A question that I frequently got this week at All Seasons is, “Am I a new resident?” At first, I was shocked and a bit offended, but then thinking about it, I am about the same or almost the same age of many of the residents here. Sure, there are many older people here, but few older than Harry and no one sees themselves as being as old as they really are, least of all me. The place is billed as independent living. Residents are free to come and go as they please. Some people here are more mobile than others. Many people still drive and for those who do not there is an in-house shuttle. However, every evening around dinner time in the cafeteria, there is a nightly traffic jam of walkers. The food here is to die for. Filet mignon is on the menu every day. Once emaciated, Harry put on eight pounds his first year here and I know that I would not lose any weight living here either. The place is high end. To give you an idea of how much so, there are not one, but two Bösendorfer pianos scattered around the commons. Each Bösendorfer starts at around $150K. So maybe a better answer to the question, “Am I a new resident?” Is not an indignant no, but I can’t afford it.
Category Archives: Music
Last Friday Night’s entertainment—Lenten Catholic fish fry, with a sing-along performance of traditional Americana favorites by a friend with her dulcimer.
Yesterday, in just a little over an hour, my insurance claim went from claim denied to, we are cutting a check. I first got a call from the Toyota shop that they had received an email from my insurance company denying my claim for last week’s squirrel damage. They had not. I called the insurance company and they denied they had denied my claim. They claimed that my claim was under final review and a settlement would likely be issued by early next week. Actually, they seemed most concerned with getting the name and address of the Toyota dealer, so that they knew where to mail the check. Their representative explained that they wanted to put both the dealer’s name and mine on the check due to its large size. It seems that the confusion extended from a quibble that they had, they wanted to substitute an Other Equipment Manufacturer’s part for one of genuine Toyota parts that had been requested. Good news—check is in the mail. Bad news—since the check is made out to Toyota too, there will be no all-expenses paid trip to the riverboat casinos. 😉
Well, the dam has finally broken, and the first of many long-awaited indictments have fallen. Some pundits warn that this event is a solemn occasion for the country, others advise to drink responsibly. I cleave more towards the latter bit of advice than the former and have been reveling in the parade of memes that have since sprung forth, fully formed, from the brow of Twitter, after yesterday’s announcement. Even more delicious is that the perp (Too soon? I mean he is supposed to walk next week.), first indicated that he could not even spell indictment and then stayed up past three last night, desperately, Captain Caps Lock tweeting, “WHERE’S HUNTER?” Does he know what this behavior looks like? Does he care? Every good story needs a good villain, and this is all we got.
I’m so indicted,
And I just can’t hide it,
I’m about to go to jail,
And I don’t like it…
— Apologies to The Pointer Sisters
Cherry and Jerry
We went to a coffee shop in Webster, to hear Cherry and Jerry perform. Anne used to substitute along with Isaac Cherry at Maplewood. Cheery is pictured on the left playing percussion and Jerry on the right plays the keyboard. We arrived late and the place was packed, but after ordering lattes and what I thought would be second breakfast, but turned out to be lunch, we found an open couch in the back of the shop and sat down to enjoy the good old-time music. After their show, we spoke with Cherry who no longer teaches, but you can still tell that even though he has taken his teaching out of the classroom, he has not taken the teacher out of himself. They are fulltime musicians now, doing 300 events per year. Still, they frequently incorporate history lessons as part of their shows.