Don’t let the old man in…a video for my friends

This is a bit off-topic for this website, but I considered the fact that many of my readers are mature (far more so than the people we regularly criticize) and so I thought this might be uplifting for many who frequent here. If you haven’t seen the most recent Clint Eastwood movie “The Mule”, you might not recognize the scenes.

The video stands without that though. Well worth your time.

h/t to Ed Grens.

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101 thoughts on “Don’t let the old man in…a video for my friends

  1. Sorry, I got a little window with “No video with supported format and MIME type found”.

  2. Video worked for me.
    I just happened to watch Gran Torino again last night.

    Been watching Clint Eastwood from Rawhide to Dirty Harry to now.
    Don’t let the old man in.

    • Ditto. The Old Man comes knocking on my door, I tell him to get lost. I have stuff to do.

      Spring’s officially here. The redwinged blackbirds showed up on my front steps this morning, six of them, looking for food. The trails are calling and my camera batteries are fully charged.

      • I guess it’s spring. It was -6F, there’s bit of snow and it’s not all that springlike. Did see a magpie yesterday—never seen one out here in the 36 years I’ve lived here. Kind of interesting. Waiting for the starlings to find the grain on my burning barrel so I can decrease their numbers…..Okay, I guess that’s spring……Rabbit season is over, so it must be spring.

    • “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” was fun.

      In the climate debate, the alarmist side is particularly ugly (try not to think of Andrew Dessler or Naomi Oreskes), of course they’re after a “Fistful of Dollars.”

  3. I haven’t seen the movie, but will look for it. Yes indeed, age is very much a state of mind. Staying youthful and vigorous requires keeping physically active, as well as mentally.

  4. Thank you Anthony. I turn 60 in a couple of months. Still working 6 days a week in my own business…because I am not sure what meaning my life would have otherwise. My family is involved in my business and this gives it a completely different dimension and appeal. I enjoyed the movie. I particularly enjoyed this post and what it serves to remind me of. Thanks again.

  5. Thank you for that……….. I just turned 80 and although I still feel young I know it can change any day. Till it does may God help me keep the old man out.

  6. Came up alright for me. I agree with the sentiment but the old buggar doesn’t half bang hard on the door sometimes.

  7. Is that a meme, an ear-worm, “Don’t let the old man in?” It’s been viral around the internet where I hang out for a couple of weeks.

    I’m 70, well retired since 54. Just escaped from northern Wisconsin to Seabrook Island at Charleston, SC to get an early start in bicycling, working up to two hours every other day for 25 miles.

  8. Day lillies are hardy.

    I once dug some up in Oregon and shipped them in a cardboard box to Nebraska by ground. They arrived, survived and thrived.

    • The man about whom the movie was made was for many years a prominent hybridizer and grower of hybrid daylilies. I’m happy to see daylilies–what many call “the perfect perennial”–featured in that film. The tragedy is that the man was seduced into transporting drugs. The daylilies will outlive us all. (I have grown them now for over thirty years and will never exhaust the possibilities for beauty in the genus.)

      • Sorry. Daylily is the correct spelling of the common name of the genus.

        Order: Asparagales
        Family: Asphodelaceae
        Subfamily: Hemerocallidoideae
        Genus: Hemerocallis

  9. Worked fine for me. Haven’t seen the movie, but from the video, it appears to be expressing the sentiment that becoming a recluse in your old age is not the way. Instead, widen your circle. Be there for others – a giver, not a taker.

    SR

    • Reminder to self: refresh page before posting. When I first viewed this page there was only the one reply posted – about video not working. By the time I viewed the video, shared it with my wife, and made my reply above, I found my reply way down here, having unknowingly repeated others’ replies.

      SR

      • Thats alright! I was running a print job and hitting new posts here and elsewhere so I got dibs. VVideo worked when I responded to your comment, so it be good. 😉

  10. My mates and I have a saying which we all acknowledge –
    “when you get to our age, if you wake up and nothing’s hurting, you’re probably dead”

  11. Even tho my diversion handle seems to indicate otherwise for the last 30 years, Get off my Lawn Eastwood understands the real deal. My mantra is also simple. On waking up each morning, a brief recognition that sums up as “I’m still here! – I think I’ll get a coffee” and rolls on to other adventures from there.

