Getting old ain't for [fill in the blank]

Chuck's Head
Chuck's Head

From my latest column, appearing in

I’m beginning to realize that when senior citizens say “getting old ain’t for wimps,” they are using the word “wimps” in place of a more colorful term.

Seriously, I am amazed that the older folks I know don’t complain 24/7? I’m now complaining 18/7, and I’m not even 60 yet. I’ve got so many different doctors at this point I’m thinking of joining the AMA as an associate member. And I’m a piker compared to my parents and their legion of physics.

Yet, these older folks don’t really complain much. You might hear the occasional, “Well, I don’t get around quite as good as I used to…” but they usually stop there instead of continuing the sentence: “because when I walk you can hear my thigh bone grinding against my shin bones from 15 feet away.”

Why would they be so diplomatic?... Find out why - read the rest of the story at