Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday AMuse (of a sort)

George Carlin's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions. "How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead. "How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16!

And then the greatest day of your life. You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed? You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone. But wait!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60. You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday! You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!" May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

Sadly, George Carlin did not make it to 100 and a half.


  1. Funny, funny guy. I'm sorry to see him go at any age.

  2. when i was a kid. i would call a guy a guy above the age of 20 an uncle. now i m 23. when kids call me uncle, i feel like, 'come on u brat, i will give u a good thrash for calling me uncle' lol

  3. Ummm... I don't know who he was. He didn't make it big in Australia. It's funny though. People are so scared of turning 40. They have no idea that your 40s are the best time in your life.
    (Anyway, when you're a teacher you always feel young. No matter how old you are, the kids always call you "Miss".)
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment. I'm going to add you to my bloglines feed and have a look through when my year 12s are doing a practise essay this afternoon.

  4. He was One-Of-A-Kind! A rare bird indeed! One of the only truly funnt comedians who actually could make me laugh out loud!

    I apologize for not including your name in my more recent blogger friends...I am so very glad I met you, too!

  5. Yes, He may only be familiar to Americans and Canadians, he was very popular in the 1970's and this is one of his printable classics.

    sandy: you are getting old - and more respected?!

    frog: I have a friend who started teaching in her 40's and that shocked her too!

    naomi: no worries, you have so many blog friends!

  6. hello violet,

    thanks for passing by my place and leaving your kind words. this post rings a hard bell as i remember the wistful little me in teens wnating be real big, and now ****sigh**, as im about to corss over to 30s, im holding on to that teen-child heart :-)

  7. He will be sorely missed. I was 13 when Class Clown came out, and what a revelation it was. Comedy for me was so bland until he came along, and then a few years later, discovering Richard Pryor. Both of them gone now, there will never be anyone else like them.


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