Between 40 & 50

The ramblings of a middle-aged man


February 2016

2016 Oscars

Like millions of other people, I spent my Sunday evening watching the 2016 Oscars broadcast. And, like millions of others, I have to share my hot takes below.


That’s my one-word review. I thought the entire show was ridiculously boring. None of the celebrities were willing to step outside of their comfort zone, and the two who attempted something offbeat, Sacha Baron Cohen and Sarah Silverman, ended up failing miserably. The memorable moments were few and far between. Gone are the days of Jack Palance’s one-armed push-ups or Sally Field’s “You like me, you really like me!” acceptance speech. We’re locked into a world of corporate responsibility and a focus on brand marketability. Blah!

Oscar Host Chris Rock

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Last night The Boy had a friend spend the night at our house. They stayed up super late playing Minecraft, eating pizza, and generally goofing around like pre-teen boys do. It was annoying as hell.

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I take so many damn pills now that I’m older. I’m taking pills for blood pressure, gout, allergies, headaches, muscle pain, you name it…

I don’t remember exactly when I started taking so many pills. It’s been several years now that it started. I have a nice little pill organizer labeled with the days of the week to ensure that I take the right pills each day. Otherwise, there’s no way I’d remember at night if I took my pills in the morning. My memory doesn’t last that long.

The scary thing is, it will only get worse! Continue reading “Pills”

Friday’s Fox

Each Friday I’m going to feature a baker’s dozen images of a 40-something lady who “gets my motor running.” This is not limited to celebrities, I’d love to feature some regular ladies over forty who’ve got it goin’ on. Email me 13 sexy photos and 1 head shot of your fabulous lady who is over 40 and I’ll feature her on an upcoming Friday’s Fox.

Angie Harmon

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Old Folks Home

Yesterday I visited a relative at “The Old Folks Home” aka retirement community. It was depressing as hell. Looking around at a community of people waiting to die made me wonder if converting the elder to Soylent Green wouldn’t be more humane.

Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely seniors who are active and are enjoying their golden years. I applaud those individuals and hope to be as spry should I reach those heights.

Unfortunately those individuals were few and far between. The majority of individuals I came across had zero interest in doing anything, and getting out of bed was out of the question. Watching the residents wish the clock hands to advance was painful.

The relative I was visiting is just visiting himself. Continue reading “Old Folks Home”

Going Deaf [Updated]

My current office layout is totally open concept – no cubes or privacy, just desks sitting next to each other. Normally this doesn’t bother me, I can ignore just about anything anymore. Most people are considerate, keeping noise to a minimum. Headphones are prevalent, listening to your own tunes is more appealing than the general office noises, such as coughing, keys clicking, phones ringing, etc.

We recently added a new staffer, a programmer. This young man eagerly embraced the headphone culture and brought in a nice pair of headphones. He is a huge fan of thrash metal music. I know this because he plays it loud enough for me to hear it on the other side of the building, over my own headphones. Does anyone need to listen to music that loud? What’s the point?

The question is, how do I handle this? He’s in a different department and his supervisor is well aware of the situation. The people who sit closest to him have repeatedly asked him to turn the music down. What’s the proper office etiquette in this situation? The thing is, I don’t want to be subjected to thrash metal music, it’s not my groove.

Or, am I just getting old and should let things like this go? I’m genuinely concerned for his hearing, as well as the overall office vibe. Ideas? Suggestions? Is encasing his headphones in jello going too far?

Photo “Jello Stapler” via Emily

UPDATE: He’s now decided that every phone call he takes must be done on speakerphone. WHY? It’s bad enough I have to listen to his music, but now I have to listen to his doctor share his medical information. Boundaries are there for a reason!

Rainy Day Pain

It’s raining today, which means my knee hurts. Why? What did I do to trigger this pain? Nothing broken, no surgeries, just normal wear and tear over the past 40+ years. But now, my knee aches whenever it gets rainy. I’ve had MRIs done and currently visit a physical therapist for the pain. I tell you, it’s hell getting old!

Welcome aboard!

“Excelsior!” – Martin Prince

Howdy! First of all, let me welcome you to the ramblings of a reasonably sane man who is rapidly approaching that magical age of 45. Statistically I have already surpassed the mid-point of my time in this existence and am currently on the down hill slide toward oblivion.

My intention is to use this blog as a clearinghouse for my brain. I considered setting up my own subreddit or use Facebook as my tablet, but WordPress seems to work better in my Microsoft Office addled brain. Hence, here we are. I will be posting my thoughts, feelings, ideas, commentary on life, basically whatever strikes my fancy at the time.

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