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  1. Thank you for your insightful, articulate and personal account. I'm certain your story would help any parent/grandparent facing this issue. My concern is somewhat skewed by my generation. My grandson's parents have dealt with this admirably. Unlike me, they grew up with computers. However, 60 minutes per month of family dial-up time and and a monochrome screen creates natural limitations!
  2. I have a game running on my phone that entertains me when waiting or need a little something to bide my time. The reward is a game count that is ranked world wide. I am currently in the top 20 which does not really bring me pride as very little skill is required. I do appreciate the attraction to the gaming world. Over Christmas one of my grandsons outfitted his space with a dedicated gaming computer c/w a large curved screen. I had worried about the reclusive stereotype of gaming but he lives a well rounded lifestyle. It was a couple of years ago that our game playing strategy switched to him allowing me to win. Next time I get to Texas and play a game with him, it will need game of chance with minimal skills required! I do recall I once achieved a high level of competence in Pong. I'm sure he'd be too distracted by the graphics to beat me in a game!
  3. Cleaning out and digitizing family photos/videos is spare, spare time activity. Pictures of the "good old days" spark a lot of reflection - good & bad. We tend to cherry-pick the good of the time depicted. In reality, I'm happiest now, in the present. This is a good thing because I don't have a choice! I spend a lot of time pursuing opportunities to make my present worthy of becoming fond memories. Covid has challenged some production of picture perfect moments but it will someday frame a period of good and bad!
  4. A neighbour homeschools her pre-teenaged children and occasionally phones me for help. Yesterday she called wondering where she could buy a 10 inch piece of 14 gauge copper wire for a science activity. The fact that she didn't have any around the house was understandable but not knowing where to source a piece of copper wire was suspicious. In this case, as an example, she could have googled an answer faster than phoning me (if she truly didn't know). I am certain that this was simply a feel good opportunity for my benefit. This was evidenced by the speed I delivered 30 inches of #14 copper wire c/w cutters and needle nose pliers to her front door! Part of the time you spend planning for your senior years needs to be preparing to be treated like a senior. Imagine having a 40 year old brain and have people run ahead of you to open doors, speak loudly to you or praise you for having some extra household wire to share!
  5. Boy, I slid for just under 3 minutes and... Anyway, I typically enjoy a good academic lecture. At one time I thought I'd spend some retirement time auditing university classes but have changed to such activities as watching huge trucks getting stuck in deep mud on YouTube! (Behind all of the "partying" there are some pretty ingenious builds.) There are formulas that could assist these drivers but they appear to work on trial and error! This is often a costly, yet sometimes effective way to achieve their goal and I admire their tenacity!
  6. Yes, tooth pain is disproportionately huge! It took my mind off of my other aches but, no thanks! I suspect most of us have a stash of supplies in the event our support system is cut off and this past week I discovered I am woefully underprepared in the area of emergency pain relief. This morning I mused what will be the impact if we're offline for a few days? This could prove to be a real problem and should be included in your emergency preparedness discussions. My kids were teens before cell phones were around. We had a rule that if we couldn't make a contact within 15 minutes, we needed to know why and when. You can manage without cell phones but don't underestimate their role in your everyday life. Is there an AM radio c/w batteries in your kit? A what????
  7. Weather is nuts. A couple of nights ago we were listening to the news about the upcoming weather event (now underway) and then they ran a story about earthquake preparedness. I am listening to this while enjoying a root canal gone bad. Our first priority when Covid interrupted our lifestyle was to make sure we are well prepared for major disruption. Now I feel underprepared. On Saturday night I was able to speak with a dentist and pick up a prescription at a late night pharmacy. A good stock of toilet paper and pork & beans wouldn't have helped my excruciatingly painful mouth if we were without services! I know this is a "first world" type issue but definitely need something more than bandages in our emergency kit!
  8. The aging stuff is not always pretty but it's a hell of a lot better than the alternative. Exercise and proper diet will definitely improve your quality of life in an aging body. There are many maladies that are beyond your control and/or a result of what you did in earlier years. Embrace old age and appreciate how lucky you are to achieve seniority! I am anxious everyday to get out of bed and get my day started. This is often wrought with extreme pain or assistance being required but my love of living is worth the effort! Most of us see little change in our minds. Thank you, Customboss, for sharing highlights of your life's story!
