Bridge to the Future

As many of you know, I indicated in a prior post that I was not going to succumb to the ritual of trying to write a post every day when we learn of Word Press’s – daily word prompt. That still holds true….but….

When I seen what today’s word was, namely “Bridge”, having just read a rather weird article that included a picture of the Manhattan Bridge pictured as it may be used in the future with regards how we deal with our dead bodies, and being the wild and crazy guy I am – well, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this with y’all.

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How many of us actually give any thought to what is to become of us when we die. I know there are those of us that wish to be buried, some wish to be cremated, and even yet others want to be frozen beforehand so that if a cure is found that will cure a “terminal illness” they presently suffer from, they would like to be unfrozen so that they can receive the cure.

That basically describes several ways to exit this earth after we have passed. And then there is always the question: But, won’t we run out of land?

Well, apparently there are people much smarter than I thinking about this (The actual idea is the brainchild of the DeathLab, a trans-disciplinary research and design space at Columbia University.)  Recently Atlas Obscura published a story related to what we might consider doing with our dead when they die. And yes, for the purposes of their article – it involved a bridge.

I must admit that I truly haven’t given much thought to the matter. That being said though, after seeing the picture of the Manhattan Bridge used as an example of their new concept for dealing what to do with our bodies after we pass – you can be sure the thought will stay with me – least ways for a little while.

Seeing that I am still learning what I can and cannot post here on this site, let me just say that if you google the words Atlas Obscura along with words about future death, you will come across the article and can read more about this concept.

For now though, I am still thinking about the living and the only bridge I want to gap is the bridge between now and Halloween.

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Until next time!

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/bridge

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Who Am I?

Transformation:

What is transformation other than:

  • a complete or major change in someone’s or something’s appearance, form, etc.

When one thinks of it – do we not all transform several times during our lives. From toddler to child, from child to teenager, from teenager to young adult, from young adult to responsible adult, from responsible adult to husband and father, from husband and father to retiree, from retiree to one that is free to further transform into anything he or she truly wishes to become.

“Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.” – Unknown

Bottom line is that we all have the ability from early on to transform ourselves into that which we set our minds out to be.

Look at me – been through all the steps mentioned above including having been retired twenty years now. Problem is that I still find myself attempting to transform myself – not that I know who or what I want to transform myself into!

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Until next time!

https://dailypost/wordpress.com/prompts/transformation

Senior Moments

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Senior moment

An instance in which one is unable to remember something or to focus adequately on the matter at hand, viewed as typical of aging is one way of describing a senior moment.

There are various ways in describing what a senior moment may mean to each of us.

For instance, when taking a trip someplace new – I would be the first one to locate where the bathroom is, not because sometimes during the course of the evening I might have a senior moment and forget where it is. No, in my case it would be more than likely be because I am going to have a senior moment requiring the use of a bathroom and quite often.

Speaking of bathrooms – it would appear that women enjoy their trips to the bathroom when out on the town at a nice restaurant. Why else would they ask one or more of the other ladies at the table whether or not they would like to go to the bathroom with them. In my particular case though, you won’t find me asking the other guy or guys at the table if they would care to join me in going to the bathroom. No. not me. In my particular case, walking to the bathroom is not necessarily an enjoyable thing to do. Making it to the bathroom and saying with a sigh and relief “Made it”, is more my style. Why else would you think I scope it out when out on the town.

Have you realized that the older we get – the more time we spend snuggling with our pillow or pillows than we do that gorgeous creature next to us. My guess is that such an event qualifies as a senior moment, because, at our age, we probably wouldn’t know what to do were we to snuggle with her versus the pillows.

Oh, just thought of another scenario that could be considered a senior moment. Just recently we were about to head to the store when my wife asked me was there anything I needed in the way of groceries. I remembered that I was out of cereal and reminded her that I needed some Shredded Wheat and Bran. No sooner had the words left my mouth when I remembered the commercial we all see now and then – you know the one that says: “You are what you eat!” It was then that the senior moment struck me – Darn – I’m Shredded Wheat and Bran. But, then the good news flashed across my brain as I thought to myself, “Oh well, at least they cannot say I am full of shit!”

Being a senior has it’s good features too. Let’s face it, we seniors are a good source of information. Yup, we seniors are walking warehouses of information – problem is that some of us tend to forget where that warehouse is.

Did you ever wonder why – when watching a couple of seniors having a conversation, they seem to be so happy. It isn’t the conversation they are having, it is the fact that neither one probably hears what the other is saying and they are just being polite by smiling and nodding their heads at each other.

I read a lot of interesting newsletters geared towards seniors. Many of them say that seniors are caring people. We are but not in the sense some people might think. – You see seniors are really caring – you know, we need dental care, health care, vision care, and long-term care. Hey, we are seniors – we need the attention.

