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The Bell Returns
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
You can use the bell.” And for one very brief
moment, I almost smiled.
unfathomable reason, I decided to get
sick last month. How ill was I, you ask?
Sick enough to see a doctor.
After the initial check-up, the
physician advised that I should not
worry - it was “merely a cold.”
“Merely a cold” my foot (more like
another body part) I thought.
Despite my Rana claiming I was
exaggerating; it was definitely the
mother of all colds. A combination of
Covid, (even though the test came back
negative - as if shoving a giant Q-Tip up
my nose until it reached my brain can
really tell) Ebola, the Hong Kong and
Spanish flu (and all the other flues) as
well as the bubonic plague.
To say that I felt lousy was an
understatement. It did not even come
close to explaining my misery.
I have been told that there are two
kinds of people when they get sick. Those
that need to be babied and the rest that
want to crawl into bed, curl up into the
fetal position and wait to die.
I am in the latter group and despite Rana’s best attempts to take care
of me, I just wanted to sleep, chug some NyQuil, go back to sleep and
gulp some more NyQuil. Then repeat.
To her loving credit and in her zeal of playing Florence Nightingale,
she remembered the “bell.” Regular readers of this column will
remember my previous posting of this device.
Originally, the bell was (I thought) my brilliant, but as it turned out,
really stupid idea. I got it for her when she was laid-up in bed so Rana
could easily call me by ringing it.
While the theory was sound, the reality was a nightmare. My
Ladylove developed this habit to use it upon any whim or wish. “Can
you get me…?” or “Would you mind…?”
I lost count how many times I wanted to walk into the bedroom after
being summoned and tell her that if she rang it one more time, I was
going to take that bell and…
Fortunately, my brain always kicked in before my mouth moved.
Suffice to say, I dreaded that sound. And if you want me to freak-out,
sneak up behind me and ring that damn thing.
Unlike Pavlov’s dog, I learned to hate that bell. When Rana no longer
needed it, I immediately and happily tossed it in the garbage.
Unfortunately for yours truly, Rana actually retrieved it from the
trash, cleaned and placed the bell on her nightstand as a forever symbol
of my “love and commitment.”
And wouldn’t you know it, seven months later when she broke her
shoulder and was once again bed-ridden, the bell (and the sound…
always the sound) returned.
But now suffering from the worst
ailment befallen upon mankind (“This
has gotta be ten times worse than
childbirth” I told her more than once)
Rana offered the bell as her token of her
love and commitment to me.
So after making sure “my affairs were
in order” I very, very slowly rose from
my deathbed, and with trembling hands,
reached for the bell and rang it.
With every ounce of my nowdiminishing
strength as I awaited my
imminent meeting with St. Peter at the
gates of heaven, I shook it again. Still no
I then rang it one last time as I cried
out my “final good-bye” to my PILL
(partner in love & life) of nearly nine
And then… finally, I heard her reply:
“Knock it off, I hear you. Wait your
turn. I’m feeding the dogs.”
Somehow I miraculously survived the
Grim Reaper. But as Rana returned the
bell to its rightful place next to her, I even began to smile - I broke the
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By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / Senior Moments
just learned a new word and although it
I is a mouthful to repeat, the meaning is a
sentence with an unexpected ending. In Greek it
is “against expectations” and humorists use them all the time.
When Groucho Marx exclaimed “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful
evening, but this wasn’t it” - it was a Paraprosdokian.
Zsa Zsa Gabor once said “He taught me housekeeping; when I
divorce, I keep the house.” And some of the most serious people have
said the most unexpected things:
Ronald Reagan – “Thomas Jefferson once said ‘We should never
judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told
me that, I stopped worrying.”
Winston Churchill – “We can always count on the Americans
to do the right thing after they have exhausted all other possibilities.”
George H. W. Bush – “People say I’m indecisive, but I don’t know
Benjamin Franklin – “Three may keep a secret, if two of them
Herbert Hoover – “Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the
Author Stephen King – “I have the heart of a small boy – in a glass
jar on my desk.” A little creepy but totally unexpected, nonetheless.
Just for fun, here are a few more from the internet not credited to
anyone in particular:
1. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many
2. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting
it in a fruit salad.
3. In filing out an application where it says, “In case of emergency,
notify,” answer “a doctor.”
4. Since light travels faster that sound, some people appear bright
until you hear them speak.
5. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the
street with a bald head and a beer gut and still think they are sexy.
6. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.
And although some may seem insulting, they are said in fun only.
But this last one got my attention: Going to church doesn’t make you
a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
Adrea likes to opine and find the lighter side of life as a senior.
You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
How To Tell if You Live in Sun City:
1. Comfort comes before style.
2. College students look like 12-year-olds.
3. You gained 30 pounds overnight.
4. You rather sleep then go out.
5. You have a favorite spatula.
6. You’re always annoyed.
7. Everything feels like a chore.
8. Everything hurts.
9. The bathroom is your favorite room.
*This Month’s Work From Home Tip: Blowing on the wine in
the mug will help convince your Zoom meeting that your tea is hot.
*Words of Wisdom
1. Never in the history of calming down has anyone calm down by
being told to calm down.
2. Dear Algebra, Please stop asking us to find your X. She’s never
coming back and don’t ask Y
*My Meeting in a Bar: Having already downed a few power drinks,
she turned around, faced me, looked me straight in the eye and said,
“Listen here. I will screw anybody, anytime, anywhere.
“Their place, my place, in the car, front door, back door, on the
ground, standing up, sitting down, naked or with clothes on. It doesn’t
matter to me. I just love it.”
With my eyes now wide with interest I responded: “No kidding. I’m in
government too. Are you State or Federal ?”
*And My Stupid Statement of the Month: My wife came home
from Albertson’s complaining about the cashier being a royal PITA. I
asked her if she was at the self-checkout.
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
submissions at: email@example.com.
Legends in Concert is Back!
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
It’s glitz, and glamour. Show girls in iconic
costumes - a throw-back to old Vegas and
a delight to the eyes. Elvis Presley, Tina Turner,
and Rod Stewart impersonators charm with their
physical similarities and entertain with their spot-on impressions.
With graduated seating, everyone gets a clear unblocked view of this
wonderful Vegas show Legends in Concert. The iconic Tropicana
Las Vegas is the ideal venue for this show which ran for 38 consecutive
years until, you know, that pandemic thing.
Celebrity host Frank Marino, a staple of Las Vegas entertainment
for decades is back in his Joan River-ish role of MC. Does that make
Frank the Mistress or Master of Ceremonies in the fab-u-lous outfits
he dons to bring us some edgy humor. Frank shares a bank of new
And the outfits – Wow. Frank’s slimmed down figure will make
the ladies jealous. Frank urges the audience members to take as
many photos as they want, telling us,” I didn’t sit in make-up for two
hours for you people not to take pictures.”
The show is 100% live. No lip syncing here. No prerecorded music.
Sassy powerhouse Vivian Ross Scott as Tina Turner, the Queen of
Rock and Roll, turns the heat up with “Burn Baby Burn.” And then on
to music icon Rod Stewart played for more than 20 years by the talented
John Anthony. Loved his rendition of “Maggie.”
Can you get any more legendary than Elvis - the King of Rock ‘n
Roll! Mat Lewis has been an Elvis tribute performer since age 12.
USA Today named him the Best Elvis in Las Vegas. A performance by
Matt is enough to “Satisfy Me” as he sings “One Night with You.”
The costumes include some dazzling vintage style pieces that look
back to the glitz and glamour of Vegas and some sexy modern dress.
The dancers, the four piece band, and back-up singers Tony Torres and
Deanna Carey make this show “Simply The Best.”
This is a true Vegas Show, saluting the greats of the past and present.
Go see Legends of Concert at the Tropicana.
Dianne Davis is delighted to once again share her opinions of
local performers and shows. She is the lead reporter for SCA-TV
and Associate Editor of lasvegas.splashmags.com.
Grab Bars + Ramps
Curbless Showers + More
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
thought I’d write this month about Pit Stop
I which although would be a good name for
a deodorant, is actually the name of an obscure
black and white “B” movie that I was in way back in 1969.
It was about Figure 8 car racing and was one of the last black & white
movies that was made, as “Technicolor” had become the latest thing.
The reason for the non-color was because they used some stock footage
of the actual races which were all in black and white.
It starred Brian Donlevy, Ellen McRae, Dick Davalos. Sid Haig and
my real life brother, George Washburn.
always come here
looking for a sign.
Gangsters, pranksters, vixens,
visionaries, rascals, ranchers.
They all came, along with thousands
of ordinary people, with either a
fortune to find or nothing to lose.
They all made history. Our history.
Come take a walk through it.
Brian Donlevy was well known mostly for supporting roles and was
nominated for an Oscar for his work in the 1939 movie “Beau Geste.”
He started in silent films in 1926 and Pit Stop was his last film. He died
in 1972 at the age of 71.
