First, Dr. Tanya announced that there will be no Blogging Insights prompt today. And as of 1:30 pm Pacific time, Melanie has yet to post her Share Your World challenge. Those are my Monday staples. What ever will I post about today?
Well, at least Paula has the The Monday Peeve prompt, where she gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.
What pisses me off today? I’m glad you asked. I am a retiree and a senior citizen, a septuagenarian, in fact. I am, thankfully, in relatively good health for an old fart, and I live with my wife in our nice, comfortable home.
So it annoys me when, nearly every day, I receive brochures in the mail for senior living facilities. They have names like Pleasant Valley, Serenity Village, Rolling Acres, Tranquility Heights, Sunrise Manor, The Glen, Forest Park, The Golden Oaks, Fox Gables, to name a few. They are advertised as retirement communities, 55+ communities, independent living complexes, assisted living facilities, etc.
They advertise that they offer security, senior-focused amenities, and a sense of community, all in an idyllic environment. They all tell you that you’re never far from great shopping, fine arts, live music, theaters, restaurants, bistros, and boutiques. Many offer on-site gyms and fitness centers, on-site dining, cleaning and laundry services, transportation services, golf course or swimming pool access, and community recreational events. Most have hiking trails and biking trails, and, of course, all have “excellent medical care” available nearby.
Sounds great, right? But you know what? I love my home and I’m not in need of all of those amenities. At least not yet. Maybe when I reach my 80s. But for now, stop wasting time and money sending all of these lovely senior living brochures to me. Don’t call me, I’ll call you — when and if I’m ready. In the meantime, your brochures are joining all of the Christmas catalogs that I receive in the mail by being tossed directly into the recycling bin.