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Jim's Jottings


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February 15, 2012 - If you believe what you read, especially here, retirement communities are making plans to change their ways.

A Time magazine article by Joel Stein opines, such senior living places have two choices: separate spaces, or build surroundings for retiring boomers or super-olds.

Stein wrote, "Boomers who started turning 65 last year, are moving into retirement communities and driving the Greatest Generation crazy with their rock music and pot smoking, again."

Lawrence Welk move over, make room for Beatles noise.

And if super-olds want to communicate they better learn texting.

And forget growing peonies, tulips and mums -- this generation's pots are for growing pot.

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My friend Joe is looking to hire some mechanical-minded young men to work in his machine factory shop. They cut gears, among other things, and only degreed engineers apply.

Joe wants men with math logic.

Toward that end, he's campaigning in his own way to have high schools start teaching mechanics again.

Fat chance, Joe. Today's academics are so intent on growing their own schools they believe they must convince we normals the only way to riches and happiness is spending four years under their persuasion.

Put shop back in high schools!

We don't want or need Ph.D.'s to adjust a carburetor, wire our homes or fix our flushers.

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Apparently, I didn't wait until I enlisted in the Navy before I learned a curse word. I thought about that recently when I was looking over a store's soap offerings.

The cure my mother liked best, and practiced, was washing our mouths out with soap. I was maybe 5 when Mom gave me my first taste. I remember it because of what happened later.

I liked the taste so well I took a bite and chewed it up. I don't remember the brand, but Mom changed it. She bought colorful Lifebuoy.

It was was awful!

I probably didn't abstain from cursing altogether, but when I got aboard ship that vernacular was our main means of communicating.

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* Way too often a question is answered: "It depends." Of course it does, but it still has an answer.

* If you think nobodys cares whether you live or die, try missing a couple payments.

* We were born naked, wet and hungry, and get slapped on our butt . . . then things just keep getting worse.

* If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people?

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Ever feel you just can't win?

If a man runs after money, he's money mad.

If he keeps it, he's a capitalist.

If he spends it, he's a playboy.

If he doesn't get it, he's a ne'er-do-well.

If he doesn't try to get it, he lacks ambition.

If he gets it without working for it, he's a parasite.

If he accumulates it after a life-time of hard work, people call him a fool who never got anything out of life.

Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.
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