    • My advice to anyone: get an active dog.
      That’ll keep you going. Having an active dog makes you walk and get outside.
      And I’m not talking about little foo-foo dogs.

      I have a Belgian Malinois and a Dutch Shepherd. Cool dogs. Smart. They come tell me every morning to get out of bed and take them for a walk. And then every evening to walk them and play with them in the yard, usually while I’m trying to drink a beer.
      Of course, I live in place where getting outside everyday is pretty easy.
      And if you live in place where you can’t have a dog….. move.

      • One can also get a smart cat which wakes me at 4:30 each morning for food, then wants to play chase the foil ball for 25 minutes. He chases it when I throw it, then comes back and waits for me to either throw another one, or go fetch the one I just threw. I had two other cats, not simultaneously, who would actually fetch the ball and drop it at my feet. I suspect this one thinks I sit too much anyway. He’s bulked up from running and climbing his pole. That should keep him from getting fat, but it means that he has serious weight now and all muscle.

          • We have a fetcher, problem is she only “fetches” when we go to bed. Took her in 7 months ago as a bone thin starveling, she is getting a bit chunky now.

          • Worse! She brings toys up and drops them on us and if we don’t throw it she just starts playing with it on top of us. We finally had to start shutting her out, even the dogs were tired of it.

      • I have 5 large inside dogs..I have NO option but getting up as they literally prod me forcefully off the bed if i try n turn over..and as they allow me a small sliver of my bed turning over is risk prone at the best of times;-)
        i endorse the no dogs…then no me rule;-)

  12. Thank you. The video really resonates with me. I’ve had a difficult 5 month stretch health wise but an unusual spate of sunny, cold days here in the Great NorthWet has been drawing me outside and providing more healing than all the nostrums offered by the health care shamans.

    “Don’t let the old man in…” indeed!

  13. Remember that next time you see Bernie talking about wanting in the White House.
    Don’t Let the Old Man In.

  14. Ah, there are apparently a lot of people around here that are of that certain age (my age) – but not many country music station listeners…

    I would note that Toby Keith wrote this with only the vaguest idea of what the movie was about, just a description of the character in, if I recall correctly, a phone call from Clint. Nailed it perfectly, though.

    [EDIT – looked it up before posting this, and it was a conversation when he partnered Clint at a golf tourney, not a phone call.]

  15. “I get up every day and don’t let the old man in”

    Ahaha. He get’s it. Most excellent. Carry on.

  16. I’m 85 next birthday and have given up a lot- offshore yachting, rugby football, ski-ing, postage stamp collecting. But still have to walk the dog, cuddle wife, plan next foreign trip (Uzbekistan). Reading a biography of Alexander von Humboldt, a scientist to put our population of shabby crooks to shame

  17. I’m 93. Had to give up skiing last year. Had to let the old man in, just just briefly. I’m not looking back at him. Got my art & a fight against the CO2 hypothesis to keep me going.

  18. Great song and concept. Love Clint Eastwood.

    Because I’m a pedant, I would point out what I think is an error in the lyrics captioning text. The text says
    “ask yourself how — would you be, if you didn’t know the day you were born.” I believe the words Toby Keith is singing is
    “ask yourself how old would you be, if you didn’t know the day you were born.”

    The lyric is heard twice, with the second time being more clearly enunciated.

  19. Your site, you get to put up what you want and it was very refreshing!
    (was a great movie too)!

    • Yep, it is Anthony’s house and when I misbehave in it I don’t whine or sulk when he smacks me down for it. And already got several ping backs for sharing this post.

  20. I could swear that just last night I laid me down after a hard days play. I was really looking forward to getting up and taking off on the dirt bike again to shoot at stuff with my cool new bolt-action Benjamin pump. It does BB’s, darts and pellets!

    But when I woke up this morning, suddenly everything had changed.

  21. I am in hospice. My legal and final address is a hospital bed.
    But I had an epiphany- and that gave me a mission.
    I used to despair because you can’t cure ‘stupid’.
    The explanation for that is it is a habit. Habits are virtually impossible to break.
    One day I woke up to realize that while there may be no cure for stupid-
    if one taught a child how to reason – at the very beginning of his cognitive formation-
    THAT would also be a habit. And that habit of reason, equally unbreakable, could initiate and irrevocable renaissance.

