Time flies…

They say time flies when you are having fun.  Well, September must have been a really fun month.  The last time I posted on this blog was on the first day of the month.  Now here we are on the last day of the month.

Ironically, the title of my last blog post was “Yes, I am a blogger.”  Well, you might not think so since I don’t write much.  But I have kept up on my cub scouting blog.  And I have posted once or twice on my gardening blog.  You would think that I could write a blog about how not to be a blogger if you want to grow your following.  I certainly have experience with that.

September has been busy.  With a son that is now involved in football, cub scouts, gardening and other yard work, life…the time has gone by fast.  And unfortunately, October doesn’t look any less busy.

For October, I have everything that was listed for September, plus an afternoon in court, a trip to Boise and a trip to Chicago.  Oh yeah, plus re-painting the living room and adding a tile entryway in preparation for some new warm, soft carpet to cover our cold, hard wood.  I hope to blog in between those things so you can get a glimpse of the fun we are having.

I am sure that I will have a desire to blog more than I will have time to do it.  Maybe I will invest in voice-to-text software so I can dictate a blog in a micro-recorder while driving to and from work.

Oh wait…tomorrow is the first of October.  Forget about September…where has 2012 gone?  It must have been really fun ’cause it has gone by in the blink of an eye.

The view is going to change a little.  I hope to share the view more often.  Hopefully it will get better…the view that is.  And then I can maintain the blogger status.

Just another view from a Palmtree.


Hey AARP…I am not old!!!

Last year I posted about turning 40.  Well, yesterday I turned 41.  Only one year older.  Hopefully wiser too.  But it is only one year.  Quite the eventful year.  Here is what happened after I supposedly went “over the hill”.

I got some aches and pains that I hadn’t experienced before.

I started to see a psychologist.

I found out my testosterone levels were low.

I found out my insulin levels were high.

The doctors don’t have a clue why.  And I am getting tired of all the needle pokes and blood draws for so many tests.

I found out I don’t have a brain tumor.  That was the result of  a CT scan just last week.  Luckily they did find that I still have my mind.  I thought I has lost it.

Maybe it is all a result of becoming a Cub Scout den leader.  You can decide for yourself after reading the blog postings I have written about my Webelos.

Regardless, one thing that didn’t happen during the last year: I did not get old.

Someone tell the AARP.  They think that I am now eligible to be a member.  They have even started the email campaigns trying to get me to join.  Today’s incentive…a free insulated travel bag.  That must be for all of the medications that I will start taking to hopefully cure the ills that the doctors can’t diagnose.

But the best part of the email was seeing a picture of Betty White and a quote attributed to her that says, “No one does more for people of 50 than AARP.”  That’s great Betty.  BUT I AM NOT 50 YET!  I am not eligible.

Sometimes I think it would be nice if I were.  There’s nothing I want more than the bi-monthly AARP magazine and the valuable information about health, retirement and money management.

And I definitely want some advocacy working for me in Washington D.C.  It’s not like I don’t get enough advocacy from my congressional representatives.  Oh wait, I’m not sure I am getting that.  Maybe I do want the additional advocates. What are you going to do for me?

Okay, there is actually one thing that I would like from the AARP without turning 50; travel discounts on air, hotel, cruise, and car rentals.  Especially if I could get those benefits next spring when I am ready to take a cruise with my wife to celebrate 20 years of marriage.  I could take advantage of those benefits all in one trip.

But alas, I am not 50 and not yet eligible for AARP benefits.  And even when I turn 50, I won’t be retired yet…so should I really be eligible then?  Maybe they ought to have an association for people over 50 that aren’t retired.  Maybe it could be called USURPED (United Society of Un-Retired People Expecting Departure).  At least that is what we will feel has happened with our retirement benefits, IRA’s and 401k’s.

So now I start another year.  Time to get my credit report and start that year off knowing what my lending power is before it is usurped too.

Just another view from a Palmtree.