June 2016


Great Senior Suggestion

Some time back I wrote a blog about the benefits of getting organized.
Fact is, both my wife Trisha and I hate clutter. We keep our home as open and clutter free as possible. We don’t have collections of tiny objects or anything else that collects dust or creates a hazard one might trip over. We simply feel better living in a comfortable open space rather than a cluttered museum of dusty artifacts. We even planned our landscaping with wide walking paths without smaller plants and objects. This, of course, is recommended for all seniors due to the numerous incidents of tripping and falling as one ages.

That makes us perfect, right? Well, not quite. With an extra busy schedule
filled with packing and unpacking for travel, grandchildren visits, and a dose of pure laziness, my walk-in closet was beginning to look like something on Hoarders. O.K., not that bad, but it wasn’t pretty. It was time for action, so yesterday I awoke and spent most of the day cleaning and organizing my closet. I mean a real thorough reorganization. To give you an idea, our large outdoor trash cans are now full from my efforts. I found so much stuff I will never use and not worth giving away. My closet is now pristine and perfectly grouped into sections such as outdoor gear, casual clothing, dress shirts, casual shirts, pants, coats, etc. Even shoes are now matched and displayed appropriately. It wasn’t fun, but it’s now complete.

So why am I writing a blog about this endeavor? Well, in addition to making part of my living space safer and more convenient, I was actually surprised by the peace of mind my efforts gave me. You see, as seniors there will come a day when we will no longer be able to go through such a process and someone else will have to do it. It makes me feel very good to know that someone else won’t have to do what I did yesterday.

Phuket

 For those who have been interested in the photos I’ve been sharing from our South Seas Adventure, here are some from Phuket, Thailand and the popular Psi Psi Islands where we toured by boat, snorkeled, and had a wonderful meal. A most memorable experience.

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Trisha and John Parker, Psi Psi Islands, Thailand

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Langkawi

Beginning in Perth, we traveled to Bali, Kuala Lumpur, and Penang. Next on our itinerary was Langkawi Island in Malaysia. What a wonderful surprise. We toured through the island taking in the sights, both villages and open spaces. We reached our destination of the Oriental Village at the base of the mountains and it was extraordinarily beautiful. In true form, we then got tickets for the cable cars and traveled to the top of the mountain.

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We were greeted by visitors at a local gas station.

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The water ways were spectacular.

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Oriental Village at the base of the mountains.

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Friends Herb, Lyn, and Maurizio

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Once at the peak, we hiked down to the single pylon suspension bridge.

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Trisha and John Parker, Langkawi

We took in a beautiful beach on the way back to port.

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What a wonderful place in the world. Will never forget it.

 

 

 

 

 

Have we just gotten old and grumpy, or has the younger generation of this nation gone completely off the rails?

I ask this question with the understanding that every previous older generation has probably asked the same question. But in this case, I afraid it’s true. Of course generalizations of this kind are flawed to some extent because one cannot lump all persons in a group with a blanket assessment. How about we just agree that the majority of younger folks today fall into a very similar and somewhat freightning mindset?

While there have been a number of names given to the last couple of generations such a Generation X and Millennials, I would refer to a phenomenon I would label the Me Generation. I would describe these folks as forever connected to their smart phones, social media, and vapid media celebrities such as the Kardashians and the Housewives of Whatever. Tell me you haven’t tried having a conversation with a son or daughter, or grandchild, and the whole time they were looking at their smartphone. Bring up a historical event or person and see if you don’t get a glazed look. Remember the survey that asked young people to name the names of persons serving on the Supreme Court? Judge Judy was named most often.

Once again, I know I’m generalizing. But I do believe there is a very concerning trend toward self indulgence and entertainment and less involvement with family, community, and country.

The obvious question is why? I believe it’s because an increasing majority of those who make up these generations have no skin in the game. Many more of these young adults are now living at home with seemingly less ambition to make it on their own. More than forty five percent of households now don’t pay any federal income tax. Government handouts are at record levels never seen before. Who cares who gets elected? Let’s vote for the one who promises the most free stuff seems to be the attitude. Additionally, why should a generation that has no military draft give a damn about national defense? I’m guessing most couldn’t find strategic hot spot countries on a map.

If this sounds a bit bitter, you’d be right. I’m concerned about our culture and our country. I hope I’m wrong.

South Seas Adventure – Part 5

Having begun our adventure in Perth, Australia, we then traveled to exotic Bali and the exciting city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We then set sail for Penang, Malaysia. Here are some of the sights we took in while spending time in the older and more traditional areas of Penang. We loved the numerous temples, palaces, street markets, and street art.

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Trisha and John Parker in Penang, Malasia

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Trisha Parker with friend and entertainer Maurizio

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John Parker, Penang, Malaysia

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Trisha Parker, Penang street art

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