Editor’s note: This is part five of a series of columns. At the Geezer Recreation Center there is a table with newspapers, sofas and chairs. After yoga I’m ready to write my next Geezer column in …
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Editor’s note: This is part five of a series of columns.
At the Geezer Recreation Center there is a table with newspapers, sofas and chairs. After yoga I’m ready to write my next Geezer column in longhand on a yellow lined pad.
Two grey haired men sit on the couch across from me. The geezer with the newspaper I’ll call Ron and the other one Pete.
Pete: Ron, Every time I see you after yoga you are reading the newspaper.
Ron: You don’t read the paper?
Pete: No. My doctor said my blood pressure is too high. He knows I worry about burglars, kidnappings, and explosions. He suggested I stop watching the news or reading the paper.
Ron: How do you know what’s going on?
Pete: From word of mouth.
Ron: I have to know the news. (Puts paper down.) I even get news alerts on my iPhone from CNN.
Pete: That sounds awful. I don’t have a cell phone. Don’t want one.
Ron: Are you a Luddite?
Pete: What’s a Luddite?
Ron: Anyone opposed to technology and progress. It started in England when people were opposed to machines taking their jobs.
Pete: Yes, I’m a Luddite. That’s me. We’re getting too much new technology — it boggles my mind. Who can keep up with it? And the news these days is more than I want or need to know. Like which president is sleeping with which woman.
Ron: I’m a journalist. I need to know that stuff — all of it.
I read the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Denver Post.
Pete: Good for you.
Ron: You must need email?
Pete: Heck no. What would I need if for? I use snail mail. If I need to book a flight my daughter does it for me.
I enjoy keeping life simple.
Ron: (looking at paper again) That’s good but what do you think about the new U.S. Congress?
Pete: Nothing. It’s none of my business.
Ron: I’d be embarrassed at a dinner party if I didn’t know current events.
Pete: Since my wife died five years ago, I just go to church socials.
She and I were registered with a political party but not anymore. If I say I’m a Democrat, I get teased, and if I say I’m a Republican I get razzed, and if I say I vote Independent they say, “That’s a waste of your vote.”
Last time I voted for a president was Ronald Reagan.
I liked when he talked on TV. He was a movie star. I loved him in Hellcats of the Navy and Bedtime for Bonzo.
Ron: The current president was a TV star.
Pete: Really? What shows?
Ron: Naked City, and Mickey Mouse Club.
Pete: He can’t be that old. You’re razzing me.
Ron: (laughs) Do you vote in local, state or county elections?
Pete: No, because I don’t know who’s running for dogcatcher, regents, judges, blah, blah, blah.
Ron: I see.
Pete: I’m just fine since I stopped reading or watching the hard news. Life is good.
Ron: Good for you, Pete. Do you need a ride home?
Pete: No, I walked here.
Ron: OK then.
I thought about the two men. Ron certainly was better informed than Pete. But Pete seemed more relaxed and happy. I considered searching on Netflix for Bedtime for Bonzo.
Mary Stobie Mary welcomes email comments and suggestions on her Geezer series at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stobie is the author of the humorous memoir You Fall Off, You Get Back On. You can buy a copy at the Boulder Bookstore on the Pearl Street Mall or online at: www.boulderbookstore.net/book/9780692301135.
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