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Tom Lashnits

 
Bigger and Badder SUVs
January 9th, 2024
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     My wife and I know enough not to go out on the road on New Year’s Eve. But we don’t always know enough not to drive when the weather gets bad.      My wife B desperately wanted to drive up to New Jersey to see her grandkids the other day, especially since her last trip was canceled when her son and granddaughter got sick.      But then the weather report turned bad. A storm was coming in, bringing snow overnight, then turning to rain. It was supposed to stop, so B thought she could still make the drive. But she really didn’t want to be out on the highway with the... Continue Reading

January 9th, 2024
How Not to Be Cool
November 20th, 2023
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     I was recently a guest on the podcast Awe-Inspired and Retired. We talked about all things retirement, from where we’re going to live, to what we’re going to do, to who we’re going to do it with . . . or what we called the “three likes” of retirement.      (You can now listen to both of the podcasts I’ve done using the links under “Retirement Podcasts” on the right hand side of the blog.)      Anyway, toward the end of the conversation, hosts Caleb Miller and Riley Anderson brought up the subject of “tribes.” Apparently,... Continue Reading

November 20th, 2023
Choices in Retirement
October 21st, 2023

     For the most part I have stopped bogging because . . . well, because I’ve gone on to other things. I’m more involved in my local center for learning in retirement. I’ve taken up pickleball. I still play golf. I do my daily back stretches and leg exercises.       My wife and I have noted that as we’ve gotten older, just taking care of ourselves seems to eat up most of our time. Going for walks, doing our physical therapy, making doctor appointments, brushing and flossing, trying to eat right, getting enough sleep . . . it’s exhausting!       But... Continue Reading

October 21st, 2023
Notes from the American Road
September 16th, 2023
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     We just got home from a road trip — three weeks from Philadelphia to Madison, WI, then back through Canada and upstate New York to a family gathering near Boston. We drove 2,500 miles in all. Oh … my aching back!      Aside from the reminder about my arthritic back and knees, here are a few things I noticed about being on the road in America.      People are still speeding. There are stretches of road in Michigan where the speed limit is 75 mph. That seems awfully fast to me. But there are plenty of places around metropolitan areas and construction zones where the speed... Continue Reading

September 16th, 2023
Never Say Never
August 18th, 2023

     My intention was to close down this blog (see my May 2023 post “Last Lines”), because I’ve written around 1200 posts, and — good grief! — how much can we say about Baby Boomers, retirement, or our personal lives?      But never say never. I have a few more topics that could addressed . . . including a particular medical procedure that I last suffered through about five years ago. And after that humiliation, I said I’d never do that again!      Well, here I am five years later, and guess what? I found myself lying on my side on a cold hospital bed,... Continue Reading

August 18th, 2023
Last Lines
May 20th, 2023
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     We’ve all read about the last words of some famous people. For example, drummer Buddy Rich died after surgery in 1987.  As he was being prepped for the operation a nurse asked him, “Is there anything you can’t take?” And he responded, “Yeah, country music.”      Or the composer Gustav Mahler who died in bed. He reportedly was conducting an imaginary orchestra. His last word was: “Mozart!”      Basketball great “Pistol” Pete Maravich collapsed during a pickup basketball game. His last words were: “I feel fine.”  ... Continue Reading

May 20th, 2023
What I’m Learning These Days
May 7th, 2023
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     They say that we older people need to keep our minds active, keep learning things. We’re supposed to learn a foreign language, or do crossword puzzles, or practice the piano.      I’ve always resisted learning things just because I’m “supposed” to; hence, my less-than-stellar career in algebra and my brief fling with calculus. (I learned enough to pass the final; then immediately forgot it all.)      Something has to interest me. Otherwise I lose motivation, and my attention drifts off. I admit, this happened to me with photography. I got a camera, purchased... Continue Reading

May 7th, 2023
The Art of Washing Dishes
April 28th, 2023
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      There’s the James Beard Award for chefs. Celebrity chefs like Rachel Ray and Guy Fieri show off their talents on TV. Famous cooking competitions are refereed by Gordon Ramsey and other culinary stars. But as far as I know, there are no celebrity dishwashers, no dishwashing TV shows, no dishwashing competitions that bring fame and fortune to the winners.      But there should be. There should be an award.      Cooking is considered a highly skilled occupation, a calling, an art. But dishwashers are taken for granted, if they’re lucky, otherwise they’re abused and... Continue Reading

April 28th, 2023
How Old Do You Feel?
April 15th, 2023
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      Research has shown that subjective age — how old we feel — and not our actual age is a better predictor of our overall health, memory, physical strength and longevity. So instead of asking someone how old they are, you should ask: How old do you feel?      Cues about age can influence how old we feel. So one way to feel younger is to socialize with people who are younger. An older person married to a younger person may have a younger subjective age — they feel younger, act younger. Spouses who are significantly younger actually tend to live shorter lives, older spouses... Continue Reading

April 15th, 2023
You Retired . . . Where?
April 8th, 2023
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     I recently read a couple of articles about the best places to retire. For example, U. S. News rates the best cities for retirement. (Hint: most of the top ones are in Florida or, believe it or not, Pennsylvania). Wallethub focuses on the best states for retirement. (Virginia is Number 1, Florida 2, Pennsylvania 14.)      These lists are typically based on statistics about climate, income, life expectancy, access to health care. But all these are theoreticals. I wonder what people really care about when they decide where they’re going to live after they retire.      We had... Continue Reading

April 8th, 2023