Usually I can’t get Bone to talk about issues or anything involving decisions.
It was very exciting when he announced, to me, he’s firmly against David Letterman’s beard
That was both a stance–there are Letterman people and there are Leno people and never the twain shall meet, and a decision–the beard should go. Unfortunately he will wear it in solidarity with the strike and the strike seems to be a long one. David you look like a taller version of my uncle–who looks great for 80–or even 70, but David you’re not there yet. Please don’t be another person to rush my own aging.
You have done enough for the writers. 1988, when he had a beard in solidarity with the last writer’s strike, was 20 years ago. This strike is so much more important.
We are a DVD society though I prefer “on demand” or pay per view–cheaper and cleaner. It doesn’t matter. We are becoming a home theater society, and the writers get bupkus. I’m not sure how to spell that. It’s Yiddish and means “nothing.” Kind of.
Seven million people watched Leno last Wednesday and only four million watched Letterman–who did a whole show in support of the strike. I’m hoping they didn’t include people like me who watched it on DVR. That says something bad about us. People will go for bland and familiar against a man who will risk his looks for a cause.
In a quick survey of people I found many who could give discourses on David and nada on Leno. I know people who have tried to give their first born to get a seat on Letterman, or at least have their first born memorize every David fact for the phone pop quiz or street crowd quiz to get tickets.
Actually I have never met anybody who watches Leno or would admit to it. “Everybody” says Leno is popular because it’s The Tonight Show but uh as I remember it Johnny wanted Letterman.
Do something for the writers, Letterman who paid his staff from the beginning, and the future of America, watch Letterman Leno stands for regressive politics and ways. Letterman stands for progress, puts his money near his mouth, cheeks, chin–and admit it, don’t you secretly dream of being a guest? Who wants to make it and her number two reason is to be a guest on Leno? Didn’t think so.
As life has it, Kate’s best friend lives in the same building my sister’s best friend was raised in and uh gave up the apartment when her parents moved to Florida. She’s not the kind of person to live in the past and have regrets, but who knew in 1980something, a two bedroom Upper West Side apartment would be something people would kill for, not get divorced because of, and much more?
I’m listening to Warren Zevon as I write this and Dave a really wonderful housewarming present for my imaginary townhouse that will be a reality would be a copy of the show Warren and friends were sole guests on. I have bits and pieces on Youtube videos, but really really need the whole thing.
Frank Rich wrote one of his best columns ever. Again he said what we have been thinking but so much better. His title is so brilliant and sly.
Though we have been reading a lot about the economy, and are more than a bit scared as every indicator is bad, we are essentially optimistic–despite reading the Magazine cover story. OK we are scared that this will be another contested election. The stakes are high. We know a seventeen year old who believes that America stopped being a democracy in November 2000 and therefore she should do nothing to help change this country.
We really can’t argue the democracy part. We can and do argue that every person has to do h/h part to make America great again. We know it has great people. We just know too many jaded teenagers. Teenagers are supposed to have unbridled enthusiasm to make this a better country and world. That’s what we told our father many semesters our grades weren’t great and he bought it. We were too busy working for change. He might have been a Republican but he understood that teenage energy is best expended working for causes
Courting Destiny–that’s me, Pia Savage, would love to see an Obama/Edwards ticket. They have the energy that this country so desperately needs. They can and will inspire. We have been leaning toward Obama for a long time. Honestly we were scared that he’s too easy a target for racists, bigots, people who have nothing to do but make up scandals. The Bill Clinton ones were so unnecessary but too many people couldn’t stand to see a vibrant Democrat in office. Forget the machine part, forget everything that has been said recently, Bill Clinton did great things for this country and could have done much more.
Obama doesn’t come with his baggage. Obama is above reproach, but that won’t stop people from trying.
This just might be a great campaign. While I would never want Democrats to stoop to the levels that Republicans keep doing, I hope Democrats can sell a platform of change, hope, peace, prosperity. No dirty tricks. Just put them in their place. Isn’t it funny how the Republicans are supposed to be the party of money, yet put one in office….Our economy is only as vital as every unemployed person who was sucker-punched into a subprime mortgage. There’s much shame to be shared, and somehow I think Barack Obama can dole out the shame without mucking in the mud.
I’m a baby boomer. No I don’t want to be quantified or put into a group. Don’t dare call me old–ain’t eligible for Social Security for a decade or so–our parents weren’t lamenting the death of their youth in their 50’s–they acted and worked and were able to save. Don’t let my parents generation be the last generally to be fully vested in the American dream. My parents mortgage was 1.5%. It would have been one percent if he weren’t self employed and two percent if he didn’t have excellent credit. The mortgage was a joke to my parents that I was too young to understand at first.
Having a mortgage enabled them to put the money they had elsewhere. That mortgage gave them the means to keep investing and to eventually buy four stores. I am a proud product of the 60’s go-go economy. It was over by 71,and we did almost lose the house, but my father at 57 was really just beginning. He showed me that second or third acts could be the best ones.
I have to say they began to travel the world in their 50’s and made it to almost every country at least once. They were my role models. I want the kind of life they had. My dad almost literally died at his desk. I know the 60’s aren’t old. I know because of my parents, their friends and our family.
The difference was they lived in a country that had infinite possibilities. We can make it that way again. Obama gives me hope. He does, he really does.
Don’t ruin it by making it another Florida. We might not have revolted after Florida 2,000–that was our mistake. We won’t make it again
The age part of this rambling discourse came because of an article on how to market to old people. Since when has 55 been considered old? Or 60? Or even 65?
My sister and I used to consider people old whenever they were a year older than our mother. That would be 93 now–we were later in life kids then, now we’re normal.
I can’t find the article and know that The Times did the title for its funny shock appeal. The generation that was never going to age is aging. Most of us like it. There comes a day when you realize you’re not the youngest or cutest person in the room. Not even close. Once you get over the shock life looks different. Better really. There’s a certain calmness to it.
But you read a newspaper that’s obsessed with aging, and you count your savings against other baby boomers, count your health, count everything. All in all you’re doing pretty well but there’s always tomorrow. Sometimes I feel that by the end of 08 my diet will be limited to five foods. It’s pretty much there anywhere. And you think damn, this isn’t worth it. So you go off your diet for a month, gain weight, feel horrible, and go back to a diet that essentially consists of salmon in every guise.
Obama’s younger than I am. I like that. But it doesn’t mean I’m going to cosign myself to the “the 55 and over” housing communities or a life devoid of friends who are younger, excitement–I know many 35 year olds who live lives with less excitement than mine, fun and learning new things
Being in my 50’s has been the most liberating thing that ever happened to me. I finally feel the excitement of the personal blogger. i love having lived long enough to have a little corner in cyberspace. Yes I do. There’s so much else I could say but I have to go back to getting ready to move. I think I’m truly learning patience.
Lucia bet me that I will sell my apartment for a “handsome” profit. I have never won a bet with her. I bet that Clinton wouldn’t be impeached, that Gore would be president in 00–things like that.
Comments are off. I will probably, sadly, close trackbacks permanently as I’m tired of ping spam. Too many blogs have began that say things like “Abe Allan of Courting Destiny had an interesting post today….” Not only do they get my name and sex wrong, if I dig deep enough I see ads products I want nothing to do with.