The other day I mentioned to my husband that I hardly know any of the celebrities mentioned on entertainment shows or written about in the entertainment section of the newspaper. “I wonder if that is part of the official rite of passage for the Social Security set,” I said.
He laughed and said he noticed the same thing. “I read the celebrity birthday announcements,” he continued. “And I only recognize the names of people over 60.”
I thought about sending a cartoon caption to “Plugger” — the cartoon that is most recognized by “You know you’re a Plugger if….” Sort of an old folks version of Jeff Foxworthy’s “You know you’re a Redneck if….”
Then I decided I would just use the topic for a blog post. Come up with some really funny lines about being old and wow everyone with my wit. But before I could do it, Steve Blow, a columnist for the Dallas Morning News, beat me to it. I’ve been a faithful reader of his columns for years – even the ten years I lived in Nebraska – and he has done some good ones. But this was one of his best. Maybe because the subject resonated so strongly with me. Or maybe because he’s a damn fine writer. Or maybe both.
Regardless, you might want to Click over and read his column in which he asks, “How are they celebrities if I haven’t heard of them?” It is well worth the read.