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Retrospect Caption Contest (just like the New Yorker):

Please write a caption for this picture of Donald Fagen, age 71, who is the co-founder and lead singer of the band Steely Dan. You may recall one of their biggest songs, Hey Nineteen. Here is an excerpt from the lyrics:

Hey, nineteen
That’s ‘Retha Franklin
She don’t remember the Queen of Soul
It’s hard times befallen
The sole survivors
She thinks I’m crazy
But I’m just growin’ old
Hey, nineteen
No, we got nothin’ common
No, we can’t dance together
No, we can’t talk at all
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  1. John Shutkin says:

    How about “Sorry not sorry.” That is a millennial phrase (I think it was also a Demi Lovato song title) that I hear a fair amount these days as a dismissive non-apology:


    It just seems like a nicely passive-aggressive retort from us Boomers.

    You don’t like it? Sorry not sorry.

  2. “I may be old but I got to hear all the cool bands.”

  3. Marian says:

    “Anyone seen what I did with the Cuervo Gold and the fine Colombian?”

  4. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and all I got was this lousy t-shirt?

  5. No, Bernard Purdie was not my drummer; I was Purdie’s band.

  6. Betsy Pfau says:

    My hair may be shorn, but I still put asses in the seats.

  7. Ta f**kin da. Any questions?

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