Geezers

A while back, I was scrolling Netflix and wondered if there were any Jesse Stone movies I hadn’t seen so I googled.

I was a little surprised but had myself a good hearty laugh when I read:

“CBS canceled the series after eight films, all of which starred Selleck. But not because Jesse Stone had fallen out of fashion with the audience, but because … too many geezers were watching the series.”

My husband and I have had many chuckles since then about geezers. A day doesn’t go by when I don’t hear a word I have to look up like because I don’t have a clue what it means.

One thing I’ve used this week while I wrote old-fashioned Christmas cards that made us both laugh is an address book. Yes, we use contacts on our phone, but we also still have an old address book, and for some reason on the inside cover I wrote the year I bought it – 1995. It’s 27 years old!

So, just for chuckles, let’s compare – do you do anything or use something that a geezer might?

Hope your week is starting off well. Mine sucks – my iPhone is locked up and not working, my truck is at the garage, and I need a snow shovel this morning. At least my coffee pot worked so I’m caffeinated. πŸ™‚

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71 Responses to Geezers

  1. My address book was a gift in the ’80s. My coffee table is from the 90s. So much of my stuff falls in “geezer” territory. I keep as updated on electronics as I can (and as long as my attention span allows). My husband is even worse. He has his camera pictures in paper form, on this hard drive, on a memory stick and in the cloud. His son-in-law was looking at his computer wires which includes backups and told him he has overkill big time.

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    • You made my day – I’m not alone in Geezerland. πŸ™‚ My coffee table and end tables are from the 90’s too! I did take all my photos out of albums and put them in boxes with an index, but I’m not sure why because no one looks at photos anymore unless they’re on a phone. πŸ™‚

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  2. Nancy says:

    This was my morning chuckle except for your phone and car in the garage and sorry for snow too.
    I don’t have an address book but all my addresses are in a paper file as well as my phone. But when writing multiple cards or letters the addresses in the paper file work best! We enjoy vintage furniture and collections… so I think that counts!
    Hope your day gets better.
    Oh and We Geezers are pretty amazing! Happy Monday!

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    • I’m glad you had a chuckle because we’ve sure had more than a few laughs since I read that quote. I’m happy to report my tech-savvy daughter fixed the iPhone, I shoveled the snow, and we’re waiting to hear about the truck. Two out of three is not bad. πŸ™‚

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  3. I have a foot firmly placed in both worlds. Still use an address book I bought as a teenager. Also use a paper desk diary. However, where I go, my phone goes, and texting and messaging are my chief sources of communication. Only rarely use the phone for talking. πŸ˜‰ And, I am sending old-fashioned paper Christmas cards. No substitutions as far as I am concerned.

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  4. Brenda says:

    Although I used a kindle when we were traveling, I happily reverted to real books made out of paper (from the library) when we settled down again. I still have a wooden recipe file with index cards that my son gave me more than 25 years ago (although I keep recipes online, too). And, I have a month-by-month calendar book and I keep all my garden plans and records in books. There’s just something about books …

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    • Brenda, I’m with you about liking real books and sometimes it’s faster to get new books and new e-books from the library because everyone wants the e-books. But for travel, you can’t beat Kindle! And I have recipe cards too.

      janet

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    • Same here – I travel with a reader but happily enjoy my library books when home. Books are more personal, and they have character. I love the idea of the wooden recipe file from your son. I have a metal one my daughter painted when she was a child. I have some recipes I keep on hand and others I keep online too.

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  5. Ha,ha, I must not be quite to geezerdom because I had to look up Jesse Stone movies! I do still have an address book and a recipe file, even though I keep all those things online as well. There is just something comforting about all those vanilla extract stained pages! Thanks for the chuckle. On the ‘shared misery’ front, Malcolm spilled a soda on his laptop and fried it. Yikes!

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  6. Murphy’s Law says:

    I am a certified and licensed geezer! I send out Christmas cards with hand written notes and hand addressed. Same with all my cards. We use a landline phone but I carry a cellphone with me when I’m out in case of an emergency.

    I’ve had my address book and phone list for so many years they could be considered antiques!

    Geezers rule! We may be hard of hearing, limp a bit, walk bent over, forgetful and crotchety, but we’re good to go until the fat lady sings. No problem…we won’t hear her anyway!
    Ginger

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  7. Donna says:

    I must be an old geezer because I still have and use an address book!! Hope your week gets better!

