It’s All in the Interpretation!

Today’s word prompt can be viewed in one of two ways:

The first would be: any face of a building given special architectural treatment such as that which is shown below.


The second would be: A way of behaving or appearing that gives other people a false idea of your true feelings or situation.

For instance: Looking at the picture below, one might envision two different thoughts:


The pessimist side of a person might look at this picture and think – “Hmmm, a cracked egg!”

While, the optimist might also look at this picture and think – “ H’mmm, new life!”

In today’s world, we should not put on any facades – be who you are – it is one sure way of knowing who your friends truly are because by not putting on any facades, those around you know that when in your company – “What you see is what you get!”


Until next time!


Pretend – Should we or shouldn’t we?


Why pretend you have a good hand if you don’t? Isn’t that just a bluff?

To pretend is to speak and act so as to make it appear that something is the case when in fact it is not.

How many of us pretend today to be what we are not?

If there is one thing I am learning in my old age it is that pretending to be something we are not will only come back and bite you in the you know where at the time you least expect it.

I would think that we would be wise to heed a quote by Kurt Vonnegut who said: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.”

So, today’s post says to me that pretending that which we are not is one of the worst mistakes one can make in their lives. After all, in pretending, are we merely masking what we truly want to be with the hope that people will like what we are attempting to be.

See what is happening here – what is that old saying: “Oh what a wicked web we weave when we practice to deceive.”

Best to be what you are with no pretenses because then there need be no lies. Of course, being the wild and crazy guy I am – such statements also remind me of yet another quote:

“The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off.” – Gloria Steinem

In any case – why pretend – be yourself – my guess is that you will find that you have more fun doing so.


Until next time!

What is Silence?

Don’t ever mistake

my silence for ignorance,

my calmness of acceptance,

or my kindness for weakness.”


To me, silence is that quiet time on a Sunday morning when we have no place to go and I can wake up early before the sunrise, make a cup of coffee, retire to the front of the house where I can sit in both solitude and silence watching the day begin. No traffic, no noisy trash trucks, no lawnmowers – just me and my cup of coffee.

Now that is silence!


Take a Hike

Today I told myself I would get back to writing and create a post for either one or both of my blog sites as well as begin working on the article I must have done for our Community Newsletter (due date – September 23).

It is true that “Writers Block” does happen at any age. Ever since I became obsessed with attempting to create a post for the “Daily Word Prompt” associated with the blog I maintain on Word Press, my usual prose has taken a back seat and that bothers me. So, today I said to myself that I would concentrate on writing other than just a post for the daily word prompt (if I get it done – so be it – if not – so be it and if my writing goes in the direction that I can incorporate today’s word within the post – so be it as well.)

In either case, something other than writing a post for the daily word prompt will be accomplished thus putting me back in touch with sharing information with those friends who follow my usual rants and raves.

With that thought in mind, my mind roamed to a particular place in time, namely how we feel at the end of the day now that we are on the plus side of 75. What is it with old age, where is it written that every time we are or become a year older, we also have to inherit yet another ailment of old age.

Don’t misunderstand me – I haven’t come down with some incurable disease or a disease associated with old people like arthritis, dementia, or what have you, and for that I am very thankful. But, I will say that my mind and my legs need to get back in sync or there are going to be several accidents at our house between where I watch TV and where our bathroom is. Not really – but sometimes it feels that way.

Most of you know what it is I am talking about. Those evenings when we have been sitting comfortably in our favorite easy chair watching the latest episode of NCIS, munching on some pretzels and eating that bowl of ice cream when all of a sudden we get that urge to go potty. Years ago, we would just pop out of the chair, make our way to the bathroom and in those famous words from the play – “Menopause” – yell – Made it!

But such is not the case today. First of all, we forget that we should not sit longer than one hour maximum without getting up – if not to go to the bathroom – getting up to at least stretch and keep the blood flowing through these old veins.

Better yet, in addition to standing up, we should do some stretches, touch our toes, and if we really want to be good, keep a set of dumbbells next to our chair so that we can pump some iron as well. Yeah, like that is going to happen!

