Plus! Barbie/Oppenheimer Poll Results!! Pigeon of the Month!!!
Beautiful Roulette stories -- thank you Anne. Your big heart really comes through in these!
I love the “people are generally good” response from Vincent. I remember someone saying “we have to get through life with a big degree of trust that people are good, otherwise we won’t be able to survive a day. The food/coffee you order from a cafe or restaurant require you to trust that the person making it won’t poison you, or the direction you ask the stranger for, you have to trust that they’re not leading you astray, or the taxi driver won’t kidnap you, etc..” This verified it to me: how much of our interactions are based on trust? Otherwise we won’t live a day. People are generally good, and you’re on of them. Thank you Anne!
Ooooh, I love this one! What beautiful souls you found! I kept thinking, this one is my favorite! And then I'd read the next and think, no, this one is my favorite. So I guess they're all my favorites!
And, of course, I love Ben. When I lived on Stanton Street, Buster the pigeon used to visit me every day, strutting along the ledge for hours. He and my kitty Hank had a love affair through the window!
To be the love of one’s own life seems both an obvious and impossible goal
Based on Eddie's "permanent New Yorker status," I would love to know seniors' thoughts on what makes you a true New Yorker. Is it passing a certain number of years? A particular experience or realization? Maybe a question to add for SCR #5!
Wow, this was my first Senior Citizen Roulette, and I loved it! When I have time I will definitely go back and read more in the archives. I've been on fence about subscribing (never having lived in a a real city, much less New York) but this one did it for me, off I go to subscribe.!
Everything you create here is sublime. Thanks so much
Can u host a meetup for the hiding under the bed people
Anne -- Special post today! Your interviewing talent and joy is OOTW. I love that you share, piece by piece, a bit of yourself. Going to a doubleheader of movies was hard to step out into pop culture. Your Substack is special because, based, upon the poll, your readers self-identify with the author!!!
Pigeon : Alliteration always funny (Ben Bogle). You used my favorite word I learned in the Cafe (busker)
Roulette : Your interviews are incredible (1) Vincent -- well-adjusted optimist (2) Sam -- self-aware observer (3) Trudy -- happy & enjoying the ride (4) Joyce -- make your mistakes early (5) Abbott -- small regrets & big joy is a strong combo (6) Eddie -- knowledge=bragging AWESOME
Marc Rebillet has been a pigeon this whole time?? :D A Cafe Anne piece on Marc would be great! p.s. Loved Eddie!
Senior Citizen Roulette is GREAT! I love that this is a thing you do. What a great way to talk to people who others may pass in the street, gathering bits of wisdom and some genuine belly laughs.
"Who or what is the love of my life? Me!" THIS recalls a little ditty my Dad a coach and teacher sarcastically assailed me with whenever i got too cocky:
"I like me...i think i'm grand
i go to the movies and hold my hand.
i put my arm around my waist...
and when i get fresh... i SLAP my face!"
also the pigeon...yessss always the pigeon:
ever see that cartoon "a birds-eye view of the world?" its basically a view looking down thru trees of the intersecting lines of a scope zeroed in on top of unsuspecting human head below
thats all i got
First time I've read Senior Citizen Roulette, Anne and it is absolutely magnificent. Marginally concerned though that I more than qualify as a senior myself and that I therefore ought to be wiser than I am. Can I ask how old you are?
I loved the Roulette stories (again). But I have to go now and order an AR salad spinner.
Love those oldsters 🧓🏽👴🏿👵!
Fabulous questions for roulette, loved the answers. Thank you!