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Belladonna Rogers

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October 19, 2011 - 9:47 am

Why do I ask?  Because Rasmussen Polls just released what struck me as an absurd poll result: that 59% of those polled said the best years of their lives were before the age of 40.  The first 20 of those 40 years include adolescence and late adolescence.  Twenty-to-thirty typically includes entry-level jobs where you’re treated as fungible and disposable.  That feels really great.

Please cast your vote in the Comments section, and then we’ll compare our poll figures to Scott Rasmussen’s.  I’m going to roll the dice and bet that at least 59% of PJM Lifestyle readers say that their years after 40 have been their best.

When you comment, please make clear which way you’re voting.

It’s not for nothing that one of the most popular television series in TV history was Life Begins at 40.  No one said it better than the divine Miss Sophie Tucker:

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Just reading the words (emphasis added by yours truly) should stuff the PJM ballot box in favor of post-40 being the best years of our lives:

LIFE BEGINS AT FORTY
(Jack Yellin / Ted Shapiro)
A Musical Monologue by Sophie Tucker

I’ve often heard it said and sung
That life is sweetest when you’re young
And kids, sixteen to twenty-one
Think they’re having all the fun
I disagree, I say it isn’t so
And I’m one gal who ought to know
I started young and I’m still going strong
But I’ve learned as I’ve gone along…….

That life begins at forty
That’s when love and living start to become a gentle art
A woman who’s been careful finds that’s when she’s in her prime
And a good man when he’s forty knows just how to take his time

Conservative or sporty, it’s not until you’re forty
That you learn the how and why and the what and when
In the twenties and the thirties you want your love in large amounts
But after you reach forty, it’s the quality that counts.

Yes, life begins at forty
And I’ve just begun to live all over again

You see the sweetest things in life grow sweeter as the years roll on
Like the music from a violin that has been well played upon
And the sweetest smoke is from a mellow, broken and old pipe
And the sweetest tasting peach is one that’s mature, round and ripe

In the twenties and the thirties you’re just an amateur
But after you reach forty, that’s when you become a connoisseur
Then it isn’t grab and get it and a straight line for the door
You’re not hasty, you’re tasty, you enjoy things so much more

For instance, a novice gulps his brandy down, he doesn’t understand
Observe a connoisseur, the way he holds it in his hand
How he strokes the glass, fondles it, warms it as he should
Smaks his lips, aahhh, slowly sips, hah, boy, it tastes good

Life begins at forty
Then it isn’t hit and run and you find much more fun
You romance a girl of twenty and it costs you all your dough
But when a forty thanks you, she hates to see you go

And girls of twenty, all they want are big men
Big men with strong physiques
I don’t say that it’s bad
But you do get tired of those damn Greeks

Life begins at forty
And I’m just living all over again

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Belladonna Rogers is a close observer of international and domestic affairs.
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