In the news today is an article about Andy Rooney, who retired from his 60 Minutes video essay column about three weeks ago. He is currently hospitalized for complications arising from minor surgery he underwent last week. This guy is one of my heroes, and each time he systematically picks apart anything and everything, I want to clap my hands and say "Yeah! Why didn't I think of that?"
Andy has done commentary on everything from Obama's election to coffee cans, and even did a spot on his own (somewhat outlandish) eyebrows. In one essay, the technologically challenged writer quipped, "Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done." In light of the recent passing and subsequent borderline sainthood of Steve Jobs, I couldn't agree more.
My wife is a Food Network addict, and to the foodie craze Andy said, "I don't like food that's too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I'd buy a painting." I wonder how many Food Network reality TV show hosts would disagree.
One of my favorite things about Andy is his overflowing optimism. Everything he says needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but that's just my kind of person - someone who says it like it is, but embelishes it just a little because he can. Andy once said he believed in "the 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong." Amazing!
So I, for one, just really hope that he pulls through and continues to bless us all with his cantankerous wit. He's an icon for a generation that is for certain writing it's final chapters, but I'm hopeful to get at least a few more before his time is up.
"I didn't get old on purpose, it just happened. If you're lucky, it could happen to you." - AR