Senior life? Who would’ve thought that today’s seniors were yesterday’s Hendrix fans?
Also: Please help Camp Fire victims all you can; free commuter bus rides for us to get acquainted
Jackie Sillman prefers to think of the special section as “Seasoned Life.” I don’t know. Sounds like a PBS cooking show, or maybe a fancy cocktail.
I’ve gotten other suggestions: “Enriched Life” (sounds like a retirement home). “Golden Life” (sounds like a mutual fund). “Old and in the Way” (already taken). “Neanderthal Life” (just kidding).
The idea of the publication is to feature content that’s relevant to people past their mid-fifties but definitely NOT past their prime. My inspiration? The magazine published by the AARP, which, really caught my attention a few years ago when it featured a shot of the icon of my generation Bob Dylan, looking very cool with very cool shades and a cool bolo tie and a cool leather jacket ... The magazine is full of tips for health, money management, travel, having fun, checking in with other people “our age” and etc.
What do they call that AARP magazine? They call it “AARP: The Magazine.”
Following that model, maybe: “Mature People: The Magazine?”
Or “People Who Know Why Old Phones Have Dials: The Magazine?”
Or “People Who Never Dreamed People Over 60 Would Dig Jimi Hendrix: The Magazine?”
I don’t know. Help me out. Shoot some suggestions to us via my Facebook page: www. facebook.com/adstevemiller/. Or write me a letter ... I’m cool with that, too. Steve Miller is Editor of the Appealdemocrat
* Thumbs Down: We don’t even know where to start in empathizing and feeling for the folks in the Paradise area, who lost everything to the Camp Fire. Homes and property, important community infrastructure ... and human life.
We’re keeping them all in our meditations, as well as the firefighters and emergency workers who are fighting the conflagration. Their task is enormous ... a football field equals 1.32 acres and the fire had consumed some 80,000 acres the last we heard.
When you walk out in the morning and find your car sprinkled with ash from that fire and the sky orange because of the smoke in the air, think about our neighbors to the north. Elsewhere in this edition, there is a story about how to contribute to help the evacuees. Please help.
* Thumbs Up: We’re working up the courage (and trying to find the right time) to try out the commuter bus to Sacramento ... Our reporter Randi Love did a feature story on it last week. It seems like quite the deal: it’s cheaper than driving yourself; it’s better for the environment; it’s easier and more convenient, with no parking headaches; the ride-time can be productive time as you work on your stuff or it can be sleep time; it saves wear and tear on your personal vehicle.
It’s just that ... well ... I’ve never taken it before. Me and a whole lot of others.
It all seems logical. Still there’s some hesitation. What if you get mixed up about times and miss a ride home? What if you misread the schedule and end up late to a class or an appointment?
“When you’re leaving behind your car, you’re looking for a level of comfort that is equal to what you are leaving behind,” said Keith Martin, Yuba-sutter Transit manager in that story we published. He’s correct.
Just to help people get past the basics, potential commuters can test things out as the transit authority is offering free roundtrip rides on the Sacramento commuter buses.
Text Biggreenbus at #888111, or visit www.yubasuttertransit. com.
* Ugh: A collection of shorties from a big friend:
“I’m really proud of myself. I finished a jigsaw puzzle in just under a six months ... and the box said, 4-6 years.”
“I had a really bad day. First my ex got run over by a bus. Then I got fired from my job with the bus service.”
Husband: “Eesh, look at that drunk woman over there.” Wife: “Who is she?” Husband: Well ... 10 years ago she was in love with me and then I broke up with her.” Wife: “Wow, and she’s still celebrating.”
Parent: “Do you think I’m a bad parent, Jimmy?” Child: “My name is Jack.”