Thursday, August 25, 2016

Man on the Cusp III

In less than a month I will be 66 years old.

I doubt very highly I'm going to be getting my kicks on Route 66.

Several years I wrote the line that "I am poised on the cusp of an age that I thought was exclusively reserved for people's parents." Frankly I am no longer poised on the cusp. I am so far over the cusp that I am now at the age exclusively reserved for people's parents even if people are 50!

My name is Perry Block. I am 65 years old, born September 12, 1950. I am a Truman baby. I hate all of these facts.

When I began my blog in 2010, I called it "Perry Block - Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute." But frankly I'm not Nouveau Old anymore. I'm Nouveau like the dinner specials at the House of Pancakes are Nouveau.  I'm Nouveau like striped bell bottom pants are NouveauI'm Nouveau like someone eagerly looking forward to the next Chevy Chase movie is Nouveau.

And I realize that although I am no longer cute, I still have long eyelashes.   What's the point? It’s like somebody pasted them on the wrong person.  Maybe I should donate them so that some eyelash-less young guy can be fluttering his baby blues ---yeah I’ll give him those too --- while I’m feeding pigeons on a park bench and muttering about how I used to have eyelashes and how the government is conspiring to poison our toothpaste

I used to love the classic movies from the 30's, 40's, and 50's, watching Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, and Hepburn (Katherine and Audrey).  But now I can't help avoid the fact that all of the beloved stars I grew up with are ten feet under, maybe more if the soil's been shifting! I never thought Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, and two out of four Beatles would ever be described in the past tense. 

So I struggle anymore to block out thoughts of the inevitable whenever I watch Casablanca and search the TV listings for movies starring folk who are yet breathing like Keanu Reeves, Nicholas Cage, and Adam Sandler. 

That may be the most depressing fact of all. 

And what kind of legacy am I going to leave behind?  What will they write about me in generations to come?

Well, Perry never burned anything down. Some days he didn't spill the coffee. And remember how Perry took that courageous stand against the smell of cheese, once almost directly within earshot of an Italian? 

So what is a guy heading straight on down Route 66 to do?  Well, for starters …

1) I will set aside all my prior regrets, leaving ample room to create new ones. 

2) I will never again be self-deprecating although this will difficult to achieve for a loser like me.

3) I will take a strong stand on the issues of the day, but cave in on any issues that come up at night.

4) I will rededicate myself to the great traditions of Judaism, especially the ones involving matzoh ball soup and drinking Passover wine until I not only pass over but pass out.

5) I will live my life boldly, unafraid, and with total strength and confidence.  I’d like to talk to you further about it, but you scare me.

6) I will never again take the easy road unless it saves on tolls.

7) I will not give in to fear of any kind except for the kind that involves spiders and anyone with a thick black mustache. 

8) I will no longer worry about the Grim Reaper, although I’m hoping he will be satisfied if I make a significant contribution to the Grim Reaper Foundation. 

9) Recognizing reality, I will only approach women who are in my age range. Then I will ask them if they have a much younger sister.

10) I will strive to broaden myself intellectually and spiritually every day right until it's time to leave for the dog track.

So, it will soon be time to see if I can truly get my kicks on Route 66.  And guess what, Boomers?  Although Martin Milner has met his maker, George Maharis is very much alive.

If only George Maharis had starred in Casablanca.  

My name is Perry Block. I am 65 years old, born September 12, 1950. I am a Truman baby. I hate all of these facts.



Russell said...

Quit your whining and pull your pin-striped bell bottoms up over you navel, put on a satin shirt with an outrageously wide collar and leave it unbuttoned down past your man-boobs, and find yourself a nice pair of rose-colored sunglasses. And in the name of Yahweh, do something with what's left of your hair.

Look on the bright side, there may still be one or two people alive from Easy Rider, and just look at Mick Jagger. He's still knocking-up 29 year old women. If he can do it, you can wish you could.

My eldest brother was born on the 12th in September 1938. So far, they've not erected monuments to either one of you or named a stretch of highway the Gordon Gayer Greenway, or the Perry Block, Six O'clock Traffic Jam Boulevard--although I do like the way that rolls off the tongue.

You ain't dead yet. You still got time to set the world on fire.

Perry Block said...

I just saw Easy Rider again last night and it holds up about as well as Mitch McConnell's neck. But there are enough people alive from it so I could watch it and fantasize I was Dennis Hopper's mustache. I think I could be happy as Dennis Hopper's mustache.

Quit whining? Hey, you've got to stick with what you're good at. And finally one thing I don't got is man boobs. But it's kind of a shame because at least I'd get to feel boobs any time I want instead of once per each coming of Haley's Comet.

Unknown said...

You had me (not in the biblical sense) at blue eyes and long lashes. You are hilarious, Russell wants to name a boulevard after you and you don't have man boobs - these are the stuff of legends. Happy Birthday my friend. Now get somes kicks at 66.

Perry Block said...

What's wrongeth with the Biblical sense in which I hath blue eyes and longeth lashes and girleth friends who look like Goliath? One unappealing thing I will never have is man boobs but if I shrink any more you won't be able to see them even if I do. Thanks for reading, Tracey, I'm off to have some kicks! The cereal, that is.

RozWarren said...

You will never be self-deprecating?? HA! Good luck with that one.

Perry Block said...

Oh, yeah? Just watch me fail to do it!

Debra Snider said...

Oh, I love this post! I'm not too far behind you and the weirdest thing about these alarmingly high age numbers is how they're so utterly disconnected from how we feel inside. I got mentally stuck somewhere around 46, I think. In any event, "Perry never burned anything down" is a fabulous legacy and donating your eyelashes to some eyelash-less young guy in need is a beautiful (albeit hilarious) act of goodness. You rock!

Perry Block said...

You're so right and I've written about this elsewhere. I think I'm about 40 and I cannot understand why women of that age are not looking at me everywhere I go. Actually they are looking and they're thinking "Ucch, I wish I could unseen that." On the subject of age, here's another post you might like