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Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Health and Wellness, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Retreading, with a Flat

Retreading, with a Flat

One of the amazing things about growing older is finding that no matter how careful we are about our health, by exercising and eating right and so forth, fate seems to grab us and say, “Sorry, sucker, you need  to be sidelined to remember you’re not a kid anymore.”   Yes, maybe it was that jumping off a car going thirty-five miles an hour. Or that last play before half-time in college that knocked you out and opened you up. Or that guy who hit you with the fighting stick in basic training and opened you up again. Or those years of running every early morning on asphalt instead of turf. Or maybe it was the sum of all of them and more that finally told you that your hips are shot. About three years ago, after a year and a half of limping around like Chester on “Gunsmoke,” I finally gave up and decided to go under the knife. My wife had passed away just a few months...

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Fall Activities, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Autumn Notes on Continued Retreading

Autumn Notes on Continued Retreading

Every fall the Y sells lily bulbs. A good-hearted gentleman donates the bulbs to the Y, which in turn sells them to help support its youth program.   Last fall I purchased some lily bulbs from a lovely young lady at the Valley YMCA. She guaranteed that they each would have as many as twenty blooms in the summer, and I believed her.   Not knowing a great deal about flowers, since I was on the road for many years, I have usually told people that I have lovely colored plants and left it at that. What is wonderfully amazing is that last year I bought lily bulbs from the Y and planted them at this time of year in front of my porch without knowing what colors would come out, and they bloomed in beautiful red and white colors uniformly across the front span of my porch. A couple weeks ago I bought more lily bulbs at the Y, Asiatic ones the size of baseballs. Having planted them...

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Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living |

I’m Not Retired, Just Re-treaded

I’m Not Retired, Just Re-treaded

Do you remember all those old people who used to irritate you by driving their cars too slowly or by walking with their shopping carts right in the middle of the aisle? At the time, all you could think of was getting around them, right? You know the ones I mean… the ones who were always reminiscing about times you didn’t know or care about? Well, guess what. I looked in the mirror the other day, and I have become one of them! It is not that easy to boom like a baby boomer anymore. I thought it wouldn’t happen to me. But here I am, and I have to make the best of it. The idea of retirement, or in my case, selective reduction, was not supposed to be in my vocabulary. I figured I would probably retire in my eighties. I used to design restaurants and lived in southern California. At the time of my retirement, most of my friends were divorcing their wives or vise versa,...

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