From my Perspective!

Buddies

As we get older, we, at least me, find myself reminiscing about times gone by. Some days we wake up and are raring to go doing whatever it is that – how does that saying go – “float our boat!” Other days, like the one I am experiencing as I write this post are days that well – let’s just say my “get up and go got up and went!”  It’s a fact of life! I feel certain that each of us have our own little demons inside that on occasion cause havoc within our daily lifestyle. The secret is to not let those demons get the best of us. Push them aside.  Remember the adage regarding the individual attempting to ride a horse for the first time. When falling off the horse and being ready to give up, the eternal optimist of the group would look at the fallen rider and say: “the only way to overcome your fear is to get back on the horse”.

Having said that, today it will be my resolve to post two items. The first came to me due to reminiscing about times gone by. The second – using the comical portion of my brain – is to get you thinking, and hopefully smiling. 

Hope you enjoy today’s ramblings.

As I was reminiscing about old times the word “Buddy” popped into my head.

When I think of the word buddy, I think back to my working years. If I remember correctly, I have been what one might call a loner. Never one to make what one might consider close friends – I have made two or three friends over my lifetime that I could in fact put in the category of “Buddy”.

Two such individuals come to mind – one never truly became classified in my eyes as a “buddy” although in his eyes which I only recently learned – we were supposedly good “buddies” during our high school years. We reunited at a high school class reunion several years ago but haven’t talked since so I guess we weren’t as close as thought we were.

Another friend that I would class as a buddy of mine was an individual that became my boss many years ago. We sort of hit it off from the day of my interview for a position in the company he was working. I landed the job, and he became my boss. Over the years, we kept in touch even though he subsequently left the company. He was able to land a much better position and back then, when such offers came up, one grabbed them. However, later in life, the company he was working for wanted to transfer him to another city and he preferred not to move. By this time, still being with the company he had left and my now being in a managerial position, I was able to hire him back with him becoming my subordinate. Seeing that he wasn’t gone that many years, I was also able to see that all his former benefits were reinstated.

To coin a phrase that we hear every now and then, “What goes around – comes around!” The company I was working for experienced quite a few more downsizings over the years and subsequently he was downsized but was able to secure a job with another company. While I missed being cut (downsized) for the next few downsizings eventually my number came up. Looking for a job at age 55 isn’t all that easy but as luck would have it, I too was able to secure another job. Guess where? You guessed it, due to a good word this buddy put in for me, I was able to get an interview with the firm he worked for and got hired. Sad news was that while he was able to continue working for them for several more years, nine months after I got the job, they re-organized and yup, it was me this time that was downsized… again! I could go into what happened next, but hey, that’s fodder for another story.

To me a buddy is one that is there for you no matter what the circumstances. They do not judge or look down on you or try to change you. They give advice and counsel but are still right there by your side should you decide not to take their advice and move forward with your own plans. A buddy is someone you forged a friendship with that lasts a lifetime. You would go to bat for that person at the drop of a hat and he or she would do the same for you should you need them to.

This is what comes to mind when I hear the word buddy. And believe me when I say that being a loner all my life, it sure is a good feeling knowing that at least I had one or two true buddies in my lifetime. Of course, now that I think about it, in addition to those just mentioned, I hadn’t mentioned my best buddy. Now the girl that I married… She is my best buddy!

Okay, let’s move on to something different.

Thought to ponder

A marriage should be a continuous duet, not a duel.

Joke of the day:

Two Drunk guys walk into a bar…you’d think they’d see it coming.

Quote for today

“We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.”

Buddha

Interesting math statement

You can remember the value of Pi (3.1415926) by counting each word’s letters in “May I have a large container of coffee?

Senior moment

You remember when Dick Tracy married Tess Trueheart, and when Li’l Abner married Daisy May.

Let me end this post by saying:

There’s always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt…

Until next time!

How You Can Tell When It’s Going to be A Rotten Day!

Bad Hair Day

Well, here we are once again – how fast the week goes by. Speaking of how time flies, as you can see by the title, some days are good, and some days are – well – not so good.

So how do you handle that, well I could say something like:

“My wings are broken, my halo’s bent, and my horns are showing. Yes — it’s going to be one of those days!”

