Danger Gal Friday: Margaret and Helen
This week’s Danger Gal Friday profile is a little bit different: Margaret and Helen, two “best friends for sixty years and counting.” Margaret and Helen are both in their 80s — and have started a blog set up by Helen’s grandson. I’m dubbing them Danger Gals because they speak their mind. From their About Us page:
My name is Helen Philpot. I am 82 years old. My grandson taught me how to do this so that I could “blog” with my best friend Margaret Schmechtman who I met in college almost 60 years ago. I have three children with my husband Harold. Margaret has three dogs with her husband Howard. I live in Texas and Margaret lives in Maine.
These two women, but Helen especially, have a lot to say and they’re hilarious saying it. Helen’s grandson set up the blog for them because he “wanted to capture her words and stories for our family to have as a tribute to her for many years to come. I told her it would be like scrapbooking with a computer. . . I thought it might give her something fun to do with her friend and keep her young at heart. I think it is working.”
I hope these two are for real, I really do.
If you’re a McCain supporter, a word of warning: You likely won’t enjoy Helen’s point of view. She does have a way with words and I admire both ladies for voicing their opinions. I respect that they’re mastering blogging technology in their 80s. I hope that when I’m that age I’ll be just as spry.
It’s hard to choose a favorite quote from Helen, but this is right up there on my list:
I am 82 years old (83 in December). It’s time to hand the reigns over to the next generation and hope that we did a good job raising them. To Senator McCain I say, with love in my heart, sit down and shut up. You’re beginning to look like an ass and your answers sound like a cross between Barnie Fife and Floyd the Barber. And no matter how many times you start a sentence with “My friends” if you end it with a bunch of stuff that really doesn’t make sense—well eventually someone like me is going to call “bullshit”…
You just can’t teach an old dog a new trick— even if you put lipstick on it. Change is needed. I know because I am a fat, old dog. For too many years I’ve been eating more pie than I should. Jenny Craig had me doing pretty good for a few years but eventually I started eating pie again. John McCain has been part of the Republican party in Washington for 26 years. It doesn’t matter what he has been saying the last few months, eventually he’s going to eat the party pie again. He’s old. I’m old. That’s what we do. We don’t suddenly switch to salad.
It’s OK. We’ve been part of the greatest generation. We had our turn. Now we get to sit back and enjoy our pie while someone else worries about the calories. The new guy has the energy and the new ideas. Senator Obama, I hope you’re up for the challenge.
One more thing for Senator McCain before this old bird goes to bed. Ronald Reagan is dead. Let it go.
You go girls!