Time's winged chariot -- 12/03/07

Three for three so far...
I did a double-take when I saw that Caroline Kennedy is on the cover of the latest issue of AARP Magazine. Caroline Kennedy? Why is she... OMG, little Caroline Kennedy turned fifty last week!
As if it weren't enough that I have a son who is now the same age as Jack Benny... now little Caroline Kennedy is half a century old.

The next thing you know is AARP will try to get me to join up.

Notes to non-US readers:

AARP was once known as American Association of Retired Persons, but these days they just go by their initials. I guess they finally realized that significant numbers of their members are not retired. They start sending you invitations to join as you near your fiftieth birthday and continues to mail you these reminders of age and mortality until you break down and join. I've been resisting them for almost fifteen years now, but Nancy gave in to their blandishments.

One of the running jokes that comedian Jack Benny used for laughs was his claim to be 39 years old. As a kid listening to him on the radio I failed to get the joke. I didn't understand what was so funny about somebody claiming to be so very old. A couple of months ago my eldest celebrated his 39th birthday, which I claim means that he is now older than I am. (Wow! That means that in just eleven years, he will get his invitation to join AARP; when that happens I think I will be forced to admit to advancing age.

The storm that came through the mid-west eventually worked its way to New England. It wasn't very impressive as it passed through Rhode Island. A few school districts in the northern part of the state delayed the start of school for an hour because of icy road conditions, but otherwise it didn't amount to much. The photo shows the walk leading to our front door last night... just a light dusting of snow, that's all. Tonight is supposed to be chilly and windy -- 25 to 35 mph winds, with gusts hitting 40, so it should certainly sound wintery.
There didn't seem to be any time or energy to get a tree yesterday. Jeremy had worked a double shift on Saturday and, even though he only worked a partial shift on Sunday, he mostly wanted to take a nap when he got home. Nancy had tons of work (quizzes and projects to grade, lessons to plan, etc.). Jill had to work. I had grocery shopping to do and had some work to do myself (so that I could spare the time to take care of some stuff with the kids today). Thus, no tree. I suppose it is possible that we could get one at some point during the week, but most likely we won't run a Christmas tree expedition until the weekend.

(Yes, I am a fan of Andrew Marvell's poetry and To His Coy Mistress has always been one of my favorites -- "But at my back I always hear/Time's winged chariot hurrying near")

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