But, instead, before we go any further, let’s take a moment to see what all could make for a rotten day. Things like:

You wake up face down on the pavement

You call Suicide Prevention and they put you on hold

You see a “60 Minutes” news team heading up your driveway

Your birthday cake collapses from the weight of the candles

Your son tells you he wishes Anita Bryant would mind her own business

You want to put on the clothes you wore home from the party and there aren’t any

You turn on the news and they’re showing emergency routes out of the city

Your twin forgot your birthday (and yes truth be told – I am a twin)

You wake up and discover your waterbed broke and then realize that you don’t have a waterbed, but you do remember that you forgot to put your Depends on before going to bed

Your horn goes off accidentally and remains stuck as you follow a group of Hell’s Angels on the freeway

Your wife wakes up feeling amorous and you forgot where your Viagra is

You show up at your part-time job (retirees need added income too) and your boss tells you not to bother to take off your coat

The bird singing outside your window is a buzzard

You wake up and your dentures are locked together in the cup by your bed

You walk to the park and find that your zipper is open, and a corner of your shirt tail is flapping in the breeze from you know where

You call your answering service, and they tell you it’s none of your business

Your blind date turns out to be your ex-wife

Your income tax check bounces

You put both contact lenses in the same eye

Your pet rock snaps at you

Your wife says, “Good morning, Jim, and your name is Roger

Let it be known that while the author of some of these items is unknown, I adjusted some and added others and it is almost a sure thing that he or she (the author) is Troubled as am I.

Before I go though, allow me to share with you yet more material that might explain how troubled I am.

If those of you my age or close were to create names of Rock and Roll bands today, they would be names such as those that follow:

The Grateful we’re not Dead! (Hmmm, reminds me of Willie Nelson’s hit – Still Not Dead but we are talking names of groups not names of songs).

Earth, Wind, and Fiber – (would someone please pass the prunes)

Fleetwood Crack (picture todays male youth walking down the street with their pants at half-mast)

And finally, keeping in mind that this one can happen to both sexes – You know – even us guys have parts of our bodies that fall.

Boobie Brothers!

I know – I know, I am sure I caused you to picture some wild scenes after hearing these titles. But the question is: Are you smiling? Yes?  Want some more?

Okay how about this:

There’s nothing whatever the matter with me. I’m just as healthy as I can be. I have arthritis in both my shoulders and when I talk, I talk with a wheeze. My pulse is weak, and my blood is thin. But I’m fine for the shape I’m in.

I think my liver is out of whack, and a terrible pain is in my back. My hearing is poor, my sight is dim. Most everything about me seems to be out of trim. But I’m fine for the shape I’m in.

I have arch supports for both my feet otherwise I wouldn’t be able to go out on the street. I spend sleepless nights night after night, and in the morning I’m out of sight. My memory is failing, my head is in a spin. I’m peacefully living on aspirin. But I’m fine for the shape I’m in.

The moral is, as this tale we unfold, that for you and me who are growing old, it’s better to say, “I’m fine” with a grin. Than to let them know the shape I am in!”

One day at a time folks, one day at a time!

Have a nice day. Until next time!

Oh My!

Something Different!

Hello all:

Here we are again, time for my weekly witticism, and as usual, I got to thinking about something wild and wacky to write. The material that popped into my head were famous sayings that made certain TV shows popular back in the day. I decided to insert them into this week’s post to make it more comical without just reciting the saying. By the way, all of this that you are reading is right off the top of my head and completely made up. My honey had nothing whatsoever to do with it other than to chuckle when I asked her to read it before I posted it. Here goes:

A few minutes ago, my honey asked if I wrote anything yet for my blog (you know – (Lakeland Musings by Irwin) and when I said no, she replied like Ricky Ricardo used to say on ‘I Love Lucy’.

“Irwin, you’ve got a lot of ‘splainin’ to do!”

And me, trying to sweet talk myself out of the problem my laziness got me into, thought of the show Kojak, replied:

“Who loves you, baby?”

Well, that didn’t work too well so I decided to inform her it was time for lunch. In doing so, I, not wanting to leave the table because I knew it meant going to the computer decided to eat and eat and eat. Before I knew it, I found myself in need of an Alka Seltzer all the while moaning:

“I can’t believe I ate the whole thing!”

Shortly thereafter, my sweetie tossed me a glance that seemed to say – get to your computer – but before she could utter another word, I quickly interjected these words of wisdom Ralph Kramden of the Honeymooners” used to say:

“To the Moon, Alice!”

except I didn’t use the name Alice because had I done that, she would have replied with the phrase associated with the show Maude which was:

“God’ll get your for that.”

