“First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your zipper up, then you forget to pull your zipper down.” -Leo Rosenberg
It’s that last item I am particularly not looking forward to.
Ack! It’s four years too early to be singing that silly Paul McCartney song from the title of this post. Nevertheless, I’m now in that decade and I don’t mind saying, I’m not exactly doing cartwheels over that fact (due to fragile bones, of course). Saying “I’m 60” just sounds old. Until this year, I’ve not given much thought to numbers, age-wise, but now, there’s just no way around the fact that I’m in “grandpa” territory. As anyone who has read my blog is well aware, I’m at least grateful that Sophie appears to be years away from “blessing” me with that moniker. Years from now, by the time she’s ready, perhaps the world have become such a vile, putrid, overheated septic tank, she will elect not to bring a child into such a nightmarish world. So, I’m actually rooting for everything to go to hell in a hand basket so as to avoid being called “grandpa”; BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
Recently, students in a workshop were asked to fill out a questionnaire about a class I taught. All of the comments were positive, including the one where the student said that I had forgotten to say something, but that was OK because I was after all, as old as his grandfather. My manager had a good laugh at that one. “Harumpf! I fail to see the humor!”
I keep batting about the idea of having some sort of party. My goal in the last month was to finally outfit my second dining room with a table that would allow for serious entertaining that would not be possible with the one that came with the apartment. I got the new table last week and yesterday I did an IKEA run to buy- wait for it- placemats. I couldn’t find them anywhere else, so I had to take the requisite half-day, to make the trek to that western outpost of consumerism. Why isn’t there a “Bed Bath and Beyond” in China? For that matter, why not have a “Home Depot” too. These places would be more profitable than a casino!
Now that my home is, at long last, ready for “Primetime” I really should start entertaining, beginning with a 60th birthday party. Maybe next week. In the meantime, enjoy a tour of my new home and for my American audience, gape in awe at the fact that my monthly “tariff” for living here is $650.
Finally, being the eternal optimist that I am, I look forward to the fact that I have longevity in my family (“certain restrictions apply”) and living to one hundred is a possibility. I’ll let Woody Allen take it from here:
“You can live to be a hundred if you give up all things that make you want to live to be a hundred.”