<![CDATA[Survive55.com: the Baby Boomer Guidebook - BLOG]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:39:57 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[HAPPY "INDEPENDENCE MONTH"]]>Tue, 04 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://survive55.com/blog/happy-independence-monthPicture
Baby Boomers,

Today is Independence Day.

Commonly known as the Fourth of July, it is a government declared federal holiday in the United States commemorating the "adoption" (did you notice I put that word in parenthesis) of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Now-A-Days we celebrate Independence Day with death defying fireworks shows, heartwarming small town parades, big old family barbecues, carnivals and street fairs, extravagant picnics, patriotic concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events.

Whew, that's a lot of sh*t for one day !!

We have been led like sheep by our government and big retail business together to use this day, July 4th,  to extol the wonders of our national history, the successes of our illustrious government, and historical traditions that define these here United States.

But let's peel back the onion before we put it on that slightly overcooked grilled hamburger and find out exactly what the 4th of July is all about.

The American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain  

Did you hear what I said.............." the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776"

So, I think we are celebrating this holiday on the wrong date.

After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.

A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

Adams's prediction was off by two days.

Darn it !!

From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day.

Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believe.

OK, so now we have 3 days to celebrate our independence:

1.  July 2nd  - The date the resolution was signed and the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred

2.  July 4th – The day Congress finished their debate and revision of the wording of the Declaration and finally approved it.

And………………wait for it………………wait for it……………

3.  August 2nd – The day most historians have concluded that the Declaration was really signed.

OK, so it looks like we have a real problem here.

I don't think so.

Let's celebrate all 3 days.

I mean, is any of these days to be held any less important than the others?

Hell no !!!

So there you go.

If I can add my two cents worth I think we should be celebrating "Independence Month" instead of "Independence Day"

Imagine the positive effect this would have on the economy.

Everyday has to be a celebration so every day demands a bar-b-que.

Stores (See Wal-Mart blog from yesterday for statistical evidence) sell more meat and food and charcoal and fireworks and soda and snacks and condiments and beer and beer and beer……

All of the suppliers will sell more to the stores.

More folks are employed by the stores, delivery companies, produce and meat companies, farmers, etc...

Unemployment drops significantly.

Everybody has more disposable income (and time to spend it since we are celebrating for a whole month) and starts buying new cars, TV's, homes, etc.

The United States becomes an economic superpower once again.

Oh, but I digress.

I don't believe Americans really understand what July 4th is all about.

July 4 isn't about an "event" that occurred in 1776.

It's not like the "country's birthday" where people celebrate the day it were born.

The United States wasn't actually born on July 4.

We had to win a war first remember?

What truly happened is that our glorious forefathers stated their "intentions" on July 4.

July 4 was the start of our insurrection against the King of England.

We drew the proverbial "line in the sand" and it was on our Eastern seaboard.

So no matter what day (or month) we celebrate "Independence Day", the bottom line is that we celebrate to reaffirm our commitment, as a country, to our freedom, liberty and privilege of choice.

July 4 is a reminder to the rest of the world of what Americans are prepared to do to achieve and retain our freedom, liberty and privilege of choice. 

The Constitution is a pledge by the people of the United States to themselves to preserve freedom at all costs.

July 4th is not a day for the government.

July 4th is not a day for big business.

July 4th is a day for the people.

Let me finish with another section of that same letter that John Adams had written to his wife Abigail on July 3rd:

"You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. -- I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. -- Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue(regret) it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

Smart man……huh?

Happy "Independence Month" Survive 55 Followers.

Thanks for joining me……………………………

<![CDATA[DOES TIME FLY WHEN YOU ARE HAVING FUN?]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://survive55.com/blog/time-flies-when-you-are-having-funPicture
Baby Boomers,

Can anyone explain why time can appear to move faster or slower depending on the situation?                                                                                                                                                                     Time has always existed.  It is man that created parameters to categorize when certain lifestyle changes are to take place.  It is man that built complex structures to organize our lives to live in harmony with nature:  

  • The seasons to coordinate with planting and harvesting food
  • Months to coordinate with the phases of the moon
  • Weeks to define the "market day" when we needed to go to town for supplies and the "Sabbath" a day of rest and worship
  • Days to honor the 7 major Gods
  • Hours to control how long our favorite TV shows should last and
  • Minutes to delegate an appropriate amount of time for Superbowl commercials

OK,  I made those last two up, but you get my point.

I think we all can agree that time existed before man in some undefinable form and has always behaved the same (whether we are approaching the speed of light or not).

Since man has put a definition to the way time should be measured it has become clearer that there is a very strong relationship between how we view an event or activity and how we perceive the "time" that surrounds our involvement in this activity/event.

Are you following me?

There are several theories and personal philosophies, that, when looked at individually, do a good job in explaining the ability of time to move differently.

1.   In a concrete, scientific manner the Theory of Relativity does a good job (OK, I guess it does a great job) of explaining how time moves based on its relationship to matter and the speed of light.  I accept that time can physically change based on absolute, defining universal parameters.

2.   But something is missing and this is the addition of the more philosophical, emotional and psychological perspective that man gives to his definition of time.

3.   Now stir in a mixture of the electro-chemical brain and muscle impulses that build our "Mental Relativity" that dominates everyone's individual behavior and you have created "Time Warp Soup."

As the great philosopher Yoda would say: "Somewhere in this mixture the answer lies.... hhhmmm."

