Yesterday, I innocently turned on the TV and was subjected to a Zaxby's commercial featuring Laverne & Shirley looking quite aged and infirm... and it profoundly disturbed me. I guess I've grown accustomed to watching my childhood icons grow grey and wrinkled, so this sort of thing never really affects me. However, this time there was something especially awful about seeing these two ladies together after all these years, looking positively, unmistakably, undeniably.... old.
It just doesn't seem that long ago they were thin and young and singing "Schlemiel, schlimazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated!"
By the way, if you've ever wondered what the opening lines meant, here it is: according to a Yiddish dictionary, a "schlemiel" is a habitual bungler and "schlimazel" is an unlucky person. "Hasenpfeffer" is a peppery rabbit stew of German origin. I'll leave the interpretation up to you.