What A Difference 30 Years Makes

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, one of these persons is 64 and the other is 96. It is difficult to see which is which, no?


41 Responses to “What A Difference 30 Years Makes”

  1. beckyj Says:

    I think Keith Richards is clinically dead and has been for decades. He’s actually a zombie, or got some of that formula from “Death Becomes Her.”

  2. noprisoners Says:

    Keith is brain dead. However, all that is necessary is for the drummer to hit a few licks and Keith’s muscle memory kicks in and he plays a mean guitar. It is sort of the same phenomenon as a chicken running around after its head is cut off.

  3. Steven Den Beste Says:

    All of the Stones look like they’ve been embalmed. Even the ones who are ostensibly still alive.

  4. Tinian Says:

    I was really impressed by Keith’s gymnastics in the video “I’ve Got My Mind Set On You”.

  5. Patrick Carroll Says:

    “The Rolling Stones Live – With Keith Richards!”

  6. RIch Says:

    Keith’s starting to look like Prince Phillip….

  7. toad Says:

    Dang Rich beat me to it.

    Variations: looks like Prince Phillip’s
    looks like Prince’s fill up.

  8. Fred Says:

    I first thought it strange when Keith Richards was selected Louis Vuitton spokesman, but then I thought who better to be the embodiment of fine leather.

  9. Lost My Cookies Says:

    Sure, he may be old. But I think he looks fantastic in red, don’t you think?

  10. Anonymous Says:

    who is the old ladY?

  11. daisyj. Says:

    Did anyone else see the shadow from the thing on his hat and think Keith had a gushing head wound? No? Okay then.

  12. Kevin R.C. O'Brien Says:

    Oh, that’s Keith Richards? For a minute, I thought Ted Kennedy had lost weight.

  13. Entropy Says:

    Wow…Soupy Sales is looking kinda rough….

  14. Sam Says:

    If it’s possible to call a 96 year old woman pretty, John McCain’s mom is it.

  15. Diggs Says:

    Surprise! They are both Keith Richards.

  16. raincoaster Says:

    Keith Richards is not dead: he is UNDEAD!

  17. Mongrel Says:

    Jeez, folks. The lady in red is John McCain’s mother. Really.

  18. Shelley Hartman Says:

    Stop making fun of Keith. He’s the sweetest rock star around, he’s lived a full life and it shows. Deal with it,

  19. Mitch Says:

    He looks like a second-semester project at a taxidermy school.

  20. Phyllis Says:

    When Keith did that “New Barbarian’s” tour (late 80’s) they played concert halls, I was in the 7th row. Even then he was really scary looking up close!


  21. Phyllis Says:

    Also it’s not really fair to compare them since I’m pretty sure John McCain’s mother has never been a heroin addict.

  22. Toby Wollin Says:

    Sen. McCain’s mother, Roberta is the daughter of a Texas wildcatter and was born in Oklahoma. She is the widow of and the daughter-in-law of two US Navy Admirals. She is one tough cookie – and frankly looks really good in red. More older women should be brave and wear good strong colors too instead of stupid pastels. My two cents.

  23. Obbop Says:

    Ben Franklin wrote that old gals make fine boinking material since their insertion point remains usable well into old age and that the old bats really appreciate the attention.

    I add that the boinker doesn’t have to worry about the boinkee becoming pregnant.

    Ol’ Ben was a wise hombre.

  24. Bridey Says:

    Mrs. McCain looks fantastic. And Keith Richards was even rather pretty himself, about a thousand years ago. He’s certainly an example of Orwell’s observation that “At 50, every man has the face he deserves” (although, indeed, that doesn’t hold up for everyone). And Richards did have a high old time getting there, so to speak. “Full life” is certainly one way to put it.

    (And an observation by the generally admirable Mr. Franklin that was tasteless and misogynistic even in its day doesn’t wear very well in 2008, does it?)

  25. Danna Says:

    Mrs. McCain looks awesome at 96. I hope I look that good at her age. I hope I’m alive at her age!

  26. Victor Says:

    I do believe that’s the first time I’ve seen use of the verb “to boink” in Manolo’s shoeblog.

  27. Jim Says:

    “Anonymous Says:

    April 2nd, 2008 at 10:51 pm
    who is the old ladY?”

    See how the number “96” is in a different color than the background, and may be underlined in your browser? We call that a “link,” and if you click your mouse button while hovering the mouse pointer over the “link,” you can find out additional information!

    You’re welcome.

  28. Theodora Says:

    Obbop…unacceptable…sorry. Doesn’t make it any better that Ben Franklin said it first.