Remember the saying: What happens in Vegas – stays in Vegas.” Well, when it comes to seniors – “What goes on behind closed doors stays behind closed doors.” Why – because when it comes to seniors, “nothing, absolutely nothing” goes on behind closed doors!

In checking out the news today, I seen several stories that said or made mention of the fact that seniors support many movements. Reading further, I learned exactly how they did that. By eating bran (Shredded Wheat and Bran in my case), raisins, and prunes.

Another disputed fact about seniors is that they are grouchy individuals. Upon some research into this subject, I found that most seniors are not grouchy – they just do not like waiting in lines, crowded places, noisy kids, traffic (especially during school hours when having to wait behind a school bus dropping kids off), and politicians (but then with our current batch of politicians – who does).

So, while we may, on occasion have our “Senior Moments,” for the most part we are having one heck of a good time!

Changes are coming!

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Following this post I am returning to posting once a week. I have been beating myself up because early on I would only write a post several times a month – if that – and then felt bad when I wasn’t writing more often. Then I came across the Daily Word Prompt Challenge on Word Press and began posting daily as I tried to keep up with creating a post to respond to the daily word prompt.

In addition to doing that, what with all the negativity in the news today, on television and even on our computers, I began posting a “thought for the day” or something “funny” on my Facebook page as well as on another Facebook page where I am a guest blogger – “I Love Retirement.”

Bottom line is that I haven’t been writing about the things I want to write about which is why I started this blog to begin with.  Anyone that has checked out my Blog Page will see that the Categories I am interested in writing about are: Contentment; Live For Today; Passions; Rants; Routine; Senior Moments; Writing; Uncategorized, and most recently Word Prompts.

True, I could attempt to use the Daily Word Prompt to write an article that would fit well into one of these categories. Except that just makes the process exactly that – “a process” and that is not what my writing is about not to mention that it would sort of be forcing me to write something.

Should I wake one morning and read something in the newspaper or see something in the news be it on TV or my computer and want to write a post about it “ranting on,” if you will, I do not want to stop and say – hmmm – how can I slant this to incorporate today’s daily word prompt.

I want to be spontaneous. By that, I mean that even though it may take me a few days to create an article worthy of posting on my blog site that covers what I read or seen on television – it will be just that – a spontaneous reaction and my take or feelings on the subject. Hopefully those of you following my posts will read and enjoy same and provide your comments – good or bad – as long as they are provided in good taste.

This whole scenario came about because in my attempt to write something about each daily word prompt, my own true reason for writing has sort of taken a back seat. In addition, attempting to create a post designed to address the daily word prompt has made my writing seem like a chore and/or work, and is not really how I feel about my writing. If I wanted something to be a chore and/or work, I could do just that – go back to work. And believe me at age 75, soon to be 76, that is not my goal in life.

I write for fun, to be informative, to share information (primarily geared to those of us that are senior citizens and/or retirees), to be funny (sometimes downright wild and crazy), and at times – just to keep my own sanity (writing can be so therapeutic).

Another reason for taking this approach is that deep down in my soul, I would love to write another eBook, (Love, Marriage, Retirement, and Gratitude was my first eBook) and unless I set some parameters on my writing time, I know that this will never happen.

So, while the Daily Word Prompts Challenge has been fun, I will be changing my style to writing one post a week, both here and for my other blog site and these posts will be based on whichever of the aforementioned categories strikes my fancy that particular day.

One can only hope that those of you that have been following my blog will continue to do so, if for no other reason than to see what this old fart is writing about in any given week.

until-next-time

Keep on writing!

Versatile Blogger Award

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Thank you so much Phyllis, for nominating me for this award. To say it is quite the surprise would be putting my thoughts mildly. While I have no earthly idea why I should be nominated when there are so many other bloggers out there much more talented than I am when it comes to blogging, I do humbly accept the award.

I got into blogging with the thought of creating a sideline business to perhaps earn a few extra dollars on the side to supplement our retirement income. Plus I also began blogging just because I like to create and share with others funny, wild and crazy, and other sometimes stupid comments that are designed on purpose to cause the reader to laugh. While the former did not come to pass (no problem), the latter did and that makes my writing journey so worthwhile.

My thoughts on the subject are that there is so much negativity in the world today and everyone is so serious. We need to remember we only get one chance in life – as I may have commented on in a prior post – there are no do-overs. We only get to live this life one time and – for me – I want to live it with a smile on my face.

