Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The age-old story

Sometimes, your day in the sun is short, but it's always good to remember that feeling of being special for just a little while.

It's like the guy or gal who invented the hamburger. What an idea! Take some ground beef, fry it up in a patty with some onions and slap it on a roll with some catsup and mustard and pickles, and you really have yourself a fine meal, right? And that person basked in the glory for as long as it took until someone else came along and said, "Hey!  Look at what I did!  I put cheese on that thang!"

Cora Purcell is about to turn 104 years old tomorrow, and last Saturday night she had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Orioles' game against the Nationals.  Mrs Purcell has been a fan for a long time. She saw Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run in Washington in 1927, a record that lasted for a long time.  

But she has lasted even longer, and did very well at her task, tossing a curve ball to O's second baseman Jonathan Schoop and getting a nice hand from the crowd.  

You'd have to figure that no one any older was going to come along and top that, and then the very next day in Seattle, Evelyn Jones left the retirement home where she lives to go to the Mariners game and throw out the first pitch.

Ms Jones is 108 years of age.

For those of you planning to take the mound after becoming a centenarian, Ms Jones credits her long life to exercise, eating beef and vegetables, and drinking alcohol just once a week. And the good genes play a part too... her mother lived to 89 and her father lived to be 95.

But, alcohol just once a week?  Come on, now!

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