We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
After all, what surgeons can do these days to alter appearance is remarkable, if you have the dough. They can give you a new coronary artery, or even build a vagina for a guy, for heaven's sake.
This age issue occurred to me because a reader asked my age. Half-seriously, I think. So I considered whether the answer should be literal or not. Intellectual/wisdom age, physical-condition age, spiritual age, social/maturity age, tooth age, sexual functioning age, whatever.
A couple of costly bridges have restored my tooth age to 20. According to my cardiologist (who I only need for my annual stress test that my trainer requires), my cardio fitness/function is age 30 (after 4 years of daily workouts). I have more physical energy than I did at 45. My weight is about 10 lbs more than when I was 30, but it's mostly from weight-lifting in the past 4 years. My physique is youthful enough, but my face not so much... I joke that Mrs. BD should put a bag over my head but $5,000 could fix that too. My social maturity age ranges widely but I get along with most good people pretty well, and my intellectual/wisdom age can be judged by others. Definitely should be better.
And, consider this: I drive a zippy, growling Italian sports car that few 30 year-olds could afford. Lots of my pals decide it's time for toy cars as a reward. I think I'll pick my age as 45, averaging out all of the components. Having written that, watch me stroke out tomorrow.
How about you readers? What ages are you, really? The average age of your various components?
I have been an old man since I was a boy, with occasional interruptions in order to entertain my children and grandchildren. So I think that makes me 126 or so.
I stole a line from the NFL lineman Alex Karras, who they miked up during a preseason game for Sports Illustrated in the 1960's. Play after play he kept saying "I'm a hundred years old. Every year they bring up these college kids who are bigger and faster than the year before. I can barely walk, for Chissakes. I'm a hundred years old."
I kept that, and said it often enough that it was one of the first things the younger of my Romanian sons learned in English: "David Wyman. Hundred years." That was in 2001, so maybe I'm only 118 now.
I have been young a few times. Those weren't my best years.
Assistant Village Idiot
Its been said that I was 40 years old at age 3 when I was running the playground and ordering 6 year olds about.
As for my real age . . . . well . . . . you first Bird Dog.
I have teenagers now. So while I could pretend to be a 20something myself, I keep having to be the grownup.
I am about 30 years younger than my knees feel most days.
I don't long for eternal life on this earth. If I could live to be 200, but the last 100 were in the body of a 100 year old, I wouldn't want it. I used to think I would want to live 150 years if my body stayed 30 years old. But the more I look at modern life, the less interest I have in living past 70 or 80.
At this point, I want to see my kids settled in with careers and families of their own. I want to spoil some grandkids and be everyone's favorite grandparent.
So my goal for the next couple of decades is to grow old gracefully. I want to avoid a midlife crisis for that reason. My nightmare would be to shame my family by acting like a cretin in public.
When I meet my maker, I want my family to still want me here, not sigh with relief.