It’s time up and time out for my cell phone

You'd better sit down before I say this as I don't want the shock to induce a coronary issue in any of my special Boomerbroadcast friends. I rarely use my cell phone. It's true. Survival in today's world is possible without the electronic appendage that's become so vital and addictive in everyday life today. I have a 'lite' phone plan from Zoomer Wireless (affiliated with CARP) that costs only $18.31 per month including taxes. I can text—if I knew how. It takes messages—if I knew how to set my voice mail…

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Thoughts on a trip to the mall

It's a rare occurrence when I visit one of the local shopping malls that I come home empty-handed. In fact, when I do leave without purchasing anything I feel rather virtuous and self-satisfied having once again narrowly escaped the sirens' call. Giant, shiny shopping malls that sprang up in the suburbs across the country in the last few decades are modern cathedrals—a holy gathering place where humble worshipers go to deify the goddesses of consumerism. The bright window displays of the latest fashions draw us in and tempt us to…

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10 signs that baby boomers have finally hit that perfect sweet spot

Creaky joints, back pain and stiff shoulders are a way of life for many boomers as we now enter the third period of an unpredictable and tough game. Bumps, bruises and the odd metaphorical concussion over the years have taken a toll and we now rely on our innate skills of playing the game like pros to get us through each day. It takes a little more effort to hoist ourselves up from our LaZgirl chair and leaping up stairs two at a time is a distant memory. When we…

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How to survive a man-cold

Every woman knows what it's like when your husband or partner has a man-cold. They require all the care and attention of a newborn. My friend Gail dusts off her black mourning dress and prepares for the worst. While it's tempting and seemingly easier to just divorce the old boy, I have some startling news. Women get man-colds too. In fact, I'm just recovering from one and thought I'd share my coping strategy. I have to preface this piece by saying that I'm not a wimp. I have a high…

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What do you do when your dongle dies?

The first time the word dongle came up in conversation was a few months ago in relation to my Firestick streaming device. Prior to that I didn't even know I had one. And I giggled like a little boy when he hears the word 'boobies', or that old sixties joke about the angle of the dangle. Anyway, I'd like to think I've matured a bit since then, but apparently not. Then, I heard the word dongle again this week when I took my laptop in for service. It's actually the…

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Should we allow Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft to get off with a time-out?

When I saw the picture in The New York Times of the "Day Spa" where Patriots' football team owner Robert Kraft met his Waterloo the other day, I was amazed at how innocuous the storefront appeared. Situated in a nondescript suburban strip plaza, the spa advertised waxing and facial treatments as well as the more nebulous services of massage therapy and body treatments. Yikes! I could have easily entered such a place to get my eyebrows waxed without knowing it was fronting a "rub n' tug". Life's full of risks.…

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