For instance, have you ever heard of the phrase "Time flies when you are having fun"?

When you tend to enjoy something, you feel that time passes by very quickly, but, on the other hand, when something isn't very pleasing at all, time seems to slow down to a crawl.

I read an article somewhere on how Albert Einstein explained this theory to Charlie Chaplin:

"When you keep your hand on a pretty girl, an hour seems to be like a second.....but when you keep the same hand on a hot pan, a second seems to be an hour.   That's the relativity of time"

I'd say the relativity of time is just a scientific explanation of what's observed in philosophical terms.

In fact, I'd say most of the scientific theories of life have a philosophical basis.

For example:

Newton's third law - "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction" can only be accepted in a connected relationship with Aristotle's "Law of Causality" and my favorite Buddhist Law of Karma.

Time and space are relative to each individual because our minds don't restrict themselves to one time and/or one space.

Depending on the situation our minds jump to different states of time and space repeatedly.

Take the Einstein explanation to Chaplin above:  When your hand lands on a pretty girl (OK Gals, follow me by putting your hand on a stud muffin type of  guy) your thought process probably redirects itself rather quickly to visions of nakedness, groping and carnal activities.

Microseconds later you are thinking about your wife or girlfriend and whether or not having your hand on a pretty girl is the right thing.

Instantly your back to visions of nakedness on the beach.  The pretty girl's husband walks up and your mind goes into a raging fear mode and reviews multiple defense and flight mechanisms.

OK, one last millisecond of carnal thoughts and then you react by removing your hand.

All of that takes place in the smallest instant of time and based on whether that event was pleasurable or dangerous, you will judge that you had your hand on the pretty lady for hours or just an instant.

What about when you hand lands on a hot pan?

I bet there is only one thought racing through your mind........move my f*#@ng hand !!!!

There's no pleasure here and your mind is probably not racing from one thought scenario to another.

it's pretty damn focused so it appears that it takes way too long to get your hand off of the damn hot pan.

Even days later, when you look down at your poor blistered and bandaged hand you will still have the perspective that it felt like you had your hand on that hot pot for an eternity when in reality it was probably just an nanosecond. 

Now roll this simple example out into your lifetime of experiences, activities and personal events.

You may think it sound's simplistic but I am convinced that time does speed up or slow down based on your current stimulation when reviewed against a combination of the three theories offered earlier.

Time flies when you are having fun.

Not so much when you aren't.

I guess the bottom line is make sure that you are enjoying every minute of your life on this planet.

Yes, it will appear that time is "flying" by all of the time but hell, it's worth it.

And maybe, just maybe, if you can keep time moving at a really fast pace because you are having so much fun then the reality of the time-space continuum will appear to slow down to a crawl because your "mental relativity" perspective has gotten so used to time moving quickly that it's all a matter of perspective.


Wait, that's a theory for another day.

Have fun and let time fly.

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

Thanks for joining me..........................................................


<![CDATA[DOES TIME FLY?]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://survive55.com/blog/timePicture
Baby Boomers,

How fast does time move for you?

That is a tough and very complicated question.

It has been a week since my last blog entry.

What happened?

I guess I let "life" take over.

I guess, that different parts of "life" became more important. 

I guess, without realizing, I reclassified my priorities for a while.

Hey, I know what I did during these last 7 days but my goodness is it that easy to lose focus?

It must be because it seems to happen to me all of the time.

Here's a short list of what happened to me over the last week:

  • I started a new health regimen and went bike riding and ate stir fry veggies
  • I went on a "date" (I know kinda weird at 60 right?)
  • I cleaned my garage
  • My car was "dinged" twice in parking lots
  • I attended 3 networking events, a Rotary Meeting and a Foundation Board Retreat
  • I reached out via email to 3 "old" friends I haven't spoken to in over 25 years

This doesn't seem like a lot when I look at the list but I don't feel that any of these events were directly responsible for me losing track of my priorities and changing my lifestyle from where it has been for the last six months.

It just seems like I run out of time every day to get accomplished what I set out to do.

Does that make sense?

Two of my top priorities this year was to complete the Rosetta Stone Spanish program and to get in good physical shape in order to hold off the inevitable effects of my advancing years. 

Not only has it been a week since I have been on my blog here, but it has been much longer than that since I have touched my Spanish program. 

It seems like every day has zipped by soooo fast that it became increasing harder and harder to carve out an hour to sit down in front of my computer and focus on my Spanish. 

And although I continue to "plank" and try to do at least 25 chin-ups a day it has been even longer since I have formally worked out.

What am I doing and why am I so tired at the end of each day?

A couple of weeks ago I brought my bike to my new house from storage with the plan to ride in the evenings when it it cooler.  The other day, when I was cleaning the garage, I noticed both tires were flat, one of the brake handles was off, the entire bike was filthy and dusty and there were rags draped over the handlebars.  Is this an allegory of how I am living my life.  

Hopefully, I will not reach the same fate as my bike where all I become is a makeshift, ineffective framework of what I once was.

OK, that sounds pretty  melodramatic and will never happen but this whole "time" thing has me confused and it seems to be some sort of ironic joke of the universe.

I have been doing some research on this phenomena for some time now and I am afraid to report that there are no clear, clean cut, scientifically definite explanations as to why "time flies".