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  8. Yikes! I’m definitely a geezer! I heard a list on the radio not long ago of what no one has anymore and yes, I had them all. A couple I remember are CD’s and a wall calendar (I like that photos). If an address book wasn’t on there, it should be and yes, I still have one (also very old.) I also read real books when I can get the ones I want from the library. I send postcards, cards, and sometimes even letters and I’m getting ready to mail Christmas cards today. πŸ™‚

    Sorry your week’s off to such an awful start! I guess it can only get better, right? As for Jesse Stone, what’s not to like if Tom Selleck is in it??? Do you watch “Blue Bloods?” What a wonderful show and not just because of Tom. πŸ™‚

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  9. Dan Antion says:

    We still have important dates written on a wall calendar near our land line phone. I’m all for modern tools and techniques, but everything old isn’t useless, and some skills I learned as a child (from geezers) I still use today. Sorry about your phone and your truck. I cleared the driveway and sidewalk of 5-6″ of snow. Not bad for the first time out. I hope your week gets better.

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    • I print a monthly calendar and put it on our frig. If that isn’t old fashioned I don’t know what is. πŸ™‚ The one thing about a landline phone is it never runs out of battery, and it doesn’t go down if the wifi does. You got way more snow than we did. We probably got between 1-2″, and I used my trusty ‘red’ push shovel and pushed it off. Snow moved, phone working courtesy of our daughter, but no word on the truck.

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      • Dan Antion says:

        About 10 years ago, we had a freak snowstorm at the end of October that caused massive power outage. We were without electricity for 10 days, and could not get a cell signal for the first 6. Our landline phone was the only thing that worked. I’m glad your daughter was able to get your phone working. I hope you get good news on your truck.

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  10. Su says:

    Geezer here, too. My hubby even drives the classic geezer car – an old Buick Regal. I’m still using the pots and pans I bought in 1968, and also prefer real books, although my arthritic thumbs mean I have to prop them on a table…

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    • I love the geezer car – it rules! I’m still using some kitchen pans from almost that long ago too. I prefer real books and prop them up too. I have an old gray, square power transformer that we use to take when we traveled to convert power. These days, it holds the book up so I can see it. πŸ™‚

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  11. Recipe books and collections of handwritten recipes from the loved ones who have passed away. I have my mom’s, my aunt’s, and my mother-in-law’s…they are some of my greatest treasures. It wouldn’t be the holidays without Momma’s country ham, Arleigh’s spoon bread, or Aunt Jean’s $10 apple pie!

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    • You certainly have treasures there, and I can imagine you smiling and feeling wonderful memories wash over you as you pull them out. I’m guessing your family appreciates those treasuries and the good food that comes from you keeping them all.

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  12. BERNADETTE says:

    I have a regular,paper calendar with the dates I have to do things. Not only is this very “retro” but I have it hanging in my bathroom so I won’t forget what I supposed to do 🀣

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  13. Joyce says:

    What a fun break from the usual topics this hectic time of year brings!
    My address book dates from my first year teaching, right out of college. Most of the peeps are dead or long gone from the logged addresses. I still mail a few Christmas cards, though, to family members who send us one, or to old geezers like myself who think e-cards are an insult!
    I contemplated attending a high school reunion about five years ago, then stumbled on a Facebook pic of our class president and decided I had nothing in common with old geezers like him. Yeah, those feelings often expressed as a joke were genuinely felt by me!
    My one wish for my daughters, though, is that they’ll respect memories of me, their grandmother, and great grandmother by welcoming things we used into their homes after I’m gone. Family portraits, sets of dishes, Christmas ornaments, recipe boxes….items like that. I’ve heard that modern day heirs usually just snatch the money and run. I hope that won’t be us!

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    • Your address book may win longevity award today. πŸ™‚ Sometimes, I look in the mirror and think who is that old woman looking back at me, but then I realize it’s me and that face reflects a long life with lots of hills and valleys. πŸ™‚ Leaving things to adult children is a topic that could probably be a post of its own. If you ever look on Facebook Marketplace, you’ll see a lot of treasures that no one today is really looking for. A lot of times, they literally can’t give it away. This past week, I’ve seen a number of quilts on there for just a pittance, and I stop, look, and wonder who spent weeks making that quilt only to have it on there for $20. I have some family history that I went through a few years back, organized, and got it in one plastic container. Inside I put the address for the historical society for the town where it could be relevant. My hope is that right before it is about to be tossed, they’ll put it in a box and mail it out.

