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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    SENIOR MUSE 

    May is Older Americans Month (fka Senior Citizens Month). Back in 1963, when the month was established, I was “a young man full of idealism and vigor” (as Barack Obama joked recently at the White House in a different context), a year out of the army with the rest of my life ahead of me. Now here it is 2016, some 53 years later, and I still have the rest of my life ahead of me. Amazing.

    So much for the glass-half-full outlook. In the other hand, the glass is half-empty:

    COME TO THINK OF IT

    Old age is a sad estate.
    With it comes wisdom,
    But it comes so late.

    Now recall innocent youth.
    Ignorance was bliss,
    But less than truth.

    Why can’t life be in reverse:
    Born knowing the score,
    Blameless in the hearse?

    The old joke about old age is that there’s not much future in it. Maybe so, but I like to think ‘outside the box.’ One thing for sure: Old age is no place for sissies. –Bette Davis

    Well, never let it be said that this blog is no place for good quotes. Most of the following goodies aren’t funny, but then, old age isn’t exactly a barrel of laughs either. So, until further adieu:

    Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative. –Maurice Chevalier

    Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man. –James Thurber

    A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, “At my age, I don’t even buy green bananas.” –Claude Pepper

    Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. –Benjamin Franklin

    Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. –Victor Hugo

    There’s no such thing as old age; there is only sorrow. –Fay Weldon

    Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it, old age is still old age. –Sinclair Lewis

    A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity, and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. –Robertson Davies

    Not even old age knows how to love death. –Sophocles

    By the time you’re 80 years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it. –George Burns (who, in case you forgot, lived to age 100)

    And now for the BIG (double) FINISH:

     

     

     
    • Cynthia Jobin 12:34 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoyed listening to both renditions of the Farewell Blues.

      I like Mark Twain’s take on the fear of death: — ‘I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience…’

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      • mistermuse 7:33 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Cynthia. I hadn’t read that Mark Twain quote before (or, if I did, I forgot it in my old age). 🙂

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    • eths 1:45 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Losing a son last year made me look at my life differently. I feel really lucky to be 81 and in good health and to look forward to each day, particularly now that I’ve found the blogging world.

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      • mistermuse 7:48 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I can empathize, as I lost my only sister this year. As for your blog, I read it (ir)religiously and I look forward to it each day — or at least each year (just kidding – I wholly recommend it). 🙂

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        • eths 5:46 pm on May 5, 2016 Permalink

          I am sorry about your sister. I hope you are doing well.

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    • ladysighs 7:43 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for informing me that May is Old Age Month. I think. 😦
      One of those things I’d rather not think about, but now that I know about it I can’t stop thinking about it.

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      • mistermuse 8:10 am on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Ladysighs, I’d apologize, but I’d like to think this post inspired your excellent blog post today along the same lines (I’m sure you wrote yours before you saw mine, but that’s just a minor detail). 🙂

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    • arekhill1 2:47 pm on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Old or young, keep in mind the words of the philosopher–“Nobody gets out of life alive.”

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      • mistermuse 6:11 pm on May 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Some people are lucky to get INTO it alive….which seems ironic, when you consider that none of us asked to be conceived, much less born. To paraphrase Rick (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca: It seems that fate takes a hand.

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    • Carmen 6:56 am on May 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      mister use-
      I get that comment from a few of my students when they realize I’m the same age as their grandmothers. They’ll blurt out, “You’re OLD!!” I always come back with, “Compared to whom?”
      It’s all relative. . 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:10 am on May 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s all relative until we kick the bucket….and then it’s all relatives (at the funeral). 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 5:29 am on May 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I swore I commented on this but then maybe I just came into the room where I have the computer and stared at the screen and forgot why I went into this room. What’s this post about again?

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      • mistermuse 8:34 am on May 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Welcome to the club, Don. It’s the only club I know of where, once you’re in, there’s only one way out. 😦

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        • Carmen 8:49 am on May 7, 2016 Permalink

          Methinks you two exaggerate. . .there’s lots of mustard left to cut with the pair of you! 😉

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    • mistermuse 9:20 am on May 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Carmen, your comment cuts the mustard, whether we exaggerate or not. 🙂

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    • blindzanygirl 12:17 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love those quotes mistermuse. Looks like I have dug right back into your blog. But it was worth it!

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      • mistermuse 12:48 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        To think that when I wrote this post, Trump wasn’t even the Republican nominee for U.S. President yet. They say time flies when you’re having fun, but judging by the past 3 1/2 years, time flies even when you’re not having fun.

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    IT’S ABOUT TIME 

    Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. –Will Rogers

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    Daylight Saving Time arrives on March 13, when, under penalty of painful death or being forced to watch GOP debate videos every day for the rest of your life (you may find death preferable), by law you must arise at 2 a.m. to set clocks ahead one hour….or, if you don’t wish to get up at 2 a.m., you can simply stay up, which many all-night carousers among my readers do anyway (not naming names, of course, but you know who you are).

    As a retiree, I have neither caroused nor set an alarm clock for years, so this presents a problem. On the one hand — which, by the way, many timepieces no longer have, much less two hands (they now have digitalis or some such new-fangled technology) — I may just ignore Big Bro and risk the consequences. On the other hand, I could drink a gallon of coffee, stay up, and when the time comes, set my clocks ahead –or is it back — one hour?

