5,000 Friday Nights
It was a Friday night. The band was riffing on a J.J. Cale tune when Peter—one of the craziest characters I’ve ever met—leaned over his Stella and said, “Stetson did the math. You only get 5,000 Friday nights in your life. Think about that.” Then he howled and turned back to watch the girls dancing in front of the band.
This was about two and a half month ago and I’m still thinking about it.
It didn’t sound right. So, I did the math, and yes, it’s true—if you until you live until your 96th birthday, you will experience just around 5,000 Friday nights.
However, on average, we don’t live that long. In the United States, the average life expectancy is 78.4 years, so it’s actually closer to 4,000 Friday nights. Then, if you factor in your early childhood years and figure that your later years will be marked by some type of dementia that affects your awareness, you really only have about...
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