I returned from my 45th year high school reunion on Monday morning. I had a fantastic time at the reunion events and enjoying other activities with my high school friends. I think I smiled – at least internally – the entire long weekend. I also came away with some new and updated baby boomer insights.
On Thursday I depart for upstate New York to attend the 45th reunion of my high school class. I have attended every reunion (at 5 year intervals) starting with the 20th year. The format this year is typical of past reunions: Happy hour/mixer on Friday evening; picnic on Saturday afternoon; dinner/dance on Saturday night; and brunch on Sunday morning. We have all of these activities because we have a fantastic organizer. On the other hand, for me this reunion will be different from the others.
I’m averaging about four trips per month to the local theaters to see a newly released movie. This past week I saw three: Jersey Boys (with a friend – he hadn’t been to a movie theater in 20 years!); Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (with my sons and daughter-in-law); and Begin Again (by myself). I liked all of them. I suspect that many of my fellow baby boomers will as well.
Most of the “retirement” stories we read these days in the mainstream media seem to fall into two categories: (1) how poorly prepared baby boomers are for retirement; or (2) success stories of those who retired with plenty. I have to acknowledge my part in this, as I pass on gloom and doom stories here regularly.
On Friday we had to euthanize Jester, our ten year old black lab. All pet owners out there who have been through this know how hard it was. Now I am in recovery mode. This causes me to reflect back on the impact of being a dog owner can have on the life of a baby boomer. [Read more...]
I just returned from seeing The Secret Life of Walter Mitty at the theater. I have been seeing a lot of movies over the last 6 months (1-2 per week). Most of the time I go alone, which I am becoming accustomed to. I have seen movies of all genres and enjoyed most of them. The Walter Mitty movie affected me in a strange way and I’m not sure why. Maybe you can help me?
I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t see the logic in waiting to some artificial date to take important actions that should be implemented now. However, the beginning of a new year is as good a time as any to assess progress toward existing goals and to confirm a need for any future goals. So where am I with these goals?
I have been seeing movies at the theater regularly, at least once per week. I watch blockbusters (and not-so-much-blockbusters) at my local megaplex. I also became a member at a nearby “art house” theater that screens documentaries and other films that don’t receive major distribution. This theater also has a full bar and high quality snacks, which adds to the experience. Even the popcorn is healthier (I asked). I tend to go to late afternoon matinees because the tickets are half-price.
The AARP recently published a slide show that first irritated me then caused me to think more deeply about this relentless process of aging. The slide show illustrated age 70+ celebrities whom the AARP labeled as “age defying.” All of them were women. I would bet substantial money that most of them had invested substantial sums in plastic surgery.
I have been back from Alaska for a week and away from my blog longer than that. The Alaskan trip was all I could hope for.
To refresh your memories, this trip was sponsored by my Dad, organized by my sister, and joined in by 32 total family members spanning four generations. (But for a broken ankle limiting travel, another family of three would have been included.)