The Young Generation Extends an Olive Branch

Good morning, my little lotus blossoms. My grandson Max just called me to say that he’s almost reached his destination in California, so I’m going to turn things over to him tomorrow to “guest blog”. I cannot wait to hear all about his trip, and I am sure you must feel likewise.

On a hot day like today, there’s no bigger treat than a big glass of ice water. It’s nature’s candy, so treat yourself. Just don’t treat yourself to too much actual candy, or you’ll get the diabetes. I’ve been seeing a new public service announcement about diabetes testing with Nick Jonas in it. He seems like such a nice, clean-cut young hipster, and it’s good to see him plugging the generation gap by extending an olive branch to the senior and baby boomer demographics.

Now when we seniors start talking to you young people about the diabetes, you have no excuse not to know what we’re talking about because Nick Jonas told you. If there’s one thing we seniors enjoy, it’s having something in common with young people to talk about. It wasn’t that long ago that we were young, you know. It wasn’t like it is now, where all the kids care about is getting hopped up on Totino’s all the time:

I didn’t see a single warning in that commercial about the diabetes! Not a one! I remember when my Uncle Roosevelt (that was his first name, not his last) would start talking about his diabetes. He didn’t know how to make it fun like Nick Jonas makes it. After you watch that public service announcement a few times, you’ll probably want to go out and get the diabetes yourself, that’s how fun he makes it seem. Of course, getting the diabetes gives you a good conversation starter for any situation, but you cannot forget the health consequences, which can be deadly.

Until next time!


The Codger


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Charlie on July 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Good morning! Nature’s candy brings to my mind fruit. On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than some cold fruit. I used to get a watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, red grapes, and blueberries, cut it all up nice and small and combine them in a big bowl for fruit salad. Toss it with just a bit of lemon juice (that prevents browning) and chill it in the refrigerator for an hour or the icebox for 20 minutes: nature’s candy.

    Notice I said “used to.” The problem is, fruit doesn’t taste as good as it once did. The last time I had a good apple was in the fall of 1982. Sure, they look great now, but they don’t eat good. No, fruit isn’t what it used to be, and neither are vegetables. I can’t remember the last time I had a proper tomato.

    1983 is the year produce died, and if that wasn’t enough, MASH went off the air. No wonder diabetes is on the rise and the whole country’s gone to pot.

    Take good care,


    • Top of the morning to you, Mr. Charlie. I share your frustration over the decline of fruit. That’s part of the reason why I started growing my own in my victory garden. That’s the key: You have to own the means of production so the commies can’t take it away and ruin it with their sub-par hybrid cultivars. I’ve heard rumors that the commies bugged the American produce industry with that downright bland Red Delicious apple just to bring down the apple crop. And that’s why they put “red” in the name, as an “inside joke”. I say, just give me a gold old fashioned Winesap any day. Now there’s an American apple that actually tastes like something.

      All the best,
      The Codger


  2. Codger:
    I’m 60 and was told a couple of months ago that I am “pre-diabetic”, meaning that my fasting blood glucose was above 100, but not high enough to call me diabetic type II. I ride my bike 3 times a week for 1-1/2 up to 5 hours, go to the gym 3 times a week and also hike and backpack. I am not overweight either. I don’t drink sodas, but have overindulged in sweets most of my life. No one in my family has type II diabetes except for an elderly aunt who is very overweight and doesn’t exercise. Soooo, my point is, we all need to be careful and get our checkups.


    • Hello to you, Hamster. You are absolutely right. Thank you for sharing your experience and helping to spread the good word. It just goes to show that no matter how healthy you think you are, don’t skip your doctor’s appointments (especially without calling, because they’ll charge you).

      Best wishes and good health,
      The Codger


  3. Posted by alter ebro on July 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Ahoy Codger,

    I hear high blood pressure is another very common ailment that seems to fly under most folks’ radar. Sometimes I lie awake at night worrying about catching it from the riff-raff I encounter at casinos.

    I really appreciate the good work you do in your ‘lifestyle column.’



    • A good day to you Alter Ebro,

      Thank you for your kind words. And yes, you are correct: Many casino-goers do tend to indulge in cigarettes (a byproduct of the destruction of much of their habitat), which can lead to high blood pressure. However, I have found that if you talk to them, they are very nice people. Perhaps you could consider asking your doctor for a combination of blood pressure and sleeping aid medications (provided they don’t have adverse effects when consumed together).

      The Codger


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