You can be old and have a career!
My dad is one of those grumpy men who should be funny but actually isn’t. Why isn’t he? Because his level of grumpiness has reached an all time low of irritatingness. Not only that but real grumpy men go on and on about the same topics and that’s really why it’s funny. My dad, on the other hand, is not the kind to ponder the same things over and over. No: he’ll keep finding new rubbish things to moan and whine about and that is how it will always be.
That said, recently he has been getting better. Not much, but a bit. It’s all because of Hugh Laurie and House MD, of course. House to the rescue once again, yes!
It all started like this: my dad said one day recently that you couldn’t have a career if you were over 40 (he had made display cabinets all his life and was proud of that fact). He was adamant that this was the case. I got angry. Eventually he challenged me to find someone who had had a successful career start after they turned 40. And this is where House comes in…
I had never known House. Ashamed as I am to admit it, I only recently became a fan. It was by pure accident: I wandered into the record shop in town and asked the assistant if there was anyone who had made it big after the age of 40. He told me about House and I brought the DVD home that day and made my dad watch it.
And, to my dismay, because he never likes anything, he actually did like it! He watched the entire box set and wanted more and only moaned about 50 times! (He would normally moan at least 200 times, so, you see, it was a huge improvement!)
That was a turning point in more ways than one. Because not only had dad found something he enjoyed, but I had found something I enjoyed with him too. A first, you could say…
House is great for the following reasons:
He proves that older people should stop moaning; you can be older and have a career and be rich and famous.
He makes jokes out of serious stuff, which is sometimes just what you need.
He is a new type of character on our screens which is dearly welcome. No more Mr Nice guy…this guy is all about the mean approach!
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