Hey, boomers and their friends, it was a blast! You will find my new blog — Rhea Becker’s Short Attention Span — at rheabecker.com (gimme a few days; it’s not active yet!). Love, Yours Truly.
Six years ago on April 10, I decided to start a blog. After trying out several names, I settled on The Boomer Chronicles. I blogged faithfully every weekday for six years. At its height, Boomer Chronicles posts attracted comments from 20 to 30 or more readers. That’s a lot! I was proud of the subjects I covered and the light I shed on a variety of important topics: the Amish, belly fat, baldness, and IRAs. And although I continue to be a baby boomer, I have decided — after much hand-wringing and deliberation — that I am ready to hang up the ‘boomer’ niche and do what I was doing anyway: blog about anything and everything. So, I’m going to close The Boomer Chronicles tomorrow, on the blog’s 6th anniversary.
You, my faithful readers, have suffered through posts about adult diapers, my dog, angst over how to fund retirement, and so much more. I want to thank all of my wonderful readers and friends, including Rob Phelps, August Sanders, and Christopher Hennessy. I also want to thank my Blog Guru, Stephen Labuda of Agency 3, who ably advised me from Day One.
Blogging is a funny thing. You meet other bloggers either virtually or in real life, and you form attachments to them just as you would friends. I want to mention Adam Gaffin, Suldog, Neil Kramer of Citizen of the Month, Hattie’s Web, Millie at My Mom’s Blog, Boston Zest, and so many, many more.
The Boomer Chronicles archives will remain online indefinitely. Just think, you can introduce your grandchildren, and maybe even your great-grandchildren to the once-great Boomer Chronicles.
I will post once more, tomorrow. But don’t despair. I will be launching a new blog soon. It will have no boomer theme. It will just be stuff. The site will be ready soon, and you will be able to find it at rheabecker.com
The Midlife Crisis Queen hosts another fine edition of the BloggingBoomers Carnival.
Over the past two years, I’ve dropped my smartphone at least five times. It has never broken. Still, when I got a new iPhone about a week ago, a friend of mine who is pretty geeky told me about a phone case that is, like, guaranteed to protect your phone, even if you drop it in a vat of boiling oil. Well, almost. It’s called LifeProof. Now, this is not an ad for the product, but I watched the promotional video and they threw the smartphone around and dumped it in water and dropped food on it, and the case kept the phone in good shape! Does anyone out there have one of these? They’re $80 and I want to know if it’s too good to be true.
The Midlife Crisis Queen hosts the carnival for baby boomers this week!
So I was reserving a room for my niece’s bas mitzvah in Philadelphia. The event takes place in early June, but since I had the information for the hotel I thought I would book now. So I call and book my room but after I recite all of my information to the clerk she hears that the expiration date on my credit card is in May, the month before I need the room. She says, do you have another card? I say no, I have just one card. I have always been proud of the fact that I don’t have a wallet full of credit cards and use just one. In fact, I thought this was something that should be prized and encouraged in our outrageously debt-riddled society. But no. I get shunned because I have just one card. The credit card company will not issue a new card for another two weeks. I’ll have to call the hotel back with a new card.
I realize that this is a tiny, unimportant thing in the world, but it irritated me. And I’m sticking to my one-credit-card policy.
I spent a few days last week in Atlanta at a conference. In my spare time I took in some of the sights. First, you must remember while visiting this city that it’s Coke’s world, and we just live in it. Coke was founded here and there’s a Coke museum that’s $16 to get into and it’s basically just an extended commercial. The best part is that there is a tasting room where you can sample Coca-Cola brand sodas from all over the world. Next, it’s full summer in Atlanta, witness the wisteria. I went to Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell’s house and saw her typewriter. That painting of Scarlett is the one used in the movie, apparently. I love the houses in Georgia as they mostly have deep porches that front the houses and nice columns. I made a pilgrimage to the town of Millegeville to see the home of the late Flannery O’Connor. That’s a peacock on her property and that’s her actual bed. I had some great Southern food at Pittypat’s and Mary Mac’s Tea Room. While I was gallivanting around, my Canine Prince relaxed in Boston.
The Art of Toad Kissing is now a part of the carnival for baby boomers.
A man and his three children encountered a bigfoot while walking in the woods near Crater Lake in Colorado when…
In about late June 2008 I was hiking the Crater Lake trail outside of Durango Colorado with 3 of my children. They had run a little ways ahead of me and I was just admiring the view when off in the tree line about halfway up the trail I noticed a large hairy figure approx. 7 to 9 feet tall walking just behind the tree line at about 50 to 100 yards. It was walking upright and took long strides. I only saw it for a minute maybe and didn’t say anything to the kids so as not to alarm them. I never really told too many people about this but after watching a bigfoot special on TV about a year later I realized I wasn’t the only one to ever see something like that in this area.