Aging Well December 14th

This is another one of those weeks when my mind is only firing blanks. It happens. And wasn’t my advice last week “Not to Panic!” So I will just take a deep breath, enjoy this long and sometimes winding ride and hopefully by next week something useful will creep into the crevices of my mind. Until then, I will share some of the ins and outs at the Center with a few quotes about life to keep it half way interesting.

“Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me! I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.” Will Rogers

Don’t forget this Saturday the 18th is the Center’s Saturday Breakfast sponsored by Mill Creek Point Bonnie and Edna will make sure the food is good, and the fine folks from Mill Creek Point have guaranteed there will be joyful singing, simple gifts and a hefty “ho-ho” Santa Claus. The food and frivolity begins at 8 AM and will continue through 10:00 with the raffle drawing for the Quilt at 9:00. And – for one last time this year – as Jack always said “Food tastes better when someone else cooks it”.

“When you are dissatisfied, and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.”

The Next Chapter Lecture Series will take a short hiatus over the holidays and will return January 10th which happens to be the day after the BCS Football Championship game. That first lecture just may be a play-by-play analysis of how Oregon slipped by Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers. Or it could be a group grief counseling session for all those wearing green and yellow. We shall see.

“Dancing is the art of getting your feet out of the way faster than your partner can step on them.”

The Center’s Tuesday night music will continue through the holidays because you can’t keep the musicians silent when there is an audience to entertain and dancers wanting to dance. Tonight the Sugar Daddies – (and when are the Sugar Mommas going to play?) – will be performing for your listening and dancing pleasure. And next Tuesday on the 21st John Martin and Friends will be back. The screaming and hollering starts at 7:00 and everyone is welcome and donations are appreciated.

“Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” Douglas Adams

Over the years, I have had several inquires about storing and editing digital photographs on a computer. So I have invited Josh Price to finish this year’s “Tech Talk” series with a presentation on Picasa which is free photo editing software from Google that helps you organize, edit and share your digital photographs. The presentation will be at 1:00 on Wednesday the 15th at the Center.

“Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”
Will Rogers

Many folks shared their fond memories and family traditions about the movie “The Christmas Story” including what kind of BB gun Ralphie wanted for Christmas. But only Ben Neumeyer and Julie Mann submitted the exact description. And only Ben was the envy of the boys in his neighborhood because he actually owned an official
“Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock”. That must have been pretty cool. But the winner was not Ben – although I am sure if he brought his Red Ryder to the breakfast he would still be the envy of the boys and would surely receive a free breakfast. The winner of a free breakfast was (d-r-u-m r-o-l-l) Sandy Haechrel – but only if she brings Bob.

My wife and I were reminiscing about the Christmas gifts we received as kids and she was a little perturbed when she realized the only gifts she remembered were the ones her older brother received. But when you remember back to your Christmas pasts was there a particular “Red Ryder” type of gift that caused you to lose sleep the weeks before Christmas. E-mail your answer to, call 541-296-4788 or write it on the back of a vintage 1958 Erector Set.

“The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.”

Well that’s another quarter in the parking meter of life – and enough quotes for a day. Until we meet again, keep a smile on your lips, a bounce in your step and a little laughter in your voice.

“As you journey through life take a minute every now and then to give a thought for the other fellow. He could be plotting something.” Hagar the Horrible

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