And sly, too.
"I don't want to fall," Finnegan told Trumbull as she made her way down an aisle at work. "There's too many old people around that would have to pick me up."
Although only about 17 percent of senior Americans are employed, since January 2010, job seekers age 55 and up have accounted for 70 percent of all employment gains.
In the past decade, this older age group has gained some 10 million workers even as employment among other age groups has fallen by more than 4 million.
Among Americans over the age of 65 are 101,100
active farmers and ranchers, about as many bus and taxi drivers, 25,000 musicians, 17,000 crossing guards, 80,000-some chief executives, more than 100,000 janitors and 100,000 retail clerks.
Baseball great Yogi Berra, a famous mangler of the language, said: "The future ain't what it used to be."
He also said: "It ain't over until it's over."
Get used to it, junior.