Monday, October 06, 2008

Rode Hard and Put Away Wet

Ronnie Wood, Rolling Stones guitarist: the unhappy effect of decades of rocking, rolling, partying and hard living. But 20-year-old cocktail waitress Katia Ivanova is as undeterred by this as she is by either his age -- three times hers -- or the fact that he is a married man. Ivanova is shacking up with the (not-so-gracefully) aging rock star, who just recently checked out of alcohol rehab, and has undoubtedly providing him with moral support during his divorce negotiations.
None of which pleases in the least degree her grandmother, Lyudmila Ivanova, 75, a retired chemical worker who lives in the former Soviet republic of Khazakhstan. The elder Ivanova does not appeal to the moral offensiveness of her granddaughter's actions, or the ultimate disaster the girl is courting. Still, in an age in which all kinds of sick and bizarre arrangements are not only tolerated but celebrated, her bluntness about both the present situation and the direction in which it appears to be headed is itself a news item.

"To me this is pure idiocy. She should get her head screwed on," says Mrs. Ivanova via London's Daily Mail. "Don't marry the old fool....[T]o me he's an ugly creature. He's simply disgusting." Assessing Wood's intentions toward her granddaughter, she states: "If Katia asked me for some advice, I'd tell her he's obviously using you to make himself believe he's still potent at his age. But looking at him, do you think he's got anything potent there? When I first saw him on TV, I was so horrified I nearly fell off my chair." Furthermore, Wood is old enough to know better. "She was only a teenager when they met. Ronnie should have been wise and understood she was far too young."

Indeed. Let's hope against hope that both parties listen to Mrs. Ivanova's wise counsel and put the kibosh on the stupidity before it's too late.

1 comment:

  1. I like that old granny! She tells it like it is. Her grand-daughter may be after a little money, no?