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The L: As an old man.
Patrick: Well, he doesn't see much of a way out for him. He doesn't see the load getting much lighter as he gets older, and perhaps it might get heavier. So, our hero fails to see at this point in the story a different avenue by which he may pursue happiness or the alleviation of his angst. So he imagines himself in the position of the older man at the bar where the song takes place, and says, "Perhaps when I'm old, I'll still be miserable, but it will still be acceptable for me to get shit-hammered." Hopefully that won't actually turn out to be the fate of our hero. Although, our hero might always be able to enjoy a nice port at Christmas or something.