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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Jimmy Durante, John Glenn, , , , , , Truman Capote,   

    MAY IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH (and don’t you forget it!) 

    May is OLDER AMERICANS MONTH. I’m pretty sure I qualify as an older American because, as George Washington told me, “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves”….or maybe I’m thinkin’ of Lincoln (incidental details, like who said what, can get a bit hazy at my age). No matter — either way, it proves I’ve been around long enough to establish my bona feces.

    As long as I’m quoting bigwigs I have known or could have known (as the case may be), no doubt you will be interested in other memorable quotes that I remember, most of which admittedly weren’t said to me directly, but which I either overheard, or were whiskered to me in confidence by the quotees under their goatees (or beards, as the face may be):

    Old age is no place for sissies. –Bette Davis (whose facial hair at the time was confined to a mustache, as I recall)

    Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. –Truman Capote

    Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened. –Jennifer Yane

    If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. — variously attributed to  Eubie Blake, Adolph Zukor and Mae West, among others

    There is no cure for the common birthday. —John Glenn

    You’re only as old as the girl that you feel. –Groucho Marx

    Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. –Chili Davis

    Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician. –Anonymous

    Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. –Anonymous

    So there you have the story of my anonymous existence: just when I’m on a roll, I run flush out of time. C’est la vie. Take it on out, Pops (Louis) and Schnoz (Jimmy):






    • Carmen 1:26 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of toilet paper – I don’t know about you mistermuse, but I’m looking forward to forgetting all the stupid sh*t I’ve done. . . 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:29 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t mean to spoil your hopes, Carmen, but may you have a long time to wait. 🙂


    • scifihammy 7:19 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      haha I like the quotes – and the fact that you knew George Washington! 😀

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      • mistermuse 8:45 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I not only knew him — we were so close, he admitted to me that he didn’t chop down the cherry tree — it was a SLIPPERY ELM (which is why it took him so long to get a handle on it….not to mention that the handle was missing a blade).

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    • GP Cox 8:15 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Forget what? (just kidding – I think). It’s about time us old folks got an honorable mention around Blogsville!

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    • Don Frankel 12:27 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      They give us a whole month? Some of us might not use all of it. But when it comes to time sometimes its the same…

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      • mistermuse 3:40 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Don, this is for those who “might not use all of it”:

        Note: Billie is backed this time by (among others) jazz legends Lester Young on tenor sax, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, and Teddy Wilson on piano.


    • D. Wallace Peach 8:08 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Oh goodness. I’m among this crowd. At least the sense of humor remains intact! The quote from Chili Davis is my favorite because it’s 100% true! Keep up the laughter. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 10:43 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana. I almost didn’t use the Chili Davis quote because initially, I couldn’t decide between it and a similar one by Ogden Nash (“You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.”). I finally chose the Davis quote because I couldn’t stay undecided indefinitely. 🙂

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    • eths 10:44 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love the quotes!

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      • mistermuse 11:00 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I especially liked the Capote, Yane, Glenn and ‘t.p.’ quotes because they were new to me, whereas the others were familiar.


    • Silver Screenings 9:37 am on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never seen this clip with Louis Armstrong and Jimmy Durante. The both of them have SO MUCH CHARISMA!

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      • mistermuse 12:16 pm on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Louis was long past his trumpet-playing prime by the time of that clip, and Jimmy was even older (by 7 years), but they both still had ‘it,’ charisma-wise. Interestingly, Jimmy also started out as a jazzman, playing piano and (in 1916) organizing the Original New Orleans Jazz Band (in New York!).


    • restlessjo 12:58 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      All of them true, alas 🙂 🙂 But I won’t let it spoil my weekend.

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      • mistermuse 3:06 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Do you know the definition of “weekend?” It’s the shortest distance between Friday and Monday — so enjoy it before it’s over! 🙂

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    • RMW 12:47 pm on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A little late commenting but my excuse is I was in Brighton, England (my birthplace) celebrating my birthday on this very day. So, as it was a big number birthday this post was very appropriate. Although I’m getting older, life is getting better. I’ve been saving the best for last. However, I do agree with the toilet paper analogy.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: animals with big noses, big noses, , , , , , Jimmy Durante, ,   


    When I remarked, in a comment to my last post, that some mugwump Republicans would “hold their noses” while voting for you-know-who, it brought to mind (who nose why?) the old college football exhortation, HOLD THAT LINE!….which, in turn, suggests a catchy campaign slogan for the GOP’s Offensive Lines Man: HOLD THAT NOSE! VOTE FOR TRUMP!

