Sunday, January 5, 2014

Me and Mick Jagger

It was a brilliant sun shiny day today, so I went out to ride Rem. As I slung the saddle up onto his back, I winced in pain. My left shoulder gets a cramp sometimes, but I pushed through it and cinched up.
" Uh!" I thought, " Someday I won't be able to get this  saddle up on his back! Then what on Earth am I gonna do?" I remembered a woman here in the Bay Area rode until she was nearly 100, and I wondered how she managed to saddle her own horse. I live by the adage, " Saddle your own horse," so it's something I decided I might need to find out.
I put it out of my mind, hoping that it would be a long way off.
As I stepped into the stirrup, I had to take an extra 'bounce' before getting the momentum to lift myself aboard. I took some small amount of satisfaction in the knowledge that quite a few of my compatriots use a step, knowing that too soon I may be among their number.

When I got home, I made a sandwich and turned on Palladium channel. They were playing 'Shine a Light', and there he was, singing and dancing like a 30 year old. Mick F'ing Jagger.

He's not a big guy, but boy he rules the stage. He wears tight pants. He shows his midriff. He sings and runs up and down. He exudes sex, and the women, most appearing to be in their 20's, were screaming and dancing and trying to get him to notice them.

I watch and think, " SIR Mick is 70.Sir Mick has a 16 year old daughter. Sir Mick is a Great Grandfather. "

In the immortal words of the insurance commercial, " Amazeballs!"

Sir Mick has twenty years on me!
Does he get up in the morning and say," Oh, my legs hurt!"
Does he say, " Oh, I just don't feel like dancing in front of thirty thousand people today."
Has he remained the biggest Rock Star in the Universe by sitting still and growing old?


My admiration knows no bounds.

 Sir Mick, if you can get up in the morning and go to work, so can I.
Thank You Sir!


BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

I was just having this conversation with someone the other day. He told me, 'You don't act like you are in your 40's.'. I wasn't sure how to take that, so I asked him what he meant. He got a little embarrassed and then said, 'So many people act soooo o.l.d. these days. And you don't.'. I thought that was kind of cool.

Cindy D. said...

I am with you, somedays those aches and pains have me wondering if I can get up there, or get the saddle up there. But I always do. It helps that I sell truck parts for a living and do a lot of heavy lifting at work. I think the key is how we view ourselves, and also that we keep moving.

Marissa Rose said...


I've commented on your posts before, I live in Pleasant Hill, I know your close because I recognize where a lot of the pictures you post were taken!

If you don't mind me asking, where do you board? I board in Livermore, which is totally a long drive, but it was worth it because it was an awesome facility. However, I just found out my horse won't be sound for much other than trail riding for a while, so I am trying to find barns in this area but unfortunately its difficult!

If you felt more comfortable emailing me, my email is


Maia said...

Well you and me both. There were some days this fall, I thought to myself how on earth am I going to get this saddle on. But somehow we just keep on keeping on. I'm just waiting for the snow, ice and mud to go away so that I can start riding again.