BTW, who cares if it’s his 22nd child? He could father a nation and still support them so shut the hell up.
As for the rest of you, try having just one you can afford.
The rest of us are sick of paying your bills.
BTW, who cares if it’s his 22nd child? He could father a nation and still support them so shut the hell up.
As for the rest of you, try having just one you can afford.
The rest of us are sick of paying your bills.
Don Henley was 28 when he and 27-year-old Glenn Frey wrote Lyin’Eyes.
The year was 1975.
The story goes that they were in their favorite LA restaurant/bar Dan Tana’s where they watched beautiful young women hitting on rich, older married men and decided to write about it.
From the vantage point of men in their 20’s, I can certainly understand their passionate disdain, as they felt entitled to the attention by virtue of youth alone.
Nonetheless, fast-forward to today’s urban world and I will comment on each verse from the perspective of an older man:
City girls just seem to find out early
How to open doors with just a smile
A rich old man
And she won’t have to worry
She’ll dress up all in lace and go in style
City girls know exactly what they doing, which is why many of them are among the 1% without so much as a G.E.D., or discernible profession.
Late at night a big old house gets lonely
I guess every form of refuge has its price
And it breaks her heart to think her love is only
Given to a man with hands as cold as ice
I have yet to meet a gold-digger who was unhappy in a 10 million dollar home. Not one. Furthermore, most don’t care what’s in a John’s heart, or even that he has one, as long as she gets to travel. Put another way, it’s a symbiotic relationship.
So she tells him she must go out for the evening
To comfort an old friend who’s feelin’ down
But he knows where she’s goin’ as she’s leavin’
She is headed for the cheatin’ side of town
Most gold-diggers cheat. So what? As long as the John doesn’t find out what difference does it make? She’s still faithful to the arrangement.
You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes
And your smile is a thin disguise
I thought by now you’d realize
There ain’t no way to hide your lyin eyes
Most men I know set specific parameters like anyone running a successful enterprise. Applicants sign employment contracts and live within the parameters.
On the other side of town a boy is waiting
With fiery eyes and dreams no one could steal
She drives on through the night anticipating
‘Cause he makes her feel the way she used to feel
There will always be a boy somewhere waiting for pretty much anyone, anytime. It’s obviously not enough, so she parses.
She rushes to his arms; they fall together
She whispers that it’s only for awhile
She swears that soon she’ll be comin’ back forever
She pulls away and leaves him with a smile
Unless he figures out how to make a bundle, he’ll only be a fleeting screw. Of course, most young guys who make a fortune when they’re young tend to go through women like water, so now who’s crying?
She gets up and pours herself a strong one,
And stares out at the stars up in the sky.
Another night, it’s gonna be a long one.
She draws the shade and hangs her head to cry.
This is the funniest thing I have ever read. Her head is sitting in a $20,000 french armchair with a glass of champagne. Nice try, though.
She wonders how it ever got this crazy.
She thinks about a boy she knew in school.
Did she get tired or did she just get lazy?
She’s so far gone she feels just like a fool.
Lazy? Are you insane? Women like this work their butt’s off to live like this. What? You think money just falls from trees?
My oh my, you sure know how to arrange things.
You set it up so well, so carefully.
Ain’t it funny how your new life didn’t change things?
You’re still the same old girl you used to be.
Most insightful verse in the song. I’ve never known a gold-digger to change his or her stripes.
As young men, even they could see that people are what they do.
The following account is real.
I bring this to you not because it news, but because it’s not:
Did you ever really love me?
Honestly, the first year of our relationship I was very much in love with you. We traveled all over the world, stayed in beautiful hotels, dined at great restaurants. It was wonderful. Then your business went downhill and we stopped doing things.
We stopped traveling but we still did things.
What things? We mostly stayed at home and watched movies.
So you were in love with the lifestyle.
You were the lifestyle.
Understand that many men are simply incapable of falling in love with any woman who doesn’t satisfy an exacting set of physical standards.
The problem is that gold-diggers have those standards etched into the fabric of their DNA, so they hold all the cards.