But, do we do it – nooooo! Usually we just sit there. After all, we don’t have a universal remote control where we can stop the movie at any point, do we? Or did we forget that is what we did when we got up to get that bowl of ice cream and the pretzels we are munching on. Oops – I guess they were right when they said your hearing is not what goes first?

We have to remember that not only are our legs aging and require more time to acclimate themselves when standing up after sitting for over an hour, our bladders may be weakening or getting smaller as well. So, we have to remember to get up and move about every 45 minutes or so thus avoiding the feeling that we are 90 when we do in fact decide to get out of the chair.


Another thing that happens as we age – although fortunately mine is still legible – has to deal with our handwriting. How many times have you found yourself making a note in your calendar of a doctor’s appointment or some other appointment for some social event, only to find yourself asking either the day before or the day of – “What is it I wrote there – I swear my handwriting is getting worse – I do not even know what it was I was trying to remind myself of.”

Fortunately I do not consider errors such as these as signs that I need to be put in a home or that I have any serious brain problems, although some of my closest friends may dispute that theory. But as we get older, are situations such as these going to be yet more irritations we have to put up with? Personally I am not concerned as I am still of a mind to say “Take a Hike” to all those irritations because I am not ready to hang it up yet and I am definitely not ready to be called “Old!”

One more thought crossed my mind while writing this post and it has to do with how we senior citizens seem to have a problem at night regarding our sleeping habits. Being one that likes to review quotes pertaining to whatever subject I am on at that moment, I decided to call up a few quotes related to sleeping and believe it or not I found the one that most commonly addresses the position I am in at my age. This one fits me to a tee because it seems when I go to bed at night, everything I intended to do that day comes flooding back to me.

Here is the quote:

“My bed is a magical place where I suddenly remember everything I was supposed to do.”

Until next time!


As we enter the next phase of our lives (those of us who have been retired for some time now), unless we had a hobby or perhaps a sideline business we became involved in before retiring that we felt passionate about, it becomes quite the challenge to fall into some type of routine and/or schedule similar to the one followed when we worked 9-5.

But, that is not to say that we have to sit around and just vegetate 24/7 either. I am reminded of a quote by Anthony J. D’Angelo, who said:

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”


Many of us here within our little retirement community have varied passions to keep us occupied. Those that love the game of golf look forward to heading out to the links several days a week. Others within our community love card games and look forward to their daily get together to play Bridge. Most recently someone within the community was hoping to set up a game of Euchre (a trick-taking card game most commonly played with four people in two partnerships with a deck of 24, 25, or sometimes 32, standard playing cards).

Another card game that is a favorite of our community and one we have yet to learn is “Hand & Foot”. Hand and Foot is a variation of Canasta and is played with 4 to 6 standard decks. I do believe that we have some rather passionate Hand & Foot card players within our community as well.

Others look forward to meeting to play shuffleboard, take a dip in the pool, go bowling, some even go “lawn bowling” (a game played with heavy balls, the object of which is to propel one’s ball so that it comes to rest as close as possible to a previously bowled small ball (the jack). Lawn bowling is played chiefly outdoors on a closely trimmed lawn called a green.

I would be remiss were I not to mention many senior citizen’s favorite and one might say “passionate” past-time – Bingo – no explanation necessary. Plus we have a small library within out clubhouse for the readers in the group. Fact is, that within our community, we have quite a few activities one can become passionate about so that our days do not just dwindle by.

And for those of you that are like me, I love to research, read numerous quotes, funnies and anything that will bring a smile to my face. Sharing that information with others is also a passion of mine. And while I cannot quite put my finger on that which I am most definitely passionate about, reading and writing come about as close as I can think of to being the things I am most passionate about.

I am looking forward to doing all the things we both (my wife of 53 years) are passionate about as that is the best part of this journey.


Let’s face it – for those of us that have reached our mid-seventies, truth-be-told, there isn’t much that may embarrass, puzzle, or confuse us anymore.