It's kind of ironic that I ran across a blog from a good friend of mine who quit her job, sold everything she owned and is now spending a year with her husband in Costa Rica.  Her name is Jennifer Lawless and her blog is called "Tomorrow is another day."  It touches on many of the same questions we all have about time but in a unique and interesting way.  I highly recommend that you take a minute to read it. 

There are some great personal philosophies I will share with you over the course of this week but I guess what I am really needing to figure this all out is your help.

Please reread that last sentence.  I am looking for your help. Would you please write back to me and let me know if you are as confused by how quickly time passes as I am.  

​Here are some questions to get you started:

Do you believe "time moves faster the older you get?"

Are you a "victim" of this phenomena?

What do you think causes this to happen?

Does it seem fair to you?

Do you think there is a purpose behind this experience?

Do you have current priorities and do you find yourself constantly losing track of them?

What causes you to lose focus on your true priorities?

I told you there were a lot of questions.  So, let's figure this one out together.  Please send me your thoughts, ideas, strategies and philosophies on this subject.

One thing I do feel strongly about is that it is very important for me (and you) to take the time to analyze this experience and come as close as possible to an explanation as we can.

I look forward to our conversation.

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

<![CDATA[REINVENT YOURSELF AT 55 - CHRIS GARDNER]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://survive55.com/blog/proof-at-55-you-can-do-it3Picture
Baby Boomers,

I know most of you aren't thinking about improving yourself this week and making any huge life changes but that doesn't mean you should stop thinking about it.

I want to keep your internal motivation fires burning and how better but with an example of someone who turned his life around and became a huge success,

This person is
little different from us because he started from such a low low and became such a huge and easily recognized celebrity. 

Does the name Chris Gardner strike a bell? 

Do you remember the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith in a journey from being a 50+ year old unemployed, homeless father to becoming a millionaire stockbroker?

I watched that movie last night.

That was about Chris Gardner.

Chris Gardner knows about reinvention.

Here is a man and a story that totally exemplifies what I have been preaching.......It's never too late, it's never impossible, it's never hopeless, it's never futile and it's never beyond your reach to find your passion and success in life even in your 50's.

Those of us that lost our jobs during the "Great Depression" may not be living in subway stations or eating out of dumpsters but we can be just as afraid of what tomorrow holds and can feel just as despondent about how to take care of ourselves and our families and can feel just as desperate when it comes to how we are going to live the rest of our lives comfortably.

Though he's come a long way since his homeless days, Gardner, at age 60,  is still re-imagining his life and facing obstacles doing it.

Your struggles to earn a living might be different from his or anyone else's, but Gardner says the answer to pulling yourself up is the same.

"Find something you're passionate about and go for it."

"Maybe it's not time for us over 50 to be finding a job," but instead finding a career to create, Gardner says. "Maybe it's time to find our button and push it."


In a speech to several hundred baby boomers at past AARP Life@50+ convention in Los Angeles Gardner outlined his advice for people contemplating a midlife reinvention. 

In his own words.........


1. "Ain't nobody gotta dig it but you." Forget what other people think or say. Do something that makes you happy. "We're afraid that because everybody might not like it" we shouldn't do it, Gardner says. "But you gotta push that button."

2. Go with what you love, but stay grounded. "Probably the hardest question I get asked is 'How do I choose between passion and practicality?'" Gardner says. "I can't answer that. I had to do both. I was passionate about pursuing a career in financial services. But I was also passionate about feeding my child."

3. Start a business. Gardner added his voice to the chorus of experts who see a wave of small-business startups run by baby boomers pushed out of Corporate America due to ageism or the bad economy. That's OK, he says, because entrepreneurs over 50 are in a better position than younger workers to capitalize on their "reputations and Rolodexes." It's the start of a creator economy, he says, "with a whole lot of folks being entrepreneurial."

4. Have a plan. If you're starting a business, hope isn't enough. You need a plan that's clear, concise, compelling and consistent. On top of that, you need to be committed to what you're doing, he says.

5. Play to your strengths. "Your skills, talents and expertise are transferable" to other types of jobs and industries, he says.

6. Look out for yourself. "The cavalry is not coming....and things might be getting worse."

7. Remember what's important. For a long time, Americans worked to get things, Gardner says. It's time to focus on what really matters -- family and friends.

8. Any progress is progress. "Baby steps count, too, as long as you're moving forward," he says.

Chris pretty much hits the nail right on the head doesn't he?

Make a decision......why wait?

Follow your passion and enjoy every second of life.

Thanks for joining me......................................

<![CDATA[The Great ASU Hair Experiment]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://survive55.com/blog/the-great-asu-hair-experimentPicture
Baby Boomers...........

Do you agree that our generation has always been at the forefront of cultural trends?

Didn't women in the 50’s wear curlers and hairnets, poodle skirts, torpedo bras and saddle shoes?

Didn't afros and bouffants, bell bottom pants, miniskirts, go go boots and granny glasses dominate the fashion world of the 60’s?

And how about the 70’s?

Didn't tie dyed T-shirts, turtlenecks, daisy dukes, Birkenstocks and platform shoes rule?

Then big hair, ripped jeans, fishnet shirts, punk, new wave and Boy George outfits showed up in the 80’s.

I could go on.

Behind the scenes, through every decade, was the "Avant Garde" unisex look.

We have always been “cutting edge” when it comes to fashion, style and grooming.

