Sunday, August 09, 2009


I remember just before we moved to Italy Art had a visit with his eye doctor. I don't like this doctor at all - he's a real sadist and seems to get off on his patients discomfort. He's also an idiot. Here's why: When Art told him we were getting ready to move to Italy he said "That's fine if you don't want to live very long." At the time Art didn't have a smappy comeback, but now that we live here, in a hilltown, we see people in their 80's regularly walking up and down the streets here. We see the death notices posted - lots of people in their 90s. And now we know that Italy ranks #19 in life expectancy, versus # 50 for the U.S.A. (And those stats don't include San Marino in with Italy; San Marino ranks #5!)

And last week I saw the clincher: this ad, which says: "Loans to Grandparents Up To 90 Years Old". In this economy, where money it tight and loan requirements are strict, this in itself must say something about how long the banks expect their customers to live!

Loans for Grandparents

Pardon the red wine stain on the ad, but Art's convinced that the wine has something to do with the longevity, so he's testing his theory daily!


At 8/09/2009 04:16:00 AM , Blogger Gil said...

You have to send that as, along with a translation, to Art's eye Doctor!

At 8/09/2009 07:56:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Art's doctor was likely jealous. No doubt he is on his third spouse, has a booze laden liver, and would dearly love the adventure that you two are having . . .

At 8/09/2009 06:42:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just an FYI - they can't discriminate by age for a mortgage in the US - as long as you have a qualifying income stream (i.e. investments).

At 8/09/2009 09:34:00 PM , Blogger mccarthy-patricia said...

Thank you for your thoughts, I am moving to Tuscany in the spring from the US, Cleveland, Ohio. It is so exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Finding a job, home, well,room.
Your blog is fun to read and helps me connect with the transition. No, I cant afford your house sorry.


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