  9. Covid shook up a lot our routines and plans. You have spent considerable time planning for your future and I know your future plans, like mine, matured long before the pandemic. However, the extra time has allowed us to map out plans A,B & C and fill in the blanks. As an example, my workshop has been refined often but is getting very little use. I thought I'd like to spend my senior years getting my hands dirty. The reality is that If something needs repair, we hire a professional or buy new! I now plan to downsize to basic hand tools. I'm about the same age as you and also think of what I'll be doing in 10 years. The annoying part of this is at 76 I will have outlived my father, sister and a brother. I don't plan to join them at such a young age but I'm less inclined to delay getting or doing something I want!
  10. Part of my emergency preparedness plan is to make sure I have an easily accessible fully fueled vehicle. My time is never so rushed that I arrive home with low fuel. I think having the ability to charge my vehicle at home will help guarantee a fully "fueled" vehicle in case of emergency. Also, both the Silverado and F150's EV's boast the ability to give back power to your home or another vehicle if needed. Right now I keep a full gas can in my garage for my small engines but would also serve my vehicles in case of emergency. I believe the electric alternative to gasoline storage will soon become a reasonably priced option.
  11. GM has put out enough information to make the Silverado EV my next truck. Too bad the slow roll-out may see me in a Ford! I believe there is a significant supply of Covid weary customers spending an inordinate amount of time shopping at their computers. There are also many who recognize a significant change is coming in response to climate change. This is true whether you believe in Covid and/or climate change. This is evidenced on personal level by informal conversations I have with friends and family. It's been many years since these people would spend time "talking cars". Now, if I mention EV's most will readily engage in conversation. and tell me when and what brand their targeting. What bugs me is the delay in coming to dealer's lots. I imagine the logistics are enormous but how much of this is marketing strategy. I say just get them out into the marketplace and let the consumer choose. If I wasn't already an EV fan, our gas prices approaching $7 a gallon would quickly change my mind. The choice is something most of us have spent leisure time researching because we know its something we will soon face. I am impressed with the new Avalanche looking Silverado but not enough to wait an extra year or two. I'd like to hear your preferences. (My question has nothing to do about opinions on climate change)
  12. We have an outstanding provincial health officer. Her calm, patient, sincere and informed manner instills the confidence of the public. However, she is under constant attack for health orders that are too strict or not strict enough. This is not inconsistent with behavior seen around the world but it certainly illustrates how close to impossible it is to tackle more serious (macro) issues! There is a popular belief that if we don't agree with our elected leaders we have an unbridled option to defy their order. I have an inherent behavior to follow my leaders. It was on a very rare occasion that my father would support a directive by saying, "Because I said so!". I learned early on that chances are good that a person in authority knows something I don't!
  13. I believe the second comment is about the first one from an earlier post. I'll add my opinion but don't consider it to be blowback. I will preface with an admission that I have too much think time and have grown to appreciate my selfish behavior. This is in conjunction with a statistically decreasing potential future. I truly don't need many more things and am constantly faced with people who do. I know that the big issues like world peace, equality and harmony may be defined as futile, but they are still in the realm of possibilities and serve as admirable targets. Working on the micro issues may not put a dent in the macro but such efforts have a far better chance than doing nothing. What if this giving thing spread like Covid?? Hoping for a new truck and motorcycle keeps the selfish part of my brain happy but the real excitement lie in how can we use our stuff to improve the futures of others!
  14. We should all spend time doing what we can to help rectify global economic imbalance and strife. Most of us appreciate that we are luckier than most based on our points of reference. The fact that we can access and read this comment puts us far "ahead" of a large number of people in and out of our respective countries. This doesn't prevent us from musing or "complaining". Your comment is obvious yet powerful and should make us all reflect and come up with concrete ways to share our good fortune with others. I know that my personal donation to a foodbank or cash to the Red Cross doesn't fix such global problems but the gravity of a situation isn't resolved by doing nothing. Dave Ramsey's model leading to personal wealth is very heavy on giving generously. It would be interesting to hear how others are using their spare time to help others. My wife has been searching for shelters that have a need for good furniture. We(she) has squirreled away a sizeable savings to replace our living room furniture. My suggestion was to sell the old stuff for a low price and have it gone. She rightfully countered that there is a lot more pleasure to be derived from directly helping people in need than some fast cash in our pockets.
