Testosterone Conundrum of our Time?

guns

 Don’t Take Your Guns to Town

~~Johnny Cash 

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A young cowboy named Billy Joe grew restless on the farm

A boy filled with wanderlust who really meant no harm

He changed his clothes and shined his boots

And combed his dark hair down

And his mother cried as he walked out

Don’t take your guns to town son

Leave your guns at home Bill

Don’t take your guns to town

He laughed and kissed his mom

And said your Billy Joe’s a man

I can shoot as quick and straight as anybody can

But I wouldn’t shoot without a cause

I’d gun nobody down

But she cried again as he rode away

Don’t take your guns to town son

Leave your guns at home Bill

Don’t take your guns to town

He sang a song as on he rode

His guns hung at his hips

He rode into a cattle town

A smile upon his lips

He stopped and walked into a bar

And laid his money down

But his mother’s words echoed again

Don’t take your guns to town son

Leave your guns at home Bill

Don’t take your guns to town

He drank his first strong liquor then to calm his shaking hand

And tried to tell himself he had at last become a man

A dusty cowpoke at his side began to laugh him down

And he heard again his mother’s words

Don’t take your guns to town son

Leave your guns at home Bill

Don’t take your guns to town

Filled with rage then Billy Joe

reached for his gun to draw

But the stranger drew his gun and fired

Before he even saw

As Billy Joe fell to the floor

The crowd all gathered ’round

And wondered at his final words

Don’t take your guns to town son

Leave your guns at home Bill

Don’t take your guns to town

 

 

 

Did You?

©Jeanne E Webster

Have you turned 65?  How often do we hear that question blaring from television commercials?  What does it mean, turn 65?  How does one do that?

I checked on the word “turn” in the dictionary and it lists many meanings:  twist-revolve-rotate-spin-roll-twirl-gyrate-circle-curdle-sour-spoil-curve-bend-veer-meander-direct-aim-point-focus-set-concentrate-change-go-alter-convert-transform.

Now we are stuck with a conundrum.  Which verb is most appropriate for the term turn 65?  How about twist 65?  No.  I might hurt myself with that verb.  How about revolve, rotate, spin or gyrate?  Those make me dizzy just thinking about it.  Definitely, no.  Well, how about curdle, sour, or spoil?  I’m getting close now.  I’m sure we have curdled 65 or soured trying.  But I’m not ready to spoil.  Curve, bend, meander?  Appropriate.  We could do that easily when we’re 65.  Just a senior moment though; nothing that lasts long.  Change, go, alter, transform?  Aha, almost there.  We can change to 65, transform to 65.  Sure.  Why not.

Some more possibilities:  Jumped to 65?  Snuck up to 65?  Crawled to 65?  Grew to 65?  Advanced to 65?  Surged to 65?  Proceeded to 65?  Evolved to 65?  Progressed to 65?  Increased to 65?  Spread to 65?  Increased to 65?  Expanded to 65?  What do you think sounds best?

My ego and age like advanced best, I think.  Evolved is definitely out, as I am not a dinosaur by any means.  Grew is out, as actually I’m shrinking.  Surged?  No, no more surging says the doctor.  Progressed is out the window.  My body has never heard the word.  Spread is reality at its best but my pride forbids me to say yes. 

I think I’ll stay with advanced.  It’s proper, comfortable, shows I’m still active, and has a little shine to it. 

Have you advanced to 65?  Or did you turn, sneak, jump, spread, progress or.   .   .   .?