Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Logical view of our politicians,
considering what they have done to the American citizens.

I voted early in our presidential election. In fact I voted over two weeks before the actual election day.

Afterwards, my vote was in, I was trying to relax, but something was happening to me.

I was now watching as both sides attacked each other with the most mundane accusations. It was insane. I was still waiting for someone to talk about the issues we all wanted to hear.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

SENIOR JOKE - Walking for better health

Here's a Health Tip for you.

A group of Doctors just released this notice on the Importance of walking for better Health and longevity of life;

Walking can add months to your life.

In other words, this enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a Nursing Home at $6,000 per month.

What do you think Kids????? I mean, you know, inheritance wise???


Friday, October 28, 2016

JOKE - The Three Things in Life that are certain.

One day, the MADAM opened the BROTHEL door and saw a rather dignified, well-dressed, good-looking man who appeared to be in his late forties or early fifties.

  'MAY I HELP YOU SIR?' she asked.

  'I WOULD LIKE TO SEE VALERIE,' The man replied.

The Madam said; 'SIR, VALERIE IS ONE OF OUR MOST EXPENSIVE LADIES. perhaps you would prefer someone else?'.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

JOKE - A Classic Senior Joke - Ear Infection???

A classic joke about Seniors.

 Ear  Infection 

This is so true!

They always ask at the doctor's reception why you are there, and you have to answer in front of others what's wrong and sometimes it is embarrassing.

There's nothing worse than a Doctor's Receptionist who insists you tell her what is wrong with you, in a room full of other patients. I know most of us have experienced this, and I love the way this old guy handled it.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Retired Silverbacks memories of surviving in a Corporation as a Senior.

A Dog on the Hunt in Corporate America

Back when I had my youth and the world was just sitting out there, around the corner it seemed, just waiting for me to conquer it, I was a Dog on the Hunt.

I, like a young unknowing, and uncaring, Don Quixote, took my lance and rode toward all of that excitement and wonder of the corporate world, never looking back.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tips for Seniors on Finding a new Doctor

Doctor pic by caricaturas, via Flickr

This post includes a link to a great Hub by fellow Hubber, "Chuck".

It explains what the normal person should do when they need to find a new Doctor.

Regardless of the reasons for needing a new Doctor, you want to pick someone that meets your needs, your insurance company's needs as well as be someone who has a compatible personality with your Own.

Face it, at your age, you don't need some young arrogant Doctor talking down to you about your Health and what you should or should not do.

So check this Link Out.

Hub- Finding_a_Doctor_near_you

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Seniors View of His Medical Insurance Future

Ryan-pic by DonkeyHotey via flickr

It seems that we Seniors are eating too much Chicken at the political picnic!

And, if history is any lesson on how corporations and governments operate, I and the rest of us Boomers, are in serious trouble.

I figure that once the younger people of America get put on "Coupons" for their future insurance,I assume we older ones with be the next ones who get the shaft. 

It would be a natural and obvious next step for the government as Medicare costs go up, if for no other reason than that there will be less people on Medicare and thus the shared costs will be less. 

This in itself would drive our Congress to give we remaining participants our own "Coupons". And applaud themselves for doing it.

Here is the thing about COUPONS that we should all remember.
1-let's say that Congress approves and issues a Coupon for $150 per month for you to go out and buy insurance yourself with independent insurance companies.
2- Everyone goes out and purchases insurance coverage for $140 per month at first.
3- Then, 3 years later inflation has made the insurance companies charge $170 per month.
Where do the "Coupon"  holders then stand?
Well, they write a check for the difference themselves, every month, until Congress meets and approves an increase in the value of a COUPON.
4- So, after another year, they place a bill before congress for a COUPON increase $170, right?
5- Well, If you assume there are 50-Million people on Medicare that's $20 times 50-million or over 1-Billion dollars would be added to the National debt.
6- So with this kind of potential increase to the debt, there will be a lot of fighting over whether an increase will be approved at all.
7- And if it is approved then they will, in all probability, add provisions to cut the coverage available and thus reduce that awful 1-Billion dollar future debt.

This is my scenario analysis and as we Boomers and Seniors die off, our combined influence and leverage in congress will slowly decline until we are an insignificant force to be dealt with, at the worst times in our lives, when we are in our eighties or older.