    The name of my project is Crown of Creation. It is meant to be used as a bedtime story- mother, father and child, together, solving puzzles to find a real treasure.
    It is a leather bound book with pages of archival canvas and printed with ink of 200 year permanence.
    It is meant to be an heirloom and serve a family for generations.
    There are only 3 pages, besides the treasure map, each dedicated to one of the 3 laws of logic.
    A child can learn them easily before he can read. He can name them explicitly and define then precisely.
    Such a child would gain self possession from the start and never be owned by anybody else- never be fooled by lies. He would be immune to stupid.

    This is an essay by a friend who understands the concept and wanted to put down some remarks:
    First let us look upon the Treasure Hunt’s outer frame. The game’s enclosed within an embossed leather book, to be opened by a metal clasp, an interrobang. An interrobang to open it ?! And what is that, you’ll likely hear somebody ask. And here’s an answer by the maker of the game: An interrobang is a binding that ties a question to an answer, a ligature of ‘ what’ to ‘that,’ of ‘cause to an effect’ ?! An interrobang’s the drawn breath and exhaled exclamation of a mental revelation, the ahah ?! moment of Galileo, gazing through his telescope, when he first sees the moons of Jupiter, or of Darwin, aboard the HMS Beagle, as he examines those Galapagos finches’ beaks.

    In every treasure hunt you’ll come across a villain. There’s one of sorts herewith, comes in the form of a message from the many casuists who like to tell you that the universe exists only to make a fool of you, no matter what you try to do. The interrobang’s a reminder, tying grapheme to a glyph, a reminder of those exalted moments you can feel to the core – that this simply isn’t so.

    And now we’ll leave the treasure chest awhile, buried beneath the sands of some island hiding place, while we discuss some context on its genesis.

    We are told by its creator that the players of the game will be three members of a family, there is a mom, a dad and their child, the nuclear basis of civilization, and in this game, which is a game of life, the parents will be helping the child to play the game, – but ultimately the focus is on the child, establishing first habits, what you do and learn is what you become, finding through play, answers to puzzles and the gift of rational thinking that will follow the child through life itself.

    Concept behind the game. We sapiens are nature’s crown of creation, fitted through evolutionary development, large brain, complex language, conscious thought and dextrous hands, to uncover truths of nature in an interrobang opposing entropy, entropy that’s both physical and mental, which is homo-sapien’s enemy. Armed with nature’s gifts, what we do and learn we do become, that is our destiny.

    What stands in the way and why this game? Humans live within a web of culture. Those individuals, who made those hand imprints on the walls of the Lascaux Caves were also part of a group, as we, members of tribes, associations, nations, live in societies with pressures to conform according to accepted rules and mores.

    ‘Nothing so outlandish,’ said rational pessimist, Michel de Montaigne regarding tyranny of custom, ‘that cannot be demonstrated in public practise somewhere in the world.’ And those customs, from some gentle beginning, unperceived, ‘unmask a furious and tyrannical countenance, against which we have no more courage or power so much as to lift our eyes.’

    Through history, some cultures have emerged that are more enabling to rational thinking than others. Compare Sparta’s tribal society, where institutions were given taboo status as gifts of the gods, to 5th century BC, Athens’ emerging democracy, and its citizens who dared to question what and how? Being a member of a maritime society is helpful, observing many cultures and recognizing that institutions are made by man and therefore alterable … Greek dramatists writing drama about political and social issues, Socrates developing modes of critical argument, Aristotle developing tools of logic, ways of recognising and eliminating contradictions that hinder enquiry, these were major steps for human kind.

    Man the debater, man the builder and discoverer. Builders of roads, bridges, builders of aquaducts and printing press, inventors of the wheel, paper, achievements in the arts, Shakespeare and thinking aloud, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Johan Sebastian Bach, the scientific revolution curious investigators, first harnessers of fire technology discoverers, Galileo, Isaac Newton, James Hutton and Charles Darwin …

    Great movements in civilization but soon under attack. Enter your gurus who want to remake and control society to their own plan, and always an authoritative plan. Greek oligarchs and Plato, he’d use the democratic Socrates as his sock puppet, distorting his logical arguments on liberty and justice to artfully produce their contrary, processions of philosopher kings, religious shaman and kings who rule by divine right, right up to today, enemies of open society like George Soros and those authoritarian, globalist activists of the United Nations, ( producers of fnords, look them up if you don’t know what they are) who would rule us from afar. Technology, internet, universal education should be enabling to open society, but as in George Orwell’s dystopian ‘1984’ they’re being used by guru groups to propagandize and take us back to feudalism.

