Aging Well July 20th

There a reason I’m married. Saturday morning I wanted to open up the Center by 5:30 so the volunteers would be ready to serve the Cowboy breakfast by 7:30 – for those who like their breakfast bright and early. But when I woke up that morning, it was 5:25. (The alarm did go off at 5:30 but I won’t embarrass myself by mentioning who set the alarm.) After rushing out of bed – trying not to wake my wife, with a quick splash through the bathroom – no time for my regular shower, and getting dressed, I managed to get to the Center by 5:37. Not bad, eh?

After opening up, and starting the coffee, I made a quick stop in the bathroom to tuck in my shirt – at least I had my shirt on. And looking in the mirror for the first time, I noticed my hair disheveled with strands sticking straight out – like Alfalfa in The Little Rascals. And this is when I realized the benefits of marriage. Friends are far too kind to comment, but my wife, if she had been awake, would have immediately noticed, and before I had left the house would have corrected my appearance with the gentle reminder “You aren’t going out looking like that are you?”

That is why we men are so beholden to our wives. Without them, what would we look like, how would we dress, and who would remind us of the food stains on our pants or the mismatched socks? As we get older, more distracted and forgetful, this “quality assurance” role wives play becomes even more significant. Thank goodness I’m married – I need all the help I can get and I know it’s not going to get any better.

Before I embark on this week’s “Remember When” question, I need to apologize to the ladies for stating last week’s question was for the guys. As said by the cowboy from Condon, “The easiest way to eat crow is while it’s still warm. The colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller”. In my wisdom I thought a question about baseball and cowboys would naturally appeal more to the male side of the audience – not imagining that eleven of the eighteen respondents would be women. I guess Gene Autry made quite an impression. And since there were so many entries, there are two winners: Donzella Schlager and Jim Ayers, both winning a free Saturday breakfast on August 21st.

So this week I’ll try again with a question for the gals. (I’ll see what trouble I get into this time.) Richard Chamberlain was the leading TV heartthrob of the early 60’s while playing the lead character in what TV series that ran on NBC from 1961 through 1966? Email or call 541-296-4788 or write the answer on the back of a c-note and discreetly place it in my back pocket.

I am starting to schedule the Center’s fall classes and activities and I would like to present several new offerings this fall. I still want to provide several specific technology classes such as social networking since the over 60 crowd is the fasting growing population using social media. And an iphone user’s group – there must be more folks out there who are looking for the latest iphone app besides Virgil Choate and myself. I know what appeals to me – and have found many times it is only me. But what are your interests? If you have any ideas for a weekly, monthly or just a onetime only class or activity, or if you know someone who is interested in facilitating a class, email me or call the Center with your suggestions.

As there is always room for home-made ice cream on a hot summer day, there is always a place for good live music with fine company. Next Tuesday the 27th the Jazz Generations will be presenting the big band sounds for your dancing and listening enjoyment. And tonight the Sugar Daddies will be playing your favorites standards and their own original compositions. The beat goes on from 7:00 till 9:00 and it’s all free although donations are appreciated.

Well it’s time to put the top down and follow the open highway. Until we meet again, if you think you are pretty darn smart remember, “It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep”.

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