Monday, April 30, 2007

From our correspondent in middle age

It’s depressing, but I feel like a paedophile if I find myself leching at any woman under 40. Even more depressing - very few women seem lechworthy any more. The general female population can’t be getting significantly more homely, so it must be me. Ah well.

There are, however, some good things about growing old. I am no longer disappointed by thermostats in hotel rooms. I now KNOW that they’re a kind of logistical placebo and no matter how much I fiddle with them, I will wake up in the middle of the night with frostbite in my toes. Either that, or I'll be soaked in sweat.

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14 comments:

Tabula Rasa said...

am impressed. it takes a brave blogger to admit to sweaty toes.

Anonymous said...

I had frostbite in a Delhi summer.

- First time in the comment box

progga said...

TR: sweaty need not equal smelly. Life's little lessons!

SOB: it's definitely you!

km said...

JAP, you need to listen to some James Brown this weekend.

Tabula Rasa said...

progga:
thanks for the heads-up. i'd meant sweaty -- i can only guess at the number of anonymous lurkers who are throwing scraps at old jap's orkut profile. even as we speak.

Anonymous said...

As you grow up, your expectations rise up too. P*rn does this to you.

Australopithecus said...

or you alternate.between freezing and drowning in your own sweat.

"sen"sational said...

Just curious, how old ARE you? 70?

J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Prof, my courage is legendary. Especially after citron twist vodka.

Anonymous Paarsen, frostbite more credible in ice-box than in comment box.

Progga, I mope.

KM, he's DEAD now. What exactly are you suggesting?!

Anon2, you'd be surprised. Or do I mean disappointed?

A'pithecus, you have it there. Like they say, if your hair is burning and your toes are freezing, a statistician thinks you're perfectly balanced.

Sen PaarSen, not quite 70 but getting there at an alarming pace.

J.A.P.

anjali said...

My 40+ single female boss was lamenting the same yesterday (of course, w.r.t. men). She said most men think there must be something wrong with her as she hasn't got hitched by now.

hehehe...for thermostat observation. i recently came to the same conclusion.

eve's lungs said...

Hmmm .. you're definitely getting on the wrong side of middle age if you're not upto leching .

Not even that hitch of the spectacles on the old nose and a long appraising glance ?

J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Anjali - your boss is a Lady of Sterling Good Sense

Eve's Lungs - 'hitch of the spectacles'? 'appraising glance'? Is this surmise or have you been keeping tabs on me?

J.A.P.

eve's lungs said...

Nope JAP - can't say I've been keeping tabs on you but you have been a topic of discussion with me and my Sunday morning walk mates who we share as mutual friends .

But I can guess can't I ?

LessThan40 said...

Spotted one "Hitch of the spectacles and appraising glance". Not saying when and where.