Thursday, April 15, 2010

McCartney, Virgil, and me


When he was just 16 years old, future Beatle Paul McCartney wrote, "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?"

Sir James Paul McCartney (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) became 64 back in 2006.

Today I became 64. High School graduation in '64 seems like yesterday, but I remember it better than I remember yesterday. (Paul wrote, "Yesterday, All my troubles seemed so far away, Now it looks as though they're here to stay, Oh, I believe in yesterday.")

Still, living old is better than dying young, and if I and the USA can hang on for another two years, I'll start collecting Social Security. That's a powerful incentive to drive carefully and avoid unsafe sex (especially while driving).

To my Baby Boom buddies: under the new system, middle age lasts until they start shoveling dirt on us. Surviving is the best revenge. Illegitimi non carborundum (Don't let the bastards grind you down).

Over 2,000 years ago, Virgil wrote, "optima dies prima fugit" (basically, "the best days are the first to flee"). Virgil may have been wrong. So far, age-64 is much better than 6 or 12. (But 20 was AMAZING. It's in my book).

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6 comments:

  1. 64?

    I have dirt that's younger than you. Did you ride a brontosaurus to school? Can you remember the first time you saw an electric light? People your age shouldn't be using an iPad.

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  2. Well, she was just 17,
    You know what I mean,
    And the way she looked was way beyond compare.
    So how could I dance with another (ooh)
    When I saw her standin' there.

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  3. In two years, you may be worth more alive than dead.

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  4. As my friends in their 80s would say, "You're still a young man." And I'm a year older than YOU are! Hope you've had a happy birthday. Er ... what was my name again?

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  5. I would have started taking SS at 62-- ever know when this whole ship is going to sink and you might as well enjoy that money while you're here.

    Happy Birthday, you old bugger.

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