And, if my scenario is correct, by the time Congress did anything to raise the coverage and implement the change, the insurance companies will probably have raised their rates to $180.

See the problem?

So,get ready to be put on the perpetual CATCH-UP Wheel of shrinking Medical Care.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015



That's Right!

Leave my *S&%$ Alone!

What really burns me, on a regular basis, is the fact that Society was just not ready for us the Baby Boomers to arrive.

And, surprise! We are here, NOW!

And we need to start speaking up to get our fair and unencumbered access to each other and to the rest of the aging American public.

That's right, it is time that we, as Boomers, start being heard and seen. Heard and seen as a political force that will not be walked on by the others presently in power in Washington.

We should be wearing this little phrase and Logo of mine on T-shirts, Golf shirts, and Baseball caps, everywhere we go!.

All of us, the Boomers, along with the existing Seniors in this great country of ours, should be wearing such banners in public, letting everyone know that we are here, and we have demands.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Senior Discounts. Know where to save.


The Senior of today needs to take advantage of every way they can find to save their money.

And, you might be surprised to know just how many companies offer discounts to Seniors, if they just ask for them.

A friend sent me an email recently that he had received from someone else.

In it, someone had accumulated the list you see below, of the top business' who do give a Senior Discount.

Check them out and take advantage of the savings.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I'm going to be on Vacation next week. How a Retiree Vacations.

First of all, my wife and I are Retired.

Secondly, I live in Florida. You know that place where snow is something you see on television.

Living here, we do have a nice lifestyle and my wife and I enjoy it immensely.

But, unlike what so many of our relatives ad friends think, we do not live on the beaches and at Tiki Bars every day and night.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hey, Mr. 1%! You are fat and happy now! But we're coming for you!

Source: Public Domain

Hey, Mr. 1%!

Let me think for a minute here about YOU and I! 

OK! I think I have it.

If I work for a living and make, say, $30K-40K, I have to pay taxes. 
I don;t know how to do taxes, typically, so I have to pay someone else to do that for me. 
I have no real deductions except for my House interest and it's not enough to be useful. 

My medical care hasn't been catastrophic, so it's no where near meeting the minimum deductible. 

My work clothes are not uniforms, so I can't claim them.

SO I have to file straight form and PAY even more to the IRS, because my Boss didn't take out enough, in the first place?

Now You on the other hand, the infamous 1%? 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Reality tarnishes my first year of retirement, discovering the first political lie I had lived with.

The Joke is on ME!

First of all, I am a Baby Boomer.

I am in my late sixties and have been retired just long enough to become aware of my unique status in US Politics and the world.

When I walked out the corporate door, I was whistling happy songs and I couldn't wait to get started on these my "retirement years".

Boy, was that a great time for my wife and I.

For a while, that is.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Just Shut Up, all of you YOUNG Health Nuts, Where is a plan for us Seniors and Boomers

Exercise Machine
The young marketeers of today do not have a clue about us, the Seniors of the world, and what we want and need.

Every time I read another article or watch another advertisement about healthy exercise on TV, ti's always the same thing.

Pictures of young perfectly formed athletes working out in the gym.

Well, heres some news for you. While a few of us may have once looked like those models, the rest of the world never did, and after a lifetime of abusing our bodies, we are definitely far from looking like those advertisement pictures.

What we Seniors need is a healthy exercise plan or system that allows for our pulled muscles, broken bones and destroyed backs.

We need a "real" system of exercise that we can perform and not those pablum-oriented ones that we se on TV with people in wheelchairs waving their arms.

I know for a fact that even they, the wheelchair-bound get pissed at those ads.

Click on the link below to my article on HubPages to read my full Rant about the unfairness of how we are treated.

Healthy Exercise for Seniors and Boomers.

by Don Bobbitt, 2015

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Well, Here I am - RETIRED! The perspective change from turning 65 and then 3 years later.

Well, Here I am.
The RE-TIRED Don Bobbitt in New Orleans


That was my attitude when I turned 65, and I wrote about my major concerns from that perspective as a "newbie" to this interesting new world.

And, I can now say that I was a little naive about so many things a Retiree faces.

Now, over three years later, my experiences have opened my eyes to a number of things about retirement that THEY don't tell us.