Dick Davalos (in the attached photo with me) will be remembered
for playing James Dean’s brother in East of Eden as well as in Cool
Hand Luke. He was great to work with and we actually had a kissing
scene in it. Sadly, he died in 2016 at the age of 85.
Sid Haig who was a real hoot to work with (we also played brother
and sister in “Spider Baby”) became quite well known in the Horror
film genre. He died in 2019 at the age of 80.
Ellen McRae whose real name was Edna Gillooly, later changed her
name to Ellen Burstyn ...yep, THAT Ellen Burstyn who later became
quite famous. She won an Oscar for the 1974 film “Alice Doesn’t Live
Here Anymore” along with a Golden Globe, a Tony and two Emmys!
My wonderful brother (who has also passed away) played a race
car driver and Ellen’s husband in the film. He was so good in it and I
was, and am so proud of him. I wish he were alive to still see it, since
recently it was even shown on of those nostalgic TV stations.
A small film, but yet a fond memory for me .
Until next time, remember: When you make a commitment, you
build hope. When you keep it, you build trust.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
BOOK A TOUR
Summer Show of the Year!
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
Last month when the lights came on, the
masks came off and hugging of friends
and family were a norm again, The Vegas Voice
and all of Vegas opened their doors and arms to
welcome back the entertainment community.
The Vegas Voice supports all the local entertainers, but unfortunately
can’t provide a venue for the hundreds (if not thousands) of singers,
dancers, comics and musicians that call Vegas their home.
However, on Sunday afternoon July 18 th we will provide a venue for
9 of those singers and musicians while keeping with our standard of
bringing you “Top Entertainment.”
At 2:30 that Sunday afternoon, We’ll present “A Sunday Affair”
and will feature The Vegas Voice band backing up top Vegas Artists like
Michelle Johnson, Jonathan Karrant, Kelly Vohnn, Chadwick
Johnson, Samantha Rivero, Tony Arias… and more.
I won’t bore you with all the details but here are a few about Michele
Johnson. She grew up primarily in Cairo, Egypt and then attended
and graduated from Yale University.
Michelle has performed on Broadway and shared a stage with or
recorded with several artists including Paul McCartney, Gladys
Knight, Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Sheena Easton,
Slash, Paul Rogers, Rosanne Cash, Neal Schon (of Journey)
and PM Dawn. She has also worked with David Foster, Josh
Groban, Spyro Gyra, Wynonna, Vince Gill, and Cher. Just a
little name dropping here.
Johnathan Karrant, on the other hand, was born and raised
in Arkansas. Audiences have characterized Jonathan as a great
interpreter of song, a storyteller, a singer who brings music and lyric
Some refer to Jonathan as an amazing song-stylist who sings from
the American songbook, an entertainer of star quality. His album “On
and On” reached to number four in the jazz charts.
Then there is Kelly Vohnn, a Canadian Country Artist and
Impersonator. She performs as Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Shania
Twain, Reba McEntire and Madonna as well as herself.
Singer songwriter, Chadwick Johnson is known for his soulful
sound and genuine style, fusing together elements of Pop, Soul, and
Bluesy Storytelling. Performing both nationally and internationally.
Chadwick was also recognized with the Hollywood Music in Media
Award for “Song Of The Year.”
For 35 years entertainer Tony Arias has performed in showrooms
up and down the famed Las Vegas Strip as a musical comedian. At a
height of almost 6’4” Tony’s singing voice, boyish charm, and quick
wit have set him apart as a truly versatile performer.
In the world of voice-overs Tony’s baritone voice can be heard on
numerous national television/radio campaigns (commercials) as well
as documentaries, video games, and even slot machines.
And then we will bring a new talent to the stage, Samantha Rivero.
She is as beautiful as she is talented.
Now when you look at the amazing talent that will be backed up by
The Vegas Voice band, (which includes musical director Bob Sachs
and accompanied by Bill Fayne and John Plows) you have to
scratch your head and say…WOW!
Get your tickets now. It’s indeed the summer show of the year!
You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive
his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.
com. Email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Wonderful Afternoon Affair
All the performers join our Evan Davis backstage before last month’s
fantastic Afternoon Affair at the Summerlin Library.
And if you thought our Afternoon Affair was great, just wait until our
Sunday Affair begins. It will be the show of the summer!
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Bob Dylan is one of the most unusually
gifted, influential singers and songwriters
of political and social issues in the 20th century.
And, at 80 years old, still a mystery.
His performances are a crazy silliness mixed in with a seriousness
placing him in a pantheon of great Jewish funny, but serious men.
He was born in 1941, his birth name: Robert Allen Zimmerman. His
family settled in Hibbing, Minnesota.
Dylan first listened to radio blues and country music. He taught
himself piano and guitar, forming several high school rock bands.
Dylan has had an indescribable life. He is doing about 100 shows a
year and traveling 10-12 months since the 1960s.
He has written many songs and literature, one of which won him
the Nobel Prize. He has said that “if his thought dreams could be seen,
they’d probably put his head in a guillotine.” Dylan is said to be worth
over $300 million.
It was reported that in his free time, he lives alone in his Malibu
home - a 6,000 square foot house. A car is suspended from the living
room ceiling and contains 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, within a massive
compound of property for privacy.
Only security men reside with him. Dylan lives alone due to his
admitted difficulty of living with himself.
His songs can be obvious or ambiguous.
His first one was Blowin’ in the Wind. Rolling Stone Magazine lists
it as one of 500 greatest songs of all times. The song has been recorded
by hundreds of artists in different languages.
As so often happens with gifted people the song is said to have taken
him only 10 minutes to write. I think of Frankie Carle having a similar
happening with him when he wrote Sunrise Serenade.
Dylan’s music changed how fellow artists thought and created
music in the 1960s. He continues to inspire thousands of upcoming
artists to bring poetic lyrics to a popular song, a characteristic of a
He’s sometimes referred to as the “Shakespeare of his Generation.”
The Mystifying Bob Dylan
Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music
background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and
reports about music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can
contact her at www.mytimeisragtime.com.
Saint Patrick’s Day, 2020. The South Point
Casino was given two hours notice to shut
Staff members hustled to Home Depot to purchase padlocks and
chains. Casinos don’t have locks on the doors General Manager Ryan
After a short reprieve was granted until the clock struck midnight,
the public address system announced, “The South Point is now closed.
Please find the nearest exit.”
A short exemption was granted to out-of-town hotel guests who were
assisted by the South Point staff in securing transportation back home.
Growney credits the company’s
streamlined corporate structure for
their quick response to the Covid
pandemic, both in the shutdown
process and their carefully crafted
reopening plan. Michael Gaughan,
the casino’s owner, is Nevada’s
longest licensed casino operator. He
South Point Staff Rallies
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
has avoided the multi-level corporate structure that many observers
feel has bogged down the industry by targeting shareholders earnings,
taking focus away from the customer base.
The South Point had a limited reopening April 21st with the
equestrian center and bowling lanes welcoming guests. The two areas
easily accommodated social distancing. Occupancy restrictions were
lifted June 1st allowing the casino to fully reopen.
“We’ve got business levels we’ve never seen before,” Growney told a
group of approximately 100 casino memorabilia collectors gathered
last month for the opening night banquet prior to their annual
While operations were shut down, the South Point was forced to lay
off nearly the entire staff, retaining only engineering and maintenance
crews and a small group of other support staff. Gaughan insisted that
those laid off full-time workers receive 32 hours weekly pay until other
benefits kicked in.
Furloughed employees received full health benefits through the
shutdown. Incentive programs encouraged employees to get vaccinated
and now boast an 86% vaccination rate.
The casino used the shutdown to accelerate their ongoing
improvement strategy. “We had projects in the pipeline,” said the GM.
For staff use, the 24-hour Coronado Café was converted into the
employee dining room allowing for social distancing. Food was
assembled from the South Point’s eleven restaurants and staff dined on
“oysters and lobster.”
Growney placed credit for instituting Gaughan’s successful reopening
plan: “God bless our staff.”
Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He can be
reached via email: LasVegasHomeTeam@gmail.com
Welcome to the Golden
By: Moishe Tombosky / The Golden Years
Where does a guy like me move to Mid-
COVID, a Rabbi, Certified Senior Advisor
(CSA), Hospice Chaplain, Caregiver, Patient
Advocate, Chef, and Cartoonist? Where else, Vegas baby!
I am looking forward to bringing my professional expertise of 13+
years and services to the Las Vegas/Henderson communities. I am
excited for you to view my comic strip, “The Golden Years,” which is a
culmination of my many years of caring for the “Mature” population,
normalizing the stigma of ageism through humor and levity.
This COVID-19 world can’t keep us from safely meeting each other.
I have completed my full vaccine treatment, and I am looking forward
to introducing myself to you in person or by zoom/phone, depending
on your comfort level.
