December 16, 2023 2 min read
1. Elmo Still Runs. Not Quite Like a (Rein) Deer, But He Runs.
Elmo Shropshire, the man behind the mic and guitar singing Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeerthese 44 years, is a Geezer Jock at 87 years old. He has to be fit and healthy because Elmo is booked in the New York/New Jersey area right up to Christmas Eve.
Elmo has the best mile time in the world this year for men 85-89 years old. He has the best 5k time in the U.S. (M85-89), which is a growing and competitive age group.
"Exercise is the only mood lifter I know of with no downside," said Dr. Elmo, a veterinarian. "The more you take, the better things get."
The stops for Elmo and Pam Wendell include The Count Basie Theatre, but also include the The St. John's Soup Kitchen. The varied list of gigs goes on and on.
2. USATF Awards And Geezer Jock Links.
The USATF Masters Track & Field National meeting was last week in Orlando and Sue McDonald was the Masters Female Athlete of the Year and Damien Leake was the Masters Male Athlete of the Year.
Also, another Geezer Jock, alum, Colleen Barney, received the David Pain Distinguished Service Award. An athlete in her own right, Barney was always around the events I went to in 2023 providing support to athletes. Her bib number should have been 9-1-1.
Here is the link to the story I did on her in 2022. This is the best story I've written for Geezer Jock on that gray area for athletes on when to take a break when pain arrives and also when to push a little bit when it is discomfort, not pain.
3. The afternoon tea break a healthy idea.
These studies are interesting, especially when an established outlet like The Lancet feels it is worthwhile to publish. This one on the benefits of tea is noteworthy. We have come a long way since Lipton was the only tea name in the cupboard.
(I first saw this story in the www.longevitynewsletter.com).
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