Monday, April 13, 2009

From the Old People Amuse Me File

On my street, three- okay- four, if I include myself, people are going through a mid-life crisis sportscar driving phase. Though, to be fair, the other three are white-haired/ balding men who chose convertibles and they all did it after me- so maybe it's all totally unrelated...
but I still find it amusing when the Miata, the Boxster and the Z4 all follow me down the street, with our "best of the 70's" music blaring. We are quite the parade.
Most days I think we are not weird or odd. We are youthful and finally at a place in our lives where we have enough confidence and authority to say, " Screw it. I'm going to live MY life now. It's finally MY turn."

Until I read stuff like this.
Two entries from one of the only sections I read- the world and nation section of my local newspaper:


A 77 year old woman suffered a fatal stab wound while trying to break up a sword fight between her grandson and brother in law....
sounds terrible, right? read on. notice the ages of the men

An autopsy determined Franziska Stegbauer died of a wound from one of the swords, police Sergeant Matthew Mount said. Both men were hospitalized with stab wounds, and one was critically hurt.

"We're unsure yet who started this fight, how the swordplay got involved," Mount said. "We're not sure who it was who stabbed the woman. We'll have to do some testing on the swords and figure out who had which sword, whose blood is on which sword."
One weapon was a World War II-era Japanese officer's sword with a thin blade, and the other had a thicker blade, Mount said.
Police placed Stegbauer's grandson, Chris Rondeau, 39, under arrest on a preliminary charge of attempted murder. Stegbauer's brother-in-law, Adolf Stegbauer, 69, suffered several serious stab wounds, police said.
Adolf Stegbauer was listed in critical condition at Wishard Hospital, a spokesman said.
Rondeau also was taken with stab wounds to Wishard.

Now you've got to be wondering about the conversation behind that episode.


LEWISTON, Maine— A thief in Maine stole a 66-year-old bicycle that belonged to an 83-year-old woman. Ruth Slovenski got the blue Huffy bicycle as a gift when she was a teenager in 1943. The bike was stolen after she left it unlocked Saturday during a visit to a nursing home in Lewiston, a southern Maine city of about 35,000 residents where Slovenski lives.

Police said Slovenski had left the bike near a mailbox. When she went back to it two hours later, the bike was gone.

The bicycle has wide fenders and a large metal basket. A nursing home security video shows a man wearing a hat and dark clothing riding off on a bike that fit that description.

Police said Slovenski told them the bike had great sentimental value

Of course it has sentimental value. Don't you want to go to Maine and find her bike?
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