I get what y'all are saying about not giving a hoot, and, like you, I admire that. There's a difference though between "marching to a different drummer" and being an attention prostitute. There are plenty of lonely, obnoxious old men that demand to be the center of attention wherever they go. This guy got exactly what he wanted.
I wanna be the quiet old gentleman that all the waitresses flock to at the coffee shop without a silly "grand entrance".