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Friday, February 26, 2016

Wish I Could Fly Like Superman

Jen and I are off and I've got a Kinks tune playing on the old internal turntable.

We’re in the wind, headed down to Western Pennsylvania to see my father. His birthday’s coming up. Mid April. He’ll be 80. Wow. 80. That’s some big years there. I hope he lives forever. I once made him promise that he would outlive me.

I intend to hold him to that.

Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.
~ Maya Angelou

All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, ‘Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!’ This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.
~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.
~ Dante Alighieri

Keeping up the appearance of having all your marbles is hard work, but important.
~ Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

When you're young, you always feel that life hasn't yet begun—that "life" is always scheduled to begin next week, next month, next year, after the holidays—whenever. But then suddenly you're old and the scheduled life didn't arrive. You find yourself asking, 'Well then, exactly what was it I was having—that interlude—the scrambly madness—all that time I had before?
~ Douglas Coupland, Life After God

At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.
~ George Orwell
And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit.
~ Martin Amis, London Fields

It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone.
~ Andy Rooney

Wisdom comes with winters.
~ Oscar Wilde

A few years ago it dawned on me that everybody past a certain age ... pretty much constantly dreams of being able to escape from their lives. They don't want to be who they are any more. They want out. This list includes Thurston Howell the Third, Ann-Margret, the cat members of Rent, Václav Havel, space shuttle astronauts and Snuffleupagus. It's universal.
~ Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief

I'm pretty sure that eating chocolate keeps wrinkles away because I have never seen a 10 year old with a Hershey bar and crows feet.
~ Amy Neftzger

Now is the time to become a myth.
~ Diane Von Furstenberg

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