A week after New Year’s and two weeks after Christmas, the party continues! I am moving closer to the final pub crawl in the the sky. Yes it is the annual event of a birthday…mine. I have always thought, well not always because then it would be forever, and it’s not forever…yet, but I have thought that these types of celebrations should be directed at the mother, not the offspring. Then again, I liked being the center of attention at least for one day. I think it was always hard for my mom to have her youngest son’s birthday so close to Christmas. After all, that was the big blow-out-toy-day of the year.
So here we are another annual event commemorating the day of my birth only now, I don’t like to be the center of attention. I am now quiet and reserved…sort of…kinda. Now I feel that my age has become a impediment for me to find my next adventure or career. Some of the foreign places I have looked into expressly give an age limit, usually 51-55. Since I can buy at Ross on Tuesdays with a discount, I do not fall into that age range. But still I look, perhaps teaching English as a Foreign Language is the way to go. I look toward Eastern Europe or Afghanistan as a possible destination…but I still need some direction.
I wonder what some of the people who were born on this day would do? I immediately turn to Elvis, but he’s dead, died on the toilet. I cannot help but wonder what he would have become had he lived to my age. Would he have lived off his fortune? Would he have still been performing like the Rolling Stones? Would he have looked as bad as Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards do? (I already look like Keith Richards). Or would he have been in my position and be at a cross roads of decision making.
What about other entertainers like Bill Graham who is also dead. I think Bill, I can call him Bill, took a lot of chances organizing his concerts and creating a culture of class and bang for the buck. Ron Moody who was also born on this day, the penultimate Fagan in Oliver. Or there’s Yvette Mimieux, the Weena from the “Time Machine” who was one of the hottest actresses EVER.
And what about Walter Diemer? Yeah what about him? Well as the inventor of bubble gum, he also was an entrepreneur who also took a chance. Gum that, with practice, one can blow a bubble.
And there are so many more who took their places, using their talents to create new and exciting things in their life that have affected a large group or even the world.
I leave you with a quote from one of the funniest people I have seen and heard, Graham Chapman of Monty Python, also a birther of 8 January. I would like to believe that he was speaking about his performances and perhaps the “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” approach. He said “It’s nice to see that look of alarm on the faces of the others.” Whatever direction I choose to go, I need to plow ahead, and from time to time look up and see the alarm on people’s faces. I guess then, I will know that I am going in the right direction.
And so it goes… see you on Monday