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 …
This item is available in full to subscribers.
If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.
Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.
If you made a voluntary contribution of $25 or more in Nov. 2018-2019, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access Includes access to all websites
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 email@example.com. 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.
Other items that may interest you
We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.
The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.