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  14. Judy, I hope your week gets better! I have lots of geezer stuff. I still use my Tupperware lettuce keeper and the yellow colander! They’re over 50 years old! We still have a rolodex with phone numbers in our kitchen even though most of our numbers are stored in our phone. My favorite geezer item is the United States National Parks Senior Pass which we call the geezer pass. Henry and I both have one. When you reach age 62 you can get a geezer pass for $80 (When we got ours they were only $10). It’s good for the rest of your life and gets you in all the National Parks and Monuments half price camping fees in federal campgrounds.

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  15. Eliza Waters says:

    Ha! sounds familiar. My address book dates from 1984, I really need to update it, but never seem to get to it. We also still have a landline, too. Having trouble giving that up. πŸ˜‰

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  16. Count me in, but I’m still straddling both worlds. I use an old fashioned address book (but it’s all on the computer too), I listen to CDs (Harry Chapin in playing right now) but have most of my collection on my computer as well, I have a rotary dial phone (plus a cell phone I use most of the time, of course), and I’d rather use my Canon than my cell phone to take photographs.
    However, I would never bother to use my old Royal typewriter for anything!

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    • You are straddling both worlds, but I LOVE that you have a rotary dial phone. My husband worked for Ma Bell his entire career so we had quite a few rotary dial phones, but the last one was Snoopy. πŸ™‚ I learned to type in high school on a manual typewriter and then we moved up to electric. Now, I’m thinking about correction tape and mimeographs. πŸ™‚

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  17. Ally Bean says:

    I have a small rolodex file, too. Don’t know when I bought it though. As for my word of the day that used to mean one thing but now means another, it is SLAYS. This doesn’t mean “brutally killing the enemy,” it means “doing a great job.” You may thank Gen Z for this definition.

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    • Ally Bean has a rolodex, now, I wasn’t expecting that. πŸ™‚ Interesting definition. I keep hearing woke this, woke that, ghosting, canceling, etc., and I have to read the sentence, look up the word, and go back and read again to see if I get their meaning. There are many days when I feel like not only a geezer but a dinosaur. πŸ™‚

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  18. Team Geezer here. Although, maybe I’m the Chief Geezer since I also don’t remember who many (most?) of the people in my address book are πŸ™‚ I, too, keep a paper calendar… my husband (another geezer) and I would be lost without it.

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  19. Helen says:

    I have an address book and a birthday book and I’m not even that old πŸ™‚

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  20. Lavinia Ross says:

    I have a small metal card file box with addresses on file cards that goes back to 1977. πŸ™‚

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  21. Oh dear, I hope your week improves, Judy. I have an address book which I still use. It’s probably around the same vintage as yours. We sometimes laugh about the things “old fogeys” do but the truth is we’re almost old fogeys ourselves.

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  22. Eilene Lyon says:

    I will also cop to having wall calendars and paper recipes. Here’s one I didn’t see mentioned: a checkbook (and I even balance it on occasion). Not that I write many of them (and only to mail), but it’s just how I keep track of money. Having it on paper gives me a little comfort over the strictly electronic version.

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    • I used a checkbook yesterday. πŸ™‚ I was at the post office a couple of years ago, and I owed less than $5 so I got out a $5 bill to pay for it. The employee who has a good sense of humor, looked at me and said ‘don’t you have a card.’ I said that I did, but it was only a couple of dollars so thought I’d pay cash. He said ‘no one uses cash anymore.’ So, I said that I could go home and get my checkbook. He looked at me and said ‘you still have a stone tablet.’ πŸ™‚

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  23. Marilyn says:

    As I read other people’s comments I realize I am an old geezer too. I have an address book, birthday book, paper calendar, medal recipe box, Tupperware, house phone, checkbook, I play bills by check etc.

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  24. tonytomeo says:

    hmm, . . . I typically do not stop for non horticultural posts, but Netflix caught my attention. Their headquarters and Highway 85 are on land where I grew horticultural commodities many years ago. Mr. Selleck was Brent’s neighbor, and Brent went to school with his son, Kevin. Anyway, I do MANY things associated with geezers. It is my lifestyle. I loathe modern technology, particularly since the electronics industry is what ruined the idyllic lifestyle of the Santa Clara Valley. A component of my lifestyle that is identified with geezers that gets significant attention away from home is the car I drive. It is a 1994 Roadmaster. You can look up pictures of it.

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    • Very interesting about Santa Clara Valley. I also looked up Kevin Selleck and your 1994 Roadmaster. Comments provide a learning opportunity so thank you.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        I am VERY pleased with the Roadmaster! I seriously investigated new cars, but could not find a single new car that I wanted to spend money on, and I certainly did not want to spend THAT much money on one that I did not like. The Roadmaster is VERY much like my old Electra, and the older Electra prior to that. Young kids who I work with do not understand the allure of a traditional luxury sedan (although the Roadmaster is technically not a luxury sedan like the Electra was.) One was baffled by the hood ornament.