That is unless we are talking about our computers. I would venture to say that most of us, unless we have a Computer Engineering or Computer Science Degree, get perplexed at least once a month with our computers. I have been at my wit’s end with my laptop now going on three months, but I digress.

Actually though, when you get right down to it – most of today’s technology – be it our computers, DVD/DVR programming, or even using our smart phones to the maximum, confuse us at least once a week.

We purchase these contraptions for our pleasure and the manufacturers have simplified their daily use until, that is, something out of the ordinary happens and then look out!

When a problem does happen, we old farts, usually are too embarrassed to admit we don’t know how to correct the problem. In addition, we usually remain silent as to exactly how confused we might be when it comes to fixing the problem.

It would also appear that the older we get, this state of confusion or bewilderment regarding our  computer usage is here to stay. Leastways, it does not appear to be going anywhere in the near future. And while I must admit, I have taken a computer course or two in my lifetime, when it comes to computers, at times I feel like I know nothing.

My knowledge and use of computers reminds me of the “Saying” that hangs above my desk. This plaque was presented to me as a joke many years ago when I was studying insurance courses (fodder for another post).


Perplexing, isn’t it?


How Radical Am I?



Whenever we hear the word “radical,” most of us tend to think bad things primarily because a “radical” is usually thought to be a person who advocates thorough or complete or social reform. Or another definition might be a member of a political party or part of a party pursuing such aims.

Some simple definitions of the word “radical” might be:

  • Very new and different from what is traditional or ordinary
  • Very basic and important
  • Having extreme political or social views that are not shared by most people

Were we to use a synonym to describe the word radical – the first one that comes to mind is “Profound!”

However, seeing that I am not a radical person but instead consider myself to be a fun-loving person preferring to read funny or informational material, here is my thoughts on the word “radical”:

The only association I want with the word “radical” is when it is being described as a “free radical.”

Yes, you got it – I will think of this word while having my first cup of coffee in the morning while trying desperately to think about what I want to write about that day. You know, drinking that cup of coffee that contains lots of anti-oxidants that help the body fight those chemicals called free radicals.


These are the only radicals I ever want to be associated with.






instructor question

There are many variations of using the word “Stump” but the one that crossed my mind today was how we sometimes get stumped when attempting to answer a question.

When looking at the word “stump” as a verb, we might think of it as a question or problem that is too hard to solve. For instance, the powers that be who are in charge of education, were themselves stumped by some of the exam questions.

Another way to look at the word stump, especially now with elections right around the corner, would be to hear what our politicians have to say as they travel around the country making speeches or stumping.

But being one that shies away from discussing politics and religion, my article today is going to talk about how we stump individuals with difficult questions. But, I am going to put a twist on it as well.

For instance, here is an age old question that perhaps has stumped one or two people:

“Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”


If we go back to ancient times – this question – the chicken or the egg – also evoked the question of how life and the universe in general began.

This “chicken or egg problem” could also be called a Catch-22 (paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules).

Some of us can remember a particular Catch-22 situation when we first entered the job market. Remember – to get a job, we needed experience, and to gain experience, you needed to get a job first.

Sort of like our situation today as it pertains to alternative fuels.

If there aren’t sufficient refueling stations, it is not economical for individuals to purchase vehicles using alternative fuels – and the Catch-22 situation here is that if there aren’t a sufficient number of alternative fuel vehicles, it isn’t economical for fuel dealers to open stations providing alternative fuel.

There are and probably always will be pros and cons to the question about the chicken or the egg question as there will always be questions in life that will tend to stump us.And with that all I have to say is that I am going to stump on out of here.

The Dagwood

What can one say about today’s word prompt – “Sandwich”?

As soon as I received the email indicating what the word of the day was, my mouth started watering, and I immediately thought of three sandwiches that I personally have a taste for.

