I have returned from our Orlando@50+ adventure. We had a lot of fun, met some new people, and were exposed to aspects and benefits of the AARP and its members that we did not know existed. I think we will be going again, for both the entertainment and educational returns on our time invested.
I have a few more video clips from day 3 to share. I hope you enjoy them.
As you might expect, you can see and hear a real diversity in personality types at an AARP convention. Here’s one I will just call the “showgirl” type. She walked around in this outfit the entire day but I never saw her on stage. Good for her.
I appreciate outward signs of couple togetherness at all ages and even more so in my generation. Here is a pair that doubles the ante with matching shirts.
The AARP must have a lot of NASCAR fans because they had a stock car on the exhibit floor. This one was quite unsteady on its wheels:
Have you ever been interviewed by a two-dimensional talking head? This happened repeatedly on the exhibit floor outside the very large UnitedHealth booth, as this clip shows:
As I was leaving the convention center for the day (we returned for the excellent Crosby Stills & Nash concert that night), I observed the official AARP lost and found booth in action. Lots of eyeglasses of course but check out the hat:
Even if you don’t like some of the positions that the AARP has taken in recent health care legislation (which I think have been misunderstood), you have to appreciate the clout that the AARP has, including attracting world class speakers and entertainers to their events. Why not take advantage of that?
I’m going to use my new found connections at AARP to try to get an interview or two with folks who can do a better job explaining AARP legislative policies. Actually, I think the problem is the way that the questions are asked. I think I can do better than most reporters. That’s the lawyer in me coming out.
I have to add this final note about the CS&Y concert. During their encore, they performed two songs. One was “For What It’s Worth”, one of my favorite songs from the ’60’s. It was written by Stephen Stills and released when he was part of Buffalo Springfield. (I know you remember it.)
Sunday morning I took a cab from our hotel. The cab driver was a young Haitian. The radio station was playing random stuff. The first song I heard was “For What It’s Worth” , the original Buffalo Springfield version! As Dave Barry would say, I am not making this up. I smiled all the way to the airport.
Weird coincidence? I think more than that.