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Useless Fact #9: Happy As a Clam

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “happy as a clam.” I’ve heard it most of my life and never really understood why people selected the humble clam as the poster child for happiness. Let’s face it: at least to the casual observer a clam’s life doesn’t seem to inspire that much happiness. And, even if…

Useless Fact #7

Reeded Coins Why do most U.S. coins have those little ridges around the edge? Glad you asked.  Those “little ridges” are correctly called reeded edges.  Back in the day when money was really money, i.e. made from precious metals like silver and gold, the reeded edges served two important purposes: They made it more difficult…

The Reality Diet (Boomer Humor)

See Food Diet

There’s a thing I’ll label “The Law of Diminishing Resolve” that seems to apply to our determination to stick to eating healthy food. We may begin a year, a month, a week, or even a day with considerable determination to follow a  healthy regimen, but as the days go by and/or our stress increases, our…

Useless Fact #6

“stewardesses” is the longest word in the English language that is typed solely with the left hand on a standard keyboard. As a footnote, I understand that the word “stewardess” is now on the politically correct crowd’s forbidden list.

Words of Wisdom

There’s a lot to be learned from the accumulated wisdom of the ages.  Here are some of my favorite tidbits from ancient and contemporary thinkers. Every man dies. Not every man really lives.   William Wallace(1270 – 1305) The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.   Henry David Thoreau(1817…

Fauja Singh – 100 Year Old Marathoner

I’ve run a few marathons, so on this one, I speak with authority.  Marathons are hard – very hard, even when you are young. So here I sit thinking about getting back to running after a long layoff, and wondering if I’m too old to run any more.  I do have that hip that sometimes…

96 Year Old Yoga Teacher

When I hear some of my contemporaries in their 60s and 70s complaining that they have gotten too old to be active, etc., etc., I always suggest that they spend some time with our Superstars.  Here’s the next one. Tao Porchon-Lynch is a 96 year old active yoga teacher, who’s been teaching yoga for 56…

The Amazing Story of Cliff Young

This is truly the story of an UpGraded Senior Superstar – one named Cliff Young.  Cliff entered (and won) the Sydney to Melbourne run in Australia (544 miles) at age 61.  Oh, and he broke the record for the run in the process by almost two days. Not that it matters, but he ran without…

UpGrading In Smoky Mountains National Park

Abrams Falls

Hello fellow UpGraders.  Your UpGrading Senior-in-Chief just returned from a 3-day RV visit to beautiful downtown Townsend, Tennessee. In case you don’t know, Townsend is a small town just on the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  (The photo above is from one of my previous trips to the Smokies circa 2008.) Great…

Sam “Sonny” Bryant, Jr.

People have the misconception that age makes you old, but I realized it’s a state of mind that makes you old.  Age . . . gives most people – the majority of people – a reason to be lazy. So says Sam “Sonny” Bryant, Jr., my latest UpGraded Senior Superstar.  Sonny is a 70 year…