    And that’s your broadest context for something valuable you’ll find concealed within that treasure chest still buried beneath sand on some unknown beach. And so herewith, let the game begin!

    The game and the treasure.

    And what we have in the Crown of Creation Treasure Hunt is a user’s manual for a child on how to become a rational thinker, based on Aristotles three powerful laws of logic – laws that eliminate the misdirections of contradiction in thinking and argument. Sadly the child won’t get this practice at school but now he or she will get it from mum and dad, in a game that helps the child gain self-possession and to become what nature has endowed him or her with the capacity to be: nature’s Crown of Creation. And the child will be able to explain it completely, as nobody has done for 2000 years…

    In the user manual, the first law is the Law of Identity, A = A. A is not non A. Everything is itself and not something else. With that established, no way can you be persuaded by some Hegelian dialectic that slavery is freedom or justice is its opposite.

    The next law is the Law of Contradiction. For any proposition A it is impossible to be both A and non A at the same time. So many ways to argue that ‘there’s no such thing as truth you know, I swear that this is true, the universe exists to make a fool of you.’

    And then there’s the Law of the Excluded Middle. A statement has to be true or it is not true, it is a binary opposition, a statement cannot be some other thing. If it can’t be substantiated then it doesn’t exist. The null set is an empty set and therefore false. This eliminates the mysterious and the superstitious in one fell swoop.

    And gone, too, all those tricky liar paradox arguments and apparitions of excluded middle that confuse, dehumanize and weaken you. Quest for truth, wielding your logic armoury, reaffirmation of reality enabling joy of discovery. That is the treasure!

    How it works. Three puzzle sheets, images and verses, I myself did not solve the first, fell into a trap regarding the particular. Habits die hard, if at all. For adults who encounter difficulties there’s an accompanying cheat sheet text as guide to steps for solving every puzzle, and finally a treasure map where the words uncovered in the puzzles will tell you where to ‘dig.’

    Artifact treasures are also to be found, the Darwin award for getting it right, a silver coin with powerful and positive imagery on either side that children will assimilate unconsciously, a ring to wear – one ring to free them all, embossed with the hand prints of the Lascaux Cave wall – hand prints of mother, father, child, and keys to reason. And for the children there are hidden sheets to be uncovered in free play, a bestiary of beasts, images and verses like Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwock, so that they’re imbibing protection, as they freely play, against the classic illogical spinners and fnords that sophists use to try and show you that you’re incapable of thought.

    I end with a quote from a philosopher, Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy:

    Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence but rather because we act rightly these virtues are found in man by doing his actions, we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act but a habit.

    Logic habits are for making you unbreakable. That’s it!

    https://i.imgur.com/69nco4Q.jpg

    • Truth Matters,

      As you say truth matters, as life matters. It’s cosmic piety for us homo sapiens to respect both, and life without truth is only half a life. People who, by hands and brain and/ or language create create positive
      works and honour life. Your logic habits game is such. bts.

    • I really look forward to that book.

      Strange, that the fundamental principles of rational thought are not thaught in school.

      Or maybe it isn´t that strange, many authorities depend on irrational acceptance of their assertions.

  22. Seems that there are an awful lot of folk on social media these days, who’ve let the old man in.

    Their loss.

  23. To hell with retirement.

    I am where I want to be. Doing what I want to do.
    I may change HOW I do it, and even HOW MUCH of it I do, but to stop doing it? Stop being useful and productive?

    Bugger that!

  24. I used to fear getting old and dying. Then when I got older (60) I realized I could not change the inevitable so I took a different perspective to enjoy the 20 years or so I have left. When I look out at the world through my eyes I see it as I saw it when I was 30. The only problem is when I look into the mirror I always have to ask “Who is that old guy looking back at me”.
    In May I will be attending my 50 year high school reunion in Hamden CT. I made it! (so far, still two months to go).

    • What a coincidence! I also went to Hamden High in the late 60’s, class of ’71, so a couple years behind you, and I only went there grades 9-10, going to a private school after that. I remember the racial tensions being fairly high, with fights breaking out in the cafeteria. I was glad to get away from that.

      • I was class of ’69 of course, captain of the soccer team fall of ’68, the athletic director was my dad.
        Pepe’s every Friday night.

