Friday, 7 February 2014

Sixy-four

When I get older, losing my hair,
Many years from now,
Will you still be sending me a Valentine,
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I'd been out 'til quarter to three,
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?

You'll be older too,
Ah, and if you say the word,
I could stay with you.

I could be handy, mending a fuse,
When your lights have gone.
You can knit a sweater by the fireside,
Sunday mornings, go for a ride.
Doing the garden, digging the weeds,
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage
In the Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear.
We shall scrimp and save.
Ah, grandchildren on your knee,
Vera, Chuck and Dave.

Send me a postcard, drop me a line,
Stating point of view.
Indicate precisely what you mean to say,
Yours sincerely wasting away.
Give me your answer,
Fill in a form, mine forever more.
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?

I am going to find out whether any of the above is true today!

52 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, sir. May you be well satisfied with the answer to you song.


    -- Jeff

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  2. Congratulations Bob!

    You precede me by 65 days.

    That means come next year you will 65 days older than me on my 65th birthday.

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  3. "Three-score and four; hope you, Bob, can war-game more! "
    Happy Birthday!

    Don

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  4. Happy Birthday Bob

    Getting old sucks but it beats the alternative.

    Cheers
    PD

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  5. Hope you have a good day. The sun is actually shining here for the first time in ages!

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  6. Many Happy Returns!

    Some portable wargaming on a chess board seems appropriate.

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  7. Shorter of breath, another day closer to death. --Pink Floyd

    But still gaming! (and I'm only 5 years behind...)

    Warm regards and felicitations,
    John

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  8. Splendid, Bob.

    Happy birthday, may you have many more.

    Regards

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  9. 64? Is that your age or how many times you've been arrested?
    Seriously, congrats!

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  10. Happy birthday! And in your honor, here is a verse speaking to my life right now (we're getting ready--sort of--to move to Florida):

    Now that I'm older, my eyesight is shot, not so long from now;
    Will it be OK if I buy wargame books?
    Or will I get sinister looks?
    If I'm gone weekends, playing my games,
    Will this make you sore?
    Will you still be gruff, if I'm buying more stuff, When I'm sixty-four?

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  11. Now that I'm older, with a trembling hand,
    My painting skills may fail.
    Farewell to the 15mm Viking war band,
    I'll do them in a bigger scale.
    Still need more minis, armies to collect,
    Better get to them now, while I can still recollect.

    Etc, etc.

    Many happy returns, Bob. We still need you and your fine blog.
    MP

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  12. Many happy returns Bob, OLD fellow. I do hope you continue to be needed and fed!

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  13. Happy Birthday, Bob, and lets hope your wishes come true. Meanwhile, I'll be turning 63 later this month...

    "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-three...?" Still rhymes... :-)

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  14. Happy Birthday, Bob!
    Remember the words of Augustus McRae, in "Lonesome Dove": "The older the violin, the better the music."

    Wishing you health and happiness,
    -Steve

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  15. More happy birthday wishes! I hope you get a few wargaming presents and a good meal and/or cake, depending on your preferences.

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  16. Conrad Kinch,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    When are you likely to make it over to the UK for a visit so that we can meet by accident again in one of the main shopping street of the capital?

    All the best,

    Bob

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  17. Bluebear Jeff,

    Many thanks for your best wishes. So far most of the lyrics seem to be true!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  18. Phf,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  19. Arthur1815,

    Many thanks for your best wishes. I had a quiet day, but now it is back to the big spring clean!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  20. Jim Duncan,

    Many thanks for your best wishes. I had no idea that you were so much younger than me! Three months is a LONG time when you are sixty-four … as you will find out yourself in good time!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  21. Xaltotun of Python,

    Many thanks for your best wishes. How is it where you are? I know that things have been bad in the West Country, but there has not been much in the news about your part of the country.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  22. Pat G,

    Many thanks for your best wishes … and for sharing stuff with me.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  23. Brigadier Dundas,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    Does your short rhyme qualify you as ‘He’s a poet, but he don’t know it’? Where it is or not, I certainly enjoyed the sentiment in it!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  24. Andy McMaster,

    Many thanks for your best wishes. I had a quiet day, and no wargaming – which is a great pity – but my wife and I did manage to go out for a great dinner, which more than made up for it!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  25. Peter Douglas,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    I may be getting older and less physically agile, but I still retain enough of my marbles to want to carry on wargaming for as long as I can.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  26. Pete,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  27. Nigel Drury,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    The weather seemed a bit better here for most of today … but it rained very heavily when Sue and I went out during the evening. The local golf course – where we planned to have lunch – was closed because it has had 27mm of rain in the previous 24 hours.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  28. JWH,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  29. Pete,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    I suspect that the good old PORTABLE WARGAME is going to be getting quite a bit of use over the next few months … and I have had one or two ideas about a couple of tweaks that might improve the rules I would like to try.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  30. The Ferrymen (John),

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    There are days when I do feel a bit like that … and then I fight a tabletop battle and realise that I still have a lot more wargaming in me!

    Take it from me, those five days will zip by … so enjoy them whilst you can.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  31. Arthur,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    As to future birthdays … well I hope to have as many more of them as I can squeeze in!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  32. Tim Gow,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    Have you been reading me emails again? I have only been arrested once … the rest were cautions for wearing a loud shirt in a public place after dark.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  33. Mosstrooper,

    Many thanks for your best wishes. I love to follow your blog, and only wish that I had was able to see one of your wargames in person. One day, perhaps?

    All the best,

    Bob

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  34. Tomo,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  35. Chris,

    Many thanks for your best wishes … and thanks for the excellent new verse for the song! If Paul McCartney had been a wargamer, he could not have done better.

    I hope your move to Florida goes well.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  36. Michael Peterson,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    Another excellent addition to the song’s lyrics! Rest assured that I intend to continue writing my blog for as long as people can be bothered to read it … and then probably even if they don’t!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  37. Ross Mac,

    Many thanks for your best wishes … but a bit less of the OLD!

    As to being needed and fed … well I made my wife a cup of tea this morning – which she appreciated – and I understand that we have something to eat later today … so things aren’t looking too bad.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  38. Archduke Piccolo,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    So you are not that much younger than me? I would never have guessed it from your enthusiasm for the hobby and the way you write … which only goes to show that one is only as old as one feels one wants to be.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  39. Steven Page,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    The problem is that this old violin has grown to be the size of a cello … and definitely needs re-tuning!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  40. Fitz-Badger,

    Many thanks for your best wishes.

    My family never buy me wargaming presents (they are never sure what I have … a situation I also find myself in at times!) but I did get a great chocolate cake and my wife and I went out for a huge Italian meal last night. (It was the best calzone I have eaten since I was in Venice last year.)

    All the best,

    Bob

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  41. Woefully behind on keeping up with your blog. Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday and say thanks for posting interesting rules and discussions.

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  42. Sean,

    Thanks very much for your kind best wishes ... and I promise to try to keep writing interesting blog entries.

    All the best,

    Bob

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