I enjoy your post so much as well as several others that are listed below. Perhaps you might want to check them out and see if you enjoy their posts as much as I do. But before I do that, allow me to share seven random thoughts about me that not many people (least ways my blogging friends) are aware of:

  1. I am an identical twin (yup, there are two of us)
  2. Oh, this is my first blogging award
  3. My wife and I love traveling, cruising, and visiting our children
  4. I love geneaology and need to look up the history on my mothers side of the family
  5. Whether or not I could do it, I dream of writing a weekly or monthly column
  6. I have written an eBook – “Love, Marriage, Retirement, and Gratitude” – (it is a Kindle ebook)
  7. I have a very supportive wife when it comes to the amount of time I spend in front of the computer.

Let’s see – my most profound “aha” moment would be when I got word that my ebook had been published.

If I could instantly change something about myself, I would write more and watch TV less.

The most touching memory in my life was the day I learned that I needed both heart surgery and prostate cancer surgery – not a good memory – but definitely touching

Five years from now I hope to still be doing everything I am doing now only more of the things that mean the most to me – writing, visiting our children, and traveling.

I would like to nominate the following bloggers that have less than 1000 followers:

The Covert Novelist

Marilyn Armstrong – Serendipity

Leggy Peggy

Sue

Vincent Carlos

ThoughtsnLifeBlog

Lynn Thaler

It’s Yet Another Blogger

Scribbled by M

M.L.S. Weech

Adventurous

 

medicare

As we age, in this writer’s opinion, the two most important things that run through our minds are “will we outlive our money” and “how will we handle health issues as they crop up as it relates to insurance coverage?”

This post will not address the first issue as that will be fodder for another post in the future. Instead, I would like to spend a little time on the second issue or health coverage, specifically how we handle health coverage via Medicare and/or other forms of insurance designed to address those needs.

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).

Medicare Advantage Plans may offer extra coverage, like vision, hearing, dental, and/or health and wellness programs. Most include Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). In addition to your Part B premium, you usually pay a monthly premium for the Medicare Advantage Plan. This is what we had as our main source of insurance to cover our health needs since turning age 65.

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Over these past eleven years we have been pretty satisfied with opting to go with a Medicare Advantage Plan as opposed to regular Medicare coverage along with a suitable supplemental policy. Primarily because, as was indicated earlier, the other concern of seniors over the age of 65 is financial and in our particular situation, we find it more economically feasible to go with an Advantage Plan as opposed to Medicare with a supplemental plan (supplemental plans usually come with a hefty monthly premium).

Once a year, usually between October 15 and December 31, individuals eligible for Medicare have the option of either remaining covered by Medicare along with a Supplemental Insurance Plan, going with a Medicare Advantage Plan, or if presently covered by a Medicare Advantage Plan, switch to a Plan more suitable to one’s medical situation at that time, with the new plan’s coverage becoming effective on January 01 of the next year.

While I would like to consider this period of time as being, shall we say adventurous or perhaps challenging, especially at our age, fact of the matter is that one has to be rather daring when deciding about their health coverage. Once decided, you are stuck with that program for one whole year (for the purposes of this article we are talking about the year 2017).

Picking one’s health insurance coverage is quite personal. But there is sufficient information available if one but knows where to access it and review it. However, receiving a letter the beginning of October with the caption: IMPORTANT NOTICE: Your Medicare plan won’t be offered in 2017, can be rather intimidating.

Having been through this process for the past eleven years, we sort of know what it is we have to do and as a result we tend to start early with our research.. Doing so enables us to learn about all the Plans that are available. Even though we did a bit of research last year, our decision was to stay with the Medicare Advantage Plan we had in 2015 when heading into 2016.

But, it would appear that we are going to have to be a bit more daring this year as our current plan will be no more come December 31, 2016. One thing a senior does not want to be is without some form of health coverage as we live out the fourth quarter of our life. Our work is cut out for us. What about you? Have you thought about what you are going to do regarding your Medicare coverage for 2017?

Do you need to be daring too?

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https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/daring

Until next time!

The Value of Old Age

Today’s word prompt “Value” got me to thinking what those of us in our twilight years consider something of “value!”

In doing research for this post, I have to say that Thomas Hardy – English Novelist (1840-1928) covers the word value quite well for those of us now in our mid-to-late seventies in the quote that follows:

“The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.”

In my particular case, I would have to admit that, in all probability,  I fall in the latter group. Therefore being late to develop, it stands to reason that I am sticking around as my job here on earth is not finished yet.

time waits for no man

Until next time!

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/value

Ageing Gracefully

Why is it that as we age we have to do it gracefully.

I mean really – let’s face it – how many of us by the time we reach age 95 or 100 are going to be as fit as a fiddle, still maintain good posture, and look healthy?

My thoughts are that as I get older, I will probably fall apart at the seams.

But then – that is my choice and it will be me that says:  “Yes, I am old but what a ride it has been!

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Until next time!