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Thursday, July 9, 2015
OLDER, NOT WISER, LESS CONCERNED ABOUT APPEARANCE
OLDER, NOT WISER, LESS CONCERNED
One change I
have seen in my demeanor as I have aged is my lack of concern for appearing
When I was a
young man, it was very important to appear, suave, sophisticated and
worldly.It never happened, but it was
important.I tried and failed often.As an elderlier person I am less concerned
with appearing suave, sophisticated and worldly; that is why I will use a
non-word like elderlier and not give a crap.
When I was
young and went out to dinner, I would never ask how much the “Special”
cost.One night I ordered a halibut
special and when the bill came I found the special cost $35 when the most
expensive entree on the menu was $24.I
now have no problem asking the waiter, “The
special sounds nice, if it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg I might order it…ah
how much?”I may get kicked under
the table, I don’t care, the price is a factor in my choice.
waiter tells me the veal is basted with hoisenfletcher sauce, I will ask him, “Oh, the veal sounds nice, but what in
tarnation (GIYP) is hoisenfletcher sauce?”Suave? No, but I don’t get stuck with veal covered with a horrible sauce
and having to pretend that I like it.
ordered an expensive bottle of wine and when I was presented with it took a sip
and said, “Delicious” because I was
afraid to admit I didn’t like it.Apparently
it had gone vinegary.Today I would spit
it out and send it back.
used a big word that I didn’t understand, the young Cranky would fake
understanding.Today I will simple ask, “Could you repeat that in a language we all
went to dinner at a very nice restaurant that was BYOB.I brought a bottle of pinot grigio.The waiter brought over several glasses and
asked if I would like some ice to keep the wine cool.I responded trying to be humorous, “What and dilute this fine $9 bottle of
responded, “Actually I was asking if you
want me to put the bottle in an ice container.”The young Cranky would have been terribly embarrassed
by such a faux pas, but not the older more mature Cranky.
“Well I guess I’m a fool, I thought
you meant adding ice to the glass.”
“Actually sir, I meant both.”
“No you didn’t, but you know how
to work a tip don’t you.”
“I do try sir, I do try.”
more mature Cranky was not the least bit embarrassed, and the young waiter got a
little extra for a tip*.
*Actually dinner was on friends Barbra and Tom, but I'm sure the tip was very fair. Thanks Barbra and Tom!