How to bend social norms (and piss off our parents) was always a test of our creativity.

Nothing was too sacred when it came to proclaiming our independence and individuality.

We were the hipsters, the beatniks, the bohemians, the flower children, the groovy people and if someone said we couldn't change something we did it.

Well, what goes around comes around.

In this new millennium, have definitions shifted around the old adage: 

“when men were men and women were women?”

If you haven’t been following the news lately baby boomers, it appears that the current generation of academics is taking a page out of our play book to educate our grandchildren about society and gender stereotypes.

There is an associate professor at Arizona State University, Breanne Fahs, that has developed a unique way to test the fiber of our youth to see if they would be willing to challenge the typical social norms of today.

Starting back in 2010, she has been offering her students extra credit if they defy the mainstream conventions of our society by changing how they treat their body hair.

What's that you say?

The females are challenged with letting their body hair grow for a full ten week period without shaving.

That’s an entire semester.

The men, just the opposite.

In order to earn extra credit they need to shave their entire body and go hairless (from the neck down) for the entire semester.

Fahs, who is an associate professor of women and gender studies at ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, told the campus newspaper in an interview recently:

“There’s no better way to learn about societal norms than to violate them and see how people react.”

She added: 

“There’s really no reason why the choice to shave, or not, should be a big deal. But it is, as the students tend to find out quickly.”

It appears that dozens of  women as well as men have found the challenge exciting enough to participate.

The reactions of how the public behaved when confronting these students varied.

One of the female students felt that the attitudes to her “hairiness" was sometimes “extreme.”

Stephanie Robinson stated:

“Many of my friends didn't want to work out next to me or hear about the assignment, and my mother was distraught at the idea that I would be getting married in a white dress with armpit hair.”

Maybe a simple black dress would be more appropriate?

Another female student told ASU News that the experiment was a “life-changing experience.”

It appears that her friends were repulsed and her mother was horrified by the addition of her newly propagated coiffure.

I find it hard to believe that these girl’s parents were so taken aback by all of this considering the social environments they grew up in.

I guess Arizona never was on the forefront of social upheaval.

Anyway,  at least she came away from the experience with a clear perspective of how others felt about her grooming habits.

 “It definitely made me realize that if you’re not strictly adhering to socially prescribed gender roles; your body becomes a site for contestation and public opinion.”

That sounds like the battle cry for our generation doesn't it?

So how do you feel about all of this fellow boomers?

Considering where we come from socially, do you find this experiment extreme or even a challenge?

Or is this just another case of “what goes around comes around?”

I think most of our baby boomer generation has already “been there, done that” with most social acceptance issues like this.

I dated plenty of (OK, a few) women with body hair in my college days.

As an old hippie, it wasn't uncommon in my social circles.

If anything, I found the departure from the commonplace exotic if not erotic.

If you follow current fashion trends to any degree you might notice that body hair on females is making a bit of a comeback anyway.

Hasn't it always been that “European thing?”

And there has definitely been an increase over the past 10 years or so in more aggressive body shaving by younger men.

You know, I don't see it as an act of social disobedience that I have been basically glabrous beneath my BVDs for years. 

“What’s the big deal?”

Has society really changed that much?

Do kids really think they have found something new and have become “activists” and “rebels” just by changing the configuration of their body hair?

Is this experiment another reminder of how fragmented and self-centered the current generation has become or is this just another case of the media finding a slightly curious story that they can blow up to global proportions?

It appears that the American Psychological Association was so impressed with this body hair experiment that the organization gave Associate Professor Fahs the Mary Roth Walsh Teaching the Psychology of Women Award in 2012.

She has had papers about the project published in academic journals and on her website.

Well, if you want my humble opinion fellow baby boomers, I think it is time for our generation to step up again and set society back on its heels again.

Like Otter said in the classic movie “Animal House”:

“I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!

We're just the generation to do it!

What will it be folks?

If you found my blog helpful, interesting or even funny I bet your friends would to. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

Thanks for joining me..........................................................

<![CDATA[Men In The Kitchen]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://survive55.com/blog/men-in-the-kitchenPicture
Baby Boomers,

​If you polled the average Baby Boomer woman and asked her what room of the house she would like to see her man in I think you would hear:

Man in the bedroom...........Great Idea.

Man in the garage...........Still a good idea.

Man in the living room.............Not a problem.

Man in the kitchen...........Epic failure !!!

Hey, I fancy myself a pretty damn good cook and I think most women I have lived with would agree.

I am at my best when throwing things together and making sure we finish all of the leftovers in the refrigerator.

In my circle of friends, I would consider several of my male buddies to be great cooks.

They whip up inspiring meals and mouth watering dishes both on the bar-b-que (as expected) and in the kitchen.

But, there are some guys in our baby boomer generation, even after years of trying that just don't belong behind an apron.

They don't know which side of a
spatula to use.

They engage in a battle of wits with the microwave every time they try to make popcorn.

They are the reason for smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and full replacement insurance coverage.

I can think of at least 5 reasons why some men can't cook:

1. They were never taught how to cook by their Mother.

2. They were taught to cook by their Dad.

3. They think "take out" food was invented for them.

4. They think cooking is not "manly" enough.

5. They are masquerading as completely "inept" cooks so that their women will not expect any better form them.

I'm sure there are plenty more reasons and I agree with most women, in general, that most men should be kept out the kitchen.

