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Old Men
I was talking with my parents and sister this evening about the advantages of a woman marrying a man younger than she. Men don't tend to live as long as women, so you even out your chances of spending the maximum possible amount of time together. It's always such a tragedy when one half of a couple outlives the other.

"But men age more gracefully than women do," my father pointed out. I disagreed, saying that although society has taught us to perceive things this way, it really wasn't true. My sister said that some men age very gracelessly indeed. They lose their hair, they put on weight....

I think the big problem is their additional hair -- older men start spurting hair out of orifices which are not meant to have hair. You see tufts of hair peeking out of a man's nose, or his ears. I also don't like when you see a huge sprout of hair bursting out of a shirt collar, just at the neck.

Furthermore, when men age their cartilage areas get bigger, for some reason. I guess it keeps growing, long after the rest of the body stops. You look at an older man, and his nose is large and bulbous, and his ears are huge floppy things. My father claims this happens to women too. I am not convinced, although it's possible it happens and is just not as dramatic. I reminded the family of our beloved late step-grandfather. He his nose and ears were enormous! Well my grandmother once showed me a photo of him as a young man, still in the military, and I looked. His nose and ears were perfectly normal-sized back then.
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bighoward From: bighoward Date: July 31st, 2002 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
What do you mean --- they lose their hair and put on weight ! I know WHO you're pointing the finger at !
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 1st, 2002 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)

No no Howard...I meant only other old men, of course, not C or you!!!
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 1st, 2002 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear. erm...sorry? I'll have to come up with something light and cheery to post today.
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: August 1st, 2002 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh... I so agree with you on that!
Rennikins is pretty good at giving us all these complexes which will cost thousands in shrink bills later in life to deal with....

From: (Anonymous) Date: August 1st, 2002 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Rennie is a cougar!

Hi Rennie

What do you mean they lose their hair, put on weight and have peeking at the collar? I too know who you are talking about.

Do realize how ageist and sexist your comments are?

If a man repeated them about women he would be shouted down for insensitivity to the realities of aging.

Does this mean you are dying your hair blond and hitting the tanning beds?

Don't forget Cindy's party on Saturday!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 1st, 2002 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)

A cougar??

Hiya, Jeff!

Actually, I'm not talking about anybody in particular, just remarking on what happens to all men as they age. (Although my concrete example was my grandfather.) Specifically, I was refuting my dad's claim that men age more gracefully, and society's belief that men don't look old, they look distinguished.

Of course it's ageist, sexist, and insensitive! It was meant to be; it was "tongue-in-cheek"....I was just being silly. Hope nobody took me all that seriously. I love men, in all their shapes and sizes.

I had blond streaks put into my hair awhile back, and they look pretty cool. I've never tanned and don't plan to -- all I'd do is burn and freckle anyway. Plus, it'll make me even more wrinkley when I get older!!!!
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 1st, 2002 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: A cougar??

A cougar is an older woman who pursues younger men usually recognized by deep unnatural tan, bleached blonde hair and fake boobs.
From: entropygirl Date: August 2nd, 2002 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Rennie, I know that you were just refuting what your dad said.
Men age more gracefully, my foot!
Don't get on your high horse, fellas. Rennie's just blowing a little smoke off your delicate egos. You can take it, can't you?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 6th, 2002 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah....you tell 'em!!! hmph.
From: traceyb Date: August 3rd, 2002 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)

no cheery for me

I like your "grumpy" insightful posts. I guess I must be insensitive;)

renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 5th, 2002 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: no cheery for me

Thank ya! Good, then we'll be insensitive and grumpy together, and have more fun. *smiles*
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