Repost- Long Livers

B.N. Before Netflix- our days of Mary Tyler (give us Moore.) ”Oh G-d” (1977) The “2000 year old man,” enters the pearly Gates Laughing. Estelle Reiner, his wife said it best at Katz’s Deli, “I’ll have what she’s having.” She was married for 64 yrs. to the controller at Rancho Conejo.
98 years funny he certainly had “The Thrill of it All.” When Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie reworded phrases to get the rhythm right on The Alan Brady show Carl Reiner called it a Wrap. So as Rob Petrie tripped into our living rooms each week on the eponymous “Dick Van Dyke Show” it was really his “Show and Shows.”
Norman Lear’s line in Carl Reiner’s 2017 documentary on aging, “If You’re not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.” So today Carl, we’ll have your coffee with cream and a little oatmeal in your honor. His credo was “ find your hammock and live in the now. The transition of time in between “ok, it’s over, to what’s next, is when his productivity kicked in. HBO featured the documentary- “on demand” it if you can.The cast of characters the best of the best. Mel Brooks is hysterical, Dick Van Dyke dances, Norman Lear is brilliant and Carl Reiner’s direction and hosting ever so warm and welcoming. When it was filmed in 2017 they were all Nonagenarians. One thing distinctly portrayed in this work of long livers is that they were passionate and fell in love with lots of things.
So Carl we imagine as your enter the pearly gates we will hear you say to G-d, “so Divine One, if you were commanding a performance your timing was propitious as “The Russians are coming, The Russians are coming”- in this “Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. I will pass the baton on to my son Rob and remind him of the line written in 1963 for “it’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. “And in a democracy, it don’t matter how stupid you are, you still get an equal share.”RIP Mr. Reiner well done!

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  1. Your memory amazes me….

    All good here { under the circumstances}.Today I have rustled up a girlfriend for show shoeing. Three of my hiking friends have knee issues { one got a knee replacement and another is scheduled for one} A third one was doing YOGA and her knee twisted, and blew up… Factor in some bad backs and my potential hiking buddies grows shorter by the day. Poor Bob has a {hopefully} minor back issue, but still accompanies me to the gym. We are thinking of taking the plunge and going to a Bed and Breakfast for a night. Mid week, when they are pretty much dead. Then ” dinner” at 4:00 when we will be the only ones there. Talk about throwing caution to the wind .

    But even more news: WE are getting another cat. { we have 2}… No I am not{ yet} a crazy cat lady. One of our cats is pushing 15, and we worry that the other will be lonely if he departs. Meet Charles.

    How YOU doing? M ________________________________


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