So I'm at my doctor's, and she's feeling my boobs, and nagging me to get a mammogram. I'm not begrudging her the nag, it's her job--but by way of a cautionary tale she's telling me about one of her patient's mothers who was perfectly healthy until she showed up with breast cancer at the age of ninety.
Wait a minute. Ninety?
Well, everyone's got to die of something, I say. And then a minute later: I'm not even sure I want to live to be ninety.
Oh me neither, she says, palpating my mammaries. I definitely don't want to live to be ninety. That's why I smoke one cigarette a day and have heavy whipping cream in my tea.
I nearly fall off the table laughing.
Are you sure that's enough? I mean, maybe you should drive without wearing your seat belt or drink brandy for breakfast or something just to guarantee that you won't outlive your retirement income.
I know it's ridiculous, she says. Now raise your arms above your head for me, and press the palms together.