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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001141.txt from 2000/04

From: Don Longacre <>
Subj: [kl] flutists/Flautists
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 15:39:19 -0400

Fred Sterns writes:

>...this one really sparked my interest. What do you consider "old?" After
>you respond I'll tell you my *real* age [my mother died in March just short
>of her 102d birthday even though she was disease free and otherwise in
>excellent shape. When she died in her sleep my brothers never thought to
>have an autopsy. I'm convinced she died "under mysteriuous circumstances."]
>[This kind of irreverent humor is how I deal with these things. Please don't
>be offended.]
>Cheers...Fred Sterns

Fred: No, I'm not offended by irreverent humor, I actually tend to dwell on it. Some sort of
built-in survival mechanism activated by age that gives one liberties not available in the
polite society of youth. Fred, lets face it, we don't expect to outrun the actuarial tables,
I feel fine, I'm not dismally depressed about my geezer status, I accept the world as it is,
perhaps a bit irreverently, I just don't speculate in long term investments anymore. Some
months back I was chastised by a list member for speaking irreverently, perhaps seemingly
disrespectful, about my wife in the style of Rodney Dangerfield or Henny Youngman and the
lister said, "Tsk, tsk, I hope she doesn't read that!" The lister was too young to know
that sort of special banter between my wife of 50 years and I was the "way we are". A life
of eternal kidding, I suppose. She's an invalid but not in a nursing home. I take care
of her every need, like the man said, for better, for worse, in sickness and, etc. Thats
the built in stuff I'm refering to. It transcends the "Tsk, tsk" appellation.

Nice chatting with you, Fred. Stop by again sometime. Your Mother did really well--102 years
is a lot of lifetime.

Best Wishes,

Don Longacre, who is...
but a mere very young 74 and now I think your gonna tell me you were with Teddy at San Juan Hill.

Why did I take up so much bandspace with this post? Because I felt like it.

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