If you don't believe me then just check out the slideshow below.

After seeing these epic kitchen failures created by men you should fear seeing your man near the stove again.......even in the apron at the end.

If you found my blog funny, interesting or even helpful, I bet your friends would to.

It's easy to tell them about it.

It would be great if you told everyone you knew about Survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help,  the better place we make this world !!!

Thanks for joining me..........................................................

<![CDATA[25 GREAT LIFE HACKS]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://survive55.com/blog/life-hackingPicture
Have you ever head of "Life Hacking"?

No it doesn't refer to the Halloween ritual of watching Michael Myers or Freddie Kruger perform slashing surgery on some poor unsuspecting suburban kids.

Life Hacking refers to any productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency in your life.

In other words, anything that solves an everyday problem of a person in a clever or non-obvious way.

Coined in the 1980's in hacker culture, the term became popularized in the blogosphere over the years.

"Life Hacks" were
primarily developed and shared by computer experts who suffered from information overload or a playful curiosity.

They created little helpers to a
ccelerate their workflow in a productive way other than programming.

Back in our day these were know as "Hints from Heloise" or "Good Housekeeping Tips".

So, today I am going to list 25 "Life Hacks" for you to enjoy.

There are virtually thousands of them out in the blogosphere and I highly recommend that you spend a few minutes looking for them.

The time you save with these tips will definitely pay for themselves a thousand times over for the time you spent researching them.

Free life hack #1 - Just Google or Bing the phrase "life hack" and you will be immediately taken to thousands of different sites brimming with fantastic ideas you can share.

Let's start with a real "slap yourself in the head and shout duh" representation of a "Life Hack" that is so simple it's scary.

I have driven all over the country for at least 40 years and I never knew this

And again........How simple can life be?

Look at the symbol of the gas pump.

If there is no arrow pointing to one side of your car or the other then the direction the gas handle is pointing is the side where you put your gas in.

In this case, it's on the driver's side.

Simple, simple simple !!!

How many times have you rolled into a gas station with the gas cap on the opposite side of the pump?


When you 50+ like we are we spend a lot of time trekking back and forth to the bathroom especially when drinking beer.

Another "No Brainer"

This works.

Why spend $15 on the headlight cleaner they advertise on the late night infomercials?

I love this tip.

I will be using it every time I am on vacation.

Nothing wrong with a little organization in your life.

I have been in the paint business my entire adult life and never thought of this.

I am so ashamed of myself.

Walnuts....who would have thought.

No sense in spending $10 on those silly touch up pens.

The best part is if the item you are opening doesn't work like you thought then just put it back in the plastic.

The cut is so clean you can just tape it and bring it back to the store for a refund.

How many times have you struggled with a really full can just to have the bottom burst open.

Stop it I said....just stop it !!!

What a great way to recycle and a snifty craft for the grandkids.

And think about the future benefits...............

You will know what all of the extra keys in your junk drawer are for.

Makes me want to have hot dogs for lunch every day.

Pancakes for breakfast every day.

Why not make up different flavored batches by adding fruits, nuts, syrups, etc. and have a bottle for everyday of the week?

Pancakes everyday with no mess.......I'm in.

I admit I knew about this one already and use it with every electric gardening tool I use.

It works great when the cords get stuck on a fence or around a tree.

I wonder if Dominoes has figured this one out yet?

Save those thumbs !!!

When in Mexico, I always take a picture of the front of my resort.

That way, if I have tooooo much tequila the taxi driver knows where to drop my ass at.

I believe they can now call this a "binding contract."

In the very least, you are insured
to have your item returned after it is used.

This makes it easy to send "friendly" reminders by texting the picture to the person who borrowed your item.

Who would have thought?

Here's an easy and clean way to make corn on the cob.

Corn on the cob everyday for breakfast...............

with pancakes !!!

Two cost effective solutions in one:

1. These stupid plastic hangers from the department store now have a purpose so instead of just throwing them out you re-purpose them and saved room in your local landfill.

2. You no longer have to spend the money on a bag sealer again.

I never make muffins anyway.

Dammit, why didn't I think of that?

Looks like I'm having tacos for breakfast everyday............with pancakes and corn on the cob.

Maybe I'll buy a bunch of muffin pans, flip them over and resell them as taco shell pans and make a few extra pesos while I'm at it.

You know, I promised baby boomers back when I started this blog that I would make their lives simpler and more enjoyable with the information I bring them.

Did I do a good job today or what?

Hey, don't forget to send me your favorite "Life Hacks" so I can post them later on down the road.

If you found my blog helpful, interesting or even funny (you sick bastard) I bet your friends would to.

The more Baby Boomers we can help,  the better place we make this world !!!

Thanks for joining me..........................................................

<![CDATA[Skechers GOrun Shoes Product Review & Endorsement]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://survive55.com/blog/skechers-gorun-shoes-product-review-endorsementPicture

​OK, you almost old-timers out there answer me this:

What is the one part of your body that has bothered you for years and almost always seems to hurt especially after a long day of standing at work?

Your feet, right?

Your dogs, your hooves, your tootsies.

In 8 months of steady blogging I have never done a product endorsement but today I am going to make an exception.

Why, because I found a product worth recommending to my Baby Boomer audience.

We were born into and grew up in world of sore feet.

We walked a lot, we played a lot we worked a lot and we were on our feet for almost the entire day growing up.