And people wonder why so many affluent older men become trapped in vicious cycles of defeated expectations, as they try to get “perfect” women to love them for who they are.
In my world, fortunes come and go every day, mostly under these circumstances.
Aging is a weird thing. We learn more about a lot of things, but the basics never change: love, lust, money, but in the reverse order.
Yes, there is an age difference. And no, I don’t care.
Tyler is 67. Preston, 28.
But the media spins it for sensationalism: “Steven Tyler turned heads when he marched up the red carpet at the Oscar-viewing party thrown by Elton John’s Aids Foundation hand-in-hand with a younger mystery woman.”
Still ho hum.
Not to be deterred, the media adds even more flourish to this non-story: Aimee Ann Preston is a full decade younger than his actor daughter Liv!
Yea, and my girlfriend was born 10 years after I received my undergraduate degree at 23, and we’re still together 5 years on.
Ho hum, again.
Congratulations to Steven and Aimee.
I’m sure your relationship is everything but ho hum.
Just so you know where I’m coming from, I’ve been active in the fitness lifestyle my entire life.
In fact, it could be argued that fitness interfered with my personal and professional life on more than one occasion, and over a period of many, many years.
Thus, to suggest in any way that I’m an outsider where this is concerned is naive.
I’ve been in this world, know the player-profiles, understand the mindset.
So let’s get real.
By the time you’re my age , things change. You can no longer pack on dense muscle while bleeding fat. It isn’t going to happen –– not naturally.
This means you’re going to need extra help, like testosterone supplementation coupled with 3 or 4 other pharmaceutical agents designed to “compliment” one another.
One helps build strength, another cuts inflammation…you get the point.
Going down this road is a conscious choice many men make when mortality is beating down the doors and there’s nothing left but an aging body.
The psychological profiles of these men are all similar: They are most often vain, arrogant, entitled and filled with rage.
Because there is nothing else in their lives to help mitigate the attrition.
They’re left with a disintegrating asset, rather than an expanding mind and soul; and asset on a collision course with destiny no matter how many syringes they jam into their bloated veins.
Do I feel the psychological pressure of mortality?
Absolutely. I feel it every day of my life, which is why I have a life beyond my physical body.
I know this is a shocking revelation to many, that there is anything at all worth exploring beyond the physical.
My creative pursuits alone are a full time job, not to mention my relationship, which also includes two dogs and two cats as big as dogs.
This scenario is what most refer to as a balanced life, which does pull time away from workouts, perfect eating and regular blood work necessary to monitor elevated liver enzyme and PSA levels while on steroids.
In this sense, fitness can become ab addiction like alcoholism or drug addiction or sex addiction or gambling addiction or any of the other addictions that raid the dopamine mines and turn one’s life into a living nightmare of emptiness.
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s Third law of Motion
But I’m not here to beat up on men who take care of themselves. Hardly.
I think men should take exemplary care of themselves, but to understand that we are all human, and to expect results beyong what the body will naturally deliver will require more than a healthy lifestyle.
Go back to the blood test. If it’s normal, the rest is up to you and the genetics you were born with.
But no matter what your genetics have to say about it, age is the Supreme Court of physicality.
You’re not getting out of life unscathed.
We all pay the price, which is why it is so critical for all of us as older men to have lives outside of the gym.
In the end, there is nothing more pathetic than an aging man with nothing to show for himself but low body fat and a dark tan.
Now you know why so many of us are punchlines.
DISCLAIMER: I am neither nutritionist nor food guru. The comments below are based upon my own personal experiences and are not meant to replace a visit to your internist or psychiatrist.
We all know by now that Hollywood celebrities hold the key to preternatural youth.
Okay. That was complete bullshit.
Let me rephrase it: We all know by now that Adobe’s Photoshop program is largely responsible for what appears to be preternatural youth in celebrities.
Just meet one of them in person and watch the media’s version of reality crumble.
See #urbandystrophy, the book, on Media vs Reality.
Okay, so any of you interested in avoiding the “wellness clinic” trap of endless pharmaceuticals, here are a few alternatives that might save your actual life.
1] Eat fat!
