My View of the Week

What is your favorite quote of the week? What makes it stand out to you?

Looking back over some of the quotes I reviewed since the first of September, I came up with one of at least nine that seems worthy of repeating if only that it appears to be apropos to our age group. The quote goes as follows:

“The advantage of a bad memory is that one can enjoy the same good things for the first time several times.” – Frederick Nietzsche

It would appear that as we age, in addition to the loss of our hearing, some sight, physical endurance and whatever, our memory tends to play tricks on us every now and then. Hopefully for most of us it will just be the usual old age memory slipping at times only to be there when we actually need it as opposed to early onset Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease.

What good news, if any, happened in our locale recently?

Believe it or not, looking at various news stories reported in Polk County, FL since the first of September, the only one warranting attention, in this writer’s humble opinion, is the story mentioning the free service recently started to help Polk property owners detect fraud. While this program does not actually prevent fraud, when you register for it, the service will send an email to the registrant any time the owners’ records have been altered. Let’s face it, how many of us think to check on our deeds and so forth to see if anyone has placed a lien or some other encumbrance upon our property. This service will at least forewarn property owners that something has been changed when a change is made to the record on file. Before you say it, I know, many might just say this is but another way for “Big Brother” to get involved in our business. While that may be true, I myself would prefer to be forewarned of such a change early on as opposed to when I am sitting at the closing table expecting to make a clean break of the property being sold only to find there is a lien upon the property that has to be resolved first. Of course, seeing that the county does not view our homes as “real estate” per se, I doubt seriously that this new service will be of any benefit to us.

How many of us are ready for some of our favorite shows to return to television?

I know we are ready for some of our favorites to return. Favorites such as Castle (10 PM – Sept 21 on ABC); NCIS LA (10 PM – Sept 22 – CBS); NCIS (8 PM – Sept 22 – CBS); The Mysteries of Laura (8 PM – Sept 23 – NBC); Hawaii 50 (9 PM – Sept 25 – CBS); Blue Bloods (10 PM – Sept 25 – CBS); CSI (9 PM – Sept 27 – CBS); Bones (8 PM – Oct 1 – Fox); Madame Secretary (8 PM – Oct 4 – CBS); The Good Wife (9 PM – Oct 4 – CBS); CSI Cyber (10 PM – Oct 4 – CBS). True, many of these are mysteries and police/detective shows but believe it or not there are several comedies coming out this fall that we hope to begin watching as well.

What are your feelings about pending Health care consolidations?

I refer to pending mergers, namely Anthem Inc.’s $54 billion bid for Cigna Corp., and Aetna Inc.’s $37 billion proposed acquisition of Humana Inc. Concern is that if approved, Aetna and Anthem would each have about $115 billion in annual revenue and, along with UnitedHealth Group Inc., and thus create a Big Three in control of a large swath of the government and commercial health plan market. As one can imagine there are many parties interested in how this all shakes out and we can be sure that going into 2016, things should be rather interesting in the health insurance field. Only time will tell what the future has in store for us!

Thinking about a better tomorrow – what action plan can be put into action by the end of 2015 that will assist with goals being hoped for in 2016?

Several things come to mind:

(1) Beginning in late October or early November, we should begin gathering income tax data so that taxes might be done early in 2016 (I like to get it over with by the middle of February so that I can move on to other things early in the year).

(2) Put down on paper in early November both short and long-term goals for 2016 and beyond (we may be getting old, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have visions of what we want our future to be like).

(3) Beginning October 15, review all data pertaining to Medicare to make sure if making a switch in 2016, all the facts and figures necessary to make the correct change have been made available for viewing (not my favorite thing to do but at our age – health insurance does become a priority at this time of the year).

(4) Continue to eat healthier and exercise regularly so as to keep in shape thus avoiding any long-term illness or major health problems (we are never too old to change our eating and exercise habits).

(5) Make plans to travel more visiting children and grandchildren at least once but preferably twice in 2016. (The older we get, the more family comes to the forefront of many of the things we do and when they are scattered across the country, planning is a necessity).

Simple plans for a simple life-style!

Until next time!

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About iglengel

Welcome to my blog: I retired in September of 1996 after twenty-five years as an Underwriting Manager (and one year with a smaller insurance company) and have written blog postings on the website Retirement-online.com prior to setting up this Word Press free site. Having retired almost twenty years ago I have experienced my own retirement transition. I survived and you will too. Oddly enough, now that I have more time, I am discovering various things about myself that I would not have imagined myself doing in retirement. Why does it take so long for, we as individuals, to stop and think about ME!? Join me as I share with you some of the shenanigans we have been up to since retiring. Retirement is and can be a whole lot of fun. Welcome to my site – remember – retirement is not the destination we are seeking – it is the journey! I encourage you to visit often, provide comments, ask questions and add your own insights. We are all on this journey together.
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