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  25. Oddment says:

    Thanks for the breakfast laughs! I say hoorar for the geezers! I’ve noticed that I am time-warped; I wince when I hear people speak of the 90s as though the 90s were so long ago. (My grandson thinks that recorded history began in the 80s.) I understand paper. Banking by paper? Scribbled-up calendar? Notecards? Books with pages to be turned? Check, check. I am regularly befuddled by people who talk to invisible others. My grandchildren’s bedrooms look like the bridge on The Enterprise — what, no FM radio? One of my prize possessions is the turntable my family gave me several years ago. These record jackets that tout High Fidelity are my idea of modern. Robert Shaw, recorded in the 40s? The Mamas and The Papas? Peter, Paul, and Mary? Eugene Ormandy? Check, check, check. I’m not sure, but I think the mere presence of an ironing board in my home gives me geriatric credentials.

    I sure hope your week gets better!

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    • Thank you for the chuckles as well. Multiple monitors always amaze me, and, yes, you see and hear someone talking, look around, and there’s a person with a Bluetooth attached to their ear. Yes, to the ironing board as well. It is kind of interesting to think how archaic our lifestyles are viewed. I remember several years ago when my grandson observed me listening to a radio. He was amazed at the radio and couldn’t fathom why I’d be listening to music that way. Always good to keep them guessing. πŸ™‚

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  26. Our coffee pot went on the fritz two days ago! πŸ˜† I still use a rolodex. I know I shouldn’t, but I just find it so helpful for website passwords, etc. I don’t use it for anything financial, thankfully. But just seeing it screams GEEZER, I suspect. I hope you can unlock your phone soon. – Marty

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    • A coffee pot cannot go on the fritz. Coffee is a necessity of life. πŸ™‚ My daughter got the phone unlocked, but we’re still working on the truck mystery. I just looked up rolodex and they are for sale several places from $20-$70. You must not be alone in using one. πŸ™‚ I remember using one when I was working, and it was always convenient to flip it over and find something including someone’s business card. Passwords would definitely work on one. You may be a geezer, but you’re on the young side of the range. πŸ™‚

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  27. germac4 says:

    I’m late to the party making a comment, but I had such a good laugh reading all the ways we are geezers, a good topic Judy. I have written a diary for years, nothing personal, but events that happen during the year, just occasionally I read back over some of my teaching days, and also, the diaries remind Paul and I of family events, as Paul is the eldest of eight, so plenty of birthdays, social events…
    But recently I have looked through diaries and discarded a few, let’s face it, who would want to inherit those?

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  28. Your diaries remind me of genealogy and family trees. Some families have a lot of interest in and others not so much. I did some family tree work but at a point stopped because there is no one to really leave it to that is interested. It’s not good or bad, it just is, and I’m always a proponent of disposing of things myself so others don’t have to wade through it. πŸ™‚

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  29. bikerchick57 says:

    LOL on the address book. You should see the small, ragged, beat up address book I have in my purse. And I have an old one on the computer desk that is a sort of back-up, although I don’t add new addresses to it. Like you, I try to add addresses to my phone, but I worry about my phone dying or getting broke and then what do I do? I guess I am a geezer in that sense. I also buy a wall or desk calendar every year, even though I can easily look on my phone or computer. That’s more of a fun thing because the calendars are usually cat calendars or the Shakespearian insult calendar that I bought for 2023. The phone calendar doesn’t have any cool photos or funny quips, sooo…

    Have a wonderful holiday, Judy. Enjoy family and the season.

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  30. I too still use an old address book in addition to my phone contacts, and I still use cookbooks real ones not digital ones, and I have a perpetual wall calendar I use.

    I’m still getting over the flu and sinus infection but, have been up and around since Friday so, so far it’s going better than last week. I hope your week improves immensely!

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  31. Dawn says:

    For the past 25 years, I have bought the “Heart and Home” wall calendar by Susan Winget for our pantry. It’s only for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special card making occasions! (Special training was needed so that my sweet hubby wouldn’t write his dentist appointments on this calendar!) I will set aside a special morning this week to sip tea and write all of the special dates on the 2023 calendar.
    Go, Geezers, Go!!

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  32. I looked up the calendar, and they show March as an example Perfect! Enjoy those special occasions.

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