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I hate to tell you this, but I’m approaching 62.
Frightening, I know.
One wants, or at least I think one wants to leave some sort of legacy in the world. It may be as mothers, or wives, or corporate raiders, but we want something.
I came to the conclusion that for some people, the only avenue for that is eccentricity.
Not the type that comes from a Madonna or Lady GaGa. That is an eccentricity molded to build a career upon. Nothing wrong with it, but different.
There is the type that is simply inborn–the six-year-old who is determined to wear the most outlandish of wardrobes as a statement of independence from the herd. This is life-long and extends to an outlook that is askew in every respect upon the world at large.
No, I’m talking about the “I’m gettin’ old and I want to be noticed” kinda eccentricity. It is the eccentricity that results in a yard full of “lawn ornaments” of every size and shape. It causes one to paint one’s house with polkadots, or drive a scooter at age 80. It causes people to wonder, “has she tipped” or is she just being eccentric? And the trick is, you never let them get the answer. You smile, you wink, you whistle, and you move on.
Trouble is, I now live in a place where eccentricity is pretty much taken as the norm. There are plenty of examples around Troy. When too many are eccentric, well, they are NORMAL. And that defeats the entire purpose.
Problem too, is I don’t have any idea of what to do to be eccentric. I could collect salt and pepper shakers, but heck, nobody would know. I could engage in expert bird and animal mimicry, but who would hear? I could wear nothing but things I knit, but, whoa, I think that has already been done by Carla at the Dam Bar up town. I’m stymied, you see.
How to make my mark in New Mexico? How to stand out from the crowd and be recognized as a true “free spirit”. See, that is what I yearn for. To be the person everyone wishes they had the guts to be if they had the time.
If you have any suggestions, and you guys seldom do, I’d appreciate it. I’m collecting bird feathers. I have a lot of them. Well, not a lot, lot, but a lot if you don’t have ANY. I have a lot then. Can I do something with them that would be eccentric? Quick. Set me on my path before senility sets in and I’m eccentric without realizing it. That would be unfortunate, and defeat the purpose. Do you see? Or am I being eccentric?
I think the GOP race has now reached it nadir. It is a huge bore now. They slog on, and the same rhetoric, the same crap will be resurrected in the state of South Carolina. *Yawn*. For a political blogger, like moi, this is not good news. Or am I being eccentric?
I suppose I could write short stories and write them intentionally badly. Would I know I was writing them so? Or do I write badly and think I don’t, now? It can get quite confusing in my head at times. It may be that I am on to something. Or am I being eccentric?
One of the drawbacks to having the ability to record television for later watching, is that in February I’m still watching Jared ads for Christmas chocolate diamonds. God they are awful aren’t they? And those Target girls romping in fake snow with their perky little mittens. An innovation in recording would be to do it minus the ads. But then, sigh, an hour, would be 52 minutes, and 30 would be 22, and how can one order one’s life without strict adherence to 30 and 60 minute segments. I mean all of life is rationed this way. It would be too bold. Or am I being eccentric?
If you have nothing much to think about today:
“they” does not agree with a singular, gender-neutral referent by the single feature of number, “he” also does not agree with its singular, gender-neutral referent by the single feature of gender.”
Got that? Well it refers to the statement:
I saw someone, but I don’t think they saw me.”
Up until about 200 years ago, they was correct, even though someone is singular. But it was changed to “he” and is now claimed to be generic which it is not. It’s he. So should we change back? I actually think I’m being a bit eccentric here, now.
When is redistribution good?
As the New York Times points out.
The OWS says that we are sick and tired of the 1% redistributing all wealth only to the top.
The 1% calls this a call for “redistributing wealth”.
Or is it merely returning it to the lawful owners?
Surely, I’m being eccentric now.
Maureen Dowd has a rather fun little piece about our Mittens. And there is no eccentricity about that at all.
- Eccentricity, Mathematics, and Peculiar People (siremethmimetes.wordpress.com)
- Creativity and the eccentric mind (writeyoufools.wordpress.com)
- New Anti-Romney Video Attacks Bain Capital Work (tribuneofthepeople.wordpress.com)
- Obama adviser: Voters have trouble trusting Romney (sfgate.com)
Eccentricity? Hmmmm. You could always wear a bedsheet toga when out in public, or make a Calvin and Hobbes-esque snowman house of horrors on your lawn in winter. If you wanted to be both eccentric and kindly, you could offer to give random people you meet free foot rubs.
ROFL. I think this request is proving to delve quite deeply into the demented thoughts in others minds. Thanks for your rather eccentric thoughts!
The top 1% believes that anything you can get, you deserve to get. It’s a sort of mafia mentality that I think most people reject.
The OWS is as much about morality and fairness as it is about wealth distribution.
I agree with you exactly Thomas
Snoring Dog Studio said:
Eccentricity comes naturally at an older age as soon as you stop caring what others think about you. It’s quite a freeing feeling. I met a guy once a couple of years ago who said he couldn’t date me because I was “crazy eccentric.” I resented the “crazy” part.
I don’t think you’ll have any trouble standing out when you move to NM. Frankly, I think you should write a newspaper column for the local paper. NM needs you!
I laughed out loud at Ahab’s foot rub suggestion, but, ewww. Perhaps something a bit less personal might do. I find that talking out loud to squirrels and birds is quite sufficient to get one labeled “eccentric.”
Yeah SDS, I truly do believe that the best thing about getting older is giving up on pleasing everyone and just saying, “this is me.” I could love writing a column for a newspaper, but frankly, I’m not sure you get read as much as here.! lol…I like your suggestion about talking to animals. That seems actually quite acceptable to me.
62! God I wish I was 62 again. the good part is you can start getting Social Security, talk about being a geezer. Then it’s Medicare at 65. Things only seem to get more better with age.
Being free to be myself is all the eccentricity I need. You seem to be well on your way too. 🙂
yes, I’m so excited to actually get paid for being old! lol…And you think I’m eccentric already? hmmm..
Ah, 62, the age at which I will be able to claim my rightful Social Security before they stop giving it out. (No waiting till my “retirement age” of 66 for me – I don’t trust ’em!). But alas, I have 3-1/2 more years to go. In which time I have to figure out how to make some money without getting a real job. (Unemployment is running out this month!). But I digress. Eccentricity? I’m already there. I go to the grocery store without wearing a bra (as long as I have a coat on). I think this is eccentric for a 58-year-old woman, if not for a 16-year-old back in my day. And I have a collection of troll dolls that numbers over 150, which I started in the 60s…. Speaking of eccentricity, you must know this poem?
When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
with a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
and satin candles, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired
and gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
and run my stick along the public railings
and make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
and pick the flowers in other people’s gardens
and learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
and eat three pounds of sausages at a go
or only bread and pickles for a week
and hoard pens and pencils and beer nuts and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
and pay our rent and not swear in the street
and set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
Love it Mimi! lol…I love the idea of a troll collection. I’d love to see it. take a pic if you can and post it! And I agree, get that SS as quick as you can. The GOP is out to get rid of it. Ought to be plenty of jobs in about 10 years, sweeping up the dead.