Friday, September 11, 2009

Why I may be 80

1. I have a tendency to call people 'darl' and 'lovely'. (It comes from having been a highschool drama teacher where you have every year 7 and 8 student for one hour a week and the need to learn 200 names in 2 weeks so you can avoid the 'hey you there' turns to desperation...it seems to have spilled into the outside world...)

2. I drive a 1965 HD Holden 'Harriet'. If I had of bought the car in 1965 at the age I am now - I would now be 80.

3. I love doing cryptic crosswords.

4. When we lived in Sydney - we lived in an amazing art deco flat still managed by our 90 year old landlord (he lived upstairs) - So how does this make me 80?? The clincher was that the flat came with membership to the randwick bowls club ... we would regularly cross the road to wet our whistles with beer at 1972 prices and enjoy a good chat with the oldies. Which brings me to it ... I believe beer tastes better in a pony.

5. I love what we like to call 'Depression Fare' - recipes that were meant to get us through the lean war years but have kind of stuck ... bread and butter pudding, rice pudding, weird ass slices made with copha, mock blueberry pie, mock fish, mock anything really... however, I put a stop at offal and will not be seen tucking into a cheeky plate of tripe.

6. I knick 'cuttings' from people's gardens (but they are hanging over the fence - so technically they're fair game ... right?

7. In certain situations and with certain outfits - there is nothing wrong with big underpants - particularly when they keep the small of your back warm.

20 comments:

PottyMouthMama said...

Just the other day my sister was telling me that I was an old soul because of all the old phrases I use, and all the old people things I love to do! I am right there with you sister, and I love your new wheels. x

CurlyPops said...

You make me chuckle... I'm partial to a bit of depression fare too, and there's nothing better than comfy undies!

Alisa said...

Aaaaw, bless your cotton socks. I hope you mix your metaphors too, like my fav octogenarian.

mrs smith said...

What the f@%^ is mock fish????!!!!

Gina said...

You. Are. HILARIOUS!

Oh and I'd better join you in the Nanna club, I do cryptics as well. But only if me gammy wrist is in working order...

Tania said...

Yeah well, you're in excellent company. That Mrs Smith sent me an email the other day which included the use of the word ‘farnarkling’.

Lulu said...

Nothing there to be ashamed of. All sounds good to me.

Kylie said...

Oh how FABULOUS! If there's a club, I'm right there with you, darl ;) Nothing I like more than a chat with the "olds" at a wedding too... makes me feel balanced and ready to party big time. Very envious of your deco flat with bowls membership :) K

D said...

you're funny, and probably right.

Fer said...

For an 80 year old you totally rock. :)

Isis said...

oh you are SOOO 80! the cryptic crosswords is a dead give-away. think it's time for a nana nap...

x isis

Cathy (tinniegirl) said...

yep, you do seem to have an 80 year old woman possessing you. At least she's funny and hopefully not too cranky. I think you're in good company around these parts.

LOVE YOUR CAR!

2paw said...

Welcome to my world!! I am so 'old' that in The BlackSpot of Doomlight yesterday an older lady, OAP age, was humming along to the songs on the radio station they play. I had No Idea of the songs. I am best with Doris, Frank etc!! Juts because things are a little old fashioned doesn't mean they are not good. Hurray for The Olden Days (such a good over dubbed serial on teh D-Generation!!!)

Jodie said...

Oh Dear... I work in a school and also use "petal", "spunkbubble" and "mr crazy trousers" (boys ones are harder).
Yes..to bread and butter pudding...
Yes to big underpants (are there other sorts)

also yes to fetes...white elephant stalls, lemon butter and scalding tea....
just call me nannna !

beck said...

What you are is not so much an 'age' as an 'attitude' my dear, and it's the kind of attitude I can relate to. 9I also call people darl and honey but draw the line at pet.) Living in the country lends itself fabulously to this kind of talk, to the taking of cuttings and many other lovely ways. So, I'm with you darl, lets put the kettle on and could you please pass me some of that...is it lemon slice today? x

Nikki Cardigan said...

So will you be expecting a letter from the Queen in 20 years time..?? !!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

A fairly skittish 80 ?

M said...

Nothing wrong with being 80. At least you'll be well-practised for when you actually get there.

Or perhaps you'll turn full circle, buy a modern sports car and be seen on a dancefloor shouting "get down you crazy cats!" - which is what my octogenarian grandfather did at my wedding.

Totally with you on the comfy undies. Why cut yourself in half?

Recycled Relix said...

Amazing! And who'd a thought you could have children at your age! I think it is good to go back to the good old days - just because it's new doesn't mean its better! Some of the older medicines such as Senega & Amonia work way better for coughs and congestion AND they are sooo much cheaper. And I am way of track.... sign of old age... Great Market by the way. XX Cathy

christine said...

You so sound like me! Everyone gets sweetie/darlin'/honey/love round here.
Oh the undies! Yep I know ;)
And I do love a good crossword, but it can be a bit of a hopeless exercise when the brain deletes my entire vocabulary, which seems to be happening a lot more lately - must be getting old! or maybe it's 3 kids + not enough shut-eye.

BTW I totally dig your car! Ed's been shopping around for an EH/EJ for me (I'm quite sure it's actually for him but who's arguing!)