As you read this I'm either heading to Glasgow, from Glasgow or I'm sitting in a hospital in Glasgow waiting for an MRI scan and then to see a consultant.

I'm trying to locate the reason from a recurring lower back / hip problem which, in its last manifestation, seems to have caused some nerve damage.

My left foot drops. Not enough to trip me up, but enough to cause other muscles to compensate and make it painful to walk any distance.

I've had a slightly dodgy back since age 19 and I'm now approaching 51, so I don't enticipate a miracle cure.

Neither am I a big fan of allegedly 'funny' e-mails. But I am starting to feel my age. It's as if I'm nearing the 'best before' date. Perhaps it's stamped on the back of my neck?

Anyway, this email struck a chord.

Just in case you weren't feeling too old today.

The people who are starting college this fall were born in 1991.

They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

Their lifetime has always included AIDS.

The CD was introduced two years before they were born.

They have always had an answering machine.

They have always had cable..

Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.

Popcorn has always been microwaved.

They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.

They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.

They never heard: 'Where's the Beef?', 'I'd walk a mile for a Camel ', or 'deplane Boss, de plane'.

McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.

They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.

Pass this on to the other old fogies on your list.

Notice the larger type?

That's for those of us who have trouble reading.


Steen Johansen said...

Nobody has heard about Mork.

Puddle said...

Good luck with the scan Simon. You seem to be achieving well in 2009 even with a floppy foot

Happy Christmas and Hogmany too.

Pete Thomas

Simon said...

Thanks Pete
It seems I'll live. My foot might take up to a year to stop flopping and, if it hasn't by then, it won't.

Hope the new old job is going well!

Steen - are you surprised? Or do you genuinely not know who Mork is?

Nanu Nanu.


Silbs said...

Good luck with the back pain. Been there. There is hope.

Simon said...

Thanks Silbs. I'm OK now, it just keeps happening!

Steen Johansen said...

I genuinely do not know who Mork is. None of my paddling buddies know Mork either.

What we do know is that we wish you good luck with your back, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We also know that we enjoy your blog and your podcasts.

Anonymous said...

This should help