October 2012

Every so often I write a blog encouraging folks to be prepared for disasters. Whether man-made or natural, we never know when they will occur. We seniors, often having special needs, should be even more vigilant in preparing for the possibility of such occurences.

In light of yesterday’s horrific storm Sandy, it occurred to me October 29 is not a good date in American history. Going back to 1929, we had Black Tuesday and the Great Stock Market Crash. It was the beginning of the Great Depression. Yesterday, we had the worst storm to hit the east coast in over 100 years. The date: October 29.

We should all be concerned for those who lost family members and lost property in this terrible disaster. In the coming days I’m sure there will be calls for donations of food, clothing, and money. Let’s all participate and show the true American spirit. Let’s also be wary of future October 29 dates.

P.S. My day yesterday was actually pretty good. It was my birthday, October 29. I was born on a Tuesday.

Also, Trisha and I hope to see many of you at the Successful Aging Expo in San Jose, Saturday, November 3. We will be the keynote speakers at 11:00. It will be held at the San Jose Convention Center.

Here is a link to Trisha’s blog: Trisha’s Dishes. She has a couple of tasty recipes I’m sure you will all enjoy.

Healthy Mediterranean



Well, wife Trisha and I are back home after a wonderful trip to the southeast. Great weather and lots of fun that included third row seats at the Sprint Cup NASCAR race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. I couldn’t hear for three days. But watching 43 cars, side by side, nose to tail, 900 horse power, no muffler, and thundering past you at over 200 miles an hour is a thrill.

Came across a very interesting bit of information for seniors recently. The Employee Benefits Research Institute estimates that a couple who retired in 2010 will need $376,000 to cover expenses not paid by Medicare in their lifetime.  

In that estimate they include Medicare premiums, prescriptions, out-of-pocket expenses and other insurance premiums. Although none of us has a clear and complete picture of future healthcare costs, we will have to do everything we can to prepare for this healthcare nightmare.  

Of course, the best thing we can do is to try and stay healthy. If you don’t think this is a serious problem, let me share a personal experience with you. In August, Trisha and I were vacationing in Florida. One morning as we were off for the day, I started to have a funny feeling in my chest. Not wanting to take any chances, we went to a local emergency room so I could be checked out. The doctor there didn’t like the look of my EKG, so he admitted me to the hospital where I spent the night. They performed some other tests and pronounced me and my heart as very healthy.

I was released the next day. After getting home, I’ve been monitoring the billing for my medical expenses to my healthcare plan for that 24 hour episode. At last count, the billing has gone past $30,000.

Beware the nightmare of healthcare.

Hope to see many of you at the Successful Aging Expo on Nov. 3 in San Jose.

  Successful Aging Expo

Seems like we just got home and another adventure is about to begin. I truly believe I’m working harder in retirement than I ever did before. Not complaining, just thinking out loud.

Last week, we awoke and heard the space shuttle was about to fly over the bay area. Now we have a rule, for good or bad, we try not to miss any exciting opportunities that come our way. Unfortunately, we had been up very late the night before, and I looked at a drowsy Trisha and said, “Well, are we going to go see it?” She smiled and said, “Of course.” Within a few minutes we were in the car, rubbing the sand out of our eyes and eating breakfast bars and juice we had grabbed on the fly.

As we headed along the highway, Trisha asked me where I was planning to see the shuttle. I had no idea. The radio wasn’t much help and I determined that news stations are not what they used to be. They were running lots of commercials but had few details.

Once my breakfast began to take effect, and I heard the shuttle was nearing Sacramento, being an old Air Force type I knew whoever was flying that plane would fly right over the top of any Air Force base in the area. With Travis AFB to our north, I began to figure out the possible flight path. I took the next exit to a small winding two lane road through the hills that I’d only been on once before. I wasn’t sure if there would be a turnout, but finally found one just over the summit. A few minutes later, two men pulled up behind us and yelled, “Here it comes.” Over the hill came the majestic NASA 747 with the shuttle Endeavor affixed to its back. Both shimmered in the sunlight as we cheered like children and realized we had the best seats in the house. It was a thrilling and historic moment.

As we get older, it’s easy to lose our sense of wonder and simply seek comfort. But the rewards of pushing a little harder are often well worth the effort. It was certainly worth it on this day and we hope to keep pushing for some time to come.

I’m still editing my photos, but promise to publish them in a future blog.

Media News

Trisha’s Dishes, is being featured in the October issue of 110 Magazine. It’s a beautiful layout with some of Trisha’s most delicious recipes. Needless to say, I’m very proud of her. Here is the link to their online version:

October Issue, 110 Magazine

In other news, Trisha and I have been named as the Keynote Speakers for the Successful Aging Expo to be held at the San Jose Convention Center on November 3. Would love to see you there and we plan on having great fun while meeting lots of people. Here is the link for more information:

Successful Aging Expo