Crabby Old Lady's List of Nuisance Ailments



In a month or so, a book titled Disrupt Aging, written by AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, will be published. When that happens, I will report on it.

Meanwhile, to promote the book, AARP created this video about ageism. See what you think:


Sometimes, as they say, karma is a bitch. Gail Wilson, a former correctional officer who has muscular dystrophy was home alone in Pendleton, Oregon when a naked man stepped through the front door and said, “Hello, honey.”

“'He had a big grin on his face,' she said. 'He came walking toward me with his arms open wide. I kept saying “Get away from me. Get out of my house.”' reported the East Oregonian...

“She managed to dial 9-1-1, and soon police drove up the Wilson’s long driveway. [The suspect, Steven] Burton, who had wandered outside to inspect the Wilson’s shed, took off running.

“Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts said Burton dashed north, scaled a cyclone fence and dove off the side of a 40- or 50-foot bluff that borders the Umatilla River near the Riverside Bridge. When officers heard no splash or other indication the man had hit bottom, they ran to get a better view.

“When they got there, they looked down,” Roberts said. “He was hanging upside-down in a tree.”


(Photo courtesy Pendleton Fire and RescuePendleton Fire) News doesn't get much funnier than this one.


I don't begin to understand how this works:

”The wildly complicated hand-cranked contraption is like a music box gone mad: For one thing, it runs on marbles. 2,000 of them,” reports Slate...

“The Wintergatan Marble Machine is mostly wood—a hand-built jungle of wheels, belts, elevators, funnels, and tracks. Marbles roll and bang into an embedded vibraphone, bass drum, cymbal, and the remains of a Hofner Beatles bass guitar, among other instruments.

“The machine can be made to play different songs and tunes based on a programmable 32-measure pattern.”

You can read much more at Slate and at the Wintergaten website. Meanwhile, it does make some odd and lovely music.

Thank TGB reader, Heidi, for this.


John Oliver has done it to me again – a subject that sounds so dry I think I might skip it this week. I should know better by now – it's always brilliantly funny and important to know.

Last Sunday on his HBO program, Last Week Tonight, John Oliver explained that special taxing districts are ghost governments. They are the smallest form of government, he says, and they eat up tens of billions of dollars a year with zero accountability or oversight.


Also, last Sunday, Oliver followed up on his Trump video from the week before – a part two if you will. And how could he, being John Oliver, resist when in the intervening week, Donald Trump talked about the size of his penis in a political debate.

Be sure to remove any little kiddies in the room before you watch this. It's hilarious but not safe for children.


TGB reader Tom Delmore is a poet himself. This time he has sent two short poems – one of them is his own. The other is from William Carlos Williams. They are both about growing old.

Age Trumps
By Tom A. Delmore

They walk abreast
Holding tight the umbrellas
They will not need. Instead
Transparent rain bonnets
Cover stiff gray hair.

They would never be caught dead
In such see-through head attire.
But suddenly they are their mother’s
Age and these wrinkly bonnets
Make sense. Like one piece snowsuits
In winter.

To Waken An Old Lady
By William Carlos Williams

Old age is
a flight of small
cheeping birds
bare trees
above a snow glaze.
Gaining and failing
they are buffetted
by a dark wind--
But what?
On harsh weedstalks
the flock has rested,
the snow
is covered with broken
and the wind tempered
by a shrill
piping of plenty.


Two weeks ago, we talked about how old people are allowed to donate their organs. This gift of life is precious and I wish I'd had this lovely video then, from The FATH (Fundación Argentina de Trasplante Hepático) and DDB Argentina.

The video's title is The Man and the Dog, a story of friendship seeking to inspire people to become organ donors.


My friend Jim Stone seems to specialize in finding amazing political videos. This one, an ad from the Democratic National Committee during the 1964 election, portrays concerns of a Republican voter about Republican nominee Barry Goldwater.

It is 52 years old but all you need do is change a couple of names and just about every word applies to the 2016 Republican Party.



It's that time of year again in most of the United States – Daylight Saving Time. Tonight's the night to set your clocks FORWARD one hour. Remember, spring FORWARD not back and yes, we lose an hour.


The YouTube page explains that a group of friends were in South Africa for the Cape Argus Cycling Tour. The day before, they were having a pre-race ride when

”Suddenly, I spotted a white ostrich on my left, then this beast jumped on the road from the right and started chasing my friends! It was a little scary at first, but then I thought I [was] gonna fall of my bike from laughter.