My business at Tombosky & Company allows me to utilize my
greatest passion for advocating for YOU. Let’s discuss how we can work
together and explore new ideas in healthy aging. Whether through
mental health & fitness, work & hobbies, family & social life, financial
& medical stability, and self-care & spirituality for you or a loved one.
Please visit my website at: www.tomboskyandcompany.com, or you
can reach me by email email@example.com.
Please don’t hesitate to call me 702/626-0466.
Do You Need A Self-Care
By: Pat Landaker / Positive Aging
Do you end your day feeling that you did
nothing for yourself? Are your energies
used in areas that don’t fulfill your purpose and
How much of your day is driven by other’s needs and wants? Do you
want to say NO, but you don’t? Are you giving too much of YOU away?
The questions may sound somewhat selfish, but they’re not. They’re
questions addressing your Self-Care.
And depending on your answers, you may be in need of a self-care
timeout! Here’s where you can realign and revisit what you prescribed
for yourself but have failed to do.
I want you to remember how much time and energy you put into
reflection when you were younger. You’d think and wonder about what
you hoped life could be. Then, you used that reflection as a roadmap to
what you wanted for yourself.
Well, it’s time for some self-reflection, some Self-Care 101. It’s time
to respect your desires, honor your path, explore the things that bring
you joy, and take action to get and maintain what you need most.
Your self-care timeout will help you eliminate factors that make you
unhealthy and unhappy. It’s an opportunity to check on yourself. It
helps you create and manage your daily self-care routine and will keep
you aligned with what you’ve promised to self-fulfill.
Your self-care timeout will determine if your day has enough of YOU
in it. It allows only your agenda to prevail. You can make sure you’re
not allowing external things to shift your day in a direction that doesn’t
fit your desired outcome.
Self-care routines make your day more focused and fulfilled. Selfcare
timeouts keep them that way.
Isn’t it time you did something for yourself? This is positive aging!
Do you know a Positive Ager? I’ll be featuring positive agers in
this column. These are individuals who find age irrelevant and don’t
allow it to stop them from living life to the fullest. If you know this
person, please email me at positiveaging54@ gmail.com.
Pat Landaker is a Certified Senior Advisor and an Aging
Consultant. She serves on the City of Henderson’s Senior Citizens
Advisory Commission and will be teaching Positive Aging in
UNLV’s Summer Session.
Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
Legends of Bigfoot existed long before it
had a name. Around 1950 the Humboldt
Times, a small Northern California newspaper
announced, “a road construction crew had
discovered giant (16 inches long), humanlike,
The paper was the first to give Bigfoot its
memorable name, and it has been “stomping
through the American imagination ever since.”
Native American tribes in Northern California
have centuries-old pictographs that depict what
appears to be a giant creature family with long,
shaggy hair that resembles Bigfoot. “Some
tribes love Bigfoot and have a great relationship
with him,” says Kathy Moskowitz Strain, author
and Bigfoot researcher.
“While other tribes see him as an absolute ogre, a monster, and
something best left alone.” Either way, most tribesmen believe that
Bigfoot walks among us.
For centuries thousands of people across North America claim to
have seen Bigfoot (Sasquatch). Though there has never been proof
of Bigfoot existing, there have been many sightings, photos, books,
movies, and documentaries that captured massive interest.
However, to those that believed their own eyes and to others that have
seen the presented evidence, there is no doubt that Bigfoot exists. Yet,
some believe that Bigfoot is a hoax.
In the nineteenth and early twentieth-century, gold prospectors,
miners, trappers, woodsmen, etc., claimed
to have seen “bear, wild and monkey-men.”
Newspapers dedicated whole sections to their
One of the most famous encounters in 1924
was when a group of prospectors admitted to
having provoked a group of ape-men. They
claimed that later that night, they were attacked
by them near Mount St. Helen.. Even so, there
was still a great sense of skepticism.
Since “absence of evidence is not evidence
of absence,” Bigfoot Researcher and podcaster Laura Krantz said
that from the evidence she’d seen, she changed her mind entirely
about dismissing Bigfoot altogether. Even Jane Goodall, the famed
chimpanzee expert, claims, “There’s always the possibility that an
undiscovered large primate may exist in the world.”
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and readings, email: email@example.com.
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2021’s overarching themes have been
influenced by the squares between Saturn
Sound familiar? I briefly touched on this
subject in my February article.
Saturn represents restrictions, rules, guidelines, government and
things that have stood for a long time; meaning things we take for
granted or assume will always be.
Vastly different, Uranus represents unexpected turns of events,
shocking and fast-paced news, electricity, space and technology. Uranus
brings up topics or ideas to
which we are initially blind to.
When these two planets make
an aspect, we witness tried and
true structures fail, large swings
in the stock, housing and
unemployment market, and
focus on aircrafts and space.
As we navigate through this energy, let’s look back at previous
contact years for clues. Although I am giving global examples, we also
experience this on a personal level.
Use these dates to look back on in your life to see what major, maybe
even shocking changes, you made.
1987 – 1989: Stock market crash, Lockerbie disaster, PEPCON
disaster, NASA resumed Space Shuttle flights with the Discovery, and
the spread of the first well-known internet virus.
1998 – 2001: World Trade Center collapse, Y2K, Clinton-Lewinsky
2008 – 2010: Great Recession, high unemployment, Captain
Sullenberger lands plane on the Hudson River, first Black president
and the Swine Flu.
2021 – 2022: Covid, high UFO coverage, housing and car shortage,
power grid issues, and Southwest Airline outage
Looking back, there was a massive rewiring going on in the
background of each of these years. We are currently under this energy
If you had major life events around 1988-1989 then also pay attention
to 1999-2000 and 2008-2010. Do you see any common themes such as
moving, changing careers, changing schools, surprise shake-ups, or
shocking yourself and others with a new direction?
Usually, the events of a transit build upon the events of the last.
Uranus & Saturn
By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight
Frustrations (The Sequel)
By: Gayla Kalp / Life is Laughter
was telling my family and friends about my
I “Frustrations” article and was surprised
when they began to tell me about their own
frustrations. Some were hysterical. Some I really
I thought I would make a list and share them with you.
1. The toilet paper roll that only lets you roll out two sheets at a time.
Was it made for a Barbie Doll?
2. Toilets that only half flush forcing you to stand there like a toilet
guard until you can flush it again.
fireworks that only
fizzle when you use
4. Egg yolks that
break into your
your recipe. Ggrrr!
Always buy a carton
5. Trying to tear off one sheet from a paper towel roll and get five
sheets… or only one torn in half.
6. Hard butter. End up putting a full stick of butter chunks on the
bread and tearing it to pieces.
7. Finding the end of the tape on a roll of tape then it peels off in
8. Trying to keep the end of tape from sticking back onto the roll of
tape. Ultimate frustration!
9. Spilling anything onto the front of a newly laundered piece of
clothing. Remember bibs!
10. Dropping anything into the open slot between the car seat and
the middle console on your car. Lost forever!! And those mangled
hands trying to get it.
11. Break off metal pop top key before opening.
12. Spoon disappears into you very hot soup bowl as you are eating
13. Just finishing making a recipe and realize you are missing the
14. Credit card company denies your purchases only because they
feel you are making suspicious purchases. Of course, they do not tell
you until you are in the checkout line holding up 20 people.
15. Spend a fortune having new, beautiful plants planted to find out
the next day that the rabbits/dear have eaten them all! Bon appetite!
16. The tie string on your hoodie shirt disappears into the string hole
and you cannot get it out!
17. Calling your girlfriend by your old girlfriend’s name. Therapy?
All I can add is AAAAGGGGHHH!
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My Story Can Be Yours
By: Liz Palmer / NSG
’m a former high school
hurdler who found a lot of success at
masters and senior levels of competition.
Unfortunately, a serious knee injury in 2018
opened my eyes to the need to redirect my athletic
My knee could no longer take the high impact of sprinting and
hurdling, and sadly, I had to leave them behind. Of course I pouted
quite a bit at this news of “what I can’t do.”
However, it was time for an attitude adjustment to look at things as
“what I can do.”
I tried swimming and honestly, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I had
speed and power, but I panicked a bit at putting my face in the water
and turning for a breath.
More than once I inhaled a great gulp of not air, but water.
Swimming is great for conditioning, but I could tell it would not fulfill
my competitive desires.
What next? Powerwalking!
A good friend and member of the Nevada Senior Games Board of
Directors encouraged me to try this new event. Sandi is a gold and
bronze medalist in the powerwalking events at the National Senior
Games competition in 2019, so her insight and coaching is invaluable.
I have been working very hard for my powerwalking debut at the
Nevada Senior Games track and field competition on October 9 at the
UNLV track. I’m a newbie, but ready to do my best and have fun too.
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Surgery Should be My
By: Liz Breier / This & That
As occurs with so many of us, as we age, our
joints wear out. The usual route seems to
be cortisone injections, which work for some but
not for me.
As a result of my poor experience with cortisone, I sought another
option. I learned about PRP (platelet rich plasma), and that several
professional athletes had undergone that treatment with success.
