Thanksgiving is just around the corner and with that, we are daunted with the memories of Thanksgivings Past.
As baby boomers, we remember way long ago when the Thanksgiving meal meant family members sitting around a dining room table and eating a ginormous amount of food. We grinned and bared the dry turkey, whining tired babies, and bad jokes from a relative that is no longer with us or invited.
Today’s Thanksgiving is something different.
Today, if we are at home, we have at least one TV on while we eat and the topic of conversation may be focused upon the shopping safari’s that await that weekend.
For me, it was always a hard choice between being with my parents in sunny Florida or my in-laws in chili Chicago.
When we finally figured out that we would spend Thanksgiving with my parents and Christmas with the in-laws, we invited new problems to find solutions for. Packing up the kids and the van, finding a place to stay, and making that journey over the river and through the woods.
When everybody is gone or moved away everything changes.
No longer do we have the pleasure of a choice of where to go. Now we can consider taking a short trip to a location of our choice or stay home and be grateful that we have one another.
Are you going anywhere for Thanksgiving?
The folks at AAA say that we will be traveling this year for the holiday.
AAA Travel projects 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.2 percent increase over 2013.
- Almost 90 percent of travelers (41.3 million) will celebrate the holiday with a road trip and likely will enjoy the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in five years. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30.
Highlights from 2014 Thanksgiving Travel Forecast:
- Thanksgiving holiday travel volume is expected to reach the highest level since 2007, with 46.3 million Americans taking a trip.
- The 2014 forecast is 4.2 percent higher than the 44.4 million Americans who traveled last year and the greatest growth rate for any holiday since Independence Day 2012.
- Road trippers likely will pay the lowest Thanksgiving price for fuel in five years. Today’s national average price of gas is $2.85 per gallon, which is 43 cents lower than the average price for Thanksgiving a year ago ($3.28 per gallon).
- More than 89 percent of travelers (41.3 million) will travel by automobile, a 4.3 percent increase from 39.6 million last year.
- Air travel for Thanksgiving is expected to be at the highest level since 2007, with 3.55 million Americans taking to the skies.
- Travelers will encounter moderately higher prices with airfares one percent higher, mid-range hotels up eight percent and car rentals costing 10 percent more.
- The average distance traveled this Thanksgiving will be 549 miles roundtrip and Americans will spend an average of $573 during the holiday weekend.
For most of us Boomers, Halloween seems like a ‘holiday’ of the past.
A festivity of sorts where we bought our kids cool costumes with cookie cutout masks and took them trick or treating.
By the time our kids hit junior high, trick or treating with mom and dad was no longer cool so we sat home and handed out candy to the ghouls and witches who came by begging for candy.
As time has rolled by, Halloween has become more of an industry in itself.
The census bureau estimated that last year there were 41.2 million trick-or-treaters. This included children age 5 to 14 — across the U.S. Of course, many other children — older than 14 and younger than 5 — also go trick-or-treating.<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2013/PEPASR6H>
The national retail federation says that the average person will spend $77.52 this Halloween, compared to $75.03 last year. Total spending on Halloween this year will reach $7.4 billion. We will spend as consumers $2.2 billion on candy this year.
How much are you spending on Halloween?
Let’s face it. For the bulk of us over 50 years old, the thrill of Halloween has probably diminished to enjoying pumpkin bread that someone has baked for us.
We are tired of spending the money to buy the candy that we give out to people who step on our flowers and drop the wrappers on the ground only for us to pick up the next day. We probably don’t see the fun in dressing up like a vampire or going out on a cold night to beg for candy that will be half price the next day. The truth is, we know that if we even bring the candy into the house we will eat it, regret eating it, and get yelled at by our dentist after gaining that five pounds.
So here is what my other boomer and older neighbors do on Halloween.
For the most part, my neighbors leave their lights off as an indication that they are not playing the trick or treat game this year. I live in a large subdivision that gets most of it’s Halloween traffic driven in from other neighborhoods. The parents either drive along in a trashy van or car as their kids ring the bells or they dress up and beg with their kids.
I’ll spend about $20 on candy that I don’t like, and thus, won’t eat in the event of bad weather. When I run out of my candy, I’ll turn my lights off and allow my street to drift off into a post-zombie apocalypse like abandoned street.
I’ve had my new shiny iPhone 6 for a week now.
I bought my new investment because I was in desperate need of a new phone as my phone was no longer taking a charge and was starting to show a lot of wear after 2 1/2 years of active use.
I chose the 6 plus iPhone because of it’s size.
No, I am not a Hummer-loving big speaker type of individual.
I’m not the biggest, greatest, kind of person.
I got it because I am over 50.
What They Don’t Get About the iPhone 6 Plus that We Get
Some people refer to this phone as a ‘Phablet”. Others call it ‘monsterous’. There are people who just don’t like the idea of a phone being this big.
Here is what the naysayers don’t get.
Goldilocks got this phone right.
This phone is 5.5″ according to Apple.
The iPhone 6 plus is packed with goodies such as an amazing resolution, better chip, a faster LTE wireless, and a new 8MP iSight camera wand .
However, all of this glitz and glory does not really matter as much as the size does to boomers.
You see, most boomers have an eyesight that prefers the larger screen and easier to read letters once we set our phones to larger type and app settings. Pair the large settings with a large phone and you get an easier to maneuver keyboard.
An easier to maneuver keyboard allows us to hone in on the skills we all acquired in typing class long ago before the typewriter labs were all converted to computer labs.
And this is why boomers like this large new iPhone.
FYI- the best selling phones in the iPhone 6 series- the iPhone 6 in Space Grey, 64GB, made up 27.6% of the total iPhones.
The second most popular iPhone, was the iPhone 6 Plus in Space Grey, 64GB, accounted for 20.2% of the total iPhones.