Saturday, March 3, 2007

How Did This Happen?

Saturday, March 3, 2007
10 comments

It seems like only yesterday I was a freckle-faced little ankle-biter roaming the gently rolling, sparsely wooded land around Pella, Iowa. Yes, I was born just 45 years ago today in that charming little Iowa town where they say "You're not much if you're not Dutch!"

And now, just a couple of blinks later, I'm opening my mail and getting solicitations from the freaking AARP! As much as I'd LOVE to retire tomorrow, I'm not prepared to do any of the following:
  • trade in my Keens for arch supports
  • place my teeth in a glass at night
  • trading my boxers for adult diapers (not even the cool astronaut kind you can wear for an entire week)
  • Jello shots of Geritol
So why the H-E-double-hockey-sticks am I on the AARP radar all of a sudden?
If you ask me they are robbing the cradle. 45 is NOT 65!

Life is short, friends. Slurp it up!

Billy Thompson, circa 1968, Lake Okoboji, Iowa

10 comments:

On March 3, 2007 at 9:23 AM Juli said...

Happy Birthday Billy Thompson!! I didn't think it was that long ago that you were a little ankle-biter either. I do believe that a person can join AARP when they are 50! I find that shocking! Have a really great birthday!!!

On March 3, 2007 at 12:46 PM Liza Lee Miller said...

Happy birthday! You are not old. Just repeat it over and over to yourself!

On March 3, 2007 at 3:03 PM Iris said...

Happy birthday! Apparently 45 is the new 65, or something like that. Just try to think of it as how the AARP keeps that fat rate base. That'll get you through the day, anyway. Enjoy!

On March 3, 2007 at 9:29 PM Anonymous said...

Shock, that AARP offer, isn't it??
Gets you discounts, though.
We, at the advanced old age of 58, get the senior discount at the local movie emporium and pay adult prices, $2.50 a ticket more, for our 14 year old daughter. So what is with that?
Caroline in SD

On March 4, 2007 at 2:26 AM Born Again Bird Watcher said...

Happy Birthday Bill, and many happy returns.

On March 4, 2007 at 9:05 AM Mary said...

AMEN! I toss those invitations into the circular file.

Happy Birthday!

On March 4, 2007 at 3:43 PM birdchick said...

Happy Birthday!

I wonder if your AARP has to do with having the same name as your father. My Bill has the same name as his father and has been receiving AARP stuff since he turned 30 a few years ago. I have yet to get anything from AARP since I turned 30.

On March 5, 2007 at 10:17 AM Rondeau Ric said...

It' a metric conversion thing.

RR

On March 5, 2007 at 12:16 PM Bill of the Birds said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes, all!
It was a fun weekend and I'll post about it soon. Appreciate the kind comments! BOTB

On March 6, 2007 at 6:01 PM Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! I've been getting those AARP invites for awhile too and got just as "irked" about it. Not as "irked" though as when I read an article in a local paper about a man who wants to start a search engine designed for "seniors age 50 and over cause they don't know how to use Google, etc." I'm 52 and I may not be "webmaster material" but I still consider myself pretty darn computer savvy.

Janet in MA


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