I figured if it was good enough for them I would give it a try. Especially
when my orthopedist informed me the only other option was surgical.
Lo and behold, while the shots were painful and expensive (insurance
companies will not provide coverage), it was well worth it. Years later
my tendonitis has not returned, and I am able to have full range of
motion without pain - including my gym exercises.
I have no scars, no rehabilitation time, painkillers, or anesthesia. All
in all - a great experience.
Now years later, my knees start giving me a problem. Painful,
can’t bend, or exercise. Even sitting and standing from a low seat was
This time, when I sought out the PRP, I was advised that my best
route was to do it with stem cell. Little did I know that it would be my
own fat cells (and who doesn’t have a few extra of those?) would do
As of this writing, it’s been 2 weeks out from the procedure – which
included both knees, shoulder and even my hand (since a prior surgery
rendered me unable to perform fine motor skills). My shoulder and
hand are greatly improved and while my knees still have a way to go, I
can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I am so grateful to have not had to undergo major surgery and opted
instead for this in-office procedure with basically no recuperation time
and no knee scars.
I don’t know how long the optimum results will last but as a senior,
every 5 to 10 years is a good thing. I would do this again rather than
succumb to surgery.
Liz Breier is an ex-New Yorker who retired to Florida for 24 years
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So Suddenly the Doc is In?
By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
In my experience, a routine annual physical
always involves at least some touching. My
most recent one did not.
I was seeing a new primary care doctor. We
both wore masks, although I’m fully vaccinated against COVID, as I
assume the doctor was.
He asked some questions and ordered some lab tests. To my surprise,
he did not ask me to hop up onto the examination table; I stayed in my
chair for the duration of the appointment, then went downstairs to get
The lab tests were normal, as I expected. I was due for a couple of
other screenings and waited a month for referrals to a larger outside
One was a mammogram. I procrastinate as long as possible on those
because I have no risk factors beyond my gender and the process makes
me feel like a cow. The results were fine.
The other was a bone density scan. I take that more seriously since
I have osteoporosis – bone loss that is not uncommon among older
women. Those results were mixed.
My spine is stronger, my hip worse. The prescription: Keep taking
a weekly bone-building pill along with vitamin D and carry on with
Then I got a phone call from the clinic to inform me of a telehealth
appointment two months hence. I don’t want another appointment
that soon. The doctor’s assistant was insistent: Simple, she said, just
click on a computer link.
Telehealth was not really a thing before COVID. During the pandemic,
it took off. The medical-industrial complex has discovered that (a) it’s
easy, and (b) it pays.
Medicare and insurance will cover these virtual encounters. So now,
rather than wait for patients to call requesting appointments, providers
are setting up screen sessions proactively.
Whether we need or want them - or not.
Maybe the pandemic has made physicians touch-averse. Yet suddenly
they are happy to see us at a distance.
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By: Sandi Davis / Fashion “Cents”
Before I discuss “Fashion for the Heat” I want
to thank readers who have responded to my
request for ideas on donating my costume jewelry.
It is always nice to hear from people telling me they enjoy my articles.
It seems too many of us are opting to be “comfortable only.” They are
leaving the house looking as though we are gardening or taking out
the waste cans… or fetching the newspaper.
My new friend, Nina, used a short phrase -“forgotten fashion”
and it seems to me that that is what is happening. This is only one
interpretation of the phrase, but I will use it again in other connotations.
And just yesterday I dumped everything out of my closet, tried almost
everything on and arranged the sections into color coded by style (all
dresses together first, then by color). Those rarely worn “forgotten
fashion” items are easier to find, while the worn-out things are now in
a bag to be donated.
I encourage you to dress up a bit. Save the loose or too tight leggings
and wrinkled shirts for yardwork or for exercising.
And now onto color! I researched which color, black or white, is better
Fashion for the Heat
We All Scream for Ice Cream
By: Pat Alexander / Art of Entertaining
When I was
a little girl,
hot summer days
meant going to Leif Ericson Park and
cooling off in its huge concrete wading
pool with jet sprays shooting water at
When we returned home, still damp
but oh so happy, we would run inside to
get our nickel so we would be ready for
the ice cream man. No sound was ever
more welcome to a child than hearing
that tinkling little tune telling you his
truck was just a short wait away.
When I moved from the city to rural
Connecticut, ice cream trucks were a
thing of the past. My love for ice cream,
however, remained and in summer I was
always searching for cold desserts that
were easy to make and still fulfilled the
Nowadays, I head to Freddy’s for a hot
fudge sundae. I’m grateful that I don’t
have to stand under the hot sun to get my
treat. Instead, I ride there in an air-conditioned car, place my order
while standing in line in an air-conditioned restaurant, and wait for
that little bit of heaven to arrive at my table.
in the heat. Surprisingly, it is a complicated matter. Of course, fabric
choice is an important factor as well, but let’s just assume it’s the same
Which will keep you cooler?
My research revealed that black clothing keeps us cooler. The
Bedouins wear black in the desert for a reason.
While white reflects some external heat away, it also reflects body heat
away from itself and back into your body! Apparently black absorbs the
heat from the sun, but also the heat energy from your body, instead of
reflecting it back to your body.
I’m still confused, but if you are a person who runs hot, apparently
black is better to wear.
I am still not sure “why”, but I will wear more white or light colors,
as I do look better in white, and light colors.
And I will write about other interpretations of “Forgotten Fashion” in
the future. Stay cool, stay beautiful and be yourself.
Sandi Davis is the Fashion Style columnist and Behind-the-Scenes
Research Analyst for The Vegas Voice. She welcomes all questions
and opinions. You can contact her at Sandidavis@cox.net
Did I mention the lovely air-conditioning? It’s not the same
childhood feeling, and it’s certainly not
a nickel, but the ice cream is good and
makes me happy on a hot Las Vegas day.
But, back to Connecticut and dessert.
One very warm summer evening, when
guests were coming and I definitely did
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By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations
Well, the weekend’s over, it’s Monday and
a good time to go see a movie. At a real
It’s also good fortune to have a Senior Discount card, as the movie
was only $4.00 A bargain.
Decision time - need to pick a movie, choose a row and a seat where
I want to sit. The movie selection was child focused from “Cruella” to
I spotted “Wrath of Man” and put my money on this Guy Richie
directed “R” rated movie. Oh boy, little did I know what Hollywood’s
interpretation of “wrath” meant - extreme anger, indignation and
punishment for a crime.
The scoring of the film by Christopher Benstead, was a seven note
theme that expresses the main character, Jason Statham. You sense the
presence of evil throughout this action thriller.
Others in the cast are Holt McCallany, Josh Hartnett, Rocce Williams,
Jeffrey Donovan, plus numerous others - all ex-military types. Jason
was nicknamed “H” and you kept hearing someone saying, “If he’s
not a cop, what is he?
Statham approaches everything with a dead pan expression. His
soul is morally compromised, and he seems to pump toxic energy into
the world around him.
In summary, “H” is a cold, mysterious character working at a truck
company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars
around Los Angeles. On one of the nights his son was shot in cold
blood. The revenge and “wrath” of “H” began.
This was not my typical movie if you follow my reviews. I normally
avoid “shoot ‘em ups.” At my age I’ve seen plenty of blood, dead men,
and people and places being destroyed.
That being said, those that like action thrillers will thoroughly
enjoy this one. It was well acted and delivered.
I give this film a “B” rating and will let you decide what the “B”
stands for. My advice to “H” is to take up poker. He has the perfect
blank facial expression. to outsmart his opponents.
Renee Riendeau is the movie critic for “Renee’s Revelations”
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A Bittersweet Recovery
By: Samantha Rivero / Senior Life Specialist
As I’m sitting here writing this, the memories
are slowly recirculating in my mind.
Uncomfortable silence, uncertainty, courage
and resilience blend into each other like a
delicate armor. As a professional in the Senior
Living industry, I got to see firsthand behind
the walls of lockdown.
When Covid turned our lives upside down,
we fought back. Now the healing begins.
Hope ignites as our doors reopen to visitors
and loved one’s re-enter after months of
separation. Our piano plays once again, after
lying dormant and laughter fills the hallways,
leaving my heart heavy with gratitude.
As a Lifestyle Director, Covid regulations
encouraged me to grow and think outside
the box. Like so many activity professionals that had to keep the light
shining as the darkness set in, we were the line of defense that kept
residents from declining from loneliness, isolation and fear.
I smile when I remember how team members and I road on a valet
cart down the corridors lip singing to the song “Celebration” by Kool
and the Gang, during such difficult times. One by one, the apartment
doors opened as residents isolated to their rooms sat in their door
frames waving their hands back and forth to the music.
“Celebrate?” One might think odd during a time of Covid, but in fact
it was just the opposite. Every day was a chance to celebrate life and
encourage hope. It wasn’t a time to stop and
Families remained connected to their loved
ones through social media. Activity programs
were reinvented at six feet distance and
although anxieties set in; residents only saw
my positive spirit.
