Bob’s UpGraded Senior Blog

Habits – Our Invisible Prison

I’ve been thinking about habits lately.  See what you think about this, UpGraders . . . (Warning:  it can be at once enlightening – and frightening.) Take a few minutes to ponder your habits and how they affect you. It truly is frightening, and if you don’t think so, then you haven’t pondered enough. “A…

I Hate Scraping Ice Off My Windshield!

Frozen Windshield

But, You Live In Florida? While it’s true, your UpGrading Senior-In-Chief now lives in Florida and rarely (OK, never) has to scrape frost off his windshield in the winter, I lived in Kentucky not so long ago. One thing I hated about winter was having to stand in the freezing cold and scrape my windshield…

A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective

I guess at times we all feel like our contemporaries have aged much more than we have. I suspect that secretly they feel the same way about us. It’s a matter of perspective, I suppose.

Oh, Stop It!

Laughing Babies

Remember when you were younger and you and a friend got a bad case of uncontrollable giggles – usually in a totally inappropriate place, like school or church? And every time you’d look at each other – it would start again. Well, UpGraders, these two toddlers know the feeling! They are simply unable to control…

New York Minute vs. Internet Minute (the Internet Wins)

Data Storage on Internet

The pie chart below demonstrates in graphic terms what’s going on with the Internet. To put it mildly, the internet is storing/transmitting an almost incomprehensible amount of information every minute. According to IDC, a market research firm, in 2013 there were over 4 zettabytes of data on the Internet. For you non-techies, a zettabyte is…

Words Used Badly

use of words

We UpGraded Seniors need to continually (not continuously) challenge our minds to keep them sharp. Vocabulary Challenge Here’s a quick read that you may find instructive.  I did. Steve Pinker, a linguist and cognitive scientist at Harvard has compiled a list of the 58 most commonly misused words and phrases in the English language. As…

Champagne Trivia for New Year’s Eve

champagne flute

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Champagne Did you know that the pressure in a bottle of champagne, prior to opening, is 3-4 times the pressure in a car tire? Well, now you do, so don’t put someone’s eye out when you pop the cork. And, how many bubbles do you suppose are produced in…

Health Alert: COSD Epidemic


Do you have chronic COSD?  It’s an epidemic that has swept the country in recent years and remains uncontrolled – but not uncontrollable. The Latest (Absurd) Manifestation I read the latest manifestation of this epidemic just yesterday. A university (theoretically an institution of higher learning) decided to stop using the term “Holiday Parties,” which was…

They’re Saying Your Grandkids Won’t Live As Long

Grim Reaper

I just used that headline to get your attention.  Sorry! New statistics from the National Center For Health Statistics released this month indicate that a baby’s life expectancy at birth actually declined for the total U.S. population from 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015. This is the first such decrease in more than…

Disaster Averted: Running Lesson From a 4 Year Old


Did you ever see an old guy trying to run in 15 year old running shoes with a sole that’s come unglued in the front flopping around? It’s a recipe for disaster (fall, broken hip, etc.) and that was me until yesterday when my new running shoes arrived. I’m trying to resurrect my ability to…