This makes the 100th post I have made to my blog Just A Geezer since I started writing it one year ago. I thought this would be a good opportunity to put together a few thoughts on what this has meant to me and what I see happening in the future.
First I want to thank all my readers. Many of you have been with me from the start and without your support, I really wouldn’t have a reason to continue to produce this blog. My goal has never been to get thousands of readers, but I do want to feel that the people I reach are enjoying my perspective of our GEEZER years.
When I say this is a blog for GEEZERS who are looking to keep their life interesting and continue to be amazed at what each new day brings, that really doesn’t do much to limit the number of subjects I might write about. Most of my writing selections come from what I encounter on a day-to-day basis, have experienced during my lifetime, or things that, for some reason, strike my fancy. I guess the only limiting factor is I feel a need to have a personal attachment to the subject.
I have particularly found that writing “Pet Peeves” has been very therapeutic for me. I don’t want to come across as a cranky old GEEZER, but everyday it gets harder and harder for me to remain quiet about what is happening in this country. When I hear about our politicians wanting to reduce Social Security payments, cut Medicare, and eliminate other services for the elderly and others, it makes me livid. As I watch our congresspeople concentrate on their needs and those of their big benefactors while ignoring the Americans they supposedly represent, I have to speak up. I feel our generation has an obligation to our children and grandchildren to grab back the reins of our country.
I have played with the idea of going with in-depth discussions of more critical topics such as health care, money matters, and retirement living, but I don’t’ really know much about these subjects and none of them lend themselves to being the least bit fun to write. Besides if you want this type of information, there are plenty of boring (but informative) websites out there to pick from.
By encouraging you to make comments, I am not looking for compliments—I’m looking for a meaningful discussion of your reaction to my posts and to hopefully, get a look into your world. At this point, I am happy to respond to anyone who has a question, suggestion, or just wants to talk. This can be done by commenting through the website or–if you don’t want your comment posted— by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In no way does this mean I don’t love comments like “Gee Dave, that post today wasn’t the dumbest thing I ever read,” but we can accomplish so much more if we work together to make sure this blog develops into something of value to all of us.
I don’t want to write in a “vacuum” or know my readers based on a “number of views” chart. I really want to know who you are.
I’m still writing what I call poetry, but it is a new form of writing to me and I don’t know how to judge it. It would really help if you would let me know a) Dave, I think that was a really good poem,” or b) “Dave, I don’t know what that was, but I’m pretty sure it’s not poetry.”
I considered taking a poetry class from the community college this summer, but life got in the way. I know that poetry gives me a certain freedom I don’t get from more traditional writing, lets me experiment and play with words, and be frivolous when I feel like it. I may just be amusing myself, but who better knows how to make me laugh or cry.
I think photos add interest and even if it is just a photo of a pocket watch to illustrate “time” or a cute photo of Sam or me, I think they add to the post. I try to use photos I have taken in the past or just take them as I go along, but sometimes there is just no way to get a photo of ‘Snake Oil,” so I have to use a web source that provides for the use of stock photos (photos are in the public domain or have been donated) at no cost. They usually require me to attribute the photo to the photographer so that is why some photos have lengthy, almost nonsensical, captions below them.
Stepping Out for a While
If you have read this blog for long, you know I had full knee replacement in January of this year. Well, guess what boys and girls, it’s time to get the other one done. I can’t think of anything (even pounding a nail through my own hand) I would enjoy less, but really I have no choice.
I know I will be out of commission for a couple of weeks, but hopefully the blog will not be down nearly as long this time. If you remember, following my first surgery I used a strap to aid in getting my knee to bend and pulled so hard I developed a really good case of carpal tunnel in both hands. It was incredibly painful and irritating and I absolutely could not use a keyboard. Since then I have had surgery on one hand and just given the other time to heal. I should not have this problem again.
So all I’m suggesting is if we are going to travel this path (I was going to say GEEZER path, but that might look a bit like a deserted highway—lots of cracks, holes, and crumbling edges), let’s do it together. Work with me and I’m sure we can come up with something so much better than what I can come up with alone.
Lastly, I want to thank my wife Lorraine, who skillfully and almost happily, edited every one of my posts. Every time she sends back her soul-sucking comments highlighted ruthlessly in red or yellow, she tells me how lucky she feels to be the first one to see my words of wisdom each week. She wouldn’t lie to me—would she?