Saturday, January 18, 2014


 when I asked The Reaper what it was all about
he did the Hokey Pokey and he turned himself around
and grinned

Yorick, I knew him well.

Young people do not deal with the specter of death on a daily basis.  Their lives are filled with the day to day trivia that is the minutiae of existence.   Relationships and bills, and financial and personal security fill their moments of consciousness as they move through each day.   

I, on the other hand, find The Grim Reaper my personal companion.   He stands by my bed at night; sits in the room while I read; and keeps me company while I split and haul wood for the wood stove.  

Young people dreams of adventures they plans to have and the goals they would like to achieve. 

Since I have much more past than future, I dream of the adventures I have had and goals I have accomplished – my plans for the future are bland; and this is the main rub of growing old.  (As I have said before: I don’t buy Craftsman tools because they have a lifetime guarantee – and at this juncture of my life Harbor Freight tools will outlast me.

Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying the laidback life I had hoped for all the years I pulled in harness.  I enjoy my wife’s company (and sex); reading books; eating home cooked food; drinking good wine; and the lack of stress not having to work a job.   But is can be oh’ so boring.  

Keeping busy is now the job; and many would envy my position.

But, The Reaper just tapped on my shoulder and told me to hurry up with this post – He has plans for me down the line and doesn’t want me to be late. 

the Ol’Buzzard


  1. Great POV .... Cheers! and here's hoping his plans for you are WAY down the line. Honestly though, if I had to cut and haul my own firewood, I might encourage him to hasten his agenda for me.

    1. Laughed out loud at that comment, Beej... that wood cuttin' ain't for sissies.

  2. I read once that the first half of life is all about acquiring and becoming. The second half of life is all about letting go. I think that's true. Death is the ultimate letting go, isn't it.

  3. Two clients older than you are, one is 91 the other is 87 told me that all they do is live life, they don't think about it, they just do it.

  4. I'm in the same boat, whenever I buy something these days, I wonder if it'll outlast me. Same for when I build or repair something around the place. (Actually when I build something, it damn well better outlast me!!)

  5. I am a prosate cancer survivor - I got passed the reaper that time. But, we are all going to die from something - Why dwell on it? Live life huge - enjoy it.

    Good post!


  6. Life is just different is all. It is still good even if there is death closer than before.

  7. every morning I get up and go pee..after I wash my hands and brush my teeth and test my blood sugar I look in the mirror and say' your 70 years old and a great grandmother, the fuck did that happen?'

  8. The title of your post is a direct quote from my Mother in Law....Didi O'Leary and she told me that when she was 93.

  9. You'll probably outlive us all!


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