    Last year, my wife reminded me of an easy way to remember which is which: in spring, spring forward; in fall, fall back….to which I said, “Fine — if it’s so easy, you get up and do it.” Unfortunately, my wife has no sense of humor and cleaned my clock. By the time I came to, it was too past two, so I thought to hell with it, and fell back to sleep. Who needs Daylight Saving Time anyway? If there must be a Saving Time, there ought to be a

    To my fellow earth-and-time-sharing fellow Americans, Mexicans, Franciscans, Anglicans, Wiccans, pelicans, toucans of Cannes who can cancan as too few can….and even Republicans: as you know, these are mean times we’re in. It’s enough to drive you cuckoo. I say it’s time to tune out, take a break, and enjoy some timeless old time songs:

    A note on There’ll Come A Time, played by Frank Trumbauer’s Orchestra featuring the great and legendary 1920s cornetist Bix Beiderbecke: Bix was born on this day, March 10, 1903 (less than two years after his friend, Louis Armstrong), and died tragically young of alcoholism/pneumonia at age 28. Actually, Bix Beiderbecke never died….he just ran out of time. His sound was so transcendent, remembered guitarist Eddie Condon, it hit you where you lived, “like a girl saying yes.”

    I see by ye olde clock on yawnder wall that it’s past midnight. Time to Hit the Road to Dreamland* — but that’s another song for another day.

    *by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer, 1942

     

     

     

     
    • Midwestern Plant Girl 6:27 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Losing an hours sleep is a huge deal for my body. My brain thinks its just got sent to another continent with the jet lag I get 😴😩
      I’ll be back to normal in a few weeks. …

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      • mistermuse 8:13 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Never let it be said that mistermuse won’t help a damsel in distress. Here’s a list of countries that have & don’t have Daylight Saving Time:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time_by_country

        As you can see, to escape DST, you could move to Hawaii (but then, who would want to live in paradise? 🙂 ), or even some parts of Canada (if you don’t mind freezing your plants off!). Or you could just stay put and get back to normal in a few weeks (unlike mistermuse, who will never be normal). 😦

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        • Midwestern Plant Girl 8:44 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink

          Normal is sooooo overrated!
          Let’s enjoy our quirkiness 😍😉

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    • linnetmoss 6:35 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I do love my Chevalier! What a great song 🙂 Now MisterMuse, I’m sure Monsieur would agree with me that as a retiree, you ought to be carousing!

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      • mistermuse 8:27 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, that depends on whether you mean Monsieur Chevalier or Monsieur Muse who would agree. If it’s the latter, Mademoiselle Muse might not only clean my clock, but make my remaining time on earth a lot shorter than I was hoping for. 😦 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 9:57 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      While a lot of my clocks are computerized and they switch automatically some are still in the 20th Century and well the next day I never quite know what time is, it as it goes by…

      Which of course leads me to this one and no musical rendition of time would be complete without it.

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      • mistermuse 2:07 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You got that right, Don – but as much as I dig As Time Goes By (and get pretty tired doing it, ha ha), there are time songs I like even more, including this one:

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    • arekhill1 11:38 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Some idiot politician out here wants to eliminate DST out here, on the grounds that the one hour life-lag it induces is too dangerous for Californians to endure. The nanny state would rather the sun start streaming through the blinds at 5 AM in San Diego in June.

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    • mistermuse 2:31 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s safe to say that most Californians (& Americans) would find it much more dangerous if voters don’t eliminate DJT (Donald J. Trump) from becoming Pres. Nonetheless, if that idiot politician wants more daylight, maybe he should get behind a Sunshine Law to make the political process more transparent.

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    • Don Frankel 6:05 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great recording Muse and well she’s just the best.

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    • mistermuse 9:56 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don, when you have a great song (written by Vincent Youmans, Harold Adamson & Mack Gordon) sung by a great vocalist (Billie Holiday) accompanied by great musicians (including Lester Young, Roy Eldridge & Teddy Wilson), it’s time to say it doesn’t get any better than this.

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    • Jane 8:02 am on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love the Will Rogers quote. I often reflect on how many time saving devices we have and yet our days seem so, so busy still! Now that we have email and mobile phones, people expect immediate responses. So while I am very thankful that I’m not slaving over a fire to cook or having to grind and bake my own bread by hand (or am dying of infection from lack of antibiotics), I do wonder why we seem to still be filling up our days with stuff meant to make our lives more efficient but that in reality don’t. That’s why I love walking in the wild – it’s peaceful and being disconnected from the modern world is soothing to the mind. I end up being more productive mentally. In this way, slowing down help me work better in the end. Am I making sense? As for daylight saving, we don’t have it in Queensland. I prefer not to have it, but I guess I am influenced by all the years living on farms where the animals have their own routine based on when the sun rises, not on an artificial time piece. We have plenty of daylight hours here though. I expect it is more useful for people in other parts of the world, who don’t? I always enjoy your posts, even if I don’t get the chance to comment. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 9:02 am on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Jane, if anyone ever calls you “Plain Jane,” take it as a compliment, because you know how to lead the good life….and thank you for the kind words at the end. 🙂

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    • tomorrowdefinitely 5:13 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      timely musings and great comments as always 🙂 I have to add my own favourite time song:

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    • mistermuse 5:45 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I thought I had a few Charles Aznavour records in my collection, but in checking, I do not (though I do own a number of Jean Sablon & other French male vocalists). In any case, I like the song and thank you very much for the clip.

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    • BroadBlogs 6:15 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Look forward to DST! Nice to have tunes to accompany it.

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    • restlessjo 2:52 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      We could write a book about time or the lack of, couldn’t we? Thanks for the smiles 🙂

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    • mistermuse 5:38 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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