Retirement Gift To Us: Cross-Country RV Trip PDF Print E-mail

Guest Contributor PJJ, Buffalo NY: As my 65th birthday approached, my spouse and I decided to reward ourselves with a one-way cross-country RV journey. After our kids were in college, we put the empty nest up for sale and retired from the daily working world.

We listed our house on the market, sold our newer car and donated the older one to charity. When the house sold, along with almost all home furnishings, we used some of the proceeds to buy an RV.

We found a modestly-priced, five-year-old one in excellent condition. After inspection and upgrading, it was just right to become our new home on wheels.

How To Survive A 3,000-Mile Cross Country Drive PDF Print E-mail

Guest Senior Scribbler: We recently drove from Princeton to Los Angeles, with two senior drivers sharing. We did the 2,700 miles in 60 hours, via I-40, I-70 and I-66, a fair accomplishment for age 70+ roadies. Here are some tips that may help other seniors who may decide to give it a go.

Common Sense: For many, those words are all they need.  We drove in four-hour shifts each, and used the back seat for stretching out when not at the wheel. No matter how awake you feel or how you want to keep on schedule, drivers, especially seniors, regular rest breaks and naps on long road treks are vital.

My Ender's Game Premiere Experience PDF Print E-mail

By Freddy Sherman

A Great Movie and a Fun Party Hosted by Audi

The red carpet premiere of a Hollywood movie is a fun experience and a big party. It's a combination of press event, public spectacle and cast party. Audi hosted the world premiere of Ender's Game at the legendary Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and I was there to see the movie and enjoy all the festivities.
What's Your All-Tiime Favorite Travel Song? PDF Print E-mail

We took a fair and honest poll. Well, not really. We asked some other seniors to list their favorite travel songs. Considering age and fading memories, we came up with this list of all-time faves. You may not agree, especially if you were born within the past half-century or so, but here’s the result.

1. Route 66 by Bobby Troup was a Nat King Cole smash hit in 1946.

It winds from Chicago to L.A.,
More than 2,000 miles all the way.
Get your kicks on Route 66...

The lyrics are slightly inaccurate, because the road actually
continues through L.A. to Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean.

2. Come Fly With Me was recorded in 1958 by the great Frank Sinatra, and still broadly hints at the many thrills of air travel, such as:

Weather-wise it's such a cool, cool day.
You just say those words,
And we'll beat the birds
Down to Acapulco Bay...

3. I Left My Heart in San Francisco was first warbled by Tony Bennett in 1962, and he still sings it in almost every concert today. It is the official welcome song for City by the Golden Gate. Remember:

Those little cable cars
Climb halfway to the stars...

4. Just for you youngsters of age 50 or so, we’ll name the Beatles’ Drive My Car as a favorite. The 1966 recording as part of the Fab Four’s Rubber Soul album became an all-time hit. The lyrics make little sense, but not much does when you’re stuck in traffic on the Hollywood Freeway.

5. Peter, Paul and Mary sang Leavin’ on a Jet Plane in 1967. Previously recorded by writer/singer John Denver, the lyrics are the opposite of Sinatra’s happily enticing words. It’s about the sadness of flying away from a loved one. At the time, they didn’t know what unhappiness lay ahead. There were no ATF searchy feely lines, 10-hour tarmac delays, sliding airplane seats, grossly inflated prices or other flying unpleasantness to come.

Of course, many great travel songs have been written and performed since this list of old fogey favorites. However, we couldn’t print the unreadable, often uncomfortable, lyrics here.

Airline comfort: Personal gripe about flying sardine cans PDF Print E-mail

Cramped seat

Just completed a round-trip, six-hour flight from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale. Fortunately, it was non-stop, because the cheap seats were so close, even my shrunken old legs were squeezed up into my chest.

Making it worse, the guy in front reclined his seat and I was completely fetal. Getting in and out to use the lav required bending even a pretzel would find difficult.

Of course, mine isn’t an isolated incident. Last year, a guy tried to punch out Mitt Romney on a flight when the candidate asked him to unrecline his seat before takeoff.

I was flying Virgin, and that airline makes cheapo Southwest look like luxury with its effort to jam every passenger in as possible. The only way to avoid the sardine can flight is to buy a first-class seat.

For example, a typical round-trip economy flight between LAX and JFK is about $400, while first-class is about $1,400. Unless you’re a Wall Street speculator, drug dealer, pro athlete or politician, who can afford it?

Is it worth the steep price just for a couple of hours of relative comfort? What are your thoughts on the tight-seat situation?


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