    The nose, it seems, has long been a useful appendage when it comes to exhortations:


    I don’t nose about you, but I find people with noses fascinating — especially thoses with long noses….especially thoses whose noses made them famous.

    On the other hand, I don’t think it’s fair that animals with big noses are often seen as having faces only a mother could love:

    Animals with Big Noses

    Did you notice that several humans managed to horn their way into that mix of pix, one of whom seems bent on cutting off his nose to spite his face?As Jimmy “Schnozzola” Durante used to say, “Everybody wants to get into the act,” but that guy is apparently trying to take a short cut. Oh, well, it’s no skin off of my nose.

    Of course, not everyone is blessed with a big nose, otherwise mistermuse might be known as misternose. HAHAHA!  The point is that you don’t have to have a natural big nose to clown around and be a big hit with the young at heart:

    • eths 12:34 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the Judy Garland video!

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    • mistermuse 6:17 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That video is a clip from the 1948 movie THE PIRATE, one of Judy’s lesser-known & under-appreciated films. Well worth watching, in my view.


    • ladysighs 6:45 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Always so clever you are!! One never knows what you will be posting next.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 7:12 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        People now are trying thru plastic surgery and botox injections to have a pretty face and body. Jimmy Durante used his most prominent feature to attract attention.to his comical actions. The tragedy of plastic surgery becomes evident in the news. A 29 year old, young women went under the knife trying to have some bodily changes. It doesn’t happen often but the poor lady died from complications. Good posting mistermuse. We should be aware of this problem and learn to like ourselves as we are, big nose and other physical imperfections..

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      • mistermuse 7:32 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I usually don’t know what I’ll be posting next myself, ladysighs. I just play it by ear (or, in this case, by nose).

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    • mistermuse 7:40 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Michaeline, I think where human beings are concerned, there’s always room for improvement – the problem is that too often we want to improve superficial things instead of what really counts. Of course, I’m already perfect, so I needn’t worry about such things (believe that, and I’ll tell you another one!). 🙂


    • Cynthia Jobin 10:43 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I find noses–all noses—comical. Have you ever sat musing in a pubic place, say, a coffee shop, and really looked at noses? They crack me up! The most colorful nose idioms I nose about are ones I have been accused of: “Get your nose out of that book!” and ones I have slung at others: “Brown nose!” Then there’s always that south end of the roast chicken referred to as “the parson’s nose” ……or “the pope’s nose”, depending on your religious persuasion. The family dog usually gets to enjoy that.

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      • mistermuse 11:58 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I know very little about cooking, For example, I’ve heard of rump roast, but was never curious enough to check it out — get to the bottom of it, as a bad punner (not I, of course) might say. So, irreverent soul that I am, and trusting that the south end of the chicken doesn’t mind sharing the bird-en(d), I’ll lump “parson’s nose” and “pope’s nose” with rump, because a roast by any other name would…. whatever.

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    • arekhill1 11:40 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.”–Nosetradamus

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    • mistermuse 12:16 pm on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Nosetradamus must have had a nose for pithy sayings, and you were picky enough to pick one of his pithiest. Good nose job (but bad pun by me).


    • Carmen 2:52 pm on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My father didn’t like my mother’s cousin. He used to say, “She knows all because she’s all nose!” (I hadn’t thought of her for years. . . )

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    • mistermuse 4:56 pm on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love it, Carmen! Your father certainly had a nose for saying it all in a few words.


    • Don Frankel 6:07 am on May 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Least we forget Danny Thomas here when it comes to noses. And, of course the Seinfeld episode where he tried to explain that it was not a pick. But most importantly we have to remember that “the nose knows.”


    • mistermuse 7:03 am on May 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t particularly care for Danny Thomas as a comedian, but like Durante, he did joke about his big nose. I can only guess that the compiler of the clip of thoses with famous noses didn’t include him because his fame pretty much passed on when he did.


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