65 thoughts on “The Cesspool of Middle Age

  1. Dear Russell,

    I’d say that Abe is just a few years past middle age so I’ll not stop at that cesspool. Now I’m confused. Is it idol or idle worship? Pardon me I left my motor idling. Guess I’ll look elsewhere for that fountain of yoot. Two yoots.


    Abilene Annie


  2. Hi, Russell! Fun story this week.

    I have to mention–you left on an initial quote mark in your second paragraph.

    Whew! Okay, now that’s out of the way . . .

    Your characters need to be more careful where they get their advice. It’s never a good idea to get directions to the Fountain of Youth from an aging curmudgeon. Thanks for taking us on the misguided adventure.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


  3. So this the place that ushers in the mid-life crisis: moss-covered with stagnant water that’s perfect breeding ground for a fungal infection. Thanks for being tour guide. Is that Abe’s counterpart in the annals of dead or not dead, Zsa Zsa Gabor, lounging in the fireplace clad in green or am I mistaking her with a shrub?


  4. In my case, Russell, the Fountain of Middle Age would probably make me look younger, but if that’s a picture of it, I’ll pass. The green slime probably covers wrinkles. I’d rather have the wrinkles. Hilarious as always. 😀 I can’t see you ever getting really old, Russell. 🙂 — Suzanne


      1. Thanks, Russell. What people don’t know is that you and I splashed in the Cesspool of Middle Age together and both of us came out looking like Rob Lowe — That is, super creepy and decrepit Rob Lowe. Maybe you a little bit more decrepit than me. We’re due for another dip.


  5. No idea who Abe is, but enjoyed the story as usual. I loved Gladys’s indisputable logic about why he looked so old. I’ll skip the map and follow Twiggy, I think.


  6. Dear Russell,

    How do i love thee, let me count the ways….

    Irrefutable logic re the look of the salesman. Nice of you to give credit where credit is due. Abe Vigoda is my son.




  7. I’m glad to see you’re finally plagiarizing a quality writer rather than that Shakespeare fellow. After all, no one has ever disputed that I have written all the blog posts I take credit for. Including a play called Hamlet too, you’ve probably heard of it.

    Anyway, thanks for the plagiarizing and really enjoyed your story; you and me and Abe ought to get together sometime and compare liver spots.


  8. LOL I usually leave your post to read last, but I needed a laugh so I read it now. Oh dear, poor Abe Vigoda, being relegated to host at the Cesspool of Middle Age. Mind you, if he’s middle aged at 91, there’s hope for all of us 😀 You never disappoint Russell.


  9. “Cesspool of Middle Age”
    I think that’s my new drinking joint and I might have over imbibed recently. Also with your prolific output I don’t think you will be winning American Idle anytime soon.


  10. First a fountain of youth, then, according to your story, a cesspool of middle age. I’ve passed them both – what’s next? The swamp of senility? Can’t wait. Lots of fun, Russell.


    1. You’re still a young whipper-snapper, Weltchy. But the Cesspool of Middle Age will take care of that.
      My wife, son, and brother all have April birthdays too. Happy 40th. Maybe they’ll throw you one of those Over-the-Hill parties. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. I have to admit I’m laughing even though I haven’t a clue what you’re on about. That makes me an idiot, I suppose, or just English (which probably covers both categories). And I clicked on the Abe Vigoda – whoever he is – link and woke my husband up. 🙂


  12. Nothing left to be said, which is what comes of struggling to get through a few more stories before the new round arrives tomorrow morning. I always wondered whether Methuselah was a first or last name and now I know–Methuselah Vigoda. Wow!



I'd love to hear from you

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s