  25. I made myself a New Year’s resolution: Never to stop doing stuff because I’m too old to do it, until I’m really too old.

  26. I shared the video elsewhere and so far have a lot of ‘misty in here’, ‘ran out of kleenex’ and ‘can’t stop sniffling’ responses, which is just about how I feel.

    Just keep kicking that door and don’t let that Old Man in.

  27. Thanks Anthony. One of my favorite films of all time. We really enjoyed it. Nice to have some of the “back story”.

  28. Most importantly Eastwood wakes up and creates.

    of course he could wake up and recount his past glories…. old man style
    of course he could wake up and criticize other filmakers.. monday morning quarterbacking
    but he wakes up and makes something new.
    and because of that his value will endure.
    kids will study his films and follow in his footsteps.

    there is a lesson here from Clint. Most will miss it.

    • Most importantly Eastwood wakes up and creates . . . but he wakes up and makes something new.

      Or maybe he just wakes up and realizes that using that which has already been, come and gone before him already for an eternity in a “new” and “different” way, e.g., like using that 7th where a flat might’ve been the consensus before, is the brilliance of wisdom.

      There is nothing new under the sun.

  29. Yes, Thanks Anthony,
    I saw the movie the first week it came out In Tucson, AZ. Stayed for the credits. Clint was the producer, the director, and starred in the lead role…an inspiration for anyone…
    Don’t go to many movies in a theater…JPP

  30. I can relate to that. At 71 I’m still self employed and still set tile. Although my body has it’s pains I started other business unrelated to construction.

  31. My uncle lived to 93, mostly in Michigan, and he never slowed down. I asked him about it, once, and he said, “I’d rather wear out than rust out.”

    Me, too.

  32. Send the old man packing with this list and the science studies behind them.

    1) Vitamin D3 along with magnesium
    2) Resveratrol-Pterostilbene-NMN-nicotinamide riboside-Quercetin
    3) Vitamin K2-MK7
    4) ellagic acid from pomegranate
    5) Astaxanthin
    6) Omege 3 from fish oil
    7) age-specific and gender-specific multivitamin
    8) AMPK activator
    9) more….

  33. Thank you Anthony. One day, when my last neuron fires, it will be a single pixel of a memory of a daylily on a sunny day (or some equivalent thereof).

  34. I like that, “don’t let the old man in”. 🙂 I know people who open the door for the Old Man and become old before their time.

    Unfortunately, it’s not always the Old Man that causes problems, it’s his accomplice The Thief. The Thief forces his way in and steals your health. I’ve had friends and family taken away far too soon by The Thief.

  35. Wonderful piece of film.
    Over three score years and ten, with good times and bad times, good weather and poor weather, it is sad to see so much experience disregarded by the young who with the certainty of youth think they know it all.
    As Oliver Cromwell said in a letter to the Church of Scotland, ” I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, consider you may be mistaken”.

  36. Thank you, Anthony.

    I retired last year (I’m 72). I didn’t want to – I loved my job and the people I worked with – but I found myself wanting to get out of the car and kill somebody every evening on the way home. I decided the stress of the commute was too harmful.

    I do have time to read more, and love it, but that’s not an occupation, so I still sew for my Etsy shop (SistersToo), and make fleece blankets for NICU patients. (When I run out of extra fleece for them, I’ll switch to making small quilts – I’ve got plenty of extra batting, and several cabinets full of fabric that I doubt I can use up in the next 30 years.)

    I’m sure I’ll take up something else, too – I’ve got a book I need to finish writing, and there are plenty of things I can volunteer to do. (I was raised to help others, and it’s a habit I don’t intend to break just because of my age.)

    I don’t intend to answer the front door (except for Amazon) and only my friends know to use the back door, so the old woman won’t get in. 😀

  37. Great share, Anthony.
    Turning 70 in September. Planted out our small vineyard when I was 60. Insulated part of the shed to make it a winery.
    I love the time piece of Nature. There is a time for everything; Nature will decide when to harvest. I’m just following her orders.
    Retirement is busy. Farmers’ markets most weekends, meeting and laughing with new people.
    Wouldn’t have it any other way.
    Cheers and God bless you and friends.
    Dave

  38. I’m 68 – look at a coaster that says “How old would you be if you didn’t know your age”. I sent this to my kids. I will not be old despite my age. Good on Clint.

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