Let’s face it, she was having a good day and getting a lot done. To appreciate her, I said: you are like the Energizer Bunny – you know –

“It keeps going and going and going …”

Not wanting to upset her more than I may already had and trying to lighten the mood, I blurted out the saying from Saturday Night Live::

“We are two wild and crazy guys!”

Apparently, she was going to join me in my trip down “famous one-line” lane because she came right back at me after hearing what I said about being two wild and crazy guys and quoted that familiar saying by Geraldine on “The Flip Wilson Show”:

“What you see is what you get.”

So how do I end this week’s post while staying with the theme I decided to use – you know something different. Oh, I have it, let me end this with my favorite saying from the show – A-Team –

“I love it when a plan comes together!”

Happy Fourth of July to all and stay safe! Until next time!

Are You Ready For This!

Here I am again – that was a fast week – and to top it all off, we are heading into the last week of June. Where did the last six months go?

Do I have a particular post in mind? Nooooo, just some more humor with the hopes it will bring a smile to everyone’s face and bring your spirits up if they are down.

Did you ever think about what a kid’s instructions on life might be ….

For instance, they might just tell you to “wear a hat when feeding seagulls.”

Don’t flush the toilet when your dads in the shower.

Never ask for anything that costs more than $5 when your parents are doing taxes.

When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” Don’t answer him.

Never spit when on a roller coaster.

Never try to baptize a cat.

And before I move on to something else to get a smile out of you:

Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.

Okay, so I know I have a weird sense of humor but hey I’d rather be smiling and laughing than frowning and crying so I apologize ahead of time for this next joke. Perhaps it is because it is places like this that I keep worrying about – they want me, and I do my best to stay away from them. But that does not mean I do not write about them. Here goes:

The Mental Hospital

Jim and Mary were both patients in a Mental Hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Jim suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom and stayed there. Mary promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Jim out. When the medical director became aware of Mary’s heroic act, he immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as he now considered her to be mentally stable. When he went to tell Mary the news he said, “Mary, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you are being discharged. Since you were able to jump in and save the life of another patient, I think you have regained your senses. The bad news is, Jim, the patient you saved, hung himself with his bathrobe belt in the bathroom. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.” Mary replied, “He didn’t hang himself, I put him there to dry.”

“And I Walk Among You!”

I don’t know if there are any rednecks out there reading my dribble but if you are, here are a few tips for y’all!

If you are planning on entertaining in your house, a centerpiece for the table should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist.

If by chance you decide to take in a movie at your local movie theater – refrain from talking to characters on the screen. Tests have proven THEY CAN’T HEAR YOU!

One more about rednecks and that is if you are driving and your car runs out of gas, when sending your wife down the road with a gas can, it is impolite to ask her to bring back beer.

Okay, new subject – Product Packaging.

What is it with some of the instructions we find on various products? For instance, why would the following instructions be on a string of Chinese Made Christmas Lights:

For indoor or outdoor use only.

Here’s one for you found on tiramisu dessert:

Do not turn upside down. (Printed on the bottom of the box.)

Okay, I guess it is time to bring this to a close but before I do, you guessed it – One more for the road – and I just learned this since I turned eighty –

“I don’t do drugs anymore ‘cause I find I get the same effect just by standing up really fast!”

Enjoy your upcoming week and stay safe. Be back next week, same bat time, same bat channel!

Now where did I leave my wheels, it’s getting dark outside, and I am supposed to be home before dark.  Y’all take care now, ya hear!

Are You a Glass is Half Full or a Glass is Half Empty Type of Guy?

Half Full or Half Empty?

I am a “the glass is half full” type of guy. However, that is not to say I have always been that way. Prior to retiring, and as a matter of fact, even up to a few years after that – well more than a few years after retiring, I looked at life as one where my glass was always “half empty.”  I am sure we all remember the expression “the glass is half full” or “the glass is half empty”.  Were I to say this in today’s age and in front of small children, I would expect to hear one of them say: “What’s that mean?”

Now that I am much older, I tend to look at my life as “half full!” This may seem a bit odd because depending on what group of people you associate with many people might feel that the glass is pretty much “half empty”.  Why? because we are senior citizens!

