A Checklist for Geezers

Sometimes I question my qualifications as a geezer.

Oh sure.

  • The hair is white. (check)
  • Jeans and Birks are standard for most days. (check)
  • Joe Ferrell, Walter Tunis, Joe Gatton, Eric Johnson, Jim Rodgers, Paul Thomas, Walter May, and Chuck Pogue – all renown geezers themselves – are friends of mine. (check)
  • I hadn’t recognized a “Star-Spangled Banner” singer for a decade until Gladys Knight wailed and nailed it at the Super Bowl (though it was sans Pips to my dismay). (check)
  • I once voted for McGovern…or was it FDR? (check)
  • I forget things and happily confuse decades and various lifetimes. (check)
  • And I can yell “Get offa my lawn” like a banshee. (check)

But sometimes I worry that I’m missing something somewhere.

Then my music mix shuffles to the next selection and by the end of it I realize I’m grinning in complete happiness at Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters’ rendition of “Don’t Fence Me In”.

Punch my ticket. I’m totally validated.

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