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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 27, 2010 / 15 Sivan 5770

Older? Yes. Wiser? Not Necessarily

By Malcolm Fleschner


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Having turned 40 recently, I guess I shouldn't be surprised by all the signs of my advancing age cropping up - the gray hairs, the persistent aches and pains, the paunch that won't go away no matter how many boxes of "low fat" Snackwells cookies I consume, etc.

Other signs are more subtle, however, like my newfound interest in reading the obituaries, an increased use of the expression "The trouble with kids today is…," and that nowadays when I belly up to the counter and say "Gimme the usual," the person I'm ordering from isn't a bartender, it's a pharmacist.

But the worst are the signs of advancing age that hit you out of the blue. Like recently when I was absent-mindedly watching ESPN, and the sportscaster mentioned a name I hadn't heard about in a while. "Wow, is he still playing?" I thought, snapping to attention. "Good for him. He's got to be even older than I am. Except now he's a lefty? And a pitcher, not a catcher? And 23 years old?" Come to find out, of course, that this was not the player I knew, who retired 10 years ago, but his son with the same name. Ugh.

On the other hand, the sports world sometimes provides heart-warming stories of graying athletes' age-defying exploits. One recent example is Jamie Moyer, the 47-year-old Philadelphia Phillies pitcher who last week became the oldest player in major league history to throw a shutout. According to the commentators, Moyer's inspiring achievement is supposed to remind us all that age is just a number, that experience and wisdom can win out over youth and vitality, that Ensure can double as an energy drink, etc.

Pardon me for not sharing in the enthusiasm. I'm supposed to be inspired by a player older than I am who's still performing at a peak level, yet I regularly get winded just rolling the trash bin to the curb? No, for inspiration I prefer to turn to another aging baseball player - Ken Griffey, Jr., the 41-year-old Seattle Mariners outfielder who in a recent game was unavailable as a late-inning pinch hitter because he had nodded off in the clubhouse. Pitch a shutout in the majors? I could never do that, not even in my prime. But fall asleep during a baseball game? I do that already - put me in, coach!

But to truly feel just how much one's youth has slipped away, it's always instructive to listen to some current popular music. Or, as we old folks refer to it, "so-called music." My favorite recent example of this phenomenon comes from curmudgeonly 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney, who dedicated his May 9th segment to complaining that he'd never heard of anyone on the Billboard Top 200 list. One can only imagine Andy's confusion, as he feverishly searched through the listings, desperately looking for a familiar name like Scott Joplin, George Gershwin or Al Jolsen.

Meanwhile, the executives watching at MTV must have been upset to realize that they'd failed in their efforts to reach the white, jowly 91-year-old WW II veteran with brambly, overgrown eyebrows demographic.

Unlike Andy, I don't plan to waste time pointlessly griping about how youth is wasted on the young. Instead of viewing the age 40 mile marker as the equivalent of a life half-empty, I've decided to take the half-full view and focus on the many benefits to making it this far. So OK, I will probably never play professional ball, my iPod may be filled with songs by "oldies" bands like REM and Pearl Jam, and yes, I do risk ridicule whenever I wear cargo shorts. But on the plus side, now that I'm 40…

None of my friends ever ask me to help them move.

I no longer feel nervous about getting carded when buying beer.

I can start using terms like "By gum" and referring to young people as "whippersnappers."

No one ever asks me to squeeze into the backseat of a car.

I no longer wake up in a cold sweat, terrified that I have to take a calculus exam I haven't studied for. Prostate exam, maybe, but calculus, no.

At the drug store, I am no longer embarrassed by what the cashier or other shoppers in line may think, whether I'm purchasing condoms, laxatives, adult diapers, anti-diarrhea medicine, a pregnancy test kit, hemorrhoid cream, lubricant, feminine hygiene products, or even all of the above. "I've got a big weekend planned," I'll defiantly announce to anyone looking askance. "You want to make something of it?"

So you see, there's plenty to appreciate about being 40. In fact, after thinking it over, I'm genuinely enthusiastic about diving in and exploring all the exciting possibilities the future holds. Right after my nap.

JWR contributor Malcolm Fleschner is a humor columnist for The DC Examiner. Let him know what you think by clicking here.


Previously:


04/19/10: The Bossman Cometh
03/25/10: The Rules of Interaction
01/09/10: A ride of passage
12/26/09: The Family Power Struggle Goes On… 10/26/09: Rapidly approaching fuddyduddy-hood
06/20/09: Waging a backyard turf war
02/20/09: The Sties Have It
04/30/09: Planning of the Apes
04/08/09: No more phoning it in
02/26/09: Tuning in to the English Channel
02/19/09: 25 AND COUNTING
02/13/09: A new life, dead ahead
01/29/09: NOW STARRING ... EVERYBODY!
01/15/09: You know the type
01/08/09: Just in time, here comes 2009
11/20/08: Hotels go for the green
11/06/08: Something does not compute
10/30/08: Early adopters tech their chances
10/21/08: Cyberspace invaders
10/21/08: Keeping up disappearances
09/17/08: Victims of math hysteria
08/07/08: My newfound sense of self (promotion)
06/24/08: Getting the brand back together
05/29/08: Phrased and confused
05/13/08: Take this job and love it
04/17/08: News you can (re)use
04/02/08: Commercial (over)load
02/20/08: An overdose of reality
02/14/08: A developing situation
01/30/08: I can tech it or leave it
01/02/08: Confessions of a coke addict
01/02/08: Our bills are due
12/13/07: Going (to lunch) once, going twice…
11/28/07: Out with the old
11/06/07: My latest pet project
11/06/07: Can't tune it out
10/23/07: Something special in the hair
09/12/07: Can I have your attention, please?
09/12/07: Houston, we have an image problem
08/21/07: In the heat of fashion
08/09/07: Let's get in the game
06/13/07: You gonna eat that?
05/08/07: That's disinter-tainment
05/02/07:You Are (not) Getting Sleepy...
04/18/07: No time like Father Time
03/15/07: Deface the Nation
03/08/07: More gifts? You shouldn't have
02/22/07: Relationships can be such a chore
12/05/06: Who's calling the shots?
11/09/06: I'm taking selling to a whole new level
10/27/06: Some skills are beyond repair
10/18/06: You can't tech it with you
10/04/06: Award to the wise
08/24/06: Phrased and Confused
08/09/06: We're Gonna Party Like it's $19.99
07/19/06: Just Singing in the Brain
05/24/06: Who says you can't go home again?
05/11/06: When nightly news stories go off script
04/26/06: Cents and sensibility: A thought for your pennies
03/16/06: The day the Muzak died
02/23/06: Checkbook diplomacy begins at home
02/15/06: Today's toys: Where learning means earning



© 2006, Malcolm Fleschner

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