Billy Joel makes Emily feel better about getting older...
By Emily Glick (Actress/Hand model)
I went to my bank yesterday and saw the usual, elderly security guard pacing around outside. It's one of four banks on the block, but the only one with a pacing guard. He looks so out of place among the flower beds and town houses on this particular block in Lakeview (Chicago), that I often wonder if he's actually just a regular guy who's taken it upon himself to guard the bank.
Or what about the aging lady at the Wendella Boat Tours (omg take these architecture tours if you ever come to Chicago). She's standing near the front of the line, showing people how to purchase tickets from an electronic kiosk. She's wearing a polo and khakis so she looks official, but she's not doing anything other than basically holding our hands through the purchasing process.
I'm sure these people are on payroll at these companies. But I like my fantasy that they're just doing these "jobs" because they think it's necessary. Or they feel needed by doing them.
Naturally, this makes me think of Billy Joel's song "Vienna." Upon visiting his father in Vienna, Joel saw an old man sweeping the street. He saw it as an injustice, but his father explained that, in Vienna, the elderly are given tasks to remain part of the community. The old man is needed and wanted, instead of being put out to pasture like we do with our elderly in America.