Monday, July 20, 2009

Elderly schmelderly

Ok, you guys.

This is I heard this on Channel 7.

Tell me that the news reader's got it right....

"Elderly couple found dead in their home..."



He was 59, she was 46.

At least the news on the net says they're middle aged.




Minicapt said...

It's not sneaking up on you, it's right behind you, ready to leap ...


Skeeter said...

It's all in the eye of the beholder.
Sixteen years ago, when I was 59, a young neighbour called me "old timer". He was being friendly and there was, to him, nothing pejorative in that term.
He is now aged 59 and we do a 5 km walk together 6 times a week, starting out before sun rises.
I am going to call him "old timer" tomorrow, to see how he likes being addressed that way at age 59.

Mehaul said...

Like the 6 year old who runs up next to the elderly man and says 'how old are you old man'. He replies 87. The child says 'I'd hate to be 87'. The man says 'you won't when you're 86'.

I'll accept elderly when I'm 65, because like Skeeter, I expect to live until 95.

Anonymous said...

Pfft. Pfft. And double pfft!

I saw a similar thing in an online new article last week. The person referred to was 59. Pfft!

These young whippersnappers don't yet realise that they'll be the ones called "elderly" much sooner than they ever reckoned on.

Elderly indeed. Start at 75, says I.


kae said...

Skeets, Mehaul & Sandy

I DARE you to call my Mum "elderly"...

She'll be 74 in a few days

splice said...

Hi Kae,

Police have sealed off a Gold Coast house after discovering a middle-aged man and a woman had died.

I couldn’t find ‘elderly’ in the linked article when I looked, but that’s probably because I’m getting on a bit.

Speaking of lighthouses, did I tell you that I took the kids for a day trip to the Norah Head lighthouse a week or two ago? The event was an annual Whale Festival, with live bands, fresh food and artwork. It was a bright, sunny winter’s day and a pod of whales swam past on their northern migration in full view of the crowd!

There were lots of hippie-type folks there, with drum playing workshops and women and children holding hands and dancing in a big circle. We even got to hear an interesting speech on climate change and its impact on Antarctic krill.

We climbed the circular stairs to the top of the lighthouse for a spectacular view, miles up and down the coast, and had a really good time.

I’m thinking of suggesting to the organisers that next year they might draw even bigger crowds by running it as a BYO harpoon event with local boat crews dragging a whale right into the beach. The highlight would be the flensing competition, followed by a whale steak BBQ sizzle next to the beer marquis and a big bonfire on the beach.

splice said...

Oops, seems I can’t spell marquee.

I guess it doesn’t really matter… until they run out of beer!

Skeeter said...

Splice, I'll be a goer if you can organise that whale encounter for next year.
I'm happy with your first spelling of marquis. Please book me in for a spot next to him at the 2010 sizzle.

Minicapt said...

"I DARE you to call my Mum "elderly"..."
No problem, just post a contact:
"Hi, kae dared me to call you elderly."

However she is younger than my mother.


Nilk said...

I just get riled up with people calling me "kiddo". Especially in my 30s by someone 5 years younger than me.

Carpe Jugulum said...

Well my kids think i'm old, but then again they think their grandparents are old too???????

I just try to live by the rule that you are only young once but you can be immature forever

the Jax said...

Hi everyone, I’m a bit nervous since this is my first ever post on a blog. Anyway, I definitely wouldn’t call my dad elderly. And he’s 51. I’m 10, so I’m only 41 years younger than Dad. He’s watching me right now. CLOSELY!

Anonymous said...

Well done, Jax.


kae said...

Yes, Jax, you are right.
I don't konw about your grandmas, but my mum would clobber me if I said she was "elderly".
Although she has admitted that it's quite a shock to be walking in the shops and see a lol* in the shop window. Especially when she says she still kinda feels about 17!

Whereas I sometimes feel about 100.

*lol = little old lady

kc said...

I haven't seen the old woman in the shop window yet, but she does drag my happy little ass outta bed every morning, I think.

Mum is going to be 76 in December. I'll be 54 in November. Neither of us is 'elderly' just yet...and we Cassel/Turner women get OLD, so I'm planning on about 95 form myself, and hoping for that for my mum.