"Well, what is 'over 50' supposed to mean?" grumbled San Geraldo. "If you're 50, are you eligible or do you have to be 51?"
I said, "Well, if you've been 50 for one second, you're already over 50."
"No you're not," he responded a bit defensively. "You're not over 50 until you're 51."
|GLEN PARK, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: FREE CHECKING... IF YOU'RE OVER 50.|
I tried every argument I could think of, but I couldn't convince him to see it the way I did. No matter how I tried to argue the point, San Geraldo insisted he was right. We opened the discussion to friends. Most sided with me but a few sided with him. We've disagreed on the issue ever since. And that's a shame because, otherwise, we'd have always been in perfect harmony.
Today, while we were having coffee at Café Manila, I teased San Geraldo that, since his birthday was yesterday, some would say he was now over 65. I then shared San Geraldo's way of thinking with one of the other regulars, Heather, a quick-witted and very clever Englishwoman well over 65.
Heather thought a moment and then, looking perplexedly at San Geraldo, said, "So then your entire first year you were naught?"
And now he understands.
|SAN GERALDO IN 1949: THE POOR BOY THOUGHT HE WAS NAUGHT.|