Turns out he was slightly misquoting the originator of that aphorism, Mr. Satchel Paige, who actually said "the social ramble ain't restful."
It was fantastic to see longtime friends and we took it pretty easy, just sitting and talking the first afternoon and evening (along with prodigious eating and accompanying sipping.)
And the next full day was spent in an easy auto journey and a picnic (and some sipping) and dinner in a restaurant (and some more sipping.)
Now, Gentle Readers, you might think that we were drinking a lot.
Facts are that while we were consistently hydrated, we didn't consume like we might have in the good old rock and roll days.
No, I don't think any of suffered from any "hard rock" or "rolling stone" hangovers during the visit.
And it was kind of tough to say goodbye as we lingered outside their hotel, recalling just one more story from days gone by.
But it has taken both of us about a full day to get over the lethargy and tiredness that prompted some long naps and early bedtimes.
But, after all, these are the days of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
As the first part of the wise Mr. Paige's quote advises: "Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society."
Probably good advice at any age.