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Hi! I'm a member of the Lipitor generation! Fun! - Sing With Me If It's Just For Today...
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Hi! I'm a member of the Lipitor generation! Fun!
I’ve always been a little uncomfortable about my age. When I was a spindly teen, I desperately wanted to be a hulking twenty-year old. Once I passed that landmark but without the bulk, I wanted to stay twenty, in my dorm, bong to mouth. I saw absolutely no value in progressing beyond that point. Why bother? How could it possibly get better than that? And when I moved to Los Angeles after college, it was easy to stay twenty in my newly chosen career of prostitution. It sounded better being twenty-one, just a kiss away from a teenager. It was good for business.

Once I moved to more legitimate career real estate, I kicked up my age a few years to give the allusion of responsibility. Of course, I still had the fashion aesthetic of Joe Strummer so my plan was somewhat undercut but I held onto the fact I was twenty-five at the age of twenty-three. By the time I was twenty-nine, I was making large money, my power base overwhelmed me, and I decided to stay twenty-nine an extra year. I reasoned that I had lost so many years to drug abuse, I deserved another year, dammit.

I stumbled into my thirties, a decade I honestly didn’t think I’d ever experience, and I wasn’t even certain I wanted to see it. I turned my approach around, lived healthier (if you consider doing body building and steroids a healthy choice), lost most of my money, and when I was thirty-six, I met Billy. Unfortunately, though, he knew my real age. There was no avoiding hitting forty, no playing with the clock on that one, and I plunged ahead, more confident than when I’d slid through my thirtieth birthday. I was looking toward the future. Who the hell cared about my age anyway?

People in my career, that’s who. I was suddenly cozying up to powerful executives in their late twenties who held jobs I’d always wanted. So I had my home age with Billy and friends, and my professional age – there was about a three year spread.

I’m not all that good at math. It’s remarkable how many mental gymnastics I had to do on a moment’s notice when conversation came to answering what year I graduated high school or where I was when Kennedy got shot. It was exhausting but provided Billy with endless comedy at my expense.

This is a windy way to say I went to the doctor yesterday and he prescribed Lipitor. It makes me grumpy to worry about cholesterol. I feel like I’m about to break a hip, stock up on Depends, and grease the wheels of my walker. The truth is, I really don’t care about much of anything anymore, and if I want to eat a fried bleu cheese and bacon sandwich on white bread with a bag of chips, then try and stop me.

I’m not interested in growing old, and not simply for matters of vanity. I’m a couple of years shy of fifty but I may even delay that milestone for a few years. The AARP doesn’t need my membership, just yet. I’ll take the fucking Lipitor but there’s a cheeseburger with my name on it for lunch.
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privatesector From: privatesector Date: October 20th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)
When I turned 50 my first birthday card was from AARP welcoming me into the fold. They do get right on top of the situation, I'll say that for 'em. I thought it was pretty funny since my only acquaintance with said org was the realization that my parents qualified for some benefits and a few discounts at hotels they wouldn't frequent, anyway. But I've been paying my annual dues and manage to get discounts on things that DO matter, like 'scripts, which is major for me since I'm self-employed.

When I was in the Lines I was, by nearly a decade, the oldest person in the band. Once in a while, especially after a review would come out and our ages were mentioned, I'd be on the receiving end of a rude comment or two, but it never bothered me. Some of those folks, younger than I, are no longer in the business because they're DEAD mostly due to their lifestyle. I'll go when it's my time but meanwhile my philosophy is, "All things in moderation, including moderation."

I'm blessed to have friends who range from their '20's through their '90's and the only thing that counts is that they are productive and happy with themselves, to some degree.

Enjoy your cheeseburger but don't forget that Lipitor.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: October 21st, 2004 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, L. but wait a minute. Who said anything about moderation?
explosivo From: explosivo Date: October 20th, 2004 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I will be 50 in March... I just act 12.

