and finally…

While we’re on the subject… this picture is my idea of hell. Old people lined up, stacked up, waiting, tethered, and fearfully dependent upon some treatment or another to prolong their bleak lives.

Illness may be big business for the drug companies, hospitals, clinics, health care workers, etc., but for patients, families, and society it is impoverishing on so many levels. I have witnessed enough chronic illness and its wasting and wasteful outcomes to accept it in my own life.

I’ve quipped for years that “a shotgun in the shower” is my retirement plan–and yet there’s an element of seriousness to the joke.

Let me check out while I’ve still got my teeth, brain cells, and endurance. Let it happen when I’m at the top of my game. Let the timing come as a slight surprise. It’s better to leave the banquet table a little hungry, and not fully sated.

Anyway, I’ll rejoin the feast at the kids’ table another day.


Groove of the Day 

Listen to Blue Öyster Cult performing “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”

1 Response to “and finally…”

  1. November 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Agree with you wholeheartedly Dan, let’s “draw stumps” when we are at our best, enjoying the game,. Agree with one of your earlier posts about the medical profession – not much different over here. My landlady is the exact opposite – anytime I get so much as a cough or a sniffle, she is exhorting me to go to the “quack”. My reply is generally “no, I am a typical male – hate doctors & hospitals”. She is a very nice person, don’t get me wrong, but I think that she overdoes the “mothering” bit to me (and also to Stephen [of The Gang] who lives a few doors up the road. Take care mate. £ance.

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