NO DONUTS IF YOU'RE OLDER THAN 40
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:
HOME INVADER CAUGHT NAKED IN TREE
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.
WINTERGATEN MARBLE MACHINE
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.”
Thank TGB reader, Heidi, for this.
JOHN OLIVER – GHOST GOVERNMENT
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.
OLIVER'S FOLLOWUP TO HIS TRUMP ESSAY
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.
TWO POEMS ON GROWING OLD
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.
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
To Waken An Old Lady
By William Carlos Williams
Old age is
a flight of small
above a snow glaze.
Gaining and failing
they are buffetted
by a dark wind--
On harsh weedstalks
the flock has rested,
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.
CONFESSIONS OF A REPUBLICAN BACK IN 1964
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.
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.