Do you remember your first pair of tennis shoes?

In the 50’s they were probably something made out of canvas with hard rubber soles.

  "Sneakers" became a symbol of rebellion for teenagers around the world. 

The fashion was “officially” sanctioned when teen idol James Dean was photographed wearing denim jeans and white sneakers.

Maybe you had high-tops.

They were truly uncomfortable.

They really did hurt your feet.

But y
ou wore them until they stunk and fell off your feet.

We had no idea what comfort was.

The came the 60-‘s and 70’s and the birth of the “new age”  of tennis shoes

We had Adidas and New Balance and Converse and Nike and our feet were in heaven.

Little did we know.

Tennis shoes have now given way to “sports” shoes and “running shoes” and “athletic” shoes.

There are thousands of options and styles and colors you can choose from.

I think though that the Baby Boomer generation is still stuck in the 70’s when it comes to shoe comfort.

It seems like almost every guy (and some women) my age and older is wearing a pair of white New Balance shoes that look like they should have been retired 20 years ago.

You know the picture.

Balding head, shorts above the knees, black socks and white tennis shoes.

The younger Baby Boomers have lace ups but the older guys have Velcro straps.

Now I’m not a “Fashionista” but I tend to stay close enough to current trends so I don’t stick out like an old fogy.

But in my most recent years, my fashion sense has slowly been overridden by my maturing sense of “comfort first.”

I guess as you get deeper into the Baby Boomer years you begin to tell yourself that it is OK to wear anything you want as long as it is comfortable.

Who cares what others think, right?

We have earned the right to dress the way we want.

But in most cases, dressing the way we want is dressing the way we have always dressed so we look like a clothing ad out of the 70’s.

I’ve never been that bad even though I own a pair of New Balance 831’s that have been glued back together several times and run through the washer way too many times.

I have had a couple of pairs of Nike’s and Reebok’s and Asics over the past 20 years (I still have my NB 831’s on the closet shelf just in case) but I have to tell you folks that my idea of what to wear has radically changed with the purchase of my last pair of “tennies.”

If you remember back a few months I told you about how my girlfriend and I have begun walking in the mornings as part of our “keep fit” regimen.

Well, the NB 831’s were not cutting it on a regular basis.

As much as I hate to part with my hard earned cash to buy something I don’t think I need (or at least I didn’t think I needed) like a new pair of tennis shoes, I did just that under duress from my Darla and daughter Nykee and my poor blistering feet.

I joined the ranks of the current and the stylish and purchased a pair of Nike shoes.

They looked good and they felt good…………initially.

But after a few walks, I again had weary “dogs” and knew I needed something different.

So my girlfriend and I spent a day at the local outlet mall and I tried on tons of different tennis shoes.

The last store we stopped in was the Skechers store.

I don’t know why it was the last store, I guess because I never considered Skechers to have good tennis shoes.

Skechers was the place to buy stylish casual shoes.

What a pleasant surprise I was in for.

I tried on a pair of GoRun2 running shoes and instantly fell in love.

They were different.

They were light.

They were comfortable.

And after all was said and done they worked great.

That is why I am here today to offer you my first product endorsement.

Go buy a pair of Skechers GOrun shoes.


I’ll tell you why (actually I will steal information from the Skechers website to tell you why):

Men's Skechers GOrun 2 Running Shoes

"Skechers GOrun 2 is the next generation of a serious minimal running shoe.

Designed for speed with innovative performance technologies to promote a midfoot strike, it works as a great transitional shoe to foster a barefoot running experience."


  • Independent circular GOimpulse sensors offer flexibility and feedback for a more responsive running          experience
  • M-Strike Technology™ promotes a midfoot strike
  • Radically lightweight - No extra material, no extra weight, nothing to slow you down
  • Breathable 4-way stretch mesh toe panels engineered to allow toe splay
  • Custom Fit insole is removable for an even more minimal feel
  • Roomier Forefoot - Extra space to reduce friction and allow your toes to spread, grip and push off
  • 4mm Heel Drop - substantially less heel drop than traditional running or training shoes to bring you closer to a natural barefoot experience
  • Resalyte™ Midsole - Proprietary lightweight injection-molded compound with memory retention helps absorb impact
  • Progressive Flex midsole transitions from stable platform to forefoot flexibility
  • Construction - Nearly weightless synthetic and mesh fabric upper
  • Nearly seamless flexible upper with lace up front
  • Flatlock stitching detail for seamless feel and lighter weight
  • Soft smooth fabric shoe lining for easy barefoot wear
  • Weight: Radically lightweight 6.6 oz per shoe based on a men's size 9

I could not have described these shoes any better.

Hey, these are by far the most comfortable tennis ( sorry, but I will always refer to these type of shoes as “tennis” shoes and not “running” shoes or “athletic” shoes because I just old OK?) shoes I have ever worn.

I have had them a couple of months now and I still feel that way.

Do you need more  to check these shoes out.

Here’s a couple of reviews I found on Amazon.com and a couple of big time “running” websites.

The first is by J. D. Gohman who bought a pair on Amazon.com back on April 22, 2013.

