Sunday, February 07, 2016

Saturday night dinner

It was only to be a meal at the Elsternwick Hotel for four of us, but Brighton Antique Dealer has just returned from a cruise, so our mutual friend invited her, and she brought a friend and our Fijian born Indian friend brought along his long term friend.

While BAD enjoyed her cruise to and around New Zealand with her daughter, she said it was very busy in the public areas and she would only ever do smaller cruises if she did another. It sounds like her fellow travellers were pretty rough around the edges. I hope that translates ok.

Now, her friend. She is fellow inmate in the expensive retirement building where BAD lives. I don't think I have ever dined with a woman who wore pearls to the table, but I did tonight. OK, BAD probably has, bit I didn't notice. She was very petite and dressed in black and while her voice/accent was very posh, she was just lovely. She did not mind a bit of smutty talk, had a little play on the pokie machines and drank beer. Oh, I left out the crucial part. She is 92. That means she was born in 1924 and while her hearing is a little dodgy, she behaves like she is many years younger. The late Dame M was born only one year later but died at 82. Maybe drinking and smoking excessively is bad for you health.

It only came out as an aside because we were talking about travel and most the 92 year old's children are in Adelaide. She used to drive to see them and then as she became older, she flew. Now she takes the train and she loves the train trip. Ah yes, her son is an Adelaide magistrate. Thinking aloud, he could well be approaching 70. She had us laughing about her children's dogs she used to look after when they travelled.

Anyway, we have met many of BAD's friends and they are always very pleasant, but BAD seems to have a lot of friends who come and go and who we never see again.

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  1. She sounds perfectly lovely. My old mum in law will be 91 in May, she smokes, drinks and ate fried foods most of her life, so I think genetics trumps lifestyle.

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    1. River, that often seems to be the case.

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  2. BAD is doing very well. Must be the 'Genes'. May she live to be over 100 in good health.

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    1. BAD is only eighty, Margaret. It is her friend who is 92.

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  3. You know some very interesting and lovely people Andrew.

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    1. Cranky, the trouble is nearly everyone is older than me. Where will they be when I am old.

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    2. Waiting to throw one hell of a welcome party?

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  4. BAD's 92 yr old friend sounds a delight. One of my best friend's exe's aunts is 103 or 4 and until very recently she used to catch the train into the city to do a course at TAFE, I guess if you've got good genes you've got good genes!

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    1. Grace, I am very impressed by the aunt travelling by train. I think if you have lived your life using public transport, it is not so hard.

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  5. Echoing The Cranky. Do you think you could continue to know this one even if she slips off BAD's radar?

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    1. EC, no, not really. BAD and us have little in common except our history and our like for each other. There would be no real connection with her friend. Of course it would be unkind to suggest it is not worth putting and effort into a friendship with a 92 year old.

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  6. Always liked old people they have lots of stories up their sleeve and are not judgemental well not to much.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merle, the friend did seem to be quite a good storyteller.

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