for men only (based on a true story)

HEY, YOU GUYS! Do you want to know a true story—it happened to me!—that tells you a sure sign that you’re growing old? Not older, but, like, old! A surer sign than those emails you received in the last decade that listed all the reasons why being 50 was so good?

Surer than the ones that followed ten years later that listed all the reasons why being 60 was so good?

Sure you do!

It’s when your wife gives you cologne for Christmas or your birthday or Valentine’s Day and it’s not some hot new combination of  pheromones and a secret extract of satyr musk.

Instead, it’s Old Spice.

And you ask, “Um, honey, why Old Spice?”

And she says, “Because it reminds me of my father when I was young.”

“Uh oh,” thought I . . .

True Story: painting of a two-masted ship titled "Grand Turk" by James Hardy III.

FEATURED IMAGE: The painting at the top of this page is “Grand Turk” by James Hardy III. The Grand Turk was launched in late 1812. In late January of 1813 she was commissioned by President Madison to cruise against the enemies of the United States. Apparently this two-masted Grand Turk is not the basis for the three-masted Grand Turk that is the logo of Old Spice, but I liked the painting.


One Reply to “for men only (based on a true story)”

  1. A few weeks ago, a young nurse complained to me that her 30th birthday was “around the corner” and she felt as if she was getting old. Is that a laugh or what. Therefore I must ask what is old?

    When you go to your mailbox and its filled with A.A.R.P. mail, you might be getting old.

    When you have 5 gold teeth and wear bifocals as thick as coca cola bottle bottoms, you might be getting old.

    You over hear someone talking about the latest thing on Yahoo, and you think, Yea, I used to do that too.

    When you go into a McDonalds or Wendys and the first thing they ask you is if you want the senior discount, you might be getting old.

    When you catch yourself glancing at “girly” magazines” just for the articles and interviews, you might be getting old. I will be 66 in April and yes, I think I’m getting old.

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