Thursday, January 18, 2018

Men

Photo by Salt Water New England

34 comments:

  1. I love how they are dressed, but the smoke... yuck!

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  2. I remember entering the bar at Windows on the World (alas) in NYC to meet my father for a drink - it was 2-deep with gray-haired grey-suited men. I bet if I had said "Daddy?" they all would have turned around.

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    1. I remember my first "drink" experience with my mother and father at the restaurant at the top of the USS Steel Building in Pittsburgh. I was not of drinking age so I was sipping on seltzer water. A gentleman at the next table sent over a Shirley Temple. I will never forget how special that made me feel.

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  3. Such a simple life. Drinking = encouraged. Smoking = doesn't everyone? Availability of good clothing = universal. Non-preps in their place = unexceptional. Getting into Williams with bad grades = easy if your name is on the 'list' at St. Paul's. Owning a cottage in Nantucket = doesn't everyone? Wool, tweed, real OCBDs, LL Bean shoes with smooth, not chain-tred bottoms = everday. Women named Bambi, Muffy, Agnes and Betsy = many. Men named Sporty, Champ, Spider and Biff (yep, I knew a Biff) = many too. The good old days when men were men and women were at Pine Mattress.

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    1. MOst amusing and pretty accurate.

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    2. While eye-watering in its pomposity, this is the funniest thing I've read all day. I'm sure that is the commenter's intent—to provoke laughter—and I'm grateful for that.

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    3. I miss those days!

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    4. Can someone give me directions to Pine Mattress, please? I must have missed a turn.

      Biff, the Sporty Spider Champ, Aiken

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    5. Biff, the Sporty Spider Champ, Aiken:

      http://www.pmc.edu/

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    6. Thanks, Averyl. I took a left turn into New York.

      Biff

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    7. Sporty, Champ,Spider and Buff. Are all of your men friends Golden Retrievers?

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  4. A raw rather shallow opinion of the golden age.
    Chip

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    1. Just curious. You a Wyoming Valley Breese? My son is named after a Breese decendant.

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    2. Close, fifth GG grandparents John and Dorthy Riggs Breese settled in Basking Ridge NJ in 1737.

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    3. They are my sixth greats. My great grandmother was a Breese. Have you got Dorothy Riggs parents? I'm at a stand still with her mother.

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    4. Email me: lewbreese@gmail.com

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    5. Will do. Thanks.

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  5. I've read many references to the golden age (the Golden Age) but I've yet to see a clear identification of exactly what years they were. I expect 1965 was a good year but then so was 1910. There were lots of good things about 1939 but it ended on a bad note.

    Was one a good year?

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    1. Those Eisenhower years were the best, when my grandfather was paying 90% income tax. Something that seems to be overlooked these days.

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    2. If my father had been taxed at 90% during the Eisenhower years, his take home pay would have been about $10.

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    3. He was self made. Forced to start as a runner on the floor of the NY Stock Exchange at the age of fifteen to earn money when his father died suddenly. He worked his way to being partner, owning a seat, and being one of the top earners on Wall Street. I never heard him complain about paying such a high rate. He simply shrugged his shoulders. He fought in the Pacific theater in WWII. He came home and rebuilt. He is the type of man who TRULY made America great, and was part of the "Greatest Generation." I emphasize truly, as fake is thrown around so much these days... and so much is fake.

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  6. Any time before PC conformity with "health" as the highest secular religion qualifies as "Golden Age" to me!

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    1. Health (no quotation marks required) is usually only "PC" to out-of-shape, unhealthy, slovenly people who it on their expansive rear ends all day on the Internet complaining about how "PC" everything is becoming.

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    2. That is, "health" as the erroneous cultural construct (conceived on Madison Avenue) that guilt-induced self-inflicted starvation and torture by the wannabe "elite," (think Pilates and kale) confer moral superiority over those who relax and enjoy their lives without little regard for outer-directed "status" markers or compelled "virtue." Lots o' "narratives" biting the dirt these days . . . ;-)

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    3. Americans are fatter and more unhealthy than ever as they "relax and enjoy their lives." No one is "self-starving" or "torturing" themselves. If you want to be slovenly, be slovenly and enjoy it, but making people who take care of themselves the problem, and he reason for your self indulgence and inactivity, is ridiculous.

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    4. From what do you derive your assumption that the "Anonymous" addressing your post is "out-of-shape," "unhealthy," "slovenly," or does not "take care of themselves?" So any and all who do not share a certain grim, zero-sum, anxiety-ridden modern construct are de facto your mental and physical inferiors? How high would you like to be hoist on THAT petard?

      Muffy's post depicting a traditional watering-hole dates from a nostalgic time when people's every small enjoyment was not attended by a Greek chorus of guilt-mongering, finger-wagging neo-Puritan nannies out to spoil their fun. Most of them still made their Biblical three-score years and ten even though like most "Preps," "they toiled not, neither did they SPIN (tm)."

      The school nurse, as I recall, always WAS a real treasure at parties.

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    5. Unrequested advice, but prudent nonetheless: Don’t feed the trolls. Have a great day instead!

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    6. Real simple....that picture recalls days in the past when people enjoyed life and didn't have to be afraid to enjoy life!!!

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  7. Looks like the old bar car on the 6:10 to New Canaan

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    1. I thought the same.

      Aiken

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    2. I thought the same thing, only the Harlem Line, not the New Haven Line.

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  8. Pine Mattress- still known as that around Boston in the ‘80s!

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