McGee: It’s tough getting old

By Grant McGee

Local columnist

Have you been talking to old  friends lately? Comparing0  notes on how life is going?

My old friend Catfish caught up with me the other day. Catfish and I go way back. Among my favorite memories are those summer days when I was 7 years old, sitting on the back porch of my grandmother’s house, me and Catfish enjoying fried bologna on white bread, drinking Grapette sodas.

Catfish taught me a lot of stuff that my momma and daddy probably would’ve never taught me: Turkey hunting, bad words, the mysteries of girls and the wonders of beer.

We talked about what all we were up to; he in Virginia and me out west.

“Hey,” I said, “what kind of health troubles do you have? I have high blood pressure, arthritis in my feet, glaucoma, cataracts and a couple of hernias.”

“Oh, I have to watch my weight,” said Catfish. “Other than that I have arthritis and CRS.”

Grant McGee

Grant McGee


What was that?

I didn’t want to ask Catfish because I thought it was some serious condition that he didn’t want to talk about.

We wrapped up our chat.

And I was left wondering: What is “CRS”?

Cardio Respiratory Syndrome? Isn’t that what COPD is?

I turned to The Internet Great and Powerful.

“Define CRS,” I typed into the search engine.

“Can’t Remember Stuff” came back the answer.

Well, “stuff” isn’t the word that was used, but it’ll do for a family newspaper.

I laughed out loud. Once again I had over-thought something.

Sometime later I was chatting with my brother and telling him about my chat with Catfish.

Catfish,” he laughed, “I remember him.”

“Yeah,” I said. “Talking to him I learned what CRS is.”

“Can’t Remember Stuff,” said my brother.

“Stuff” isn’t the word he used, but it’ll do for a family newspaper.

“You didn’t know that?” he asked.

I do now.

And I can add that to my other “old guy” maladies.

Grant McGee is a long-time broadcaster and former truck driver who rides bicycles and likes to talk about his many adventures on the road of life.  Contact him at his blog: