BRODY: There’s something for everyone
Are you getting tired of everything today being designed to please the young?
I love the young, and I guess they bring a freshness to our music, our fashion and our dancing.
But what about us old folks?
Do you know, that when we dance, we touch each other? We like romance.
When someone comes to entertain us, I can assure you the words to their songs mean absolutely nothing to us. We don’t even know what they mean!
And, oh lord, just try to buy an outfit to go out to dinner in with a man friend is difficult. If you shop in enough stores and buy what is popular these days, you will look like either a street walker or a lady selling religious material.
How do you think that feels to us?
I wish someone would recognize the unfairness and do something about it.
This is what I was spouting off to some of my resident friends here at Brookdale when one of them (a man), piped up and said, “Shoot! I know some folks who do something about it.”
There are these older people living life to the fullest, creating their own fashions and make up, and being beautiful and full of joy.
In North Carolina, there is an elderly businessman who owns a bar. It’s a different kind of bar. It’s a topless bar.
What is so unusual about that? All the waitresses have to be 60 or older.
Because they have lived many years, they are not so worried about what customers think of them. They have gentle smiles and a sense of fun about them.
Plus, they know how important it is to remember what people want to eat, like no salt or “hold the mayo.” And they don’t mind working topless once in awhile.
They approach their job like they do life. If you are happy in what you do, you are beautiful.
After 9 p.m., a floor show begins, starring an 80-year-old pole dancer. Now, quit being judgmental.
When I heard this story, this was the place I almost got off the train.
I mean, how can an 80-year-old woman, topless and pole-dancing on a small platform on the center of a small stage, add any interest whatsoever to the entertainment, beauty and joy?
The man who told me about this, and claims to have been there, said further, that the night he went for dinner and to the entertainment, and frankly, to check out the authenticity of the story, he waited until the 80-year-old pole-dancer performed, and then went up to her.
He asked her, “How do you do this? How do you perform like that at your age?”
She answered loudly, and said, “I use lots of Vicks VapoRub. I smear it all over my chest before I perform.”
Completely puzzled with her answer, he still didn’t get it.
Laughing again, the dancer explained further.
“I use Vicks VapoRub before every performance for two reasons. One, it helps me slide on the pole, and also, it helps me to breathe!”
You know, if I get tired of this place, maybe this bar would give me a summer job. I’m very nimble and my portable oxygen wouldn’t take up much room.
Jean Brody is a passionate animal lover and mother. She previously lived in Winchester, but now resides in Littleton, Colorado. Her column has appeared in The Sun for more than 25 years.