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Gail Forrest

Gail Forrest
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http://www.gailforrest.com
Gail Forrest recently started doing standup which she finds is a complete blast. Gonepausal is her blog and she has a book on Amazon by the same name filled with stories of her skewed, funny view on midlife and all its attendant surprises. Humor is the only way forward at this point.

Come Fly With Me (or Maybe Date Me)

I thought going on a date was the most stressful activity I could engage in during Covid time. I was wrong. I found something equally anxiety ridden, stressful and scary. I decided to get on an airplane! Remember flying after 911 and how nerve wracking it felt with shoe...

Date Two in Covid Time: To Go or Not to Go?

Being asked on a second date during Covid time was simultaneously a dream come true and a nightmare. For years I have proclaimed myself “The Queen of One Date” because I never got asked on a second. There was no crown included with my title or polite bowing, but...

On The Verge of A Zoom Breakdown

I admit I’m a techno dinosaur and have always lagged way behind on the technology curve. Mostly because I was really happy living in the time of a Filofax and self-correcting typewriter. Those were the good old days. When forced to step up and buy a computer and PalmPilot,...

My First Date in the Time of Corona

I am single and had been “home alone” long enough. I had hit the wall. Four months of quarantine in my condo with no company was my limit. I needed out. I finally had to admit I was not going to learn Italian, play the piano or bake bread....

Almost Immortal: Losing My Mother

I was convinced my mother was immortal. Mortality just wasn’t in her vocabulary and, at 102, I thought she was correct in that thinking. I began to wonder if she wasn’t a new kind of Marvel action figure. Step aside, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Black Panther, and all...

Why I Scare Myself to Death Every Week Doing Stand-Up While Learning to Make Brisket

Ironically, the place I feel the most comfortable these days is on a stage doing stand-up.  This is a huge transition from 23 years as a private art advisor, and now instead of selling a Warhol I am selling myself.  Microphone as Security Blanket I am suspended in a state of...

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid.

By Gail Forrest Baby Boomers be afraid, be very afraid. Advertisers are after us and they're getting too close for comfort. I try as hard as I can to be strong and stay away from the TV, but I am weak and love a good flat screen. I have little...

Crazy Age Calculations. If 60 is the new 40, then what is 70 or 30?

by Gail Forrest In my desperate need not to be culturally defined as a "senior citizen," I am thrilled when I see articles that re-calculate age. It is confusing but I try and keep up as best as my brain can do the math. I actually just read that sixty...

“Here comes my 19th nervous breakdown”

I needed a cabana boy with a tropical drink. I needed a Xanax. I was at the top of the steps, considering jumping (there were only two). I was on the verge of a psycho-technological breakdown...the 21st century replacement to the good old-fashioned nervous breakdown. Wasn't it easier when family...

Cougarism Revisited

I am having a reversal of critical thinking on being a Cougar. It’s beginning to seem like smart life planning. Flat abs vs flabby — who wouldn’t want to look at that coming out of the shower? A man who doesn’t require a medical alert necklace like my dates....
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