This blog is indeed supposed to be about Being Old and I wish I knew how many genuine elders are reading it. I get statistics from Blogspot but they just tell me things like -- seven people in Russia looked at it last week, and more than half the viewers are using Microsoft. Wish they could break it down by age groups -- after all, it's clear that Facebook can.
I'd like to think I hit a "me too" nerve when I confess that in those columns of celebrity news where
People's Names appear in bold face, I don't recognize a single one of the famous newlyweds, hit-and-run drivers or heroin busts. Only time I know the name is -- usually at the end of the column -- when they break the news that someone formerly famous and long forgotten has finally died.
And then, take a phrase like this one, out of a current New Yorker article --
"a circulator to sous-vide the pork belly". I recognize two words there, the last two.
Okay, maybe five words if you include "a", "to" and "the".