May 19th, 2011
So, who is Phil? Why is he following me?
Well, I’m a Baby Boomer… with a sense of humor. I try to find humor in just about every part of my life. E.E. Cummings once said “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” So, in March of 2009 I created my own blog site, Baby Boomer Baloney. Two years later (early 2011) I followed up with another blog, Baby Boomers Laugh and Learn Membership Site. This membership site combines more humor with information that is relevant to us Boomers.
That’s what you and I can do together. We can laugh at the goofy stuff I put in these posts. If you like my humor and my information blog posts you will be my best friend for life. I’m not kidding.
So, I want to be a fun source for you every day. I want to make you smile and laugh out loud. And I want you to stay on top of material that is important information for all Baby Boomers.
My wife Kathy and I have been married over 40 years and we have raised four sons here in Omaha, Nebraska. We are both graduates of Creighton University here in the big O. Kathy is an elementary school teacher and has her Masters in Education, and I have a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Nebraska. I have written my own e-book “How to Live the Good Life Working from Home.”
We both turned 60 recently (yikes!) and we have a lot of memories to share as all of you do. We want to discuss these memories and laugh about the 50’s and the 60’s and on into the 70’s and 80’s.
Kathy and I have been very fortunate in our lives together. We each have several family members here in town and we have a core group of very good friends that we spend a lot of time with enjoying life. These good friends have been part of our lives for over 30 years and we’ve shared a lot of laughs.
But, let’s back up a little bit. If you could check out my life as a young boy you would find another group of guys I grew up with during grammar school and high school. We did everything together. We were knuckleheads… harmless, but true idiots.
My guys and I had great times for many years, and that is where I developed my sense of humor. When you’re surrounded by good friends, good family, and then more good friends in high school and college you get a very positive outlook on what life has to offer. Family and friends will, of course, get you through the tough parts of life as well.
Kathy and I have four sons and three daughter-in-laws. Our oldest son, Chris, is married to Josephine (Jo) and has worked in California as an attorney doing compliance work. After six years, Chris and Jo moved back to Omaha (“yeah!”) and Kathy and I are ecstatic.
Our second son, Mark, and his new wife Michela live and work in Chicago. We miss them a lot but we still manage to see them regularly either in Omaha or in Chicago.
Our third son, Philip, also just recently married his high school sweetheart Nicole and they live here in Omaha.
Our youngest, Michael, has not found his soul mate yet, but he’s on the prowl.
(Michael, with his brother Mark, is the one on the right)
Kathy and I are close to all of our sons and daughters-in-law and we very much look forward to grandchildren (come on guys… hurry it up!).
We laugh a lot when we’re all together which makes our Baby Boomer lifestyle great fun as parents creating many memories.
My Philosophy on life…
I am a conservative, traditional Christian. So, I know how my bread is buttered. I also know why I’m here, and where I am going. This knowledge certainly makes many other decisions trivial by comparison.
When I was a college student my approach to life leaned more toward a liberal philosophy. I believed in wealth redistribution, abortion, and government control of many parts of society. I fully supported a rationale steeped in “class envy” because life was not fair to part of our population.
I followed that Pied Piper for a few years after college never really thinking about why I believed these attitudes I had. But after Kathy and I had been married a few years and our children came along, I changed my tune quickly.
Reality will do that to you. Working in the real world changed some of my college ideas, but having children was a huge eye opener. All of a sudden I’m responsible for these little lives. I don’t mean just feeding them, I mean teaching them about life.
My liberal Utopian ideas ran headlong into reality. I listened to a variety of speakers, I prayed a lot, and I came to the conclusion that tried and true traditional values have always worked well for mankind by passing down solid practices from one generation to the next.
What I really learned was that man has to take care of himself. The government should have nothing to do with supporting me. You can give a man a fish every day, or you can teach him how to fish for himself. That is God’s natural order of things. The only exception, of course, are those individuals who are sick or disabled and need our help.
Wealth redistribution solves nothing. Every man must do his part. Redistributing someone’s wealth is a form of stealing. Walter E. Williams, an economist here in the United States, says a man has no right to put his hand into another man’s pocket to take his money.
There are no new ideas that are better than those values we received from our parents and grandparents. There will always be some men that think they know better than God when they come up with the latest fad in child rearing, marriage relationships, cultural practices, taxing our incomes, blah blah blah.
I found that I could ignore these ideas and just follow the plan produced by the one true God in his book of instructions. If those traditional conservative concepts are old fashioned to some, so be it. But I’ll go with the Author.