It’s a bittersweet moment as our communities
reopen and restrictions lift. I dedicate this to
the incredible people that passed from Covid.
Your light will not be forgotten.
As we come out from behind the scenes,
let us heal and grieve with victory. For all the
amazing healthcare workers who risked their own lives and those that
work on the front lines, everyone who contributed to the battle - you’re
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By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
During the past year
Covid and the way
were treated by the medical community gave us
many things to think about. I’m sure that we
all agree that the doctors, nurses and everyone
on the front lines are heroes for the time, care
and help they gave all those who had, or were
lost during this pandemic.
It also gave me so much to think about.
When my trust and living will were drafted,
I was asked if should I became seriously ill
or terminal, would I want to be kept alive by
machines? I thought about events I had read
concerning people in a coma or who needed
help to keep breathing, who were kept alive
past the point that made emotional and
I began to understand that the question of
respirators was too simple and, in my mind, needed more of an answer
than yes or no to machines breathing for me. I have often heard of
people with cancer being told they had six
months or a year left, and yet they lived another
That was when I dug out my booklet, I
had been given a long time ago called Five
Wishes. What is Five Wishes?
“It is the first living will that talks about
your personal, emotional and spiritual
needs as well as your medical wishes. It lets
you choose the person you want to make
health care decisions for you if you are not
able to make them yourself. Five Wishes lets
you say exactly how you wish to be treated if
you get seriously ill.”
This document was written with the help of
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By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
Hot enough for you? Do you really think
climate change is a hoax?
Record heat throughout the entire planet,
growing droughts causing emergency actions by
governing bodies to reign in wasteful
water usage, tropical storms turning
into catastrophic hurricanes on the
Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico
points to what the naysayers of
climate change say is nothing more
than the natural evolution of our
planet? What hogwash!
The latest water authority
declaration regarding our main
water source, Lake Mead, conveys a
startling and most worrisome fact. As
the country’s largest water reservoir, it
has become the focal point of what they have termed “climate change
Last month, the Lake registered its lowest level on record since the
reservoir was filled in the 1930s. To the naysayers, that is just a fact of
life and nothing really to concern ourselves with.
To others, this is a wakeup call to quit abusing mother nature and
learn to work in harmony with her. Alternative forms of energy such as
Climate Change - Revisited
solar power and electric powered vehicles along with common sense
approaches to curbing the use of precious water resources, is something
we all should embrace.
To those who think supporting these new technologies is pure fantasy
and destructive to our long term economic health, I say B.S. One thing
we need to do is cease stifling innovation!
There is no question our quest
to perfect these new technologies is
going through exasperating growing
pains. There is no perfected silver
bullet - yet.
But, reflecting on history, any “new”
innovations in the past, (for example
moving from an agricultural
economy to the industrial revolution)
became, over time and persistence,
our “new” way of life. The innovators
of that time didn’t bow to public or
political pressure to quit mainstream.
Nor should they today! We should all be thankful they didn’t. Now is
the time for us to work diligently and uncompromisingly to the next
best thing - alternative forms of energy.
If we persist in arguing amongst ourselves as to who is right, we will
all, bear the brunt of a ticked off Mother Nature and die!
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
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Maybe you have a Royal Typewriter, wooden
duck decoys, or a host of Louis Wain
postcards stashed away somewhere. Old things
you possibly haven’t looked at for years.
Just imagine! You were using them before many people were born -
and those age groups regard them as valuable possessions.
Perhaps you want to de-clutter your home, would enjoy an activity
to pass time, or need more money. You could go to a local antique shop
for evaluation, but do not accept their figure right away – it may be
After my father’s death in England, I was offered $125 for his engraved
ceremonial cornet. When I took it to Sotheby’s in London, the musical
instruments’ specialist literally fondled the instrument.
“Exquisite! Exquisite!” he murmured. “You don’t see these today.”
At auction, it sold for £1,500.
Should you contact a major firm, provide a list of your disposable
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By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
The Dalai Lama once said, “If you think
you are too small to make a difference,
try sleeping with a mosquito.” We all know and
probably have experienced how something so tiny can make a big
Right now, that item is a
semiconductor that’s required to
build microchips, and it’s causing
chaos in the automotive world. As
vehicles become more technologically
advanced, manufacturers rely
heavily on semiconductors to power
everything from navigation systems
to seatbelt sensors.
Semiconductors are a core building block in electronics to act as
a bridge between components. For car manufacturers, if there’s a
shortage, production has to be slowed or halted until more can be
With the combination of COVID shutdowns and demand up for
vehicles, reduced microchip production has created a global shortage
that affects nearly every single automotive manufacturer.
What does this mean for you? If you’re waiting for your new car to be
built, it’s going to take a bit longer, which can be frustrating, especially
into to make them more appealing.
Never, never describe anything as old, old-fashioned and/or outdated.
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since overall production was cut last year due to the pandemic.
Now that the plants are operational and ready to build new models,
they can’t. Currently, the U.S. can only produce around 10% of the
world’s supply of semiconductors, which means a dependency on
foreign companies to supply these critical parts.
It also means that, since new-car
inventory is seriously low, dealers
are turning to pre-owned vehicles to
make money. If you’ve been solicited
non-stop by your dealer asking if you
want to sell your car, now you know
What we’re seeing is that owners
are selling or trading in their used
cars and making almost what they
paid for them and, in some cases, more. Selling your used vehicle may
seem like a good idea right now, but remember, you still need another
A handful of manufacturers have announced they will start building
semiconductors at new plants in the U.S., but that’s going to take some
time. You can still get a great price if you buy from current inventory,
otherwise, patience will be required.
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Doing More With Less
By: Carol Chapman
As I reflect on the past year we just survived, I think about those
who use the expression “the new normal.” For The Foundation
Assisting Seniors, there is nothing new about the needs in the senior
community, except they are growing exponentially.
Just a few short years ago we publicized the number of incidents
where we assisted with loans of durable medical equipment and
maintenance requests—280,000. Our most recent tally surpassed
360,000, an increase of nearly 30 percent.
I wonder how many companies could handle a 30 percent increase
in business without hiring additional employees, increasing production
capacity, and enhancing their quality checks to be sure they could serve
their customers at the same standard of service to which they’d become
The Foundation had to do more with less during the covid hiatus. Yet
we just completed a successful Memorial Day Golf Tournament due to
the dedication of volunteers, with more coming aboard every day. We
are grateful for them.
Thankfully, new sponsors have emerged, and some have increased
their financial support. The work could not be done without them.
If you share our concern about meeting the needs of seniors in our
area, we encourage you to get involved. Volunteers are needed for office
work, DME maintenance and delivery, fundraising and marketing.
The work does not take a summer vacation, so we are also grateful
for your financial support. Don’t forget to buy your tickets to The Gala,
to be held on October 16 at the M Resort.
Call us for more information at 725/244-4200 or visit our website at
Never Give Up
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
Editor’s Note: Our Timeless Beauty
columnist, Linda Gomez submitted her
below article outlining her medical
issues and struggles. To say that The Vegas Voice wishes
her a full recovery would be a gross understatement. Get
well Linda, we all love you.
One thing is for sure, there is no escaping the surprises that pop
up as we get older, no matter how well we try and take care of
I recently learned that I had thyroid cancer and due to Covid, as well
as a missed diagnosis, it spread by the time it was noticed. While I knew
I had no option other than surgery and felt confident in my surgeon
and the medical outcome, I still wondered about the aftermath of the
I fought to have only a partial removal of the thyroid (a battle I
did not win) because I was concerned about not having my normal
hormone production. Skin changes, hair changes, the scar and the
possibility of voice changes were all the things I should not have read
about on Google. Note to anyone facing an upcoming procedure,
sometimes there is a thing as too much information!
As it turns out because it had spread, I had a full removal and many
of the changes I was concerned about did occur, but none were as bad
as I had created them in my head.
My hair for one is thinning, partially because of the thyroid
adjustment and from stress of the surgery itself. To treat this, I’ve been
using a product called Zenegen Revolve Hair Loss Shampoo.
It’s too early to tell, but so far, I feel like it’s helping. It is pricey, but
at the moment it is worth it. It runs $60 for a 6 ounce tube on the
company website which I bought from.
I do have a scar too; however, it is far smaller than I had envisioned.
There are several scar creams on the market and each doctor seems to
have their own recommendation.
I used Bio-Oil after the doctor gave me the ok. It softens the scar and
my neck at the same time. One important note, use sunscreen! I have
been using Neutrogena Ultra Sheer 70 SPF, it is light and dries fast. It is
a good overall sunscreen but keeping your scar sun free is important.
There have certainly been noticeable skin changes, it is dry. Really
dry! I’m testing some new creams and haven’t found one I love quite
yet, but I will report back when I do.
My voice had some minor issues, but in the bigger scheme of things,
was no big deal either. I have come to terms with the fact that this is
all a part of the aging process and there is always someone out there
facing a much larger challenge.
