriter Irving Berlin (1888-1989) and….

Oh….I almost forgot: Happy 49th Birthday, Big One!

 

 

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Mistermuse: A Birthday Tribute

On this day, *ahem* years ago, mistermuse (aka my dad) was born. And so to mark this auspicious occasion, I have compiled a list of little known facts about his life. There are many things we already know about mistermuse – he’s a reader, writer, thinker, jazz aficionado and classic movie buff, and today, in honor of his birthday, here are ten things you didn’t know about the man who aMUSEs us all!

  1. His grandfather came from County Clare, Ireland and could “talk the blarney”. Perhaps this is where mistermuse got his way with words.
  2. As a boy he traded his set of original Superman comics for a BB gun. At least he didn’t shoot his eye out!
  3. He worked for the same company his entire career, starting out in the mailroom and working his way up. How many can say that today?
  4. He met my mom through a “computer dating service” – a newfangled thing in the 60’s. His first matches weren’t so hot and he was going to give up the experiment after his sixth and last match. Thank goodness my mom was the sixth and not the seventh!
  5. When I was five years old he brought home a pet for the family in a cardboard box – no, it wasn’t a puppy, it was a duckling! For the next ten years we had a duck waddling around in our suburban backyard.
  6. In his travels, mistermuse has visited eight countries (Canada, Mexico, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland), all fifty US states, and has taken pictures of covered bridges in every state that had one.
  7. He retired at age 50 with a nice early retirement package and then worked for a couple of years as a building security guard. His favorite part of that job was getting to watch TV while working.
  8. Mistermuse has a sneeze with a decibel level high enough to set off our doorbell sensor. Thankfully, he has not yet blown down the house.
  9. He was always a devoted son and cared for his mother for the last 11 years of her life while she lived with our family.
  10. He is the best dad I could ever ask for. 🙂

So now you know ten more things about mistermuse than you did before and I hope you all enjoyed reading it too.

And finally,

Happy Birthday, Dad!

As poet I can’t compare – your wit’s sharpened on a strop,
but if Daddy I’m the bottom, you’re the top!

IT’S A 3 M BIRTHDAY

I know how to spell your name, it’s true….
But I’m not sure how you pronounce you.
‘Tis a rhyming challenge with needs phonemic
To offer birthday wishes free of seeds polemic.
So I thought I would try a phonetic 3-way
And hope you’ll cede me a soupcon of leeway:

Happy birthday to my blog friend, Michaeline,
Whose age sets the stage, with old vintage wine,
For a toast to that well-traveled Ms Michelin,
Who retired ere tires were invented, way back when.
And last, but not deceased, I salud! Micheleen,
Whose birth day was a feast day on this day in 1915.

Be thee 100 years (less or more),
May there be another 100 in store.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

Today is mistermuse’s birthday. Did I hear you say, “What of it?” Fine. It happens that I’ve been drawing a _____ lately trying to think of something to write about, so my birthday has come around at a most propitious time — the day of my birth — and now the world need not bear to go another day without the sound of musing. Thanks, mom….you too, dad.

I thought it might be interesting (to me, at any rate) to check this date in history to see what other noteworthy misters and misfits were born on October 18. Or….I could tell some birthday jokes. Or….if the lesser of two evils isn’t your idea of an optimum choice, I could do both. Actually, let’s do that. First, the October 18th birthdays:

1889 – Fanny Hurst, novelist. Notwithstanding early fame, her novels and autobiography (titled Anatomy of Me) didn’t sit well with most critics.
1918 – Bobby Troup, songwriter. You may not know his name, but his song lives on:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLUYf6cekMA
1919 – Anita O’Day, vocalist. One of the top jazz stylists of her time.
1939 – Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK assassin. A name that lives in infamy.
1947 – Paul Chuckle, British comedian. As apt stage names go, no doubt a better choice than Paul Chortle, Paul Guffaw, or Paul Bearer.
1961 – Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter. 1983 Grammy Award winner.

Last but least, the birthday jokes:

What do Santa’s reindeer sing to him on his birthday? Freeze a jolly good fellow!
Why couldn’t Stone Age man send birthday cards? The stamps wouldn’t stick to the rocks.
What do George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and mistermuse all have in common? They were all (but for one oversight) born on holidays.
A man’s only as old as the woman he feels. –Groucho Marx
When I asked my wife what she wanted for her birthday, she said “Nothing would make me happier than diamond earrings.” So I gave her nothing.
In life one has to go to the funerals of people we like and the birthdays of people we don’t. Thanks for coming anyway.