RETIREMENT –Daily Schedule

    We get up at 5:00 am,have a quick breakfast and join the early morning Walk and Talk Club. There are about 30 of us. Rain or shine we walk around the roads,all talking at once. After a nimble walk,avoiding irate animals like chipmunks out to scare us,we go back home,shower and change for the next activity.

    My wife goes directly to the pool for her under water Pilates class,followed by gasping for breath and CPR.

    I put on my ‘Ask me about my Grandchildren’T-shirt,my mid-calf shorts,my socks and sandals and go to the club house lobby for a nice nap.

    Before you know it it’s time for lunch. We go to Sam’s Club to partake of the many tasty samples dispensed by ladies in white hair nets. All free! After a filling lunch,if we don’t have any doctor appointments,we might go to the Post Office and see almost everyone.

    We’re usually back home by 2 PM to get ready for dinner. People start lining up for the early bird about 3 PM,but we get there by 3:45 because we are late eaters. The dinners are very popular because of the large portions they serve. You can take home enough food for the next day’s lunch and dinner,including extra bread,crackers,sweet-and-low packets and mints.

    At 5:30 PM we’re home ready to watch the 6 o’clock news. By 6:30 we’re fast asleep. Then we get up and make 5 or 6 trips to the bathroom during the night and it’s time to get up and start a new day all over again.

    Doctor related activities will eat up most of your retirement time. I enjoy reading old magazines in sub zero temperatures in the waiting room,so I don’t mind. Calling for test results also help the days fly by. It takes at least half an hour just getting through the doctor’s phone menu. Then there is the hold time until you are connected to the right party. Sometimes they forget you are holding,and the whole office goes to lunch.

    Many of the receptionists are quite rude. They keep you standing at that dopey little,closed glass window,totally ignoring you. After 1/2 an hour,I ignore the ‘DO not tap on the window’sign and tap on the window. This always drives them nuts. If you do,they put down their Egg McMuffin or their copy of the Enquirer,and fling open the window,ready for a fight. I lie,explaining I tapped on the window accidentally because I have Parkinson’s.

    They claim they are required to keep the window closed because of the privacy law but I don’t believe it. Are they afraid if I were to overhear that someone has hemorrhoids,that I would blackmail them or sell the information to a foreign government? In Colorado everyone has hemorrhoids!

    Choosing a development with suitable amenities is an important decision. The various clubs in these communities provide most of the activities. Our development has over 30 clubs. There’s something for everyone. Clubs like the kidney donating club,the Taliban Club,the East meets West club,not to be confused with the West meets East club,etc. A truly active community is one where the ambulance is there several times a day and is part of the Travel Club.

    Mostly,it’s important to choose a development with an impressive name. Alpine names are very popular in Colorado. They convey…uppity sophistication and wealth. Where would you rather live…Jim Bob’s Condo’s or the Mountain Lake Estates? There is no difference. They are both owned by Jim Bob who happens to be a Texan.

    I hope this material has been of some help to you future retirees. If I can be of any further assistance,please look me up when you’re in Colorado. I live in ‘The Wilting Willows Park,’in South Fork.

    unknown senior

    Honduras,Thugs or Patriots

    A little over a week ago Honduran soldiers arrested President Manuel Zelaya during the night,took him in his pajamas and placed him on a plane for Costa Rica. They apparently did this under orders from the Honduran Supreme Court and with the approval of the Honduran Congress. Now the great world bastions of democracy,the UN,the OAS,as well as Hugo Chavez,the Castro brothers and Barack Obama are clamoring for his reinstatement! Since when has any of this bunch shown any great love for the democratic process or the rights of a free people to protect their constitutional rights?

    What right has the UN,the OAS (Organization of American States),or any other nation have to attempt to dictate what is done under the laws of another sovereign nation? This was no coup. This was an arrest and expulsion of a dictatorial leader that had violated numerous Honduran laws. The only problem was they chose to execute it quietly by exiling him rather than incarcerating him with all the fanfare and potential riots from the leftist “Acorns”of Honduras. They chose to quietly remove him,replacing him with the person the law indicated was the second in order,just as our government would do if our president were deceased,incapacitated,or imprisoned for any reason.

    Zelaya had been charged with some 18 criminal acts including treason. He had defied the Honduran Supreme court and refused to recognize the law making authority of the Honduras’Congress. He had refused to implement more than 80 laws approved by Congress since taking office in 2006. Zelaya also refused to comply with a Supreme Court ruling against his planned referendum on whether to hold an assembly to consider changing a constitutional provision that was specifically not allowed under the constitution itself. In other words this guy had placed himself above the law and established himself as a dictator in the same style of the Castros and Hugo Chavez.

    To date no countries have recognized the new government and they have been ousted from the OAS. This probably has a lot to do with the objection of the US. Obama has jumped in and deplored the action of Honduras demanding that Zelaya be reinstated. Why would an American president have the gall to say on one hand that the US does not want to meddle in the private affairs of other nations and then on the other hand demand that Honduras restore a leftist dictator that has been ousted for violation of their Constitution and his oath of office? Well,perhaps the key is in the word “leftist”in which Obama found a kindred spirit. After all,if one country could oust a president for violating the constitution he was sworn to protect,perhaps another could do the same?

    Apparently Zelaya was elected by campaigning as a center-right candidate. He then moved into the dictatorial pattern of Chavez ignoring the laws and defying the Congress and Supreme Court. The final straw was when he attempted to strong arm his way into an illegal additional term by changing the constitution through an illegal election. In Honduras a provision was written into the constitution to prevent dictatorial “presidents for life”as had happened a number of times in the past in Latin America. This provision was one of several that are considered “inviolate”and are not subject to amendments. According to their constitution these provisions can only be changed by a rewrite of the entire document. According to Pat Buchanan,Chavez even provided the ballots for Zelaya to use to accomplish the illegal election.

    We should congratulate the people of Honduras for protecting their constitutional form of government,even though done perhaps with a bit less aplomb than we would have preferred. The people of Honduras have not accomplished a coup,but have enforced their laws,without bloodshed and have removed crooked leader before he could destroy their form of government. For that they should be congratulated,not ostracized.

    Obama and Hillary Clinton have no business meddling in the private affairs of a friend and neighbor who are implementing their laws in the best way they can to protect their liberties without creating dangerous riots and violence in their streets.