I know you anorexics equate fat with devil worship, but bear with me.
Dietary fat is actually one of the most critical players when it comes to optimizing natural testosterone production. Long gone are the days when we associate fat with heart disease and elevated cholesterol levels. Now it’s now recognized as a sure way to increase testosterone levels.
In fact, a study published in the “Journal of Applied Physiology” found that diets with higher amounts of monounsaturated and saturated fats have been shown to increase testosterone levels.
In another study, men who switched from a high-fat diet (13 percent saturated fat) to a low-fat diet (5 percent saturated fat) experienced significantly lower testosterone production rates, and lower circulating androgen levels.
“Keep in mind that when it comes to dietary fat, it’s not just the amount of fat you eat, but also the type of fat,” says Don Gauvreau, MSc, co-founder PharmaFreak .
2] Don’t avoid cholesterol!
Testosterone is derived from cholesterol, so if your diet is lacking in cholesterol, you’re also shortchanging yourself when it comes to the muscle-building hormone.
For example, incorporating whole eggs into a moderately carbohydrate-restricted diet was shown to improve the lipoprotein profile (increased HDL cholesterol) and reduce insulin resistance in individuals with metabolic syndrome, a constellation of health issues that includes hypertension, abnormally high blood glucose, and other risk factors for heart disease.
The best choices are red meat, egg yolks, and seafood such as shrimp, squid, and lobster.
Whole eggs are a staple in my diet. I usually have one or two with another 4 eggwhites each morning.
Oh, and it tastes better as you already know but continue to deny for the sake of your health.
3] Consume testosterone-boosting ingredients
First, get a blood test.
When the results are in, your Internist will tell you whether or not your testosterone levels are low.
If so, he or she may prescribe testosterone.
As for “actual testosterone-boosting ingredients,” there aren’t any.
Having said this, “natural” bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts the world over will talk you blue in the face about Testofen [Fenugreek Extract], Zinc, D-Aspartic Acid [DAA], Vitamin D, and Diindolylmethane [DIM], among others.
Again, first the blood test, second the discussion with said Internist.
4] High-intensity interval training [HIIT]
Excessive aerobic endurance activities like marathon running, hours in the pool and 6 hours a day of biking will decrease testosterone levels, increase cortisol production, weaken the immune system, and handicap strength gains. No wonder these three are the anorexic’s drugs of choice.
With this in mind, I suggest you consider HIIT, a training concept in which low to moderate intensity intervals are alternated with high intensity intervals.
In research, HIIT has been shown to burn adipose tissue far more effectively than low-intensity exercise – up to 50% more efficiently, and has also been shown to speed up your metabolism which helps burn more calories throughout the day.
It also boosts testosterone and HGH levels in your body, according to study after study.
If you’re still confused, ask a qualified personal trainer to explain it.
5] Limit your training session to an hour
If you’re regularly engaging in lengthy, drawn-out workouts with long rest periods or excessive endurance exercise, your testosterone levels will take a hit!
More specifically, workouts lasting longer than about an hour begin to spike cortisol levels and subsequently decrease testosterone.
Additionally, research has demonstrated that a shorter rest period between sets (one minute versus three minutes) elicited higher acute hormonal responses following a bout of resistance training.
In order for you to maximize your testosterone response, keep your rest periods short and total workout time to 60 minutes or fewer.
6] If you don’t get enough rest, you’re screwed
Especially for you older guys, a lack of quality sleep will dramatically diminish the amount of testosterone your body produces, thereby reducing muscle growth and fat loss!
Research continue to demonstrate that the amount of sleep you get is associated with morning testosterone levels.
Researchers at the University of Chicago recorded the sleeping patterns of healthy men and found that participants’ testosterone levels increased the longer they slept.
I need at least 8 hours of sleep each night, with 9 being optimal. Anything less and I’m useless.
7] Keep stress to a minimum
The connection between stress and increased cortisol production are well documented.
But stress is also quite deadly. It’s side-effects are legion: Heart disease, digestive problems, sleep disorder, depression, weight problems, auto immune problems, skin conditions, like eczema…and on and on and on…
8] Eat healthy
All food groups, always, but avoid simple sugar.