Click on the link below to read my article on HubPages about the evolution of a retirees thoughts and discoveries.

Here I am, RETIRED

by Don Bobbitt, 2014

Wish me Luck!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Just THINKIN'- Politicians and Lying. How do they wake up the next morning and not loath themselves?

I was watching the news this morning and I was a little distressed by the fact that they were showing an ad by one politician WHO WAS RUNNING for A Political Position.

To be fair, seeing as the election is fast approaching, I had just watched this politicians opponent's ad less than an hour before.

They are both the standard offering from their respective political parties. They are both wealthy, and they both blame the other for just about everything that is wrong in the world at the moment.

Here's the problem.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Basic Economics - SS & Medicare changes


OK, I am really tired of this crap going on about the budget and reducing SS & Medicare.

This is a very serious issue, so I will not make fun of the idiots that are presently fighting over their differing proposed solutions.

But, I am not stupid, and I did take a year of Economics in College and I utilized this knowledge often over my career. And I do understand what a major financial change to a major national financial system will do to the economy.

People ......... If you significantly change SS and Medicare distributions, all at once, then,


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

OLD JOKE - Grandkids and Politics

Hot  Coffee
Gotta  love those  grandkids.

I  was eating breakfast with my 10-year-old Granddaughter and I asked  her, "What  day
is  tomorrow?"

Without  skipping a beat she said, "It's  President's  Day!".

She's  smart, so I asked her "What  does President's Day  mean?".

I  was waiting for something about Washington or Lincoln,  etc.

She  replied, "President's  Day is when President
Obama  steps out  of the White House, and if he sees his shadow, we  have 4  more years of Bull S#*t."

You  know, it hurts when hot coffee spurts out your  nose.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I was Just Thinkin' - Medicare changes and Politics! financial rape of Seniors

I watch our president on TV every time I hear that he is going to speak.. And I really try to listen to the whole thing every time.

Really! I Try! I try very hard!

But, everyone in DC and all of our state and Local governments, it seems, is off and running for Office or for Reelection, and he has been no exception.

He just goes On, and On, and On, building to a peak as he makes his point.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Who Crashed my PC? Part-4 Selecting my Future PC.

Part-4 Selecting my Future PC

Before I went home, I took a walk around Best Buy and checked out all of my options in the PC world, including the Apple PCs.

Apple products are price controlled and they cost the same thing everywhere, so I just talked tech talk with the sales guy before I had him demo 3 of his most popular low-cost PCs with the Windows operating system.

Actually, not a lot had changed, there were the same brand names on the shelf as there had been two years ago, and other than there being a few tech spec improvements, the pricing was even the same.

So, I walked out, still undecided, but at least I felt that I was up to date on my options.  I then drove across the street to the Mall where they had an Apple store, replete with trained sales guys to answer my questions.

I took up over two hours of the sales guys time with questions and discussions but they are all trained to be patient with customers.

I finally knew that if I wanted an Apple PC, it was going to be the new Apple Mac Pro with the 13-inch screen, 256 GB of flash drive, and the Retina display.

Here are some of the details I had learned;

First of all Apple doesn't make any CHEAP PCs. Their MAC line is short and all of them are pretty powerful machines in every technical aspect that I could think of. Even if you just pick one up, it feels like a quality piece of equipment.

On the other hand, if you handle some of the PCs made by all of those companies that have popped up over the past few years, you would assume total destruction of the device if you happened to drop it. They are not just cheap, they feel and look cheaply made.

Second, Apple wants you to have a PC with a solid-state flash drive (which is costly but more durable) as compared to the other PC companies wanting you to live with a mechanical hard drive (which is cheap in cost) which is probably the number one physical part to go bad on the PC. And the most catastrophic.

Third, The Apple has their "Retina Display" and the PC has a "HD display?. Both are high resolution displays and the Apple display might be a little "heartier" physically. I do know that the physical package of the MAC is so much sturdier and of course lighter than the other cheap Windows PCs.

Fourth, Battery life of the APPLE Mac PRO is great.  I was looking at is a solid 8-10 hours while that of the best of the cheap PCs was a piddling 3-5 hours.

