19Dec

This is 40-Something (and Mid-Life Crisis Giveaway)

This is 40

In This is 40, the female character played by Leslie Mann is about to turn 40. But she's not ready.  At a doctor's appointment, a nurse asks her to clarify her age.  She wrote that she was born in 1972, 1974 and 1976 on different forms. After the nurse, an aid and the doctor drill her to tell the truth, she declares, "OK, I LIE ABOUT MY AGE." She doesn't want to shop at old lady stores like Ann Taylor Loft (oy vey, that's my regular). Unfortunately, she can't lie at the gyno.  His response: "I know how old you are.  I'm counting your rings!" Of course, Read More

21Jul

You Can’t Stop Time. But You Sure Can Enjoy Yourself.

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It was the early 1990s and I was doing some work at my university's radio station.  Every morning I announced the the morning headlines at precisely 6:45 am, and I had to get there early enough to check the AP wires and figure out the day's headlines (don't ask me how I woke up).  Before and after my broadcast, and every chance I got, I'd listen to the station.  It was a mix of alternative, rock and classic music, most of it I loved.  It was around that time I got turned on to Jill Sobule, a singer from Denver.  Her songs about adolescence, feminism, Read More