That explains, I think, much of why I’m a pretty happy guy. As I said, I know where I’m headed and I’m going to have fun getting there. And my family and friends are along for the ride. What more could I ask for?
Everything Kathy and I do socially revolves around our sons, our daughters-in-law, and our good friends. We go to the movies and we hit many of the great restaurants here in Omaha with our friends. Friday night is “date night” for us (and has been for 40 years). We have people over to our home for dinner and we have a blast sitting around the dining room table laughing about whatever.
Life is good and laughter is a big part of the joy. I want to share that with you, my blog reader, and hear about how you enjoy your life. I hope you laugh a lot coming to this site… I hope you laugh your buns off.
My career path…
I was down sized by corporate America in my early 50’s and I was determined to take control of my own career from that point on. I decided to work from home for a variety of reasons and I never looked back.
The learning curve was longer than I thought it would be but I’ll never regret it. The allure of being your own boss is very strong. We sold one of our cars and cut our monthly expenses considerably. It’s amazing what you don’t spend when you work from your home.
I tried a few ideas that did not work out for me before I finally realized that I had to pursue something I had a passion for (whatever that might be). That’s when I decided to write. My passion had to be something I looked forward to doing every day for the rest of my life.
I knew that I had to wake up every morning anxious to get back to what I really enjoyed doing. I was enthralled with the idea of finding bits of comedy to put on display for others to see. I wanted others to laugh at these items just like me. I wanted everyone to be able to have a place to get a good laugh.
I also wanted to discuss relevant news items and issues that affected my peers… other Baby Boomers. I wanted people to look forward to reading my articles and then respond to them.
Well, I started this blog in March of 2009 and I have had a ball every day since then. I now get approximately 3000 – 5000 readers each day to look at my updates. I will do everything I can to make this worthwhile and fun to follow.
The Founding Fathers and Capitalism…
When I think back to the challenges faced by our Founding Fathers I cannot help but have a special admiration for them. They were willing to put their lives on the line for something they truly believed in.
The system of Capitalism they put into play here in the United States is the most beneficial form of individual economy in the history of mankind. Socialism, on the other hand, has never worked in any country in recorded history.
Man responds to incentives. When we can determine the direction of our own lives and the type of careers we want to enjoy, we know that our efforts will bring the results we want. It’s that freedom to pursue the type of work we desire that makes Americans unique. We are able to work for the level of success that is important to us.
Some of us need more income and some desire time away from a career. We make that choice for ourselves. Capitalism makes these choices available to everyone. It’s not perfect, but as the old saying goes “It’s way ahead of whatever is in second place.”
Kathy and I stay in shape and make every effort to be healthy Boomers. We work out 3 times a week at the fitness center supplied by our living complex here in Midtown Omaha. We now walk 4 miles a day (usually 5 or 6 days per week) around our neighborhood and through a nearby park. We also walk through downtown Omaha along the riverfront quite often.
I was recently diagnosed as a diabetic so now I have to watch what I eat. I have never had to watch my diet in my life until this happened. I still eat good meals, I just can’t pig out on some things like I used to.
Kathy and I take vitamins daily and we have always noticed that they give us a little more stamina during the day. I think that this becomes an even bigger issue as we Boomers get older and have to deal with age slowing down our bodies. I hope the rest of you are doing the same.
Both of us have opened Facebook accounts recently and we do have fun with this approach. I have found through my research that Baby Boomers are heavily involved in using the Internet and setting up Twitter and Facebook accounts.
After 35 years of home ownership, we changed our lifestyle to a new two bedroom apartment right in the middle of a new village area with underground parking, a grocery store, park area, restaurants, movie theater and retail shops. For the better part of a year we had talked about selling the house to simplify our lives. I no longer wanted to mow the yard, shovel the snow, trim the trees and bushes, blah blah blah. Kathy has lost her interest in working in the back yard and cleaning a two story house.
So, we sold our home. We now have underground parking, a top floor apartment view, a swimming pool and clubhouse. Kathy has a brand new kitchen and a nice dining area to entertain our sons and daughters-in-law when they come over as well as our friends.
It is carefree living for sure. We cut down on our responsibilities and really enjoy the village and all that it offers.
Now that we’re in the apartment I can concentrate on writing and corresponding while Kathy teaches. Our free time allows us to read, go to movies, spend time with friends, and entertain our family.
We want you to look forward to reading these two daily blogs often. Why not every day? I hope you laugh your buns off!