So if you find yourself in a similar situation, really try to stay positive,
find a good support system, and take it all one step at a time!
Get well Linda!
Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company
based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty
products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or
through her website www.fullips.com.
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
There comes a time in every warrior’s
life when the aging process reaches the
tipping point. For many, a sudden, unexpected
window of reality opens confirming that life has a beginning and an
The strong individuals that have made up our military will always
see themselves as guardians of freedom, and the protectors of the
weak and helpless. So, when nature runs its course, and those resilient
heroes of the past now find themselves the ones being helped, it can
become a stunning realization.
As much as they want to go on in the role they have had since military
service, the aging process has
become undeniable. It then
becomes time to make a life
choice: “Do I refuse assistance
and continue to make my
own way or, do I concede and
accept what is offered to make
my remaining years positive,
productive, and comfortable?”
(Excerpt from “Through the
Woods and Over the Hill: The
Aging of America’s Veterans”
by Dr. Bridget Cantrell) This
excerpt hits the nail on the
head for many “older vets.”
One thing I’ve been giving
much thought as I age is how
does aging affect PTSD? What
is PTSD, you might ask?
Over the years it has been known as shell shock, combat or battle
fatigue. Today, we call it post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
Although it is often linked with combat, not all PTSD is combatrelated.
Any experience that threatens your life (or someone else’s)
can cause it to plague us in many harmful ways, and certain changes
that come with normal aging can make us more vulnerable.
This can also make PTSD symptoms more noticeable as we get
older. It can cause them to return after many years - or even occur for
the first time.
Remember: It’s never too late to heal. If you have PTSD symptoms
don’t wait to ask for help. Many treatments are proven to work, and
the VA offers dozens to all veterans.
And as I have said in earlier writings, it amazes me that so many
vets won’t ask for help when they certainly deserve as much as they
can get. Go for it!
The Older I Get
Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and
through that experience was led to address the many transitional
issues veterans struggle with. He is the author of several
important books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at:
Questions & Answers
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
: What is the difference between “actual
cash value” and “replacement cost”
regarding the contents of my home?
A: If you have a covered loss and you have
replacement coverage on your contents, the insurance company will
pay you the amount to replace the item(s) with like, kind and quality.
If someone steals your 45-inch TV, you’ll be able to buy another 45-
inch TV as similar to the one stolen as possible. You will not be paid to
upgrade it to a 65-inch TV.
If someone steals items you do not want to replace, you would be
reimbursed on an actual cash value basis which is replacement cost less
Q: My home
and I don’t
receipts for the
What will the
accept for proof
companies will accept all types of proof!! Sometimes you may find a
photo showing the item or you’ll have an owner’s manual proving
Other types of items are credit card receipts, service agreements and
even video tapes. And depending on the type of item, just your word is
Example: If someone stole your couch and loveseat from your family
room, I seriously doubt an insurance adjuster would doubt you sat on
the floor to watch TV so many items are simply believable. We strongly
recommend you video tape your home, download the tape to a flash
drive and give it for safe keeping to friend or family.
Q: My home suffered a water loss when the RO system under my
kitchen sink broke apart in the middle of the night. The damage was
to the carpet, baseboards, legs of furniture, etc. What will my insurance
company pay for this damage?
A: With most preferred companies (ignoring your deductible), they
will pay for the remediation company to dry all the affected area. If the
carpet or padding can be saved, they will pay to stretch and repair; if it
can’t be saved, you’ll get new flooring of the same quality.
This also goes for your baseboards and furniture legs. In other words,
they put you back in the same situation you were before the loss.
Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive.
He and his wife owned and operated their own insurance agency for
over 16 years. His primary purpose is to give out real information
that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.
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The Masked Stranger?
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
Even though there are allowances for those
fully vaccinated to go without a mask, I
wearing one in large crowds. I still
wear one at grocery stores, and
anywhere I feel uncomfortable
Most of us have survived these
many months of the pandemic.
Now is the time to devote to
bringing ourselves back to whatever
“normal” is… or at least close to it.
It was a challenge to teach my
Zumba classes wearing a mask all
these months and also trying to
recognize the “masked strangers”
who were in my classes. Most of them I could figure out, but some were
Yep, we grew accustomed to looking directly into the eyes and
compliment the unusual masks that were worn. I wore reusable cloth
ones - mostly cutesy patterns (Vegas Golden Knights, cats, holiday
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
There are many possible causes for shoulder
pain. One of the most common is a rotator
Understanding such an injury is fairly simple. Your upper arm
bone (Humerus) is held in place in the shoulder socket largely by
four muscles and their associated tendons. These muscles area called
supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis.
Collectively they are known as the rotator cuff muscles.
When you have a rotator cuff injury, one of these muscles or its
associated tendon is involved. Usually, it is the tendon which is how a
muscle connects to a bone.
Either through repetitive motion which wears down the tendon or
through an act of excessive exertion, the tendon becomes damaged.
Think of the tendon as a rope made up of one hundred strings. When it
is damaged only ten of the strings may be broken (Minor injury) or 80
or all one hundred strings many be damaged (Major injury).
Tendon injuries take a long time to heal. This is due to the fact that
the tendon does not have a direct blood supply.
All the material to rebuild the tendon must reach the damaged area
by diffusion. This means that depending on the extent of the damage,
even mild to moderate injuries to a tendon can take months, or even a
year to fully heal.
I made sure to carry a few in my purse at all times. And I continue to
do so in the event that I need to wear one inside a facility.
It will be interesting to see how much longer we will be wearing our
masks and when we will all be comfortable without one.
Many businesses (i.e. doctor
offices, etc.) are still requiring a
mask for their own safety. I really
have no problem with that and will
continue following whatever rules
are in effect.
I understand that the cosmetic
counters had a run on lipsticks
when the mask mandate was lifted.
I surely saved money on cosmetics
these several months!
I only had to wear makeup from
the nose bridge up! Sometimes even
going without makeup.
So let’s continue following the rules where stated and we shall soon
be a “mask-less” society as we were “pre-pandemic.”
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!
Mary Richard is a long term supporter of senior fitness. She
teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las Vegas
Valley. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Even when the pain
is gone, it is necessary
to use caution with the
area affected because the
tendon may not be back
to 100% of its previous
Surgery may be
necessary in severe
cases, but it should be
a last option. Like all problems in medicine, it is best to catch the
problem before it becomes too severe. Imaging is the best way to assess
a problem, but orthopedic testing can help identify an early problem.
To check supraspinatus, place your palm on the side of your leg and
lift it straight out to the side. To check infraspinatus and teres minor
put your upper arm next to your body with your palm up like you are
holding a bowl of soup. Rotate your forearm outward.
To check subscapullaris, place the back of your hand on your lower
back and then lift your hand off your back like you are reaching
backward. If any of these movements cause you pain, see your physician.
Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle
and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell
practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or
Shhhhhhhh! A Secret Getaway for Grown Ups!
By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker / Out & About year’s cancelation.
Instead they put their energy into improving the Festival
ast month I shared some information on
site and making it bigger and better than ever.
one of California’s most popular summer
Visitors this year will enjoy countless exhibits, demonstrations,
events, the Laguna “Festival of the Arts.”
competitions, performances, concerts, booths, eateries, and shopping,
Featuring the nightly “Pageant of the Masters”,
the Festival has been drawing sold out crowds for over 80 years.
And there also will be neighboring events like the ever popular
This annual event, from July 5-September 3, celebrates the talent of
Sawdust Festival, which runs concurrently with the Festival and
the local artists. When the 2020 Festival was cancelled due to Covid,
features booths selling a myriad of handmade items. It’s right across
thousands of people were disappointed.
the street from the Festival, and if you want to get a jump on your
Holiday shopping, this is a great place to find unique items.
Several years ago I purchased a lovely jacket at the Sawdust Festival.
It’s still as distinctive and stylish as ever.
Laguna’s small town appeal is definitely part of its charm, but during
the Festival its population of 23,000 residents swells enormously. So
where to stay, where to eat, and where to park, are major concerns.
There are a few small centrally located hotels. And there are some
beachfront accommodations which might be fun for grandchildren
but may not offer the conveniences and comforts seniors desire.
The “Pageant of the Masters” attracts 2,000 people every night
during the Festival, and it’s dependent on volunteers who work behind
the scenes and may even serve as models on stage. Their commitment
is legendary, so it should not be surprising they were undaunted by last
If you act quickly, there are some boutique hotels, that offer real
charm and delightful accommodations. The recently renovated Casa
Laguna Hotel and Spa, which has a colorful 100 year old history, is
centrally located, only 1,500 feet from the beach, and proudly states
they are an “adults only” facility.
Casa Laguna offers everything from peace and quiet to onsite free
parking. Seniors are especially appreciative of the delicious continental
breakfasts included in their daily rates, and the Mediterranean “small
plates” which can be ordered until late at night.
