Skip to comments.Kid Turns 70 And nobody cares.
Posted on 01/27/2007 7:20:43 AM PST by Valin
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A man wrapped up in himself makes a pretty small package.
Sometimes I suppose it is. My son-in-law died in his sleep of a heart attack about 3 months ago and I can't think of anyone who was blessed by it.
In memory of James Shannon Learue age 33, devoted father of three children.
A lot of good stuff in there. Maybe a little too much stuff, but most of it worth reading.
The gentleman did ramble on, didn't he? I wonder if his grandchildren have sat through the whole speech several times :-).
I got a new tagline out of it, at least!
That is a good one.
"When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package." -- John Ruskin
Yes, I know the quote was not original, but thought it was attributed to that most prolific of authors, A. Nonny Maus.
I wasn't blaming you for not knowing. I just try to give attribution when I can.
You can quote me for saying, "As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't concern me."
My father is 71 now, and basically, the only change I've noticed since he turned 70 in 2005 is that he says, "Old Jews don't schlep" a lot more often. He says that one of these days, we'll find him slumped over his Scott stamp catalogues, with his tongs in one hand, and a Lighthouse stock card in the other.
My mother turned 70 less than a month ago. We gifted her with a hot air balloon ride and 5 laps in a stock car at the Irwindale Speedway. She's trying to pick out a good date to do each of these things.
They've both said they refuse to get old. Despite the fact that I'm now 47 years old, they can still embarrass me in public. They say it's to keep me young....
I read this several times and the only way it makes sense is if the underlined "and" is replaced with "as."
I disagree: It seems to me that he is using the construction ", and" as an inferior substitute for a semicolon. IOW, I think that what he is trying to say is this:
"One of the most efficient ways to decrease this fear, I've found, is to welcome death, at least a little; growing older can cause one to do this--or at least it has me, sometimes."
Other than what is likely just a typo, I really like the painting although it has too many brush strokes and not enough swashes of color; worse, I don't have a wall big enough to hang it on.
Continuing your metaphor, I find this painting to be of reasonable size, with an apt number of brush strokes and vivid coloration. I feel enriched for having made the effort to understand such a well-written essay.
My parents turned 60 last year and I hardly can tell any difference in them between 40 and 60. I hope that they continue to act young. It scares me everytime they have a birthday much more than I am scared when my birthday comes around...38 in May. I just keep hoping that they live forever...
LOL He'd be the first one to tell he didn't do anything meaningful. Just protected Texas from the Mexicans in the late 50's. After that he went to college and met my mom.
Isn't that what Sam Houston, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett did?
For a slight extra fee, we can photoshop your dad's picture into a scene with Buddy Ebsen and Fess Parker at the Alamo.
If you add your above underlined "this" which is not in the original:
"One of the most efficient ways to decrease this fear, I've found, is to welcome death, at least a little, and this growing older can cause one to do--or at least it has me, sometimes."
It shouldn't have taken any effort; it was too wordy, too full of famous names and too arrogantly immodest not to find a bit of fault in the end.
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