Expectations Versus Reality About Old Age
ELDER MUSIC: 1958 Yet Again



It was a happy day for me when, having moved to New York City in early 1969, I could sell the car. It didn't please me when I left Manhattan and needed a car again, and I have sworn that I will drive the one I have until one of us dies, preferably me.

But there is not a chance I'll catch up in years of use with Allan Swift who drove the same car for 77 years – until he died in 2005 at age 102. (The video is longer than it needs to be. You can stop at the two minute mark and not lose anything.)

Some people think the story of Allan Swift and his Rolls Royce isn't true, but this website has confirmed the general idea with a few minor factual fixes.

Thank Darlene Costner for this item and you can read more here.


No need for an explanation – just a good collection to help make some things a little easier in the kitchen.


In all the nearly 50 years I worked full time, I hardly ever ate breakfast. Coffee? Always. A doughnut? Yes – when I was still young enough to have a measurable metabolism. Standard American breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast and hash browns? Yes to that too but only once a month or so on weekends, usually with friends.

Since retiring a decade ago, I have eaten a healthy, tasty breakfast every morning in the belief that, as I was told most of my life and ignored, it is the most important meal of the day.

Now “they” - well, one guy anyway – say there is nothing magical about breakfast. In fact, he explains, the science behind our belief in the importance of that meal is weak:

”Few randomized controlled trials exist. Those that do, although methodologically weak like most nutrition studies, don’t support the necessity of breakfast.”

The writer, Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics who says he is never hungry before noon, explains the research and then concludes:

”If you’re hungry, eat it. But don’t feel bad if you’d rather skip it, and don’t listen to those who lecture you. Breakfast has no mystical powers.”

You can read the entire piece at The New York Times.


On his HBO program Last Week Tonight last Sunday, John Oliver hilariously considers the stupidity of the primary election process in the U.S. So mark you calendars for next February 2. Watch the video to the end to find out why.


A professional bicycle racer named Johan Le Bon is the co-developer of a strange, new kind of bicycle:

”[It is a] single-speed city street cycle that pivots in the middle of the frame, allowing the back wheel to twist and swerve in ways that, at a glance, make it look like it is about to fall apart...The result: users can turn in ultra-tight circles and slalom urban street obstacles with ease.”

Take a look, see what you think:

You can find out more at Gajitz.


There is no reason for this item except that I think it is the cutest thing – and maybe other book lovers will too. If I needed a sofa – too bad I don't and it's probably more expensive than I can afford – I would buy this:


It comes in a whole lot of other wonderful colors too. You can find out more Prospettiva Design.


I may have mentioned here (or maybe I've just discussed with a friend) that I will not welcome the cashless society we will have probably sometime soon. You can call me Luddite all you want – too bad, it's just how I feel.

That said, this experiment by Buzzfeed writer Charlie Warzel is fascinating. He went for a month without cash and then went one step further having a payment chip implanted in his hand.

What else is amazing is this video racked up more than two million views in its first four days:

Read more about Warzel's experiment at Buzzfeed.


Former Late Show host, David Letterman, came out of retirement last week when he was given a Peabody Award for his work on that program.

During his acceptance speech, Letterman told the audience what happened when he attended a recent White House State Dinner that explains how retirement can be a blow to one's self-esteem:

”So I'm seated at dinner next to a man who is the assistant chief of staff to the prime minister of Norway. And I'm feeling like a big shot. And we're chatting, and we're chatting, and we're chatting.

“And when it comes about dessert time, and the guy says to me, 'Excuse me. Why are you here?'

“And I said, 'You know what? I think I picked up somebody else's mail.'

“And he said, 'So you're here by mistake?'

“And I said,'Yeah.'

“And he said, 'Oh.'

“So there you go — you get invited to the state dinner, nobody knows why. That's the sum total of being retired.”

Read the rest of Letterman's Pulitzer speech at Vulture.


It's no secret how excited I am about the thousands-and-growing-fast number of applications for 3D printing and here is another that will break your heart in the best possible way.

Some veterinarians, 3D designers and a local artist got together to create a new shell for Freddy the tortoise after she lost most of her own in a terrible forest fire. Watch:

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Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.

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The political classes in American have obviously taken to heart the lesson they learned from their spiritual mentor, Joseph Stalin, who said, "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

I rarely eat breakfast. A cup of coffee is a must, but after that, I don't plan on anything. Sure, a donut or bagel if they happen to be available. And if it's a special occasion eating out or somthing, I love sausage, eggs, and hashbrowns. But normally coffee is it for me until lunch.

Other than it being something different for the cyclists to play with, I fail to see any advantage to those crazy bicycles. Maybe I'm missing something.

Retirement and self-esteem? During some polite chitchat with a stranger one day, she asked, "And what do yu do?" I was stumped and a bit embarrassed. Finally blurted out, "I'm retired." Awkward!

I don't feel compelled to explain 'what I do' to most who ask, but when I'm feeling like it, I say I am currently engaged in a strategic period of tax minimization.

Well, you know, Mr. Letterman... that's a really great beard you have. But if you retire and then cover up half of the face everyone knows with a beard...

Oh, wait. You say you introduced yourself at the beginning of the conversation and still the assistant chief of staff to the prime minister of Norway didn't know why you'd be at a state dinner? Well then, in that case, I guess you're history.

OK, I could so buy that sofa that spells out book! If I could afford it, that is. I love it! I'd like it in blue, please.

I do not understand three D copy machines! But find the concept fascinating and certainly yet one more way that our world will change in ways unimaginable even 30 years ago! This story and the story of the chip in the hand both speak to the future. I look forward to when chips are placed in us with our memories intact or chips that will permit individuals who have cerebral palsy or have been wounded to utilize areas of their body they were denied. I am quite excited by where technology can bring us and has brought us. Astounding to juxtapose this area with our election process! Oh well.

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