There is lush landscaping around its immaculate swimming pool.
And there is an adjacent spa which features facial treatments and
massages using their own line of lotions and face creams. The only
drawback is that Casa Laguna has only 29 guest rooms, so be prepared
to be flexible with your schedule.
For more information, email me: Crystal@TheVegasVoice.net.
Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker is a travel agent and the owner of
Vegas Vacationers Inc. She can be reached at:
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures
It has been a long time (actually way to long)
but the world is finally starting to open up.
Vegas is back to normal, and visitors are back.
The rest of the world is not that far behind.
As I write this a little more time is needed to get the cruises up and
running from U.S. ports. We are also waiting for guidance on the
opening up of European countries.
Having said that, we are really gearing up to start our Vegas Voyagers
group travel. That’s why the trips we planned have been pushed off
until early 2022. We want to make sure these trips happen.
We don’t want to disappoint anyone. And while
there are no 100% guarantees, we believe these
trips will happen.
Our first Bus
to the Boat is a
Cruise on the
Navigator of the Seas,
February 21 -28, 2022. We just added
another compliment of balcony cabins
as our original allotment sold out.
A month later, we will have one of our most popular Bus to the
Get Ready, Set, and...
Around Our Town
By: Dianne Hahn / Back in the Days
What was that you said? The grandkids are
coming to visit!
OMG, put the breakables away, dig out the
board games and figure out how to entertain
them. Oh, wait! Kids don’t play board games anymore. Do they?
Nowadays they have an i-Pad and computer
games. Well, you still have to keep them
busy when they aren’t texting or using their
i-Phones. Here are a few Vegas ideas.
Take a unique gondola ride at The
Venetian, or stroll Parisian streets and visit
The Eiffel Tower at the Paris Casino. Strict
laws prohibit minors from being near the
slot machines and gaming tables, but some
casinos are more “kid-friendly’ than others.
Check out the huge fish tank at the Silverton Casino. Kids can watch
swimming mermaids feed the sea life on a scheduled basis.
Circus Circus still courts families with their free circus acts and midway
carnival games. Adventuredome, an indoor theme park, offers
rides for all ages.
The LINQ, the world’s tallest observation wheel is awesome. “The
High Roller” is 100 feet taller than the iconic “London Eye” Ferris
20 -27, 2022.
We will be
Princess We’re back with our Phat Pack Cruise
brand new DISCOVERY PRINCESS.
This cruise will include private group only
PHAT PACK performances and a whole array of
premium inclusions in the cruise package.
And as the world re-opens we are looking and
planning another Israel, Holy Land trip for late
2022 or early 2023. Once we know that the longer
10 to 15 day cruises are up and running we are
planning a 15 night Hawaiian Island Bus to the
Boat cruise. We are also looking into an Alaska
itinerary for summer of 2022.
And that’s just the beginning!
Feel free to call with any questions you might have at 516/485-3200.
And once again, very, very happy to say, Happy Adventures!
wheel. It travels so slowly, you hardly realize you’re moving, and offers
unparalleled views of the Strip and surrounding area.
It features 28 glass enclosed pods equipped to hold 40 passengers
each. It takes about 30 minutes per ride, operates seven days a week,
365 days a year. The whole family will love this one!
Lake Mead, about a ½ hour by car, for boating and fishing. Bring
along popcorn to feed the ducks and the
hundreds of open-mouth Carp at the pier. It’s
an amazing experience for kids of all ages -
that means you, too.
Visit the Children’s Park at Town Square.
The little ones will love the playground in the
middle of the mall with its pint-size hedge
maze. The teens will love the shopping, and of
course there are restaurants galore to lunchin.
Las Vegas is a fun town for every age! And remember… grandkids
have a shelf life. Before you know it, they’ll be older and on to something
Make memories. Love ‘em while you can!
A former schoolteacher, Dianne also writes for children. Presently
she has six kid’s books available on Amazon.com. You can also
see her on SCA-TV.
Welcome Back! “Let’s do it Again!”
Featuring TWO Special Private
Performances and Cocktail Party
The Phat Pack
• Bruce Ewing • Philip Fortenberry
• Randal Keith
• Kevan Patriquin
“Let’s do it Again!”
Cruise with the Phat Pack
7 night Pacific Coastal Cruise
Mar. 20,-27, 2022
“Bus to the Boat”
come back new ®
San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego,
Deluxe Obstructed Balcony
Price is based on double occupancy and subject to availability. A deposit of $250
is due at the time of booking and fully refundable until Dec.15, 2021 when the final
payment is due.
1) The cruise
2) All port charges, taxes and fees
3) Round trip bus trans. from LV to the pier in LA
4) Fully escorted group leader
5) Two Phat Pack private group only performances
6) One group private reception
7) Premium beverage package
8) Free wifi service, one device per person
9) Gratuities for cabin steward and all main dining
room wait staff
Kennebunkport: A Capsule of History
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
Under the bright summer sun, every detail
of Kennebunkport seemed sharply etched
like a picture postcard.
Whipped cream foam waves wash onto the beach.
Part of the Portland statistical area,
Kennebunkport sits along the Kennebunk River,
roughly one mile from the river’s mouth on the
Walker Point, the summer estate of the
Presidential Bush Family brought additional
interest to Kennebunkport, and it remains the top
attraction. The town is well-kept and clean with
plenty of sky overhead. Though Kennebunkport has
less than 4,000 year-round residents, it has been a
popular summer destination since 1870s.
The picturesque main drag is lined with storefronts housing
interesting boutiques and gift shops. There is an assortment of sights,
such as historic Saint Ann’s Church. The stone chapel faces the Atlantic
Ocean and was built in 1887.
Kennebunk Beach sits beneath a retaining wall with a beautiful view
of the bay. In early morning, a trace of humidity and a light breeze are
The sky is blue, visibility unlimited and the sea rolls with low swells.
This is typical Kennebunkport summer and reason why water activities
are popular - activities that include boating, whale watching and
Maine is home to 65 lighthouses and historically, Kennebunkport
is a shipbuilding and fishing village. For more
than a century, Kennebunkport has been a popular
summer destination and amongst the state’s
wealthiest communities. There are many large,
elegant and gracious nineteenth-century houses set
on attractive grounds.
In summer, Maine holds a spirited statewide best
lobster roll contest, with competition high as lobster
chefs hope to be chosen their state’s best. A favorite
place to eat lobster roll in Kennebunkport is at the
Clam Shake where many consider this to be the best
Clam Shake’s lobster rolls are made with locally caught lobster,
melted butter and mayo loaded on freshly baked, white roll. Whether
choosing lobster roll or lobster dinner, Maine lobster can’t be beat.
Undeniably, with its former shipbuilding and summer home to past
presidents, Kennebunkport is a capsule of American history.
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
Three’s A Crowd
By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit
We may disagree on a number of things,
but my husband and I are in accord when
it comes to dogs. We love them and can’t live
Over the years there’s been a succession
of large dogs with whom we’ve shared
our lives. But not our bed.
Enter Sam, a 17-pound rough coat
Russell Terrier. To equal the size of one of
our Labradors would require five Sams.
Having a small dog for the first time
is a different experience. It’s like having
a puppy that never grows larger. If you
know how it is with puppies, then you
understand the temptation to snuggle,
and how that snuggling can extend until
At first it was just for a few minutes. When we were ready to turn out
the lights, I would place young Sam in his cozy crate, where he, and we,
would be safe for the night.
When Sam got a bit older, and I could trust him not to consume it, I
bought him a bed. For a while we held to the same routine. Cuddle for
a while, then into his own sleeping accommodation.
This was working just fine. Until it wasn’t.
The visits in our bed got gradually longer. When we removed the
sleeping Sam into his own bed, he would awaken, give us his most
forlorn stare, accompanied by a muted, but very pathetic whine.
We disagree about which of us was the first to give in. I know it was
him. Nevertheless Sam now spends the entire night sleeping above the
Sleeping has become an entirely new experience. At first, Sam was
polite, and would curl up at the foot of the bed. But gradually, he was
sleeping between us.
And when he dreams he’s an Alpha dog, he crawls to the top of the
pillows and sleeps above our heads.
You recall the old saying, Qui cum canibus concumbunt cum
publicibus? Of course you do. But you remember it as: Lie down with
dogs, wake up with fleas.
Fortunately, this isn’t the case with
Sam. But I do wake up with an occasional
stiff neck, cramped leg, or a cold tush
because the dog has requisitioned my
share of the blanket.
There have been other adaptations as
well. We must reach over Sam to deliver
a good-night kiss. And the old headache
ploy has been replaced by “please dear,
not in front of the dog.”
We’ve considered a larger bed, but
I’m sure the extra space still won’t stop
Sam from sleeping on my head. So we shall remain cozy but crowded.
Anyway, who wants to fold king-sized sheets?!
