Thursday, March 26, 2009

When I'm Sixty-Four

Back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth (i.e., 1967), Sir Paul McCartney sang:

When I get older, losing my hair,
Many years from now,
Will you still be sending me a Valentine
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?

If I'd been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?

The answer, alas, turned out to be “no” for both Sir Paul and YrHmblScrb. The song, however, remains a classic. Here’s the original version, coupled with a wonderfully well done animation.

So… yeah. We’re 64 today and it’s funny-strange how things come to pass. There was once a time when we were quite sure we’d never reach this age… what with choosing the profession of arms as our first career, the nature of our hobbies, and a habit of taking more risks than were sensible or prudent up until late middle-age. It all seems rather tame now, in retrospect.

And so here we are… a lil worse for wear (and only a little, mind you!) in nearly every dimension, save one. And that one dimension? We’ve come to realize we’re not nearly as smart as we thought we were 40, 30, or even 20 years ago. Progress.

20 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUCK!!!

    Hope you have a wonderful day filled with your favorite things...:)

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  2. Happy Birthday , Buck!
    Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Best wishes, buddy - Happy Birthday!

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  4. HB to you Buck, I hope I am as smart as you when I hit this mark. Have a wonderful day!!

    BT: Jimmy T sends.

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  5. Many happy returns of the day and may you celebrate many more birthdays!

    I started humming the song when I saw the title...guess I will be humming it all day :) !

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  6. Buck - Happiest of Days to you!

    May it be filled with a great cigar, even better beer and weather kind enough for a tour of somewhere on your m'sickle.

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  7. Happy Birthday, Buck!!

    Enjoy a cigar and a beer (or two or three).

    It's funny to realize how much smarter and wiser most of us get as we age. Chalk it up to experience.

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  8. Yep, now that song will be stuck in my head all day - but I will be thinking about you and that makes it okay.

    Have a great birthday!

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  9. Bec said:

    Happy Day, Buck!!
    (We still need you, ya know.)

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  10. I said it over there (Facebook), and I'll say it here, too:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUCK!!

    Rock on ...

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  11. HBD, wise, old guy! Live it up (and pray the police don't come back to your door!) ;)

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  12. Happy Birthday, Buck! With your new choppers, you'll be knockin' the ladies dead any day now :-)

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  13. Happy Birthday old friend, may you celebrate many more.

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  14. Thank you ALL for the birthday wishes! The birthday is going swimmingly... I just got back from the laundromat. A closet full of clean clothes is my present from myself to myself... and that's a GOOD thing, LOL.

    There may or may not be a mini-Happy Hour this afternoon... I haven't made up my mind. My mouth is still sore, but a cigar and a beer certainly sound good... and tempting.

    Jenny dropped by this morning and dropped off a couple of slices of chocolate cake... which, by happy coincidence was just as my coffee finished brewing. Breakfast was GREAT!

    THANKS, Jenny!

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  15. Never understood someone bemoaning "another birthday"..I always tell them that it beats the alternative!!

    Saw this quote somewhere recently..."The brave may not live forever, but the cautious never live at all." Amen and Happy Birthday from NC!

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  16. Happy B-Day Dad! From all of us here in SC...

    Love you!

    SN1, Erm, and Sean!

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  17. I just celebrated my 48th on the 23rd, and share your sentiments. Happy returns and keep the shiny side up!


    unkawill

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