The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 February 2003

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The Letter came today.

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to enclose your AARP Membership Registration and temporary membership card.

I'm just as thrilled about this as you think.

But this is the bottom line, right off aarp.org:

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over.

Uh, guys, "50 and over"? Can't you cut me a few days' slack, fercryingoutloud?

(The rest of you can debate "nonpartisan" if you want. I'm still in denial. And, I hasten to add, still in my forties. Barely.)

Posted at 7:00 PM to General Disinterest

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Yeah well... two months from today I'll be enjoying my first free coffee at Denny's (or where ever it is that I never go that dotes on us Silvers). Ah the dubious priviledge of age.

At 55 do I become old-young or young-old, I can't remember.

Posted by: fredf at 7:54 PM on 10 February 2003

Any morning that you wake up to receive the mail -- is a good day.

One way of looking at it. And hell, yes, I'll debate the "non-partisan" angle! My eye, AARP is non-partisan.

Posted by: DavidMSC at 8:27 PM on 10 February 2003

Well, they do seem awfully interested in prying dollars out of the Treasury.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:35 PM on 10 February 2003

I started getting AARP fliers in the mail when I was 25. I have yet to figure out why.

Posted by: Ravenwood at 9:42 PM on 10 February 2003

Trust me, it's a lot worse for women. A few days ago, the SF Chronicle had a local news item about an "elderly woman" whose van went into a ditch. The next sentence went something like, the 55-year-old woman is in serious condition at ... Hospital. I was thinking about blogging about it, but then I got more pissed about something else.

Posted by: Diane L. at 11:20 PM on 10 February 2003

I am in complete denial. I have vowed to pay full price for everything for the rest of my life.

Posted by: zee at 3:35 AM on 11 February 2003

Better an AARP than an AADP.

Besides which, FercryinsolouditmightwakeuptheFrench - Look at the positive side: it's a year or so more of 20% off this and 15% off that. Getting bargains like this 9 months early was about the only treat this AA(Rin14years)P enjoyed in the last three years.

Posted by: Vickie at 5:16 AM on 11 February 2003

I won't be joining AARP. Instead, I'm gonna start my own group: AAASOFWTMTOTH.

The American Association of Anti-Social Old Farts With Too Much Time On Their Hands. Membership (when the day comes): 1

No discounts, just good clean truth.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 7:43 AM on 11 February 2003

They tried to sign me up when I was in my 30s and now they seem to have forgotten about me entirely as I creep through my 40s.

Nonpartisan? I think not. My mom would even argue whether their "deals" really save you anything. She can still find better rates on insurance and credit cards than they offer. Kinda like "convention rates" at hotels

Posted by: Patty at 10:11 AM on 11 February 2003

The best deal on whole-life insurance I've been offered lately came not from AARP, but from AAA.

(Dear Vickie: DPs may be dead, but they vote. Usually Democratic, I am given to understand.)

Posted by: CGHill at 10:28 AM on 11 February 2003

Charles: AADP - American Association of Dead Persons. Not Democratic Persons. Sheesh. I hate it when I gotta explain a joke that's already bad enough as it is.

Posted by: Vickie at 2:52 PM on 11 February 2003

Read again what I said. It makes no sense unless I got it.

(Sheesh. I hate it when I gotta explain something that doesn't need explaining.)

Posted by: CGHill at 3:28 PM on 11 February 2003

I have a headache from having my bedroom repainted and I have a cold to boot. I REREAD AND I STILL DON'T GET IT.

Sheesh. I hate it when I gotta ask for an explanation of something that supposedly shouldn't be explained because it's supposedly so transparent that even a Democrat can understand it.

Posted by: sigh at 6:40 PM on 11 February 2003

(shakes head and looks about in bewilderment and confusion, not understanding why he doesn't understand the lack of understanding)

Posted by: DavidMSC at 8:08 PM on 11 February 2003

<dial tone>

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 8:22 PM on 11 February 2003

Zzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by: Whoelse. at 8:37 PM on 11 February 2003

Now really, people...this is getting out of hand. Shoo.

Oops...sorry, Charles...didn't mean to assert myself so strongly in your comments.

Posted by: DavidMSC at 9:09 PM on 12 February 2003

If you don't, who will?

Oh. Right.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:23 PM on 12 February 2003