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For all Baby Boomers and rock fans, the sudden death of a 72-year-old musician causes deep reflection

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Dusty Hill, a longtime member of the Texas rock group ZZ Top, passed away in his sleep on July 28. He was 72 years old. The cause of his death is unknown or undisclosed. It doesn’t matter. We’ve lost a great musician, innovative songwriter, and incredible performer.

If you don’t remember ZZ Top, they started as a garage band in Houston, Texas, in 1969. They quickly climbed the music charts with Blues, Country, Rock, Boogie hits, and albums. Their songs are timeless, their tours are remarkable, and they are responsible for the rapid growth of MTV in the late seventies…


I’m trying to figure out what to do with them

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Over the last six decades, I met a few famous people and had a few exciting adventures. The people I met range from astronauts to major league baseball players, star quarterbacks to movie stars, renowned chefs, scientists, rock stars, and others. My adventures were occasionally strange but not out of the ordinary.

I want to share my stories because my memories are locked in my brain. I’m not sure what to do with them before I die.

First, a little about me: I’m a quiet guy who enjoys solitude. A senior citizen, not as old as I look nor as…


A gem on Amazon Prime reminds me of the joys of aging

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Senior citizenship has finally let me join its ranks, and I’m enjoying it.

I’m over 65 but younger than 70. I collect Social Security. I consider myself semi-retired, meaning I have a softer job and fewer hours than two years ago.

I’m also multi-lingual, speaking the cryptic language of Medicare, millennial talk, and emoticons. However, I am challenged trying to understand my three-year-old granddaughter. According to the pediatrician, she’s cute and rambunctious, but her vocabulary makes no sense, although she’s on target verbally.

Recently she ran into the…


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Be the first to read it here

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After a recent review of worldwide news, analysts discovered that many things happening in the world do not get reported effectively. We deemed this unacceptable.

Welcome to the first edition of Bizarre Weekly News, a publication dedicated to the last page of a newspaper, the small column in a news magazine, clickbait on a sleepy webpage, or information picked up from Nextdoor.com.

Due to the overwhelming amount of information, the first edition is limited to five items selected by our team of highly qualified editors.

News Item 1: Top or Bottom

Are you a top or bottom? Weathermen throughout the…


I’ve been a Senior three times and getting better at it

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When I was a Senior in High School, I was excited about making my future come true.

When I was a Senior in College, I figured out my future and was on the road to a vibrant focused lifestyle.

I’m now a Senior Citizen, and the future is behind me and my days are filled with pleasant reflections, grandkids, a sense of accomplishment, and future optimism.

Welcome to the world of Seniority.

Seniors in High School have the world at their fingertips. Most are pumped with visions of sugar plums, college fraternity parties, and newfound freedom as adulthood quickly moves…


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The galaxy government demands it stop amidst a growing sex scandal

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“Please standby for ridiculous breaking news,” said the voice on the radio.

Within seconds the emergency broadcast alert infiltrated the peace of the airwaves.

“Good Evening, ladies and gentlemen; this is NNC News with breaking news.”

“We’ve recently confirmed that Vice President Kamala Noaction has been in contact with an alien space warrior, claiming to be the Supreme Leader of the Galaxy.”

“NNC News reporters intercepted a series of letters spelling out a secret arrangement tied to various citizens in space,” the news anchor said. …


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Fifty years later I now understand high school algebra

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“Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, may I have your attention,” came the announcement. “Please take your seats.”

In the tense environment of the Press Briefing Room, chairs shuffled as people hurried to get a seat. Camera flashes began going off, notebooks opened up, and everyone got quiet.

Near the podium, three security agents appeared and made way for the Secretary of Boring Math, Secretary Geo Metry.

Wasting no time, she jumped right to the topic at hand. “We’ve recently discovered that Algorithms have taken control of everything,” she said. “We are raising our threat level to 9 3/4.”

Taking…


Whoever thought of this must have been a genius.

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I signed up with an online dating app for Seniors. It’s a fun learning experience. I figured out how to swipe left, swipe right, clap, smile, connect up, have an excellent time, break up, move on, all the exciting things associated with getting out there again.

It’s been a few years since my wife passed. I figured it’s time to stretch my arms and get social again.

After a few days of being online, I connected with a lady named Lorum Ipsum. She’s a friendly companion but doesn’t say much.

It…


A list of things I don’t need but can’t live without.

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As I get older, I want to stay out of harm's way. That means no diamond ski slopes, jet skis, parachute jumps, or hot yoga. It means no commitments to run further than thirty minutes on the treadmill or scoot up 30 flights of stairs.

I’m pushing into my senior years, and like all things, how I treat my body is changing. I’m a little softer now than previous and am adjusting my routine accordingly. Every time I jam my knee or throw out my shoulder, it takes longer…


It’s been a long time since I laughed and cried over a streaming series.

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The pandemic hit last year, around the same time I realized I might be getting old. Call me a Boomer, a child of the ’50s, an old hippie, Grandad, or just an old guy. I wear all these badges with honor.

I can’t deny it any longer; aging has set in.

I am getting used to the fact I am not as young as I think I am. The stark reminders are my biological age combined with body changes, mental attitude, career and personal relevance, along…

Lee J. Bentch

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