“I have to be up front, I don't subscribe to the minimalist epidemic that is going around the running world right now. However there is something to be said for getting away from the more traditional running shoe. A normal running shoe is big and bulky and doesn't really encourage an efficient gait. However you can, like everything else in the world, have too much of a good thing, which is the case with these extreme minimalist shoes that are out on the market right now. These shoes have a low drop (difference in height between the back and the front of the shoe) to encourage a more efficient mid-foot strike and have 11mm of padding, which new independant research has shown is about perfect. So, enough of all that on to the shoe. Over the past nine months I have had 2 pairs (technically the original GoRuns) of these and am just starting on these (GoRun 2s) now. I run about 100mi a month and I get about 4 months out of them, which is about typical for any running shoe. I love the fit and feel of these as they are designed as a sockless running shoe. As a triathlete who doesn't wear socks during races up to the 70.3 distance (half-marathon run) these are perfect and I don't get any blisters at all. The original Go Runs had a more pronouced "bump" under the arch and if the truth be told I really liked that as while running it provided an excellent arhc support for your foot, the Go Run 2s have a less pronounced "bump" but seem to provide pretty good support for the foot. The soles of the shoes of the original GOruns is where I have my only complaint, to keep the shoes so lightweight there is hardly any "traditional" rubber in the sole but most of the sole is made of the foam padding called "resalyte" which seems to wear slightly faster than the harder rubber used for the "impulse sensors" that are made of more traditional rubber material. Overall, though these are an excellent shoe that has replaced my racing flats as well as my traditional running shoes.”

Here’s a review of the “original” GOrun shoes (I guess Skechers is already working on the GOrun Series 4) from the website "RunBlogger.com" back on September 2011 from Peter Larson.

Skechers GOrun Review: First Impressions

In summary, the Skechers Go Run is not a shoe for hard-core minimalists. The toebox will feel too narrow (it’s average width, fine on my foot), and the shoe will be too soft underfoot for those who prefer a Merrell Barefoot or Vibram Fivefingers style shoe. However, I’ve been rather surprised by how much I have enjoyed running in this shoe, and unlike a few other shoes on my active review list, I’m actually looking forward to putting more miles on these. Time will tell as to how much I wind up liking the unusual midsole design, but I at least have to give the folks at Skechers credit for a bit of innovation – this shoe has a feel unlike that of any other shoe I have worn. Though it’s clearly not a barefoot-style shoe in terms of how it functions, it does seem to accomplish the goal of encouraging a mid foot strike.

Skechers has a huge challenge ahead in trying to break into the performance running market, and the Go Run appears to be their first big step – it will be more than interesting to see how it is received. This shoe reminded me that keeping an open mind is a good thing, and sometimes trying something that you don’t think you will like can result in a pleasant surprise (boy do I sound like a parent).

I could not have said it any better.

The website "Examiner.com" has this to say about the Skechers GOrun shoes:

"SKECHERS Fitness Group is jumping into the barefoot-style running category with the premiere of SKECHERS GOrun, a lightweight minimalist running shoe.

SKECHERS, the second largest shoe brand (behind Nike) has signed a one year deal with Meb Keflezighi, Olympic silver medalist and the most decorated American distance runner ever. SKECHERS is certainly serious and the GOrun is a prime example."

I also check with some other purchasers over at Amazon.com and here are a few of their reviews:


"Best running shoe I've ever owned"

"Wow. Wonderful shoes"

"Good fit, very lightweight minimalist that still offers some protection"

It appears that there are as lot of serious “athletic” type of folks that feel the same way as me about these shoes.

My purpose of this endorsement is not to become the Malcolm Gladwell “Tipping Point” for these shoes.

Nor is my purpose to be searched out by Skechers to become a spokesman for them or to be paid to trial their products (although that would probably be pretty cool) and write reviews.

I am simply letting my Survive55 Baby Boomer Blog Nation know that I found a new, modern “tennis” shoe that really sets the standard for comfort and functionality.

Try them for yourself and let me know what you think.

If you liked this endorsement let me know.

Maybe, if I run across something else that “trips my trigger’ as much as these shoes did then I will do some more product recommendations for you.

I am here.......

“to help folks in their 50's and better to enjoy life, be physically, mentally and financially healthier, be up to date on news and global information that affects them and discover new and exciting opportunities in their lives.”

That’s my mission statement right?

Thanks for joining me…………………………………………………

<![CDATA[TIPS ON BECOMING AN ACTOR AT 55]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://survive55.com/blog/tips-on-becoming-an-actor-at-55Picture
OK, so I have a bad habit of spending the last 10 minutes of my day (which actually turns into an hour so most times) lying in bed and running through posts and blogs from HUFF50 or my Circles on Google+. 

Normally, I am just looking for articles on ways to improve my blog exposure but many nights I come across great articles that catch my attention and sidetrack me from what I was really doing.

That's kind of how I live the rest of my day as well.

I start out focused on one task and then something else bumps me off course and before you know it I'm standing out in my backyard in my underwear with a cold cup of coffee looking at my little lime tree wondering why the leaves are turning brown.

How I got there is a mystery in itself but I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of creative people (writers/bloggers) have this same affliction.

I've said it before and I'll say it again......There is soooo much great stuff on the internet to read and learn from.

Where was this thing when I was younger?

Anyway, one of the articles I was fascinated by last night was written by a gentleman named Pat Pattison who had been on the corporate side of the movie and film industry his whole life and almost by accident found himself re-inventing himself with a second career as a Hollywood actor...... at the age of 55.

I thought here is a man who heard opportunity knocking and he took advantage of it.

