Susan is a grandmother of one. Currently, I am a grandfather of none. That is about to change. I have a grandson due any time, but no later than this coming Tuesday, when labor will be induced. This is a good thing. My daughter-in-law is more than ready to have the baby and no one wants to spend Christmas in labor or in the hospital.
I am returning from a blogging pause to tell you the story of my Black Friday shopping experience. Here it is:
Last week I visited a local Walgreens pharmacy but not to pick up a prescription. No – I went expecting to receive three separate vaccinations but I left having received two. Now I need two more. So what is going on here? A baby boomer receiving four vaccinations?
We are in Houston this weekend visiting Susan’s Mom and sister. We are staying with Susan’s Mom. She lives in a beautiful senior independent living facility. It is quite interesting and a wake-up call to be around so many folks who are 15-25 years older than I. Susan and I discussed this at breakfast and I thought I would write about it.
Susan and I are back in Nashville after a weekend in The Villages. The Villages is the world’s largest community for 55+ adults. There are over 100,000 retirees living there. My father is one of them. He turned 90 this past week and his family gathered to celebrate this milestone birthday. We had a great time in two short days. I think my Dad really enjoyed the experience.
Baby boomers like to drink wine, don’t we? I do (although it is hard to beat a good IPA). We hear and read that a moderate amount of wine – red wine in particular – is good for us. I choose to adopt this belief in my own drinking habits. Sadly, based on this new report, I may have to cut down when I am older. But why am I talking about wine here and now? A short video will explain.
Susan and I are in our last day of a weekend trip to Manhattan to visit family and to be tourists in the city. I have been to New York City a number of times on business and for pleasure. However, I have never had a truly immersive experience here. I really want one.
I’m a very fortunate 64 year old, particularly in the health department. I need to keep reminding myself of that. Moreover, I need to express gratitude to friends, family and the world at large for making it so. Do you ever feel this way? Let’s talk about it for a minute.
While I have been delivering most of the stuff I own to the dump and Goodwill, I have also been thinking about my recent travels and dance classes – alone and particularly with Susan. This has reminded me of a simple principle of sustained happiness: experiences rate higher than things. This is not an idea that I made up. There is lots of science to support it. Although I am not yet retired, I suspect that the “experiences over things” equation applies as well to retirement life.
Recently I saw the movie “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” I was anxious to see this movie because it was a sequel to one of my all time favorites, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. All baby boomers should put this on their movie watch lists. I continue to identify with the concerns, feelings and joys experienced by the characters in the movie.
A lot has happened since my last post. I have so much to write about but for now, a summary. [Read more…]