Fitness Perspective

People complain because their Fitbits, Garmins or Apple Watches aren’t perfectly accurate.  Here is some perspective. This is a pedometer: It is what people used to wear to calculate distance.  It was inaccurate, noisy and unreliable.  It only measured distance and it was accurate within about 20% This is a Fitbit: It is what people […]

Two Tokes Assisted Living

On Wednesday I got my haircut by Cathe at Sir Guys in East Pasadena.  Cathe has redecorated on a rock and roll theme which I really like.  She has lots of excellent poster art from the 60’s and 70’s and it looks terrific.  We were riffing on changing the name of the shop to express […]

Medicare for Fun and Profit

About six months ago I started getting advertising in the mail about Medicare.  By now I’ve received about a hundred.  See the picture nearby.  According to politicians Medicare is going broke.  According to doctors Medicare doesn’t pay enough to reimburse costs. Follow the Money But according to where the insurance companies are spending their advertising […]

Medicare Complexity Day One

Complexity thy name is Medicare or diving in donut holes. Except for joking about the “Medicare Buffet” I have put off thinking about Medicare its costs and its complications for as long as I can.  But now I’m within a hundred days of having to sign up and I’m starting to pay attention.  The first […]

Two Digit Midget

“If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it is free.” P.J. O’Rourke Today I am officially a Medicare Two Digit Midget.  It is now less than 100 days until my 65th birthday and my turn at the medicare buffet.  Since I’ll be getting there before most […]

The Medicare Buffet Gets Closer

In the last few weeks I have received a couple of pieces of mail about signing up for Medicare. I started a folder.  What else can I do.  259 days to go.  I’m not going to think about the choices until about 60 days before my birthday.  My hip has stopped hurting so the taxpayers […]

Senior Thought

“A mother can take care of three or four children but three or four children can’t take care of a mother.” Christine Leventhal A very wise woman on the Prager Israel Trip during a conversation about taking care of elderly parents.  

400 Days

Today I celebrate just 400 more days until I get to the Medicare Buffet. I can’t decide yet whether I will get the hip replacement or the bypass surgery first.  But one thing is for sure.  America can’t afford my (and the other 70 million baby boomers) medical bills.  I’m just glad I’m near the […]

800 days

In exactly 800 days I will be eligible for the medicare buffet.  I and about 3 million others will become eligible in 2012.   My hip is starting to hurt but I can wait and so can the rest of my cohort.  But rest assured that we will all be lining up for new knees […]