Getting Older: An Observation

I’m not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, so it takes me a little longer than most to realize things like this.

I’ve been retired for about 6 years and will be 70 on my next birthday. It’s only recently that I woke up to the fact that the older I get, the more the frequency of people in my current circle of family and friends passing away will increase.

At this time in our culture, this is a fact of life that even modern medicine doesn’t have a significant impact on. You can only get so many miles out of your body.

No, I don’t sit around thinking and worrying about “who’s next”. All I’m trying to say is that it should not be a surprise to me, or you, that as a “senior citizen”, until it’s our end of time the number of memorials, funerals, wakes, and life celebrations attended in a given year will increase. And that some of these events will have more impact than others.

Acknowledging this as I get older, will help to lessen the blow a little. Comforting the family members and friends of the deceased, the ones I know well enough, will be helpful to them, and to me.

Unknown Caller Rage

I’m retired and have a lot of time on my hands.

I’m going collect as many phone numbers as I can, legally or not. I will then call these phone numbers every day and evening, often multiple times, using an unlisted phone number. I will change this unlisted number often. I will ignore the Do Not Call lists.

If you answer I will try to sell you insurance, a newspaper subscription, or play a recording that will tell you that you are in trouble with the government and you need my help to get out of it. I will keep calling, whether you answer or not.

If I get voice mail, I will leave you as long a tiring message as I can, every time. After a month or two, my voice mail will offer to stop calling if you wire a monthly fee to an account I provide.

How long would you put up with this? Would you call the police? Would you try to have me fined, or arrested?

You would probably succeed. And deservedly so. So why can’t we citizens, harassed daily by unknown callers, call the police and get them arrested?

Adding insult to injury, the Telcos make money providing these miscreants the bandwidth they use, and then have the audacity to offer us a priced, monthly service to stop only some of the calls.

Think about that for a while.

Elon Musk Need Not Worry

Friends and relatives know me as a no-shame lover of small cars. I’ve had quite a few over the past 50 years: 1965 Volkswagen Beetle, 1966 Opel Kadette, 1994 Ford Festiva, and a 2012 Scion iQ (the smallest so far). And I’m still craving a Smart Car and plan to buy a used one as soon as I can.

But unless I get really rich, really fast, I think I’ll pass on the Corbin Sparrow. I would need to be so freakin’ rich to even consider it, as much as it appeals to my adoration of clown cars.

This 3 wheel electric car from Myers Motors NmG sells for $30,000. It’s advertised as being designed specifically for commuting and city driving. Efficiency claims put the driving range between battery charges for the AC electric motor, from 20 to 40 miles, or up to 60 miles due to the update to lithium batteries.

If I had one of these cars where I currently live, I assume the battery life would be cut in half due to the number of hills I go up and down just to get to the grocery store. And where the hell would I put the groceries?

It’s reported that several Sparrows were used in the Austin Powers movies.

But if I do hit the lottery for a high 6 figures or more, I promise to zip by your house with one and beep the horn. If you live in my neighborhood. And I have enough battery life to get home.

Information courtesy of WikiPedia.