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.


Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly…

Last night I participated in a “Board of Review” for the local scout troop (I am a member of the committee) as there are 6 of the boys that are advancing in rank at a Court of Honor this coming Sunday. During the interview with one of the scouts, another leader asked him “When are you a scout?” It was a bit of a trick question in that the leader wanted to see if the boy would respond in some manner about acting as a scout at all times. The boy in essence got the answer correct. The interesting part was in his response.

Before the questions started we asked him to repeat the Scout Law. It goes like this: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

The boy talked with us about how people always need to be trustworthy. Trustworthy to everyone that knows us. He talked about being helpful and friendly to everyone we meet. The leader that asked the question mentioned how great the world would be if everyone could at least be more trustworthy and friendly.

Another question asked the boy what the three most important words of the Scout Oath are. (The Scout Oath reads: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty, to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”) The boy’s response: “All of them!” He was correct. However, the leader was referring back to the beginning where it starts, “On my honor…”

In our everyday life, do we follow the Scout Law? Are we believers of it? Does it matter? Do we act with integrity? I read earlier today an excerpt from a talk that was given by one of the leaders of the LDS church back in 1960. From the talk I quote:

“I picked up his book and turned to the section where I read the Boy Scout oath. You remember the first few words are, “On my honor I will do my best. . . .” As he grows up, what will this little boy learn about honor or dishonor? Who will teach him? Or does it really matter? How important is honor, anyway? Is it something sacred? Is it sacred to you? Is it sacred to very many Americans?

“In my opinion, America needs a rebirth of honor more than it needs any other one thing. It needs honor more than it needs its atom bombs and nuclear submarines. Put weapons in the hands of dishonorable men and what have you?

“America needs honor more than it needs wealth and prosperity. Put wealth in the hands of dishonorable men, and what have you?

“America needs honor even more than it needs professions of religious piety. What good is a profession of religion in a man who has no honor? Such men lived in the days of Jesus. He called them scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites.”

As stated, this talk was given in 1960. How much more does the statement apply to us today? If the entire world acted honorably, friendly, courteously, trustworthily…we would see the world peace that so many people long for. There wouldn’t be wars as we have. There wouldn’t be murdering, stealing, adultery, drug abuse, etc.

So, the next time you or someone you know talks about wanting world peace, look into your soul and ask yourself if you are living your life according the Scout Oath and Law. You don’t have to be a scout to live by those words of counsel. And those that are or have been scouts, are you still living as you were taught? If not, why? Something to think about the next time you act impulsively.

Just another view from a palmtree.