    She is *lovely*! I hope I look like that at 96, or heck, 64!

  29. The Comatus Says:

    “Doesn’t make it any better that Ben Franklin said it first.”

    He didn’t. Like all moderns, our commentator has paraphrased for supposed hipness. Franklin was a master at saying things no gentleman would, in a way only a gentleman could. ‘Poor Richard’s Almanack” has no “boink.”

    Franklin said “All cats are grey in the dark.”
    There, that was not so bad, was it?

  30. Bridey Says:

    The Comatus, what Obbop said so crudely was actually a fair paraphrase of what Franklin said in 1745 — as you are doubtless aware.

    “As in the dark all cats are gray” is but a few select words of a rather extended and graphic explanation of exactly why older women make better mistresses. And I must agree: It doesn’t make it any better than Ben Franklin said it first.

    Though Franklin was well known for his libertine habits, he would not have stooped to such vulgar language as Obbop used. Nonetheless, his point was not inaccurately characterized.

  31. La BellaDonna Says:

    Hola to the Bridey! Franklin may have said it as well, but the original credit goes to Phillipe D’Orleans, regent for Louis XV. His mother scolded him for his ugly mistresses, and his response was “Bah! Maman, in the night, all cats are grey!”

    However, Dr. Franklin did write “Advice to a Young Man on Choosing a Mistress.” He recommended older women, on the grounds that “They don’t yell, they don’t swell, and they’re grateful as …”

  32. Annalucia Says:

    Only in France, it seems, could a man be scolded by *his mother* for the ugliness of his mistresses…. :)

    But yes, Mrs. McCain looks superfantastic.

  33. wannabe Says:

    I regret to say I find it extremely easy to tell the difference. Mr. Richards wears more eyeliner.

  34. Bridey Says:

    Yes, I know what Franklin wrote, La BellaDonna. That’s why I was responding to Comatus’ observation that Franklin’s larger point had been mischaracterized, when it plainly had not.

    And it’s not a very nice point, regardless of who makes it!

  35. jen Says:

    Keith Richards was interviewed by a rock music mag a few years back. The reporter said, “Keith, many people say you’ve lived a hard life.” Keith’s response was, “Its not that I lived a hard life, I just made my life hard to live.” Which I take as, it’s life, he just left the road map on his face haha!

  36. The Gaunt Man Says:

    Pray tell, why is it offensive that Mr. Franklin suggested older women as mistresses? He may have used somewhat colorful language, but setting that aside (unless your prudery extends to word choice), what’s the big deal? Should women not desire sexual intercourse over a certain age, or should they not desire it at all?

  37. La Petite Acadienne Says:

    My heavens, John McCain’s mother is absolutely lovely! She’s a stunner now, so she must have stopped traffic in her youth!

  38. Theodora Says:

    Gaunt Man, older and even old women certainly should have sex as much as they please! The men, however, should be grateful to *them*, not the other way around — or at least, the gratitude and pleasure should be equal.

    My prudery absolutely does extend to word choice, as I take exception to old women being talked about disrespectfully — they don’t yell, swell, etc., “old bats,” etc. It’s horrid, cruel, and mean. When one talks about people nastily, chances are one treats them badly, too, and encourages others to behave badly as well. (Unfortunately it is also possible to talk perfectly sweetly and behave horribly, but that does not mean it’s fine to talk badly, if only to keep from spreading poison.)

    Somehow I think that our dear host Manolo would not have said these words, either as Mr. Franklin or Mr. Obbop said them.

  39. Deborah Says:

    Some of the comments here are not worthy of Manolo’s blog. One thing Mrs. McCain exudes, even in her photograph, is class. I’ll leave it at that.

  40. La BellaDonna Says:

    *Sigh* I was merely trying to get Phillipe D’Orleans such credit as he might be due; heaven knows why, he wouldn’t care, and nor would his mother.

    Hola to the Annalucia! Yes, his mother, the redoubtable Elizabeth Charlotte (also known as Liselotte), was extremely outspoken, and often very funny; her letters from court to various persons (mostly her favorite aunt) have been published; if I can find the title, I will pass it on. One of her related observations was that as far as her son was concerned, it seemed merely that his mistresses had to be pert, and have a large appetite for food and drink. What I thought was really funny was that she didn’t seem to realize was that she had just described herself!

    In truth, it may be an infelicitous expression (“… all cats are grey”), but I think it is NOT the bad thing, a man who does not place all, or even most, of his interest in a woman’s looks. Phillippe, at least, said it to his mother – not for publication, and not to the women whose company he was keeping.

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