But before we get into discussing the actual sandwiches, a bit of information about the word sandwich is in order. According to Wikipedia:

The word sandwich that we use today was born in London during the very late hours one night in 1762 when an English nobleman, John Montagu (1718-1792), the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, was too busy gambling to stop for a meal even though he was hungry. The legend goes that he ordered a waiter to bring him roast-beef between two slices of bread. The Earl was able to continue his gambling while eating his snack; and from that incident, we have inherited that quick-food product that we now know as the sandwich. He apparently had the meat put on slices of bread so he wouldn’t get his fingers greasy while he was playing cards. It’s strange that the name of this fiend should have gone down in history connected to such an innocent article of diet.


Having said that allow me to share with you the three favorite sandwiches I enjoy. Hailing from Reading, PA, we grew up on Italian sandwiches and the ones we liked best were those that came from a sandwich shop whose name only consisted of two letters but that is all I will say. Oh, as a matter of information – again according to Wikipedia:

The Italian sandwich, and a fact I did not know, is sometimes referred to as the Maine Italian sandwich. This is an American submarine sandwich in Italian-American cuisine and is prepared on a long bread roll (sometimes referred to as a hard or soft roll depending on your preference with meats, cheese and various vegetables. The ingredients serve to counterbalance one-another, creating an equilibrium of flavors and texture. Again according to the information I found on Wikipedia, the Italian sandwich was invented in Portland, Maine, in 1903 by Giovanni Amato, a baker. This particular sandwich is known by various names depending on what part of the country you are from. It is known as a submarine sandwich or a sub in Boston, Massachusetts, a spuckie in East Boston, and I have also heard the term “Grinder” used when describing the sandwich.


The second sandwich we order when hungry for a sandwich is the Reuben sandwich. Again according to Wikipedia this is an American hot sandwich composed of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread.


The third most favorite of sandwiches that come to mind is a Monte Cristo which is a fried ham and cheese sandwich, a variation of the French croque-monsieur. Again according to Wikipedia, in the 1930s-1960s, American cookbooks had recipes for this sandwich, under such names as French Sandwich, Toasted Ham Sandwich, and French Toasted Cheese Sandwich. As another point of information, Emmental or Gruyere cheese is typically used. Oh, and one restaurant we frequented for this sandwich also made the sandwich between two slices of Raisin Bread. Delicious.


One sandwich I have never been able to understand though or eat is the Dagwood. Again according to Wikipedia, a Dagwood (sandwich) is a tall, multi-layered sandwich made with a variety of meats, cheeses, and condiments. It was named after Dagwood Bumstead, a central character in the comic strip Blondie (his wife), who is frequently illustrated making enormous sandwiches.


Well, there you have it, my contribution to today’s word prompt – sandwich.

What’s That Gleam in Your Eye?


At our age one has to wonder if we still ever get that so-called “twinkle in our eye?”

You know that twinkle or gleam in someone’s eye that reveals something the person is thinking about which has yet to come to pass – and may be nothing but yet could be an idea or dream.

Every now and then when reading prose other bloggers have written I am moved so much that were someone to look into my eyes at that particular moment in time they would know that I definitely have a “twinkle” in my eye.

Two of the things I enjoy writing about the most are retirement and humorous sayings. Retirement because I am and we have been retired for some time now and even though it was sort of a forced retirement – not one by design, we accepted it and moved on.

But, while the first down-size was unexpected, the second one nine months later (no we didn’t have another baby – it just happened to take place nine months after the first down-sizing) did take us by surprise.

My guess is that had someone looked into my eyes way back then – they would have seen that so-called twinkle because what we did then was probably one of our better moves. We considered the second down-sizing a sign and decided to hang it up and retire completely.

Naturally there is more to the story but the fact remains, were it not for that twinkle, our lives may have played out differently. Bottom line though is that we wouldn’t have had it any other way. So much about the retirement aspects of my writings.

Humorous sayings because in today’s world, I find myself wanting to laugh more often and seeing all the #%^&*! on TV, in newspapers, etc., I have taken it upon myself to not only make myself laugh but share some of my crazy mixed up shenanigans, jokes, and sayings with anyone that cares to read my rants and raves.

So, take my advice, should you ever get that twinkle in your eye, do your best to follow through on it as things do turn out for the best when we think positive.

Until next time.