Friday, July 14, 2017

Not taking any baloney

This middle-aged man is notorious for taking longevity pearls of wisdom from those imminently-qualified to offer it.  Like older folks of the septuagenarian, octogenarian, nonagenarian and centenarian varieties.

While he believes the manly versions offer him the best food for thought, he doesn’t exclude the pearls of wisdom female counterparts uniquely offer.

So, he recently took note from a news article with a headline reporting how a 100-year-old woman says wine keeps her going.  She also offered that people shouldn’t “take any baloney” if they want to live to be 100.

Baloney, or bologna for those who only recognize the King’s English spelling, is something I did a lot as a kid during elementary school lunchtime.  

A slice, or two, of Oscar Mayer bologna between two slices of Wonder classic white bread and smothered with a generous squirt of French’s classic yellow mustard was a frequent companion riding in my young boy school lunchbox.

I haven’t eaten a baloney sandwich is a long time but this news article about not taking any baloney sparked an interest in me learning some trivia detail about it just in case I one day make it as a contestant on the Jeopardy television game show.

What I learned is that bologna or baloney is considered a regional specialty in the Midwest, Appalachia and the South. I guess that makes it, for lack of a better term, “white ethnic food”, a gringo counterpart to a Mexican taco.

Enough of the trivia and on to the main point of today’s Pierini Fitness blogflection. 

This middle-aged man who still “sees” a 16-year-old kid when looking in a mirror every now and then privately entertains the notion that he might one day make it to the ripe old age of 100 years and be a centenarian, just like this Grandma Moses-type character sharing her longevity secrets in the news article. 

So, he’ll now be occasionally sipping on some wine and not taking any baloney.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

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