Fifth, Operating systems. I am not doing a critique of operating systems here. I have used Windows since DOS-1.0 so I am familiar with it and all of the Microsoft software packages. On the other hand, other than my limited use of Apple operating systems via my iPad and iPhone, I have not used a Mac, per se.
I have used Pages, which is their Word, and Numbers which is their Excel.

The biggest problem I have with them is the fact that they are different, not so much in capabilities, just in how you get them to do what you want. In reality both companies have to be competitive so they have to provide the same functions. in their software. With Apple, I will have to put on my "learning hat" more often with Apple than just jumping in with abandon on Windows software.

I actually wrote these differences as well as a number of other small but picky things to compare.

I think it is time for a glass of wine and some serious contemplation.

by Don Bobbitt, 2014

Copyright, Don Bobbitt, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Who crashed my PC? Part-3 Recovering my Data.

Part-3 Recovering my data.

So, after making what I consider my potential PC purchase options, if my old PC could not be repaired, I now had to make some serious decisions on getting my data back and the possible costs.

OK, I know what needs to be done to recover data from a hard drive. Being a Geek myself, I also know the costs if I do it myself. I will not go into the technical details, but after an hour or so of checking out the different software and hardware tools available on the web and in stores, I was not happy with what I saw.

Oh yeah, I mentioned that I typically bought the low-cost PC's when I purchased one. One way they are sold so cheap was by not having a CD/DVD drive. Because of this you cannot have a recovery disk, Rather, you have to have made your own recovery file and stored it on a USB memory stick.

Anyway, it was going to require an expenditure of just under $100, if I was lucky, or up to $200 if things were "worst case". And I still might not be able to recover my data. My data could all be gone, if the hard drive had really crashed versus having a few bad partitions.

The other option? There is the Squad of Geeks at Best Buy.
OK, they are a well-managed group of technicians who operate under a very structured work/pricing system. But, boy are they expensive!

I called a couple of local shops who "worked on PCs" but I came away with feelings of distrust for some and for others a feeling of being insulted by their answers to my questions. So, I eliminated them as an option. Besides, their projected pricing was close (75%-150%) to the Squad of Geeks.

Now, again, I know how to recover my data, but the problem was just how much time (and money) did I really want to spend getting my data back.

After much teeth gnashing over the costs, I packed my crashed PC up and went to the Geeks, for one important reason. I knew that they were; 1-honest, and 2-efficient. I knew I would get my data quickly, if it could be recovered at all, and it would be done by professionals.

Again, I hate their pricing, but I went to them anyway. I loved their pricing ad. It said that they charged $199 for a 1-year service contract on a PC. Or, if you would like, they charged $199 to repair your PC software and recover your data. If it could be recovered at all. Don't you just love having options.

Anyway, I went to them and talked up my own "Geekness" with the counter guy and he gave me a little better price.

They were able to tell me immediately that I had 51GB of personal data to recover, and it would only cost me $156 to recover it, seeing as I had brought my own external USB hard drive to store it on. But, I would have to come back the next day to pick it up.

We spoke Geek for a few more minutes, and I finally paid them and left.

So, the next day I got my Hard Drive, with my data, along with my still crashed PC back in my hands.
Oh, and the tech said that it looked like I had Malware which had attacked my MS Windows software and specifically my 8.1 operating system.

But I also had several bad partitions on the PCs hard drive, so it was just a matter of time before I had even bigger problems.

I asked whether it looked like I could have the hard drive replaced and start over by reinstalling everything; the operating system, my office package, my photo editing software and all of my other specialized software that I used.

He looked me in the eye ad said; "Well, you could spend several days reinstalling your stuff, in this 2-year old PC, or you can go ahead and purchase a new one and get another solid two years before it starts to act up itself. Your choice."

His comment stopped me in my tracks.
I suddenly realized that PCs today are just not going to last much longer than a couple of years, and I had to accept that fact for the future in my decision making process.
Oh, for the average user, you know, the guy who checks the email a couple of times a week, and shops for something once a week, my PC would probably last for 4-5 years, or even longer. But, I am a geek, and a writer, so i am banging on my keyboard 4-6 hours a day.

Frowning, I took my stuff, and walked out of the store with this new information to use in making my now confirmed purchasing decisiondecision.

by Don Bobbitt, 2014

Copyright, Don Bobbitt, 2014