Why I spam-checked your message you mean….

I am getting too old for this stuff!

I have become more and more frustrated with the liberties taken with email.

Remember the days when the term “spam’ was reserved for the sales of items you would never want anyone to know you were buying or from foreign money scammers?
Those folks seem to be long-gone now and have been replaced by senders who otherwise appear to be legit.

Why is it that you cannot buy anything online without having to give out your email address?
Logically, yes, the retailer needs your email address to keep you updated on your purchase but, to take that email address and sabotage your inbox with more than several emails per day becomes frustrating. The emails that you really do want to read become lost in a sea of these advertisements.

The emails keep coming in….

Up to several a day and sometimes the will double send some emails just in case I missed the first one.

The ‘wise’ people out there will tell you to just unsubscribe.

That is easier said then done.
I have senders who want you to sign in and actually create an account to unsubscribe. Totally not getting it…
I attempted to unsubscribe to the barrage of Dell emails over the holidays and I was told that the unsubscribing would take place in a few to to up to a week.

My solution…
I have started to flag them as spam.
The more that we flag them as spam, the less we will see in our legitimate boxes. Sometimes, Google will also unsubscribe me when they move it to spam.

Why I spam-checked your message you mean….

I just spam checked one email when I saw one email teaser “why I deleted my Facebook”.
My reply, why I flagged your email as spam.

By the way, how many emails do we need to get “why I deleted my Facebook”?
Nobody cares. You’ll most likely be back anyway.

Where will you be in 2030?


I’ve gotten to the point where sometimes I am just happy to be alive and what happens from now on, I will take one day at a time.

There is just a point, somewhere around the age of 50, when you realize that some things just are not worth the sweat of the worry.
Sometimes you just can’t do anything about some things. Sometimes what ever got you in a tiff really has an outcome that has nothing to do with you or won’t kill you.

Thank goodness we survived parenthood and everything that came with it right?

About 10 years ago, someone came up with the idea that in the year 2030 baby boomers would have a ‘certain kind of an effect’ on the economy and everything else. What they were trying to say is that boomers would become a burden on society. So they decided to do a study on what the burden of baby boomers would most likely look like in the year 2030.

What the researchers found was that the economic burden of aging in 2030 should be no greater than the economic burden associated with raising large numbers of baby boom children in the 1960s.

A lot of things have changed since the 1960’s, as we all know.
Some things can be easily equated in proportion to today and 2030. Other things, such as wages and college education, may not be so proportional.

The researches wanted us all to prepare for what could happen.

The real challenges of caring for the elderly in 2030 will involve: (1) making sure society develops payment and insurance systems for long-term care that work better than existing ones, (2) taking advantage of advances in medicine and behavioral health to keep the elderly as healthy and active as possible, (3) changing the way society organizes community services so that care is more accessible, and (4) altering the cultural view of aging to make sure all ages are integrated into the fabric of community life.


To meet the long-term care needs of Baby Boomers, social and public policy changes must begin soon. Meeting the financial and social service burdens of growing numbers of elders will not be a daunting task if necessary changes are made now rather than when Baby Boomers actually need long-term care.

This has me thinking.
Has society, the government, or anyone else done anything to prepare for this since the results of this study were published?
Or, is this one more reason why we have to take our retirement future into our own hands?

Where will you be in 2030?

2030 seems like a long way away. I’m not sure where I will be or what I will be doing. I hope I will be alive though.

This research is now 10 years old.
We can make some personal reflections on these conclusions like, have we made any adjustments as suggested?

2030 is only 15 years away. Are we ready?

She is geriatric and She is younger than I am…..

A few months ago my veterinarian asked if I wanted a geriatric screening on my schnauzer.

After I recovered from the shock of this question, I tried, in my mind, to calculate just how old she was and then put it into the dog-years equation fast enough that nobody would doubt that I was indeed her loving owner.

hazel the schnauzer

The American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA) says that although it varies, small dogs are generally considered geriatric at the age of 7. Larger breed dogs tend to have shorter life spans and are considered geriatric when they are approximately 6 years of age. My schnauzer is 7 years old and according to the AVMA, the human years equivalent is 44-47 years old. Geriatric at 44 years old is how I read this. In May she will be around 48 years old in people years.

In people years, my ‘geriatric’ dog is still younger than I am yet, she is geriatric and I am just grouped in the ‘Baby Boomer’ group of people who are still somewhat active and are more or less obsessed with retirement and everything has to go with it.

I can tell you that the matriarch of my pack of 4 is not slowing down.

She may be the smallest one in the bunch but, she is no geriatric boomer.

I told my vet that I did not want a geriatric screening done on her.

Partially because there may be a bit of denial that time has passed so fast. Mostly because I have been through the whole ‘dog needing medical attention for everything thing’ before and it is not something that I want to go through or want to put an animal through again. If something is going to happen, we will cross that bridge at that time and deal with it then. Kind of like dealing with the thought of retirement and everything that will come with it.

You can find out your dog’s age at the AVMA website.