It can damage your heart, promote belly fat, may be linked to cancer production – and cancer survival, has toxic effects on the liver, saps your brain power, and shortens your life.
So, like I said, avoid it like the plague.
9] Keep your daily drinking down to one or two glasses of wine
Requires no elaboration.
Of course, if your have the genetics of Keith Richards, it may in fact improve the quality and duration of your life.
10] Find a good lover
Just like any physical activity, sex is good for your heart.
Several studies have found that your risk of dying from a heart disease event, such as stroke or heart attack, goes down as the frequency of good orgasms increase.
Some of you will wonder what a bad orgasm is, but once you’ve had a good one you’ll appreciate the distinction.
I might also add, sex offers the same soothing effects of sugary comfort foods when it comes to reducing stress without killing you in the process.
Then there’s the better sleep, lower stress hormones, better moods, better complexion…even cancer prevention.
As for its testosterone boosting properties, both testosterone and estrogen levels experience a boost through regular sexual activity.
I dunno. It kinda’ sells itself…
And now for something completely different, here’s a Facebook link to “Fit Guys Over 50,” featuring ridiculously shredded men who are obvious testosterone users. Though they may be disciplined in their workouts, eating and recovery, they re just as disciplined in their injections.
Time to get real.
You’re only hearing half the story.
Needless to say, this story is not really about Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdock.
It’s about age differences, and how money and power are balanced against relative youth and relative beauty on a very public stage.
What’s obvious is that Hall stands to inherit a massive sum when he dies, which, from an actuarial perspective, is just around the corner.
So she gives up a few years of her life in exchange for vast riches, while he gets to sleep with a younger woman with whom he shares common interests and lifestyles.
In this sense they both win.
But is this it?
Is it just a business decision?
Does Murdock think he’s being used? Probably not.
Does she love him in the way most people think of love?
I don’t know and neither does anyone else.
What I have found through personal experience that most older women – of which Hall is certainly a member – are far less interested in sex and romance than they are companionship.
There are exceptions, but not many.
Another day, another stereotype.
I’m accused of being in the midst of one for many reasons, not least of which being that I have a young girlfriend.
1] It’s all about money.
2] He’s intimidated by women his own age.
3] He’s a narcissist who can stomach his own reflection.
yada yada …
It never ends.
Not to bury the lead, I don’t own a motorcycle – but I find it interesting on many levels.
For one thing, I like it’s group nature. It’s an activity – and for many, lifestyle – that people of all socioeconomic backgrounds can share.
And it’s also damn manly in the traditional sense most men think of it. Think Steve McQueen in The Great Escape.
I think of it as an antidote to the PC virus.
I’m also drawn to the sense of adventure, hanging out with a bunch of guys who, after decades of work, family and Little league, are finally able to bond once again over beer and broads.
It’s an adult rite of passage where the holy “hog” unlocks the key to death with dignity for all, the penultimate send-off into oblivion, finger in the wind at the Devil’s Crossroads.
Come on, tell me you’re not intrigued.
One last shot at youthful defiance.
Don’t tell me you don’t watch those old Zeppelin videos on YouTube in the dead of night.
A 2010 market study by J. D. Power & Associates discovered that the average motorcyclist in the United States is a man who is about 50 years old, and Forbes Magazine confirms that the “sweet spot” for motorcycle buyers is the mid 40s to the early 50s. The problem is especially acute for Harley Davidson, as the 109 year-old company has a customer base that is almost as old as it is. It may just be an urban legend that Harley handlebars are now designed to comfortably support a beer belly during a ride, but it makes sense, given the fact that most older men [not to mention younger men] are out of shape.
Nonetheless, “Google” searches turn up ad after ad of sexily clad young women and handsome, fit young men to fuel the fantasies of middle-aged guys. Motorcycle manufacturers lure older buyers with a promise of a return to their youth and vitality: Male bystanders watch with a mixture of respect and envy, as the women of the town are smitten by the eye candy rolling into town. The riders wink at the ladies and act like the masters of all that they beheld, since they could now afford the luxury of motoring slowly through town.