(and I take Lipitor daily)
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: October 21st, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
12 with a big pair of smarty pants!
fabulist From: fabulist Date: October 20th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you're at a very, very handsome age, Terry, with a life history that's full of things that are joyous and tragic and incredible, and you may not always be interested in getting older, with all that's happened, but I want to see you get older, and I want to see you live long enough to see some of your amazing dreams come true, so I'm going to dog you until you're sick of me. Think you can get away easily? Try me.

I know it doesn't always seem like it, and maybe for you, it's always been sorta like this, but you're destined to accomplish big things, and that takes some time, some experience, and some age and wisdom, too. Some people should be so lucky as to be as good-looking and smart and accomplished at your age, and that'll be as true in twenty years as it is now, so just shut up, trust me, and take your damn vitamins and Lipitor without me having to nag your lazy ass, okay?
privatesector From: privatesector Date: October 20th, 2004 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
like joe said...
cricketshay From: cricketshay Date: October 20th, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
ditto.
e_ticket From: e_ticket Date: October 20th, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Dittos All Around!

"a very, very handsome age*

Quite fitting for you, Mister T. I hope to get to charm city again sometime soon to bask in the megawatt smiles and snappy conversation of both you and fabulist
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: October 21st, 2004 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Dittos All Around!

I'm coming home, dude, and dragging Joe with me.
quuf From: quuf Date: October 20th, 2004 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I really don’t care about much of anything anymore

Ah, but we care, mon ami. About you!

Remember the ads for Geritol during The Ed Sullivan Show (and countless others)? The bowtied presenter would obligingly pour a spoonful and sometimes imbibe it, Vitameatavegimin-style.

I'd love to get one of those old Geritol bottles. And a Milk of Magnesia bottle, too -- before they chucked the cobalt glass for cheap blue plastic.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: October 21st, 2004 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, God. Do they still sell Geritol and what exactly was that stuff?

Isn't cobalt blue one of the most beautiful colors to grace sunlight?
ladycakes From: ladycakes Date: October 20th, 2004 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
50 is frickin HOTT!

guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: October 21st, 2004 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are too fucking funny!
lapalomita From: lapalomita Date: October 20th, 2004 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I've delayed my birthday 1 yr myself. Who wants to say they're 30 & currently has no plans on getting married or having children? 29 gives me another year to catch up with all of that. I just hope I don't have to delay my bday a 2nd time.

I'm with ya on the cheeseburger, bro. I know I should be more careful with what I eat, but who gives a shit really?
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: October 21st, 2004 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Phew! I thought I was the only one who did that. Do you think anyone would mind if I turned 47 again?
bitbear From: bitbear Date: October 20th, 2004 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Growing up, I always dreamed of being 24. I had visions of how wonderful my bachelor life would be once I reached the age of 24.

24 came and went and I was still the same miserable SOB I'd always been. But I'm learning. Oddly enough, I think each year is getting marginally better.

Think of Lipitor as an absurdist milestone. Without getting into the quality of life debate, I'll raise a cheeseburger in honor of your Lipitor.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: October 21st, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cheers! *bumping cheeseburgers*
cricketshay From: cricketshay Date: October 20th, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm a teenager trapped in a middle-aged woman's body(oh my did I really admit to being middle-age?)

Cheeseburgers sound wonderful. Thanks for the great idea for lunch.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: October 21st, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel the same way! I can't wait for The O.C. to start again!
clintswan From: clintswan Date: October 20th, 2004 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

i hope to grow up like you
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: October 21st, 2004 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read your journal, and wish I could accomplish half of what you do every day.
brigid23 From: brigid23 Date: October 21st, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi.

I followed over from your most recent comment on ruralrob's post. An hour later I had laughed, cried and been entirely intrigued. So I added you. This is not to say you should beel any obligation to add me back. My journal is mostly daily ramblings and lost any sense of actual "writing" when I started law school a year and a half ago. I just thought you'd like to know you've got a new reader.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: October 21st, 2004 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm always happy to have a new friend. I appreciate you stopping by.
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guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: October 21st, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seriously? If I take it, I can still eat anything I want? Hot dog(s)!
lapalomita From: lapalomita Date: October 22nd, 2004 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know about everyone else, but it's alright with me sweetie!
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