“The ostrich didn't have any problem to keep up at 50km/h and apparently they do 70km/h with no sweat. Luckily the creature decided to leave us alone, as we were running out of road.”

Wait until you see the size of this ostrich. I had no idea they are as big as this. Okay, it's not kittens or puppies that usually put the button on each week's Interesting Stuff post but I think you'll enjoy it anyway.

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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 at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I 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 include the name of the blog and its URL.


About over 40 -- I could hardly watch it to the end. Not good for me to see this a.m.
Yesterday while walking my dog I began chatting with another dog owner. We had careers in a similar occupation. When I allowed that I would be 80 next year, she said "well, I never saw that coming!" and walked away!!!!!

Thanks for the reminder -- clocks ahead tonite. And once again, you've proved that the world is a crazy place!

Excellent posts today. The 1964 campaign ad so relevant, it makes your head spin. Will yesterday's St. Louis and Chicago displays
at Trumps fiascos have any positive influence on the electorate?

John Oliver stating the obvious regarding any topic he presents is so refreshing and provides tension-relieving laughter, while goading the conscience with a niggling fear that there is nothing to be done for the farcical playing out of governmental finagling.

One of your absolute best columns ever, Ronnie! Horrifying video about Goldwater; hysterical ones from Oliver and about the Aussie road runner.

Sorry -- mis-typed Ronni. I know better.

It's always so much fun to be educated by John Oliver. Maybe humor is one way to teach our children. Perhaps it's the best way. Wouldn't a text book written by Jphn Oliver and Jon Stewart be a really good read?

The Confessions of a Republican reminds us that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Only politicians are much nastier now and it all began with Goldwater - or did it? I guess it began with the robber barons. . Whenever it started it is like pernicious anemia; it will not go away.

Agree with Jean G.

Excellent column.

Wonderful (and very interesting) stuff today.

The Wintergaten Marble Machine is so cool. I marvel that anyone can come up with such contraptions.

The Man and the Dog video made me tear up. I called my husband to watch it also, and he too was affected by it.

John Oliver on Special Government was outstanding with his usual mix of meticulous research and outrage. The panel of children at the end was brilliant, yet funny.

Great stuff today! (I forwarded two of those videos on to FB!)

But about daylight saving time--Don’t EVEN. Get me STARTED. I don’t like daylight saving time in the first place—it’s simply a way for people to conveniently fool themselves about what time it actually is (and I believe that’s measured by the position of the sun, guys, and we’re not quite ready to change that yet!)—but the number of months it’s in force has gradually increased over the years, and since 2007 we are on DST EIGHT months a year.

The history—I got interested in this—is NOT connected to farmers and harvests. The Germans first instituted it to save fuel during WWI, and the rest of Europe followed suit. The USA started it in 1918. They’ve tinkered around with it now and then ever since. in the United Kingdom they call it, or used to call it, “summer time.” Summer only lasts three months.

The 2007 increase in DST was mandated by a 2005 energy conservation act, and the few studies done since then seem to indicate that, at best, the savings in energy run something like 0.03%. And in some places, for some reason, it actually ends up costing energy. Not to mention the fact that everybody has to go through jet lag every spring. Can you tell I’m a little annoyed about it?

That AARP ad? Oh yeah . . . absolutely! I deal with that crap each and every day of my life-- whether at work or not. Of course, when I was young and special, then I was young and knew nothing. Such BS! I'm glad AARP is finally dealing with this head-on. Someone has to. We are US.

Great post Ronni! John Oliver is priceless. The video about Goldwater made me sad how little things have changed in do many years. Didn't care for the AARP video set-up, seemed more like Candid Camera that a cultural statement. Hopefully Anne Jenkins' book is better than that. Hoping you and the rest of us survive one more DST.

Age discrimination is rampant in this country and has been for a long time. And what has changed in the last 40 years, not much. Respectfully I must suggest that AARP is way behind on dealing with this issue. Also I'm 66 and still working and recently was promoted. I am not a victim, but the issue is one about which I am passionate.

The organ donor video really got to me. It's the next best thing to immortality.

I can hardly type this through my tears. The organ video donor video is so simple and so powerful.

Terrific blend of articles today, Ronni.
Everyone above pretty much said it all and once again, I find mutual agreements.

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