Yea, and everything else in the universe is also reduced to a cultural stereotype.
My point in all of this is, WHO CARES?
If a guy wants to ride a motorcycle after spending his life chasing the dollar let him have his 2nd Summer.
I agree that Harley’ are loud and obnoxious. So is my stereo system.
Getting older is a drag, folks. We’re gonna act out.
This is because there’s not a damn thing we can do about universal absolutes, so we will absolutely, positively garnish the journey to make the ride smoother.
I might add that many guys ride for charities, raising lots of money for good causes. Others just for the hell of it. So what?
These guys are tough enough to deflect your punchlines, ageist stereotypes, and general ridicule.
Time Magazine in June of 2014, wrote “It’s bike night at the Harley-Davidson Museum near downtown Milwaukee . . . bike night in Milwaukee sure looks like Old White Guy’s Night.”
Green with envy.
Life is supposed to have a beginning, a middle and an end. The same ones, usually.
But for many, myself included, the story arcs are backwards.
I know I know…no one can possibly stay in top shape without drugs. Blah blah blah. I’ve heard it a million times … and then some.
Obviously, I’ve heard a lot of bullshit in my life.
With this as background noise, I train at a health club filled with educated and successful older men and women who are in complete denial about anything involving aging.
Their motto is “If I can afford to avoid it, I’m all in.”
What they’re referring to is pharmaceutical grade testosterone, dispensed by a circle of multimillionaire physicians in Houston who know their clientele better than they know themselves, which is not saying much, but whatever. Life’s a food chain and somebody always loses even when they think they’re winning.
These physicians know that vanity is what drives this train, and by pandering to this affliction they acquire “lifers” who are patients until the day they die, which is usually sooner than later.
Death notwithstanding, it’s still a good business decision.
REASONS TO USE
The most common reasons people take these drugs are to acquire [and/or maintain] lean mass, build strength and acquire stamina – without having to beat the living crap out of themselves in the gym. If these are your goals, and side-effects are irrelevant given the fact that you’re only in it for the here and now, drugs are the way to go.
But what happens when a middle-aged man opts out of testosterone supplementation?
Does he fall apart?
Does his sex life automatically fail?
Does depression stomp him to oblivion?
Actually, none of the above.
Note: Some men do suffer from a medical condition known as hypogonadism, which requires treatment, including testosterone supplementation. Conditions known to cause hypogonadism are obesity, diabetes [type 2], liver or kidney disease, hormonal disorders or infections. In such patients, testosterone therapy is recommended. For everyone else, it’s recommended when they have the ability to pay for it.
If you want to stay fit, lean and strong without drugs, you will have to do the following without fail, which includes adjusting your expectations.
Have your blood drawn to determine your testosterone levels [Note: You may have to have the test run a couple of times to get a solid baseline].
After the results are in, your physician [if he’s reputable] will tell you whether or not you fall into the “normal” range. If so, he will NOT prescribe testosterone.
This particular step is bypassed altogether by less than scrupulous physicians who simply ask you how you feel.
If you say something along the lines of “I’ve been feeling a bit lethargic lately, or “My sex drive isn’t what it was at 17,” you get a scrip and designer syringe pouch.
Hire a personal trainer.
If you’re not a veteran gym rat, you’ll need help getting started. Even if you’ve spent the better part of your life under the iron, you’ll need someone to keep an eye on your form and to motivate you when you get down on yourself for not performing the way you did 30 years ago.
This is what you pay the big bucks for and why it’s worth it no matter how much it is.
Then tell your trainer exactly what your goals are so that he or she can tell you whether or not you’re out of your mind.
This is a crucial first step in any successful relationship as any psychiatrist will corroborate.
My regimen is 5 days on, two off.
Monday-Wednesday-Friday: Strength training weights and cross fit style movements.
I train – with my trainer – for an hour. Then I do stretching, rolling and abs on my own for another 30 minutes.
Tuesday-Thursday: Mixed cardio, stretching, and foam rolling for an hour, total.
