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The Difference Between Geezers & Old-Timers

Hey, someone’s got my number! I just hope it isn’t up yet.

Although I’d like to take the 5th on being a geezer, I do have a brother-in-law, who is one year younger than I, who is a self-admitted, card-carrying geezer. Well, maybe he doesn’t have an AARP card, but he wears his geezerness like a badge, he has labelled himself. I, on the other hand, consider myself to be an “old-timer”.

The difference between an old-timer and a geezer is that one can be an old-timer at any age. It’s more of a way of thinking. It is said that one relives his life in a flash when he’s dying, but an old-timer keeps thinking about the old times in his life over and over a thousand times during his lifetime until he is ready to die. The good old days and also the bad old days comprise a good part of his current thinking. It is not terribly productive, although the old-timer likes to think he is learning from past mistakes.

A geezer, I believe, gets the most enjoyment out of being in contact with other geezers, revelling in comparing the agonies of old age. It’s a club, a lodge, and it makes one more content to know that others are as bad off as oneself, and perhaps, as your website notes, one’s ills are worn like a badge of honor.

A geezer is probably more positive than being an old-timer, as a geezer lives (or agonizes) in the present. I have been an old-timer, but am thinking seriously of becoming a geezer. I will try to think seriously of undergoing the necessary exams and problems of old age, as I am 71, and don’t want to be left behind. An old-timer can be lonely living only in the past. I don’t think I feel so good today; maybe I am making progress.

Victor and Jackie Murray



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