coronavirus, Covid 19 pandemic, life, retirement

A pandemic diary: Two months in

May 13, 2020 Not much new to report. I'm still healthy, indoors, grateful, and paranoid. I'm not spending quite as much time lying awake, worrying about exactly what I touched and when I washed my hands. However, an approaching human without a mask gets my pulse and my dander up something fierce. I deeply miss… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Two months in

coronavirus, Covid 19 pandemic, life, new old age, retirement

A pandemic diary: Our daily bread (but not hot sauce)

April 17, 2020 My wife and I are lucky because we can afford to keep ourselves fed and haven't had too much trouble finding the essentials. Still, "going to the store" is nothing like it used to be. First off, we never go inside. Too many people won't keep their distance. Every week, we put… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Our daily bread (but not hot sauce)

coronavirus, Covid 19 pandemic, life, retirement

A pandemic diary: the ugly, the bad, and the good

April 15, 2020 Though I try to avoid cliches, today's title fits like an old shoe, the one I can never find because some lunkhead (guess who) knocked it under the bed. But I digress. Here's the latest. The ugly: A trip to Lowe's and Home Depot to pick up a few critical items for… Continue reading A pandemic diary: the ugly, the bad, and the good

humor, life, men and women, new old age, retirement

Geezerhood for dummies

Since today is National Senior Citizens Day, I thought we could all take a break from our busy schedule of lying about being at Woodstock, and using periods in texts just to aggravate the grandkids. Stay with me while I share some priceless* information from our good friends at the AARP on the subject of… Continue reading Geezerhood for dummies

English language and grammar, humor, life, retirement

Uncle Grumpy’s gone fishin’

Welcome to my retirement! Not the one from my actual job a few years ago but the brand new one from my other life as a professional language police person and grammar nag, writing under the moniker Uncle Grumpy. You might ask why I’m retiring. (You might also not care.) Well, it wasn’t an easy… Continue reading Uncle Grumpy’s gone fishin’

Florida, life, nature, new old age, retirement

Farewell to a friend

The dragonflies were coming out at the beach last week, a new cycle of life beginning with the season. For my wife and me, a stage of life was ending, as we cleared out and sold the beach house we’d owned and cherished for the last sixteen years. Growing up in the Midwest and not… Continue reading Farewell to a friend

humor, life, new old age, retirement

Brain washday

When you reach a certain age, you get tons of unsolicited advice on how to make the most out of your remaining years (months? minutes?). Half the new-old-age barkers give you the pitch that these times are magical and blessed, while the other half say, “Son, you’ve got one foot under the daisies already. Better… Continue reading Brain washday

life, new old age, retirement

A stately DISPLEASURE dome!

One of the problems of growing older is that you’re supposed to be smarter too. People think you’ve absorbed all of life’s lessons and can face any situation with Zen-like wisdom. The senior years should be rewarding, free of the challenges that trip up the younger set (which these days means anyone born after about… Continue reading A stately DISPLEASURE dome!

English language and grammar, humor, Internet, life, online security, retirement

Scammer grammar hammer

I’ve found my calling. Since I retired a couple of years back, I’ve been floundering in the shallows of unfulfillment, trying to find purpose in geezerhood. And the market for over-60 male porn stars is a lot smaller than I hoped. But now I’ve found a gig I can do brilliantly. It’ll never dry up… Continue reading Scammer grammar hammer