HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

December 22, 2008
Chuckle of the Week

Living to Eighty


I recently picked a new primary care doctor.

After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing “fairly well” for my age.

A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking him, “Do you think I'll live to be eighty?”

He asked, “Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer or wine?”

“Oh no,” I replied. “I'm not doing drugs, either!”

Then he asked, “Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?”

I said, “No, my former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!”

“Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, fishing, sailing, hiking, kayaking or bicycling?”

“No, I don’t,” I said.

He asked, “Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?”

“No,” I said.

He looked at me and said,...”Then, why do you even give a damn?”


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