Friday, January 24, 2014

It's just not right...

Den of the Beastly Bear

Hello Folks!


It has recently come to my attention, once again...
That I'm getting old!
I don't feel old...I mean aside from a couple aches and pains, in my head I swear I'm only about 28!!! Lol
NOT 51, it's just not right!!!  :-)

The other day I was talking with a fellow at work, he's been dating this girl for a while and they've been having some problems. He was kind of asking a "what would you do?". Which got us to swapping war stories about dating. He had asked me how long I'd been married, to which I replied 26 years.

So I was telling him about this girl I dated, and more precisely why it had ended.
Long story short, we had made plans to go out, I had called her to say I was out of work and was going home to shower and shave and I'd be right over.
She said she was going to lay down for about an hour as she hadn't been to bed yet (she worked nights). I told her we could certainly take a "rain check", no she insisted "I want to see you...just give me a call when before you come, just to make sure I can do it!"
When I called, her phone was busy(she had her own phone in her room), repeatedly. Finally after calling for a half hour I decided to just drive over, if it turned out she didn't feel up to going out, I'd just come home.
When I pulled up to her house her car was not there.
When I rang the bell, her mother answered the door with a quizzical look on her face.
"Hi Mrs. X, is Sherri ready?"
"Ummm, she went to a party Joe..."
My turn to be confused.
"A party? A party where? We had a date..."
"Well, it's at Steve's."
"Steve as in ex-boyfriend Steve?!?" I asked
"Yeah, that's the one...I'm so sorry Joe" (Mom liked me)
"Have her call me when she gets home." I said, and left.
She never called, so neither did I! I felt I was owed an explanation at least, if not an apology! So ended our relationship.

So after listening to my tale of woe, this guy says.
"Well that was dumb, why didn't you just call her?"
"Because she ditched me for her ex...she should have called me!!!"
"No," says he "I mean at the party, why didn't you call her RIGHT THEN?"
"Because I didn't know Steve's number, and I doubt he'd have put her on the phone."
He looks at me like I'm particularly stupid and says slowly as if speaking to a child ""
"Well Einstein, because it was 1984 and the only people with mobile phones were CEO's, doctors, and high end lawyers. AND they were permanently affixed in their car!!!"

Another gaze into the generation gap came playing cards with some buddies at work a few years ago.
At lunch we were playing poker, for quarters. One of the guys we were playing with was trying to get all the state quarters for his collection, so if he saw one he didn't have he'd snatch it up. 
So as we're playing, I happened to ante in with a Bicentennial quarter.
His eyes lit up as he snatched it out of the pot.
"What the hell is that???" He asked studying it closely.
"That's just a bicentennial quarter, not a state one."
"What's that?!?" He asked puzzled
I'm said "Come on man! The 'Bicentennial'? 1776-1976?? County's 200th. Birthday??? Parades, fireworks, speeches, special editions of every damn thing???? How can you NOT remember the Bicentennial?????"
I admit to sounding a tad condescending...
He just looked at me and said:
"Dude, I was born in '77!"
Well played sir...well played!

Hope you all feel younger than you are!!!

Be Well!

Beastly Bear


  1. Yeah, I can relate. This happens to me all the time. I hate when I make a witty pop cultural reference and it goes over everyone's heads. Loving your blog, Beastly Bear! KatW

  2. I love reading your stories. I remember the days when everyone didn't have a cell phone. How did we survive??? LOL As I remember, just fine! ♥

    1. Yes we survived no internet, no cell phones, no computers...I was an adult before video tapes were commonly available. And we were pretty damn happy! Of course blogging was just journaling.... And nobody else EVER would be reading it! Lol
      Thank you for your kind words Kathy!

  3. In my job 13 of my staff are under 25. And most are guys. They are so full of energy, but lack common sense. And the next one that says wow your the same age as my mom might get slapped. Lol

    1. Wow Cindy, that's a young crew alright! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  4. Wow.. Now I know how my grandson Seth feels when I talk to him about the original Ninja Turtles vs. the Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles. We've agreed to call them "Daddio's Ninja Turtles. :)

    1. He may never fully comprehend the awesomeness of the original TMNT!!!

  5. lol. co-worker circa cell phones slightly smaller than bricks are just coming out. We were a conference, between sessions - they have an area reserved for calls and such. He's standing in the middle of a room full of pay phones in a panic because he can't get a signal to make his call. smh truly enjoying your blogs Joe.

    1. That's funny! Couldn't see the Forrest for the trees eh?
      Be sure to leave your name so I know who to thank!