When I first exited the corporate rat race back in 2012 I spent a good amount of time looking at alternative paths I could choose to follow for the rest of my life.

One of the options that has always stayed near the top of the list is being an actor.

I have always thought I could be a natural.

I am relatively good looking and getting better and more distinguished looking as I get older and I still think I look years younger than I am.

I have a weird personality, a strong sense of sarcasm, a deviant sense of humor, I don't mind making an ass of myself and I take directions well.

To me that's sounds like a great formula for an actor.

In fact, I did a fair amount of research on the subject and even signed up with a couple of local Phoenix talent agencies.

So far no bites.

If you know anybody out there that might be interested in me let me know.

But seriously, if this gentleman I read about can start a very successful second career at 60 then why can't you?

To help you get started you should seriously take a look at the 16 tips below on how to become an actor.

I have been saving them for a couple of years now just for you.


Look up casting offices in your area.

2. Look up talent agencies in your area.

3. Check your Regional Theater Directory for their policy on auditioning and for information about local and upcoming projects.

4. Universities with film departments: Film students are required to produce a certain number of film projects each year and for those projects they are always looking for actors!

5. Find advertising agencies that have clients who shoot on-camera commercials and commercial print ads.

6. See if there is a SAG, AFTRA or Equity office in your area and see if they have a list of reputable talent agents in the area.

7. Check the arts section of your local newspaper for theaters, shows, plays and events in your area. Take note of the venues where they take place and contact them for the information you desire.

8. Contact local photographers to see if they have contacts for ad agencies, other actors, casting directors, agencies. Agencies and Casting directors often refer actors to certain head-shot photographers.

9. Look up you state’s film commission. Usually state film commissions have a list of upcoming film projects to be shot in that state.

10. See if there are any special editions of magazines and/or newspapers that have to do with theatre, film or acting in your area.

11. Pick up a copy of the Hollywood Reporter. Sometimes you will find a list of film projects that will be shot in different areas of the country.

12. Try to find a list of Equity and Non-Equity theaters in your area. Go there and they should be able to give you a wealth of information about where you can go to get started, teachers, schools, etc.

13. Look up acting schools, acting teachers and acting coaches in your area. 

14. Look up casting offices that cast for extras, even if they are in a big city like New York or L.A. and sign up with them. Make sure they have your head-shot and résumé and cover letter. But tell them where you are and where you live. If you are not in the big cities where lots of film and extra work is being shot, you’ll want to tell them to call you when there is work to be had in an area you can easily get to.

15. Remember that when building your résumé, the more theater work you have on your résumé from reputable theaters, the more attention you will get from casting directors and agents.

16. You could also go and take classes with casting directors or agents if you can find them. That is a great opportunity not only to meet casting directors and agents, but also to spend time them and for them to get to know you and see you work.

What do you think?

Are you the next George Clooney or Meryl Streep?

Just don’t forget that once you do start to gather some information and take some classes, that the person who will have to execute your acting career is YOU.

To do that effectively and ensure that you position yourself for success, you will need to develop certain skills.

Although there are many different roads to choose, you find some great help on how to become an actor by following the steps you will find on this website "Acting Career Startup.com."

There are also some fun quizzes you can take, many articles you'll find here by experts who have just taken a leap of faith to start a career in acting as well as resources of funding your move and promoting yourself

If you decide this is a path you want to take and you need a partner for support give me a call.

I would love to have a couple of Hollywood actors I could call my friends.

Think of the parties we could have?

If you found my blog interesting or helpful, I bet your friends would to so please forward it to them.

The more Baby Boomers we can help the better place we make this world !!!

Thanks for joining me..........................................................

<![CDATA[Life Calculators for Baby Boomers - Part 3]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://survive55.com/blog/life-calculators-for-baby-boomers-part-3Picture
Survive 55 Baby Boomers...........

For the past two days we have been playing with some very interesting calculators that I hope you found helpful in making some of the big decisions in your personal and financial lives.

I am sure that you are aware that most calculators are meticulously built and developed on deep mathematical theorems that have been tested and retested for accuracy.

I am also sure that you are aware that mathematics is made of 50% formulas, 50% proofs, and 50% imagination. 

I am also sure that you are aware of the fact that old mathematicians never die; they just lose some of their functions. 

But, do you know how to calculate the right answer to this question?

Which would you rather have:  A half of an egg or eternal bliss in the afterlife?

The answer, of course is:  A half of an egg because nothing is better than eternal bliss in the afterlife, and a half of an egg is better than nothing.

OK, enough tomfoolery for the moment.

I have re-linked these calculators below for you so all you have to do is click on them below to again be brought back to the websites.

These included:

Day 1




Day 2






Like I said in the past, if you search  long enough you can find anything on the internet including calculators on how old you are in dog years, how your salary compares to that of a major league baseball player or even what your odds are of winning a lottery.

So today, let's have some fun.

Below are listed my top 10 favorite "FUN" calculators thanks to our friends at the website CalculatorPro.com.

They have dozens of free calculators that cover scientific, financial, health, math conversions and even construction issues.

If you have ever wanted to calculate the area of a circle then they have a calculator for that.

If you want to calculate how much your mortgage points are going to end up costing you for your home loan out of pocket then they have a calculator for that.

Yup, they have a calculator for pretty much anything you could ever want to calculate.

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help the better place we make this world !!!

Thanks for joining me..........................................................