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.)
I continue to critically examine the cost and complexity of our lives to look for easy ways to simplify and reduce recurring expenses. We made some recent moves to do just that.
So much is written about the transition to retirement being – at least in part – a “reinvention” of you. Retirement experts and those who are content with their retirements all seem to project this message. I think I get it. I feel the reinvention process taking place in me.
I believe I wrote earlier that (a) our extended family (35 family members, 4 generations) is taking a cruise to Alaska in August and (b) my intention is to travel with a single bag – a carry-on sized backpack. Today, I did my first test pack of everything I plan on taking on the cruise. I am pleased with the result and thought I would share it with you.
I am a most fortunate baby boomer because both of my parents are still in my life and relatively healthy. I should be so lucky if and when I reach their age! Today being Father’s Day, I wanted to write a little something about my Dad and mention just a few of the many ways in which he has made my life a better one. Read more
I am blessed to have high school friends who like to gather together on occasions that aren’t reunions. I am even more blessed that they are willing to include me in the gatherings. So how much trouble can we get into?
Over the past year I have made a deliberate effort to increase and expand my cultural activities. I have read (or listened to) 25 books, all non-fiction, most of which came from the library. I have taken an online course (free from Yale) in the Philosophy of Death. I have seen more movies in the past 12 months than I saw in the previous ten years combined. More recently, I have been listening to more music and in the process decided to expand my music horizons and collection.
A recent study by a global asset management firm analyzed the “retirement security” for citizens of 150 different countries. The results were not good for us – the U.S. ranked 19th, right above the UK. Ten western European countries were ranked ahead of us, with Norway in the top spot. On one hand we should not be surprised. On the other hand, is this the outcome we want?