Ben Franklin writes…

I know of no Medicine fit to diminish the violent natural Inclinations you mention; and if I did, I think I should not communicate it to you. Marriage is the proper Remedy. It is the most natural State of Man, and therefore the State in which you are most likely to find solid Happiness. Your Reasons against entring into it at present, appear to me not well-founded. The circumstantial Advantages you have in View by postponing it, are not only uncertain, but they are small in comparison with that of the Thing itself, the being married and settled. It is the Man and Woman united that make the compleat human Being. Separate, she wants his Force of Body and Strength of Reason; he, her Softness, Sensibility and acute Discernment. Together they are more likely to succeed in the World. A single Man has not nearly the Value he would have in that State of Union. He is an incomplete Animal. He resembles the odd Half of a Pair of Scissars. If you get a prudent healthy Wife, your Industry in your Profession, with her good Œconomy, will be a Fortune sufficient.

But if you will not take this Counsel, and persist in thinking a Commerce with the Sex inevitable, then I repeat my former Advice, that in all your Amours you should prefer old Women to young ones. You call this a Paradox, and demand my Reasons. They are these:

1. Because as they have more Knowledge of the World and their Minds are better stor’d with Observations, their Conversation is more improving and more lastingly agreable.

2. Because when Women cease to be handsome, they study to be good. To maintain their Influence over Men, they supply the Diminution of Beauty by an Augmentation of Utility. They learn to do a 1000 Services small and great, and are the most tender and useful of all Friends when you are sick. Thus they continue amiable. And hence there is hardly such a thing to be found as an old Woman who is not a good Woman.

3. Because there is no hazard of Children, which irregularly produc’d may be attended with much Inconvenience.

4. Because thro’ more Experience, they are more prudent and discreet in conducting an Intrigue to prevent Suspicion. The Commerce with them is therefore safer with regard to your Reputation. And with regard to theirs, if the Affair should happen to be known, considerate People might be rather inclin’d to excuse an old Woman who would kindly take care of a young Man, form his Manners by her good Counsels, and prevent his ruining his Health and Fortune among mercenary Prostitutes.

5. Because in every Animal that walks upright, the Deficiency of the Fluids that fill the Muscles appears first in the highest Part: The Face first grows lank and wrinkled; then the Neck; then the Breast and Arms; the lower Parts continuing to the last as plump as ever: So that covering all above with a Basket, and regarding2 only what is below the Girdle, it is impossible of two Women to know an old from a young one. And as in the dark all Cats are grey, the Pleasure of corporal Enjoyment with an old Woman is at least equal, and frequently superior, every Knack being by Practice capable of Improvement.

6. Because the Sin is less. The debauching a Virgin may be her Ruin, and make her for Life unhappy.

7. Because the Compunction is less. The having made a young Girl miserable may give you frequent bitter Reflections; none of which can attend the making an old Woman happy.

8[thly and Lastly]3 They are so grateful!!

Thus much for my Paradox. But still I advise you to marry directly; being sincerely Your affectionate Friend.

Sunday, 10/10/21

South Jetty, Oregon sand dunes photos

I ran there twice over the weekend with an 1100 foot elevation gain.  Really tough stuff barefoot, on loose sand, so different from more stable dirt trail.  Loved it.  The damn dune buggies are banned from certain areas.  About 90 minutes from Eugene.  About 10 minutes from where we roost in Florence.

From Florence to Coos Bay, the Oregon Dunes extends for 40 miles along the Oregon Coast.

Pre on the dunes…

Prefontaine Coos Bay

Friday, 10/8/21

Let’s run with this crowd

Monday, 10/4/21

Trail #1 at Mt. Pisgah. Tough? Very. No rest stops. Ran every step.

Friday, 10/1/21

The latest from The Oregon Track Club Newsletter. It includes my book review on The Naked Olympics.

Are Stanford students stupid or crazy?

Book Lover

Good books read since previous lists on 12/20/20, 1/24/21, 7/7/21. What am I missing?

How I Learned To Understand The World: A Memoir by Hans Rosling
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams by David S. Brown
Washington Schlepped Here by Christopher Buckley
The Crazyladies of Pearl Street by Trevanian
Incident At Twenty-Mile by Trevanian
Grace Notes by Brian Doyle
Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding by Daniel E. Lieberman
The Lady Who Liked Clean Restrooms by J.P. Donleavy
Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson
Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause by Ty Seidule
The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
This Living Hand And Other Essays by Edmund Morris
Conspiracy: A True Story of Power, Sex, and a Billionaire’s Secret Plot to Destroy a Media Empire by Ryan Holiday
Lives Of The Stoics by Ryan Holiday
Way Off The Road by Bill Geist
Throwin Way Leg: Tree-Kangaroos, Possums, And Penis Gourds by Tim Flannery
One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson
Last Night by James Salter
The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson
Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides
Ocean of Words: Army Stories by Ha Jin
A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger
Another Kind Of Eden by James Lee Burke
Travels With Epicurus by Daniel Klein
The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons From Dead Philosophers by Eric Weiner
The Encheiridion by Epictetus
The Lady And The Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto by Pico Iyer
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon
Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
Boomsday by Christopher Buckley
On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir by Tony Hillerman

Wednesday, 9/29/21

Sir Roger Bannister honored at Westminster Abbey

You probably would like Twin Tracks: The Autobiography of Roger Bannister …A jolly good/brilliant fellow, for sure.

Monday, 9/27/21

Sore Is Good, Pain Is Bad: The Workout of a 79-Year-Old Who Twice Summited Mount Everest

Saturday, 9/25/21

Can you beat Cassie the robot in a 5k? Read

On a giant violin in Venice. Enjoy

Friday, 9/24/21

The joy of rude place names