So we’re talking about 6 1/2 to 7 hours a week of training. No big deal. Really.
Eating healthy is a pain in the ass, but the way it makes you look and feel more than make up for what it’s become: Fuel and nothing more. You can allow yourself a few indulgences here and there, but understand that whatever you take in you have to kick out.
Rest and Recovery
As most of us know too well, days off are usually depressing. The reason for this is simple: We don’t feel the highs.
In the absence of endorphin, our bodies feel sluggish.
Some describe it as blood like molasses.
This is normal, but over time you will be able to conquer your withdrawal symptoms, though I’ve yet to do it.
Understand that addiction is what it is for a reason.
This is one of the most difficult hurdles for anyone in the fitness game because it’s so nebulous.
In layman’s terms, balance means having a life outside of the gym.
It may involve spending time with family and friends, going to a museum, taking in a sporting event –– anything that doesn’t involve the gym or working out, including discussions about the gym or working out.
Note: Workout addicts find themselves unable to discuss anything that doesn’t involve working out because it’s their only frame of reference, and because discussing it while not actually doing it is better than nothing at all.
You will never look the way you did at 25, drugs or no drugs. Aging is a natural part of life. While many people think that we should all age backwards, I’ve yet to see anyone accomplish this.
The best we can do is find peace through the combination of acceptance and challenge.
As a Baby Boomer, I have to get real about where I am in life no matter how far outside the two standard deviations I may be.
I am still mortal, and no drugs are going to change it.
I could be leaner, veins spread out like a squid across my fat-depleted arms, abs and chest.
Some have described the look as something out of a Marvel Comic, which is where culture [and reality, in general] is headed within a certain demographic.
Some have postulated that Hollywood actors who appear to put on massive amounts of muscle for their movies in a very short amount of time are able to accomplish this through extreme diet and lighting. But i can absolutely, positively assure you that for anyone over the age of 50, putting on that much lean mass while losing weight is impossible without help from your local pharmacy.
Some unpleasant facts:
“[Successful] Men do not give a crap how successful a woman is. This is why you see very successful men marrying bartenders, flight attendants, and spin class instructors. What do we call the very tiny percentage of men who do care? Gold-diggers.
Women do care how successful a man is. This does not make them gold-diggers, unlike men who feel the same way.
These two basics mean this: (1) The more successful a man becomes, the greater his choices are when it comes to women, since he can date any level of successful woman, and (2) the more successful a woman becomes, the lesser her choices are when it comes to men, since she wants to date a man at least close to her in success.
A successful man can choose from you and a billion other women, and as a successful woman, you can only choose from less than 1% of men.
Men love very feminine women, and often equate successful women’s “power” with masculine energy, much as most men see female bodybuilders as having the same. Is this fair? I don’t say. All is fair in love and war to the victor, and none to the vanquished. This is why you don’t find so many single “caregivers”—nurses, waitresses, child care workers, and so on.
How does a woman get around this? She marries in grad school or newly-minted. At that point, a man still sees her as feminine. They have kids, and bind/bond together. Some of these relationships last even when the woman develops that same powerful masculine energy, and some do not. Finding a non-gold-digging man, after developing this masculine energy, is almost impossible.
You need to understand that men are not “intimidated” by you and your friends. They are simply not attracted to you.
Finally, your comment that your single, successful male friends were “having too much fun” to marry says it all—even though I managed to “date” (read “sleep with”) plenty of beautiful girls and women, I was beyond thrilled to meet a woman my own age at 34—who I married—and find a best friend I respect to spend my life with. My life went from “having fun” to living life. We are childless by choice—”child-free”—and continue to travel on our voyage of creative projects and leisure.
You made choices, and you should accept them. Blaming men for being “intimidated” is bullshit. You have simply become someone that men don’t particularly want to hook up with, compared to a nurturing, feminine waitress.
Hope this helped and that you can accept a nice gold-digger into your life—there is NOTHING wrong with that. Men do it all the time, and find happiness.” Anonymous
To be fair, older men in the absence of money are in the same boat.
We both need something to sell.
Again, it’s all in Urban Dystrophy.