In a fit of megalomania, I strongly recommend to you my personal ten commandments, an 86 year successful formula for living the good life. [And boy, have I done just that.]

1. Laugh at least once every hour (preferably every ten minutes if possible).
2. Eat ,and drink very well. When possible, be a gourmet: at other times, a gourmand.
3. Read at least a book a week (or equivalent magazine or newspaper coverage).
4. Make love at least once a week (if possible). [“Oh, where are the snows of yesteryear?”]
5. Express your opinions vociferously.
6. Make sure those opinions are based on at least a modicum of knowledge and a plethora of logic.
7. Don’t try to force others to live your way (except your spouse and children, who won’t listen anyway). In other words, mind your own business.
8. Work hard, but avoid physicazl exercise.
9. Travel extensivesly, so as to broaden your outlook.
10. Rarely (if ever) vote Republican.

By sticking to these rules, the Curmudgeon has led a life which, 100 years ago, a king would have envied..