  15. Now most people won't enter a space where someone is smoking. We have a neighbour two houses down the street who smokes in her backyard. The fact that I know this, demonstrates a huge change in our lifetime. By looking at the changes that have occurred over the recent past, its not a great leap to imagine a significantly different future. I suspect it won't be long before we will notice the smell of a gas burning vehicle in our vicinity! In a similar vein, I went to a new restaurant in town to pick up a take-out order. I was asked to wait and in a few moments a robot brought out my order. It was a considerable step above novelty status. (We're not at "The Jetsons" level, but it was how I described this encounter to my wife!)
  16. My brother and I got into a bit of an e-mail nostalgia streak this past weekend exchanging pictures and anecdotes from the 70's. It was nice to see him reflect a little as he is a workaholic and always pushing ahead. Adult children took interest in some of the photos being exchanged. My brother and I were primarily interested in the changes to ourselves and the "kids" were most intrigued by our surroundings. Absence of computers and cell phones in the 70's was an obvious difference but other changes are quite dramatic. Unpaved urban laneways and trucks with "stick shifts" appear quite old fashioned to the under 40 crowd! The kids were also choking over all of the indoor smoking evidenced in our photos! The elephant in the room, were the pictures themselves! Searching through boxes or albums rather than scrolling through a phone's gallery....
  17. It took me a moment but I think I figured out the message behind this response! I have owned and appreciated foreign automobiles and motorcycles but the ones with American roots are my favorite! I too will sing about my Harley and Chevy. My Honda and Toyota ..... not so much.
  18. My stock '15 Sierra 4X4 has been put to the test during our past several days of heavy snow. We're at the end of a cul-de-sac with an incline up to a main road. I think it will be a long time before my neighbors (or Mrs.) asks why I drive a big truck! It has proven itself as a reliable, warm, safe and unstoppable shuttle when needs arise during these extreme weather events!
  19. Take Yotaman's suggestion and find a trusted mechanic/transmission specialist. A transmission in a '15 Sierra is several steps above a DIY project, imo.
  20. I miss the hair much more than the bike! ^^ My plan was to upgrade my '13 SuperGlide with a new basic Road King this upcoming season. However I stumbled across a basic Freewheeler which has piqued my interest! It addresses many of the qualities of a Road King while reducing some of the physical demands of a heavy motorcycle.
  21. Here is a picture taken by my brother in 1972...
  22. The safety risks of riding a two or three wheeled vehicle on public roads are huge. Quitting is by far the safest option. When I look forward to riding in the spring, I picture scenic low speed cruises along waterfront drives. I know the glamorous side of cruising on a Harley is a small part of the experience however it is a powerful motivator to not let go. Covid has significantly dashed our travel related activities and created a whole bunch of dreams to replace! Last riding season many riding opportunities were lost due to a lack of willingness from my lower extremities. I have the time to learn from others who have faced a similar stage.
  23. I'd phone the finance person at the dealership, confirm that s/he has the time or arrange a time, and walk through the document line by line. The process will enlighten you and the financial officer.
  24. It's interesting how the internet can distort your thoughts on a given topic. My Google search for opinions on switching to a trike would lead me to believe the move is very common. However I don't know anyone who has ridden or even considered buying a trike! My upper body wants to continue enjoying the experience but the lower is protesting. This visible conflict worries others who care which is my biggest concern. If I appear to make an effort to compensate, pressure to retire the helmet will subside!
  25. Argh.... Another fresh snowfall! It is very picturesque outside but shoveling and snowblowing really plays havoc on the body! I know that the days will start getting longer and in a short time, I'll be dusting off the motorcycle. My bucket list has me keeping my eyes open for a new Road King but I am seriously wondering if a Freewheeler or older Tri-Glide (cost) may be a better option? If I'm not moving snow, I'm spending my spare time YouTubing people who have made the transition from 2 - 3 wheels. Any such experience or thoughts?
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