Catch – 22

Catch – 22

Would you say that technology today is making today’s seniors smarter or causing them to slow down in their thinking process? Smarter because they both choose and embrace the complexity of today’s gadgets? Slower because they choose not to embrace all the complexity and nuances of today’s gadgetry!

As a senior, I must admit, there are times when I do get frustrated with today’s technology. But I am not sure it is due to the complexity of today’s gadgets that are being manufactured.

Being part of an aging population, one of the things we value most “time”.

There comes a point in one’s life when we pause, take a breath, and think to ourselves, “Wow, when did I get this old?” And it is at times such as these that we begin to wonder just how long we still have. Which leads to the next question we ask ourselves and that is: “What is it that I would still like to do while I have the time to do it?”

Do I want to spend my time learning how to operate the latest iPhone, tablet, or new version of an expresso machine, or – do I want to spend that time doing something that I have been hoping to do for years but haven’t had the time to do it?

Personally, as I get older, I am finding that if I allow it – life can become more demanding and complicated than it need be. A good example is our computers. Think about it – how many passwords do we attempt to create and remember. But, the process doesn’t stop there – no – it isn’t just a matter of thinking of a password or passwords that would protect the information we have on our computers. Once passwords have been created, we then have to figure out a way to call upon our mental capacity to remember what those passwords are so as to be able to access the material we are attempting to keep safe.

Talk about a Catch-22 situation!

For me, I must admit, there are many things I could probably be doing with my “smart phone” that I am still not inclined to do primarily because I have not taken the time to learn all its features. Same holds true with my computer and many of the programs installed on it. So, since I own both a smart phone and a computer, I will learn as much as I need to in order to feel comfortable with what I am doing with them and that the information on them is safe.

But…there is my familiar “but”……having reached the age I am and wanting to enjoy my life to the fullest, instead of becoming a soon to be seventy-five old wizard that knows everything there is to know about his smartphone and computer, I choose to spend my time doing other things that mean more to me, such as traveling, line dancing, and reading.

What about you? How are you spending your twilight years?

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Looking for reviews

Hi everyone:

Someone a long time ago told me that individuals wouldn’t get anywhere in this big old world of ours if we don’t toot our own horn.

So, with that, allow me to first apologize for providing an incomplete link in a previous post when I asked that you visit a specific site with the intention of reading and hopefully downloading my book: Love – Marriage – Retirement – Gratitude.

Apparently I failed to provide a complete URL address and for that I am truly sorry. Below is the correct site. I would appreciate it if you would check it out and hopefully download my book . And taking it one step further, provide a review of the book so that I can increase my number of hits and hopefully make it to the top ten (preferably top three) Kindle books out there on the subject.

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Thank you for your understanding and hopefully your reviews.

Bucket List

Well, I actually did something on my “Bucket List”, and to be quite frank with everyone, it just fueled my fire creating within me the desire to write on a more frequent basis.

My book about Love Marriage Retirement Gratitude – http://www.amazon.com/Love-Marriage-Retirement-Gratitude-dance-eboo… was just written/published on Amazon as a Kindle book.

The contents of this book is just a sampling of 52 plus years of marriage and 19 years of retirement. Reviews are welcome and solicited.

Writing can be fun – who knows, maybe by reading my book, you might just kindle (now there is a play on words since my book is a Kindle book) a spark or two within yourself and you might just get the urge to write your own book.

Reviews help and so if you are of a mind to, any and all reviews of my book would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

October – the month of Halloween

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, -oʊˈiːn, ˌhɑːl-/; a contraction of “All HallowsEvening“),[6] also known as Allhalloween,[7] All Hallows’ Eve,[8] or All Saints’ Eve,[9] is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising“), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films.

This morning I changed my routine a bit as I meandered to the kitchen, prepared myself a cup of tea and made my way to what we affectionately now call the front room of our house. (Some time ago we had some remodeling done where the contractors completely renovated the front “vinyl room” to a glass window encased room allowing us to be able to utilize the room year round. When it was the “vinyl room”, which merely meant that the room had vinyl windows, the temperature barely got lower than the mid-eighties and was much higher than that in the summertime.)

As I sat there in the darkness (it was only 5:30 AM), I remembered that my wife had recently decorated the room with lighted window pumpkins, and a big scary black spider with pink lights on it – all of which were hanging from our windows. So, even though it was morning – since it was still dark outside, I turned all the lights on and sat there in the shadows of all things scary and creepy and thought back to the days of Dracula and Frankenstein. Ah, the good old days when ghouls and goblins we knew weren’t even real was what scared the bee jeebies out of us!

It is amazing how easily we can entertain ourselves when turning 75 as I was thoroughly relaxed while sitting there among the ghouls and goblins who were also staring back at me. Just enjoying my cup of tea without a care thinking that all was right with the world!

Sunday mornings are the best as we do not set an alarm, I take the day off from walking as when I am in my true exercise mode, I walk six days a week (2 miles Monday through Saturday all before breakfast), no line dancing classes, usually no shopping and definitely no doctor’s appointments.

Just me and my spooks………………..isn’t life just grand!

It is Monday!

Good Morning:

Guess what? It is Monday morning! How are you doing this morning? Cheer up – think of today as follows: Instead of saying to yourself – time to start the “rat race” again – you can actually pull those covers back over your head and go back to dreamland for a while. Why? Because we are retirees – we don’t need an alarm clock anymore.

In my particular case, we actually have our alarm clock set for 5:30 AM – what an ungodly hour is that for a retiree to get up? But, such is the case – we set our clocks for that time so that we have time to do some stretching exercises, I have time to take my morning walk, and then there is showering and breakfast time to consider. Oh, that’s right – I still didn’t tell you why we had to get up so early.

It’s because we took it upon ourselves (my wife actually) to teach line dancing to seniors here where we live and the best time for us to have use of the clubhouse is 7:30 or 7:45 AM in the morning. After 9 or 9:30 AM others are using it for meetings, card games, bible study or numerous other activities that go on around here. We are not a bunch of senior citizens that just sit around watching the grass grow.

Some days we go to breakfast after dance, other times it may be a doctor’s appointment and sometimes it is just shopping. Today it will be line dance, breakfast, shopping, and then home unless of course we shop longer than usual. If that happens we will probably have lunch before returning home too. Quite a few days we return home after dance class to make a smoothie or some other type snack and discuss what we are going to do with the balance of the day. I like the days we return because then I know I will be able to sit here at the computer and write an article of two.

Bottom line is that even though we are in our mid to late seventies, we are not of a mind to slow down – not just yet anyway. We still have a lot more dancing, traveling, and sight-seeing to do. So, with that let me just say – it is now time to wake up, get your day started and see what mischief you can get into. After all, why should our kids have all the fun!

Until next time.