Geezers Need Excitement
He'd been thinking about death a lot lately. He didn't know where it began, or what triggered it, although he remembered being overcome by a very strange feeling on the 24th. He'd been digging around in a desk drawer and found an old pocket calendar from 1991. Wondering what he'd done that day. There, among notes that KGMI 107.7 was to switch formats and a reminder to pay bills (and shut up!) were the words: buried my father 1 year ago today. call ellen.
That Saturday, he attended a family picnic in a park not far from his mother's home. Most of his aunt's were there, including one who was visting from California. He was struck by how old his folks were, most of them were in their 60's and quite often the coversation turned to friends and family members recently passed away.
Jezuz, he thought. That's me, innit? In another 20-30 years - me and the fellas complaining about our hips and backs and knees and how we can't get it up anymore, due to the heart medicine. My folks aren't just old now, they're like... elderly...
A couple of his pals had just purchased their first house. Others were dealing with parenthood.
At a couple of BBQ's this summer he and Aaron had been joking about how much they sounded like their fathers when discussing techniques for lighting the grill. And what was the deal with the fellas current obsession with poker?
He remembered his aunts and uncles when they were his age. Back when they were still young(ish) and strong. Back when they listened to the stuff on the radio and not "lite jazz." Back when there were parties and dancing and loud laughing and games of Nerts so intense you think the card table would break.
Still later, he was on the phone with his best friend, who'd gone to his high school 20 year reunion.
"Everybody looked fat and old." His friend told him.
He felt a tiny twinge of panic. Is this where is starts? Gold chains and hitting on women WAY to young? Would he trade his motorcycle for an old Porche? Would he try desparately to settle down with the first woman he thought he might get along with?