A new ad for volunteers for a survey on brain health calls for subjects between the ages of 50 and 79, to see how they're getting along. And a couple of insurance ads on TV (no-medical life insurance) limits eligibility to ages 50 to 80. So - I am beyond the pale,that is, unacceptable. I looked it up. I knew the meaning but not the origin. A paling was a fence, from the Latin palls, meaning stake, the kind used in building fences. Fences were built to keep unacceptable people out, or in, as the case may be. I first encountered one in Ireland but pales where common in Europe before the phrase came to define outsiders. So I am past counting or being noticed. Kind of freeing, that. The reason I save coupons is that when one passes its expiry date I can throw it out with a clear conscience. So here I am, past my expiry date, as it were. Beyond the pale. Free at last!