Conspiring to Pretend We Are Not Old

INTERESTING STUFF – 16 November 2013


As you know, I didn't have the most pleasant flights to and from Rhode Island in early November so when TGB reader [oops - I've misplaced her name, so sorry] sent this video from the Fascinating Aida comedy group, I got a great laugh. Be sure to watch clear to the end.


Watch young Madison Kimrey set the adults straight on what democracy and voting rights are all about. I'm pretty sure she and Malala Yousafzai, with a little coaching from Senator Elizabeth Warren could save the world.

You can read more about Madison Kimrey at the YouTube page.


British TGB reader Hilary Blackstock introduced me to a blog from London called Spitalfields Life and a post there with a eulogy to a favorite feline friend, For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry.

The blogger, who styles himself “gentle author,” writes:

”Whenever I walk along Old St, I always think of the brilliant eighteenth century poet Christopher Smart who once resided here in St Luke’s Hospital for Lunatics, with only his cat Jeoffry for solace.”


If you are a cat fancier, you will be as delighted with Smart's poem as I am. A small taste:

“...For this he performs in ten degrees.
For First he looks upon his fore-paws to see if they are clean.
For Secondly he kicks up behind to clear away there.
For Thirdly he works it upon stretch with the fore-paws extended.
For Fourthly he sharpens his paws by wood.
For Fifthly he washes himself.
For Sixthly he rolls upon wash.
For Seventhly he fleas himself, that he may not be interrupted upon the beat.
For Eighthly he rubs himself against a post.
For Ninthly he looks up for his instructions.
For Tenthly he goes in quest of food.”

Go to Spitalsfields Life to read the entire eulogy to Jeoffry the cat, find out why the author was stuck in a looney bin of the era and see the rest of the charming poster drawing of the poem.


In January 2004, NASA successfully landed the robot Spirit on the surface of Mars. Like the more recent 2011 Mars landing, it was a nail biter for the engineers who waited seven months to see if their work would succeed or crash and burn.

Darlene Costner sent this video – a clip from the from the IMAX movie Roving Mars released in 2006. I dare you not to tear up at six-minutes plus when the engineers know for sure the rover arrived safely.

Read more information on the YouTube page.


As far as I can tell, nobody doesn't like Willie Nelson and to me, he is ageless so I'm surprised to find out he celebrated his 80th birthday this year.

My friend Bill Pederson sent this ditty he received via email. It's titled, I Have Outlived My Pecker – A Poem by Willie Nelson. If you're offended by any of it, go read another blog.

My nookie days are over,
My pilot light is out.
What used to be my pride and joy,
Is now my water spout.
Time was when, on its own accord,
From my trousers it would spring.
But now I've got a full time job,
To find the friggin' thing.
It used to be embarrassing,
The way it would behave.
For every single morning,
It would stand and watch me shave.
Now as old age approaches,
It sure gives me the blues.
To see it hang its little head,
And watch me tie my shoes!


This one, from Peter Tibbles, is more intricate than most I've seen. And, apparently, there are professional or, anyway, semi-professional “domino magicians." From the Open Culture website:

” It took 3 months and 25,000 dominoes to make the video you’re watching...Actually you’re really watching two videos in one.

The fIrst part was made by Hevesh5 in the US. Then, at the 1:35 mark, it switches to millionendollarboy’s segment created in Germany. It’s amazing to watch the domino structures come down.”

You can read more at OpenCulture.


From the pranksters at Just for Laughs comes this candid camera style caper shot in Canada. Another video discovered by Darlene Costner.


The video speaks for itself.

Read more at the YouTube page.


On 5 November, Deborah Cohan was scheduled for a double mastectomy. What happened in the OR just before they got started is brave and joyful and wonderful. (Thank you to reader Alan Goldsmith)

The song is Beyonce's hit, Get Me Bodied. You can read more at Huffington Post.

Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” in the upper left corner of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I probably won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog if you have one.


Really great stuff, Ronni - all of it!

I especially enjoyed the Domino video. It reminded me of the Domino Theory of communist takeovers in Southeast Asia.

Those idiots in Washington were right! About dominos!

Goodness, you had me howling with laughter then crying. It's a balance for the day.

Willi Nelson's poem was laugh out loud funny.

Sadly, Spirit stopped functioning a few years ago, but the rover they sent shortly after, Opportunity, is still going and there's another called Curiosity which went up two years ago. Spirit and Oppy were only supposed to last for 90 days. We're coming up on 10 years for Opportunity. Amazing.

All good but when the old person dropped all her change I laughed out loud. Thanks!

I think Madison Kimrey is a future Madam President. Wonderful child!!!

The laugh of the day was Willie Nelson's poem. It's nice to know that gravity, which takes a toll on our breasts, also takes a toll on a man's anatomy.

Fascinating Aida are always fun to watch.

Loved them all, especially Willie Nelson's poem, but then, he's always been one of my favorites.

This was a *stellar* Saturday!

I'm a great fan of Fascinating Aida and Willie Nelson. Thanks Ronni and all contributors!

Finally, someone old like Willie tells it like it is!! And it shrinks, we are all in this together, male & female. So it's best to laugh & enjoy your Saturday gems. Thanks, Ronni. You have no idea how much I needed today's laughter. Dee

Can you imagine the state of mind the hospital staff is in, pre-surgery, after dancing with the patient? This is superb, so uplifting...a joyous acceptance of the difficulties life throws our way. beautiful. thank you.

YES! Madison for president!

Rock on Willie! And to think he is still touring, full of wit, and still pleasing crowds at 80!

Loved the Willie Nelson poem!

Wonderful blog today! Especially the ditty by Willie -- hysterical! And the "Cheap Flights", never heard anything like it! Oh, the tears ran down my cheeks and my sides are still hurting from laughing.

What a great collection this week. I especially loved Cheap Flights, 12-year-old Madison Kimrey's speech, and the incredible domino chain. I shared the last one with my husband who also enjoyed it immensely.

you've outdone yourself

Great choices, nice mix: funny to serious to relevant; art, poetry, politics, science, sports, sex; people young and old. Great work.

Thanks for the "Cheap Flights" video. Haven't laughed that much in ages. And the link to #LoveAlwaysWins was very moving. Am sending that to another gay activist friend.

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