In my humble opinion, those individuals preparing to retire must ask themselves this question: Are our glasses half-full or half-empty? One of the best ways I know to look at our lives when we reach retirement age is to look at life as though we have a half-full glass as opposed to a glass that is half-empty.  Okay, for the skeptics out there, having reached retirement age, one might argue that our lives may be half-over. But that does not mean we should look at our lives as being half-empty.

True, I would have liked to know at age eighteen or even age twenty-five what I know now but one thing we all know is that we cannot turn back the clock. I am sure there are many facets of our life we wish we could relive and do it better but being realistic, the fact of the matter is there is no genie we can conjure up out of a bottle to ask for three wishes that might enable us to redo those days or years of our lives. So, what are our choices? Complain, scream, holler and say woe is me, woe is me! Nay, those are the words of an individual looking at life as if our glass is half-empty. Instead, we need to “man up” and accept our lot in life as it is and get on with it. Bottom line, we need to look at the rest of our life as if the glass is half-full.

Every morning I wake, I look forward to whatever life throws my way. Am I happy with some of the crap being thrown at me – No – but I stop and think to myself, posing the question: “Hey, will this matter five years from now or even better yet, next year?” Probably not – so why sweat the small stuff?

True, we all have issues as we get older but I have found that taking life one day at a time is the only way to move forward at this time in our life. One of the things I find helpful is writing a “To-Do” list every morning and by having a busy schedule. I’ve been retired now almost twenty-five years and the one thing I have learned is that we need to keep busy. I always thought I was a fairly healthy individual but believe me – when a sickness or health problem comes up at our age, the first thought to cross our mind, leastways my mind, is why did I let myself go. Actually neither my wife nor I have left ourselves deteriorate but we could have done more.

 Today we walk as much as we can and do morning stretches to keep our bodies limber and in fairly good shape. Years ago we line danced sometimes three days a week and some weeks five days a week. It is a lot of fun and does keep you in fairly healthy shape. Staying under the covers when that alarm goes off every morning is not a luxury to us – we look at it as an early start to something new and exciting.

Reminding ourselves that we aren’t twenty-five or even fifty anymore enables us to think of some of the comedic things that we might look forward to (or not) as we age. For instance, one thing that is consistent with regards aging is that our bladder tends to remind us that we do have unfinished business that needs to be taken care of once we wake. It is usually during my morning walk to the bathroom that I remember that I am no longer 25 or even 50. For some reason or another, once you pass the three-quarter of a century mark our bones and muscles tend to remind us that we are not as young as we used to be. Another hint is when we look at ourselves in the mirror and say to ourselves – who are you – when did you get so old? Good news though is the fact that looking back at me is an elderly gentleman smiling, saying “guess what – you don’t have to go to work today, you are retired”. 

While many of us succumb to many of the various ailments that come with the aging process, one has but to look at all the modern medicines available to us today that weren’t there yesterday. Modern medicine is being created and designed to enable us to cope with these ailments, enabling us to live  to a ripe old age of say 80 or 90.

It is true, however, that as with any change in say natures’ plan (leaves falling from trees, flowers dying and then watching both the trees and flowers come back to life when the seasons change), we could have repercussions as we live an extended life. What repercussions you ask? Repercussions such as quality of life issues. How do we cope with such issues? By keeping each other healthy by visiting the doctor regularly, eating the proper foods, exercise, and yes, take our medications as prescribed by our doctors.

Another thing I would recommend that will provide much benefit towards living to a ripe old age is staying socially active. Loneliness can be devastating. Stay active and surround yourself with friends and relatives. Even contact via the Internet, social media, phone calls, can be beneficial as we move forward at this point in our lives. While we have quite a few friends due to our dancing and social activities, and do stay in touch with our children and relatives even though they live thousands of miles away, I personally look forward to the exchange of thoughts with friends made via Social media sites such as Facebook; Retirement-Online.com, and Lakeland Musings by Irwin. Why, because our travel time has come to a standstill due to Covid-19 and since we cannot be there in person, keeping in touch via these mediums, remind us that we are not alone during this pandemic. By staying socially active via the Internet, I know that there will always be someone to talk to and share thoughts with.

Let me end this post with the following thought for the day:

Old age is like a car. Paint can conceal the exterior, but the lines reveal the age.

Look at the balance of our lives as merely another part of our story – one that we have to live, enjoy, and share with others.