“I’m lucky so many things annoy me, because if they didn’t I’d hardly have anything at all to talk about Sunday nights.”
So said Andy Rooney, referring to his essays at the end of 60 Minutes where he ranted on such ordinary subjects as paperweights, chocolate chip cookies and even Michael Jackson lyrics.
It was a segment that worked for him for decades, probably because the subject of complaining is relatable–we all get annoyed at something at some point. I for one totally agree with him on the subject of phone books by the way. Why am I still getting them? I don’t need them, not even one and certainly not the three different kinds of phone books that continue to be dropped on my porch.
Even so, Andy Rooney’s complaining often got him labeled as a curmudgeon.
“What’s a Lady Gaga?”
But I would rather remember Mr. Rooney as the writer, and it’s not just because he had this to say about women over forty:
“A woman over forty knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom . . . Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize. For all those men who say, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?”, here’s an update for you. Nowadays 80%of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!”
Besides, Andy Rooney said some very wise things on the subject of being a writer.
“A writer’s greatest pleasure is revealing to people things they knew but did not know they knew. Or did not realize everyone else knew, too. This produces a warm sense of fellow-feeling and is the best a writer can do . . . A writer’s job is to tell the truth. I believe that if all the truths were known about everything in the world it would be a better place to live.”
Lastly, I leave you with Andy Rooney on inspiration:
“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”
“If you smile when you are alone you really mean it.”
Andy Rooney also said that “the best classroom is at the feet of an elderly person.” What do you think?