Day 32: November 1, The Irony, and The Reaper

HaydnCD31One of the songs playing over the Muzak system this morning at Mr. Burger was the Who’s “My Generation,” perhaps the most famous line of which is this:

“I hope I die before I get old.”

When I heard that lyric, I took stock of my fellow diners; a sea of white heads, belonging to people who were easily in their 70s, all kvetching over cups of steaming coffee.

I couldn’t help but chuckle.

Did they see the irony? I thought. I doubt it. Otherwise…

Otherwise, what? What can one do about growing old?

Nothing. It is inevitable. I’m not the person I was when the Who’s song was released on November 5, 1965 — nearly 48 years ago to the day.

I was five years old. And very likely peeing my pants from fear because I had to walk to the elementary school about a mile away from where we lived.


Always a momentus time in the life of a young lad. But for me it was a huge deal, indeed. I was petrified.

Fast forward nearly half a century. Here I sit. It’s November 1, 2013. I’m no longer petrified. And definitely not peeing my pants. But there is a mug of steaming coffee in front of me. And I suppose Continue reading

Day 19: I’m Into Something Good

HaydnCD19 At my favorite breakfast spot (Mr. Burger) this morning, eating my favorite meal (the Protein Breakfast — three eggs, scrambled, two sausage patties, two sausage links, coffee), the Herman’s Hermits song “I’m Into Something Good” caught my attention as it played over the restaurant’s Muzak system.

Despite it being a mere Pop song — one nearly half a century old at that — it’s an ear worm of a tune, absolutely infectious.

Almost against my will, I found myself tapping my fingers on the table top and nodding my head along with it.

It made me smile and think of simpler times.

It was then that I noticed the elderly customers were doing the same – smiling and bobbing their heads. I overhead one white-haired gent say to his companion, “That’s when music was good.”

Admittedly, the years 1964-1965 were banner ones for the British Invasion. UK bands like The Who, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Animals, Hermans Hermits and Continue reading