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Thursday, June 9, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY

I was at my doctor's office for an annual wellness visit a couple of days ago and his nurse measured my height.

It came in as 6 feet and one-half inch.

WHAT?

I was 6 foot 2 for most of my life!

In this picture from my boyhood you can see why.


It's those l-o-n-g legs.

That's one of my cousins, Bluegrass Bonnie, posing with me.

Baseball Steve and I have had a running argument for years about which of us was taller.

I always was except when he wore his high-heels.

Cowboy boots, that is.

But about a year ago I was measured at 6 foot 1.

So I ceded the title to him, even without his boots.

When the doctor came in to talk with me he said "You're really tall."

I told him I used to be 6 foot 2 but that I'm now compressing in my advanced years.

We both agreed that it was the result of years of gravity pushing on me.

I'll go with that.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are still tall.

Steve

Should Fish More said...

Here's a tip, and because you're a pal it's pro bono, not my usual usurious rates: measure your height first thing when you get out of bed in the morning, upon standing. Your spine hasn't had the time to compress yet.

Tom Cochrun said...

I keep telling people continued exposure to gravity is the nexus of most human issues.

joeh said...

I'm shrinking too.

Stephen Hayes said...

I've lost an inch over the past few years. Eventually I'll disappear altogether.

Zhoen said...

Gravity is a harsh mistress.

Nasreen Iqbal said...

On the upside, if you've only lost half an inch after all these years (I have no idea how old you are, but you are older than you were in the picture, presumably), then you probably won't lose too many more inches in your lifetime.

Unless it speeds up.

You'd better get anything off the top shelves now, just in case.

Val said...

Dang! What are you, a man or a daddy-long-legs?

Catalyst said...

Oh, yeah???

Catalyst said...

Oh, you medical guys have all the answers. Don't tell Baseball Steve though.

Catalyst said...

Huh?

Catalyst said...

We all are, Shorty.

Catalyst said...

Oh, like myself, I don't think so, Stephen.

Catalyst said...

Mistress? MISTRESS? Who mentioned my mistress?

Catalyst said...

Nasreen, I am 76. But I cooked dinner tonight and I can still reach the top shelves, thank you very much! :)

Catalyst said...

Yes.

Zhoen said...

https://youtu.be/Ba5nzadGx_I

Lucy said...

Yep, gravity and oxygen do the damage, but where would we be without them?