Posted by: jhvn | 04/03/2014

Geezers Have More Fun (like blonds?)

Two guys walked into a bar in Vienna. A quartet was playing. Joe recogized the music — he had written it. But the musicians were murdering it. Although Carl tried to calm him down, Joe got more and more upset. When the quartet finished, he elbowed his way through the crowded bar to  the musicians and loudly asked, “Who wrote that music?” The leader announced, “The great Franz Joseph Hayden wrote it.” Whereupon Joe shouted at the top of his lungs, “That’s a terrible piece of music!” (1)

Pandemonium erupted and the musicians started to physically attack Joe. Fotunately Carl grabbed Joe and got him safely out of the bar, where they laughed and laughed. Joe Hayden and Carl Von Dittersdorf — two accomplished geezers — agreed that they had had a great evening. 

Can you imagine yourself doing something like that?

Why did Joe and Carl break out in laughter?

Did Joe and Carl behave like true geezers?

Please leave your answers and other comments for us all to enjoy.

[(1) adapted from Fred Child on Performance Today, Nov. 8, 2012, and saved these many months]



  1. If you read my book badly, I will do the same thing. I will laugh with relief that I took you out of the picture. Correct interpretation and fond appreciation is what I seek from my readers.

  2. I think I would have reacted in much the same way as Carl and Joe. They laughed because the musician did not know who they were. They were enjoying there un-notereiighty ) I make up words).
    If the musician ever found out who they were he would do two things, first, be embarrassed, second, practice, in order to play the piece properly.
    Joe enjoyed poking fun at himself with his comment about the music.
    True geezers can laugh at themselves.

    • Great comment, Carole. Thanks. You’re right about true geezers.

  3. I am reminded of a line from a very different musician–“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” (in Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee) Being female, I don’t qualify as a geezer but I’m old enough to feel free of a lot of constraints that might have held me back in the past–and to take a certain pleasure in challenging others’ perceptions and suppositions.

    • Thanks for your comment. Janis Joplin was an incipient geezer even though she was young. If you are losing your restraints and challenging others’ suppositions, you are indeed at least in training for geezerhood. Women are geezers too. In an earlier blog on Just What Is a Geezer, I discovered to my surprise that “Geezer” was first used in England specifically for woman.

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