Wasted away again

Dear Sarah:

There is no guarantee that you will live longer if you avoid Sidecar, Marlboro Lights and Taco Bueno.

It will only seem longer.

And if it takes years off your life, so what? It’s the last years, the ones where you spend half your time in the hospital and the other half trying to decipher that last letter from Medicare. How much do you think you’re going to miss that?

There’s nothing wrong with trying to lead a “sensible” existence. But fercrissake, don’t beat yourself over the head for occasionally behaving like a real person once in a while.


  1. Sarah »

    14 September 2006 · 8:31 am

    Dammit, Dustbury. Guess what you just made me want to go do tonight?

    Excellent (and enabling) points, though.

  2. Bit Decay »

    14 September 2006 · 9:08 am

    Live It Up

    I think I agree with Charles. I’d rather live for 60 years than die for 70.

  3. Francis W. Porretto »

    14 September 2006 · 4:29 pm

    I’m forever trying to make this point to my doctor, who wants me to give up everything from sex to alcohol to chocolate to biting my nails. “So I can live to be ninety feeling deprived and pointless the whole way?” I recently asked, upon which she fell silent.

  4. Shouting Thomas »

    15 September 2006 · 8:18 am

    My wife was a great believer in the “Get it while you can” mode. She departed this world at the age of 49, and she did leave a great looking corpse… as the old saying goes.

    I am a plodder, even in my vices. Just doesn’t seem to be part of my character to go hog wild. I just go medium wild over an extended period.

    Who’s going to change my diapers when I get old and feeble?

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