Appeal from an Endangered Species
Since I started this scribbling lark I have had quite a few requests.
Quite a few have suggested I go stuff myself. One or two have suggested “I get a life” [whatever that means] and then there are those who want to interview me for a newspaper or a school project or whatever.
Occasionally I get one from Academia from someone who wants to study me or who is doing some research or other and wants some help. It is at times like that that I begin to wonder if I am some kind of strange endangered species, and they frantically want to dissect me before I become extinct.
I received one of the latter the other day. EMC, who is a final year applied psychology student in University College Cork sent me a nice mail asking if I would help her with her research into [and I quote] “well-being in older adults”, and asking me if I would take a short survey. I said I would.
I haven’t taken the survey yet, primarily because she hasn’t sent it. However, it seems she is having difficulty finding other “older people” who are as kind and as accommodating as me. It appears that my ilk is more endangered than I thought. I am considering putting in an application to declare myself as a National Monument and an Endangered Species and therefore deserving of considerable state funding. We shall see.
In the meantime, is there anyone out there who would like to help EMC out? She doesn’t specify whether she wants Irish or not and she is somewhat vague as to age [when I was a student anyone over thirty was fucking ancient] but she assures me that the survey is short and anonymous. If you want to help, just send a Yay into the comments and I will pass on whatever email address you use to comment with.
Now is your chance to shape the world of the future!
I'll take a stab at this lark. Yay!
Good on ya, Brianf! We have to give these students the benefit of our superior wisdom?
I'll take that as a nay [or a neigh]?
In these parts an older adult is anyone over 40!
I know the feeling! I see you are on your travels again. Time to brush up on your French?
Appeal from and Endangered Species? What kind of fucking headline is that? Correct it and you can have your Yay!
Jayzus Sean! I don't know how you did it but you ended up as Spam. You're damn lucky you weren't deleted.
I have no intention of "correcting" a perfectly reasonable title, and will therefore pass on your details.
Read it again GD "Appeal from AND Endangered Species".
Oh well yet another form to fill in!
How in the name of fuck did I miss that? God knows how many times I read it. There again, no one else seems to have noticed?
I can well understand why they would want to study you GD.
You – italics not working dddd u/line not working
Are you sure?
she wants to interview a bitter ol' broad, yay have at it!
Fair play, Cat. I'll stick your name in the hat.
GD, I am always accommodating where young ladies are concerned. Indeed, my wife is a young lady (compared to me) and I accommodate her in every way.
As for requests to you, I think the only one I might have is to share a beer or three with you if our paths ever happened to cross.
I'll take that as a Yay then? As for a pint or four – I'm on but it's a little tricky when you insist on staying Over There. Maybe when they/you are chucked out of the EU we'll migrate there?
I am willing to help your student from Cork.
Thanks Cait. I'll pass on your address.
I'm ancient, GD. But I haven't got that much wisdom to hand on – bar the usual: Never pass a lavatory without using it, never trust a fart, always take the piss out of politicians but never vote for them, try and drink something healthy three times a day (beer, whiskey or Pusser's rum) and, beyond a bloody good cough first thing in the morning, avoid all exercise.
Being ancient is not only not an excuse but is a prerequisite for helping today's yoof. Is that a Yay or Nay, by the way?
Always help a lady *cough* 😉
You need to get something for that chest.
I'll give it a "Yay" for a laugh – being of the "older species" like yourself.
As I said, I haven't a clue what this survey or whatever is about. I hope I'm not going to regret this! She could just be looking for the secret of our success?
Well-being in the over thirties is about being left alone to enjoy your hard earned freedom.
I'll do her survey but she will not like my answers !!!!
Maybe you won't like her questions?
Count me in GD
You're in the pot, Jan M.
Does being in the 'Saga Holidays' bracket make me eligible! aargh!
Don't worry – I have been in the Saga Holidays bracket for years and I still haven't been on one. Nor do I intend starting now.
Count me in too. I'll do the survey .
Good on ya, Danny!
still not wor OK TODAY
It must be something to do with your setup at your end. I can underline, bolden [?],
strike throughand italicise to my heart's content
Only girls 13 and younger who dress in pink and want a pony and like the twins should ever say "Yay." But sure I'm in.