This Really Bugs Me

Flying-palmetto-bugThose of you, who have followed some of my blogs, might remember my telling you of ‘The Biting Squirrel Attack” that we experienced here not too long ago. It seems as though that is now a thing of the past but we now are faced with a different enemy or two. When it’s really hot we leave the sliding doors open to allow some of us to enter and exit the building. Along with us residents, we have also been welcoming some flies and mosquitoes into our dining room. To give you an idea, Continue reading


Food for Thought


As a retiree, there is one thing that I cannot get away from and must always concern myself with – and that is food. Since I must eat in order to survive, and since I don’t cook, I have to make sure that I will be able to tolerate the food served in the dining room here or else I have to make sure that I live near some nice restaurants where I can sneak out occasionally and order a dish to my liking. Continue reading

It is what it is

retire-earlyWhen I was younger, I looked forward to retirement. I just never expected that it would be like this. It seems as though it’s not the ‘peaches and cream’ that I thought it would be. I open my eyes in the morning and I suddenly realize that God has returned my soul to me. I stretch out my arms and if I don’t feel wood, I know I’m alive. I then start to move – at least some parts of me do. Everything seems to hurt and the parts that don’t hurt, don’t work anymore. When I suddenly realize that I don’t have to go to work and listen to a boss who is either yelling at me for something I had done or not done, or is trying to pump some blood into my veins with positive thinking, I smile at the thought that I don’t have to listen to that any more. I am also grateful that I won’t have to kiss some customer’s ass so that I can get an order and keep that boss of mine off my back. Continue reading

I Give Up!

question-marks-9When men get together at the senior care facilities here in Florida, the conversation generally turns to politics, sports or dirty jokes. Not everyone can tell a joke well and so those who can’t tell one or just don’t remember any, might resort to telling a riddle or two. Since none of us have any writers and we’ve been out of circulation for awhile, the riddles have probably been around the internet for awhile and you may have heard them before. Continue reading

Memories are Made of This

Since the census figures reveal that females will outlive males, it is quite obvious that there are many more female residents here than there are males. Therefore, many of the activities that are planned here are geared to the female population, i.e.: Bingo, Canasta, Mah-Jongg, Skip-Bo (a card game), knitting courses, dance instruction, etc. The men here seem content in playing Checkers, a rare poker game (the stakes at a 5 and 10 cent game are much too high for some of these old fogeys), or just a simple schmooze session about sports or how we can solve the world’s political situation.George Herman Continue reading

What’s Up Doc?

gpIf you can’t get rich being a doctor down here in Florida, then you wasted all those years going to college to become one. Getting a degree to become a doctor in Florida is like winning the lottery. New construction sites go up on an almost daily basis here and they are usually for 1) new housing developments, 2) shopping centers and 3) doctor’s offices. Around the middle of September, when the weather up north starts to get a bit chilly and elderly people start to wear Long Johns and Snuggies, the Metamucil migration begins. Doctors start to advertise for more nurses to cover their practice, like vultures during a feeding frenzy. Yet, it is very rare that you can get an appointment with any doctor before a week or two, unless you are willing to see his Physician’s Assistant. Continue reading

And the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

love-chocolateIn my last post, I described some of the insanity that takes place when the game of Bingo is played here. I also promised to tell you about something called ‘Chocolate Bingo’, so here goes. Chocolate Bingo is played exactly the same way that regular Bingo games are played. The only difference is that instead of some money going to the winner, he or she gets to choose from an assortment of chocolate candies as a reward. Some people have been complaining that the game is fixed because the overweight women are winning most of the time and they think that the caller might be in collusion with them. They think there is a cover up. Personally, I think that they have been watching too much Fox News these days. Continue reading