Wednesday, May 11, 2016


I knew a guy once who used to say "the social rumble isn't restful."

Turns out he was slightly misquoting the originator of that aphorism, Mr. Satchel Paige, who actually said "the social ramble ain't restful."

We've just had a social rumble or ramble that only lasted about a day and a half but, for whatever reason, we were worn out when it ended.

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.


  1. Anybody ever figure out exactly how old Mr. Paige was when he pitched his last game? I've heard he was well past 50.

    1. Wikipedia says his last professional appearance was with the Peninsula Grays of the Carolina League, just a couple of weeks shy of his 60th birthday.

    2. Imagine that!

      ...Kurt Vonnegut

  2. Like you, my intense drinking days are long behind me. These days a glass of wine puts me to sleep. Back in the day I could drink four or five martinis and be the life of the party but those days are gone, and it's probably a good thing they are.

  3. We don't need as much liqueur as we used to have good times.

  4. If anyone should have had a shot at the bigs, Mr. Paige was first on the list. He would have put to rest for all time whether or not African Americans could compete. The question would be, would any of the white hitters of the time batted better than .200 against him?

  5. Love the new header! Sounds like you had a great visit with your friends.


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