“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Rationalization of The Century
Saturday, December 13, 2008

There's this video billboard thing on a wall in my hospital-owned health club that flashes advertisements in between snippets of medical news. Yesterday's "news" offering was especially funny. I paraphrase:

"It's perfectly natural for grandpa to get into trouble for saying things that make people mad. ... As we get older, the part of our brain that controls inhibitions begins to decline, which makes it easier to commit those verbal faux pas."

Reaction: No way! I've got a better reason: Don't you think it's because older people are just tired of living through multiple decades of day-to-day bullshit? And they've grown weary of concealing their emotions?

I have warned my daughter already: I am going to be an AWFUL old man. I have already been a curmudgeon for 36 years. Lord knows what the future holds.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get a kick out of that computerized billboard too! I wish we could put up some of the things we keep near and dear to our hearts about growing older on it! My daughter already thinks I have the beginnings of Alzheimer's! You know, teenager's they have their doctor's licenses too! But, I tell her growing older is not an option its a true blessing to be alive and aggravate her! Motherhood: toughest job you'll ever love. :)

December 14, 2008 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Lately my daughter has been telling me things like, "I TOLD you that already!" And I'm starting to wonder if I am indeed losing part of my mind or maybe she's trying to make me THINK I'm losing my mind so she can keep the upper hand!

December 15, 2008 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Kathy Grey said...

I must be an old soul, because I was born bullshit-intollerant.

I think you developed an allergy to the stuff at about age 10. That would confirm the curmudgeon theory.

December 15, 2008 at 9:12 AM  

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