Musings of the Chronologically Challenged™ Fourth Generation
Saturday, September 18, 2004
The political vitriol, hate-mongering, and lies (regardless of who's telling them) get more and more distressing every day. Some days when I surf my favorite reads, I can just about feel the BP numbers going up. I've decided that presidential elections are hazardous to my health and therefore Indigo Insights will get even more apolitical as November approaches. So unless George Bush pats Teresa's fanny instead of Laura's, or John Kerry makes similar ungentlemanly overtures to Laura, or Bill Clinton recovers enough to attempt to rape them both, there will be few, if any, political references here on Indigo Insights. With so many astute, better informed, and more articulate bloggers than I available in blog world, you're bound to find something interesting if you'll just link around. As for this space, it can be considered a rest stop for tired minds when you need a break. Or not. Anyhow, it will continue UFN to be a nook for passing along inanities that may be marginally entertaining, hopefully humorous, and possibly inspirational.
And with that as prologue, check this out:
MY RETIREMENT HOME
"No nursing home for me! I'm checking into the Holiday Inn.
With the average cost for a nursing home per day reaching $188.00, there is a better way when we get old and feeble. I have already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn. For a combined long-term stay discount and senior discount, it's $49.23 per night. That leaves $138.77 a day for:
1. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in any restaurant I want, or room service.
2. Laundry, gratuities, and special TV movies. Plus, they provide a swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge, washer, dryer, etc. Most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have free shampoo and soap. They treat you like a customer, not a patient. $5.00 worth of tips a day will have the entire staff scrambling to help you.
There is a city bus stop out front, and seniors ride free. The handicap bus will also pick you up (if you fake a decent limp).
To meet other nice people, call a church bus on Sundays. For a change of scenery, take the airport shuttle bus and eat at one of the nice restaurants there. While you're at the airport, fly somewhere.
Otherwise, the cash keeps building up.
It takes months to get into decent nursing homes. Holiday Inn will take your reservation today. And you are not stuck in one place forever, you can move from Inn to Inn, or even from city to city. Want to see Hawaii? They have a Holiday Inn there, too.
TV broken? Light bulbs need changing? Need a mattress replaced? No problem. They fix everything and apologize for the inconvenience.
The Inn has a night security person and daily room service. The maid checks if you are OK. If not, they will call the undertaker or an ambulance. If you fall and break a hip, Medicare will pay for the hip, and Holiday Inn will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of your life.
And no worries about visits from family. They will always be glad to find you, and probably check in for a few days mini-vacation. The grandkids can use the pool. What more can you ask for?
So, when I reach the golden age I'll face it with a grin. Just forward all my emails to the Holiday Inn!"
Upon telling this story at a dinner with friends and too much red wine, we came up with even more benefits the Holiday Inn provides to retirees:
Most standard rooms have coffeemakers, reclining chairs, and satellite TV-all you need to enjoy a cozy afternoon. After a movie and a good nap, you can check on your children (free local phone calls), then take a stroll to the lounge or restaurant where you meet new and exotic people every day.
Many Holiday Inns even feature live entertainment on the weekends.
Often they have special offers, too, like the Kids Eat Free Program. You can invite your grandkids over after school to have a free dinner with you. Just tell them not to bring more than three friends. Pick a Holiday Inn where they allow pets, and your best friend can keep you company as well.
If you want to travel, but are a bit skittish about unfamiliar surroundings, in a Holiday Inn you'll always feel at home because wherever you go, the rooms all look the same.
And if you're getting a little absent-minded in your old days, you never have to worry about not finding your room--your electronic key fits only one door and the helpful bellman or desk clerk is on duty 24/7.
Count me in!
IT'S MY CAT'S WORLD. I'M JUST HERE TO OPEN CANS.
WE GOT RID OF THE KIDS. THE CAT WAS ALLERGIC.
CATS REGARD PEOPLE AS WARM-BLOODED FURNITURE.
Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you, but pigs will treat you like an equal.
Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
and pass it on to other folk.