Susan Goldfein’s newest book, How to Complain When There’s
Nothing to Complain About, is available at Amazon.com, BN.com,
Read her blog at: www.SusansUnfilteredWit.com. Email Susan:
Scam of the Month
It never stops. All you can do is make
sure that you and yours are never a
Be it by telephone or email, the bad guys
are getting wiser on how to deceive the
public. Keep in mind they need only one
sucker (out of thousands) to make it worth
Now we’re not talking about that
Nigerian Oil Minister nor that attorney that wants to give you that
Take a look at the below email message that publisher Dan
received. The PayPal logo is attached, and the spelling (for a
change) is even correct.
It looks legit and Dan almost fell for it – until he realized he does
not have a PayPal account. So, since Dan has no life anyway, he
called the 800 number.
When some guy (he said his name was “Joe” but since he couldn’t
speak English, we doubt if that was true) advised the publisher that
he needed to connect to their “secure server” and fill out some basic
personal information, Dan called him some unprintable names
and hung up the phone.
Remember our No. 1 Vegas Voice Scams, Schemes & Safety rule:
Never, Never, Never give out ANY personal information. And feel
free to HANG UP THE PHONE on Joe.
Believe me, they won’t be insulted - they’re used to it.
Summer Dormancy Concerns
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
In July, our landscaping is subjected to
high temperatures and direct sun. As a
result, many of our plants go into a “summer
dormancy” that leaves them in a weakened state and very vulnerable
to insect infestation, damage or death!
To guard against insects destroying your landscaping, I recommend
a “two step mechanical and chemical approach” response.
The mechanical approach requires that you regularly inspect
your landscape to see what insect may be present by carefully checking
the top and underside of leaves, stems, flowers and branches. The
quickest way to remove them is to spray plants with a strong jet of water
from your hose.
This will effectively remove many insects such as thrips, aphids and
spittle bugs. It is also effective removing cochineal from Opuntia and
If a more resistant situation exists, take an empty spray bottle and fill
it with ¼ tsp of dishwashing detergent and water. Spray the entire plant
with the solution.
Insects that are attacking your plants will fall off like a “one-way
waterslide” This can be done as many times as necessary. For larger
insects, such as beetles or caterpillars, use a needle-nosed tweezer to
pluck them from your plants and dispose.
Another mechanical approach is to actually plant marigold or
chrysanthemums (which contain pyrethrin, a natural insect repellant).
This will both beautify as well as protect your flowers and vegetables
With serious insect infestation, you will need to use a chemical
approach. There are two categories of chemicals.
Contact, that is sprayed directly on the plant for immediate results,
and Systemic that is added directly into the soil allowing the plant roots
to absorb the chemicals (very much like a vaccine) and thus become
part of its structure. When insects try to eat the plants, they are killed
NOTE: Systemics should NOT be used on edible plants such as fruits
or vegetables. During the colder months, trees can be sprayed with
dormant oils to smother overwintering insects and/or prevent their
eggs from hatching.
Using these methods will help to keep your landscape pest-free!
Have any questions? Contact me at: Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.
Howard Galin, a/k/a: “The Plant Whisperer” is a retired NYC
school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his
time to communicating with and lecturing about our native
July 3, 1863
By: John Beilun / Time Traveler
On July 3, 1863, a scruffy looking soldier
stood atop a hill. His ill kempt beard and
mud splattered uniform belied the fact that he
was a Major General.
He raised his binoculars and scanned the nearby fortress city. A white
flag appeared on the battlements!
After forty-six days, the siege was over. The heretofore impregnable
citadel had once been called the “Gibraltar of the Mississippi.”
It was strategically located on an eastern bend of that river and for
the past two years its massive array of heavy artillery prevented the
Union from traversing her.
With time becoming an issue, the General ordered two direct assaults
upon the fortified town. Its inhabitants, the Rebels, readily repelled
both at great loss of life and limb to the Federals.
In addition to its plethora of big guns, the city was garrisoned by over
30,000 soldiers and encircled by miles of massive earthworks, ditches
defended by rows of abatis.
Not wishing to waste any more troops, the General decided that his
only recourse was to lay siege. Union gunboats came down the river
and bombarded the town day and night with thousands of rounds from
their naval guns and mortars.
Although the Rebels had munitions aplenty, food was another matter.
When the last horse, dog and shoe leather were consumed and his men
no longer strong enough to fight, their leader realized that the battle
was lost and sued for peace.
Vicksburg had fallen! General Ulysses S. Grant accepted the surrender.
Thirty thousand Rebels were captured, the Mississippi River was now
controlled by the Union and the South was literally cut in two!
On that very same day, Confederate General Robert E. Lee conceded
defeat at Gettysburg. Whether it’s because battles are more dramatic
than sieges or that there were countless more reporters at that small
borough in Pennsylvania than at Vicksburg, Gettysburg has forever
been branded into our national psyche.
Even though it was Grant’s victory at Vicksburg that had more of an
impact on ending the Civil War.
Step by Step, Faith Wins
Comic impressionist and Vegas Voice radio host Rich Natole is
methodically and purposefully building momentum for his
current film project, “Faith Wins.” Rich,
along with fellow comic John Pate have made
great strides over the past two months in their
journey down this cinematic road.
They have secured an accomplished
“faith-based” producer/director from Atlanta,
Georgia, John Michael Hightower, along with
the majority of cast members. All are excited
about the prospects for this film.
Faith Wins tells the story of a riches-torags-to-riches
journey that helps the main
character find “True Value and Worth”
through a transformed life.
Having now received wonderful reviews and
coverage in the press, on radio, and television,
the Natole & Pate duo have decided to share
this dream with The Vegas Voice readers with
their own prize package of participation.
Beginning this month, exclusively for
Vegas Voice readers and contributors,
there will be a regular monthly
Congratulations Rich and John!
drawing from their list of donors on the ‘GoFundMe Faith
Wins-Movie Production benefiting the Homeless’ website.
They are offering 2‘Walk-On’ roles in the
film, one drawing per month until the film’s
start date in January 2022. Yes, that are 12
opportunities to be in a faith-based feature
1. Every $50.00 donor will receive an official
“Faith Wins” Production Crew baseball cap.
2. Every $200.00 doner will receive lunch
with Rich Natole.
3. Every $1,000.00 doner will receive a FILM
CREDIT as a “Faith Wins Executive Production
Associate Committee” member.
Participation in this great opportunity,
especially for Vegas Voice readers and listeners,
You may contribute today at: ‘GoFundMe’
and type in the project title, ‘Faith Wins
Movie Production Benefiting the
Homeless’ and secure your place in this film
You will be contacted for the respective prize you have earned for
delivery and credit. We hope every person reading this feels the same
passion we do and will help make it a reality.
The Christian Film Festival is held in Newport News, Virginia,
and honors film projects dedicated to family-friendly, faith-based
entertainment and themes. The awards were given last month.
The award for “Best Screenplay” was awarded to our Vegas Voice
radio host Rich Natole and John Pate, for their original screenplay,
“Faith Wins - The Wildcard of the Strip.” The project is set to be filmed
in January using numerous professional entertainers who live and
perform regularly from one end of Las Vegas to the other.
This Really Ain’t No Dress Rehearsal!
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
You know how when you’re young, you sort of
don’t worry much about making mistakes
or screwing things up, because somewhere, in the
back of your mind, you know, you are positive,
that you’ll have a chance to do it right “later”?
I mean, like on your “second time around” or whatever? Like
dropping out of Pre-Med to become a
mime, or choosing a drug-free labor
and delivery, or marrying the totally
You’ll have a chance to fix that
Here’s a hint - WRONG! So wrong!
So completely and astoundingly and
devastatingly wrong that it could be
the wrongest wrong thing on the
Oh, I know what they say: Life is
short. You only live once. This is no
dress rehearsal, blah, blah, blah. Who listens? But “they” were right, my
friend - and we were WRONG!
As you can plainly see, I have been traumatized by this revelation,
because I, for one, had a whole slew of things I’d been planning to go
back and “fix.” And suddenly, here I am in middle age (shut up) and
frightening things are happening to my mind, my memory, my body,
and my prospects…and I just became aware that there are no doovers!
And not only can I not “fix” previous mistakes, but I have also “aged
out” of lots of things I used to do.
For example, there’s no way I could be a waitress again, even if I
wanted to, which I don’t, but still, it’s the principle. Why?
Because I couldn’t be on my feet carrying heavy stuff all day and
wearing one of those cutesy uniforms with the lacy apron, as I could -
and did - throughout my growing-up life. (I couldn’t even sell clothes
at Nordstrom’s - same reasons, minus the apron.)
It’s also too late to play the lead opposite Kevin Costner in any movie
on earth. Why? Please.
And I used to play tennis. I played it well, fiercely, competitively, and
even sweatily. Then, I broke my leg in a zillion places, which resulted
in screws, pins, casts, doom, gloom, and a permanently slightly crooked
ankle. No more tennis.
So, being the courageous, take-it-on-the-chin, get-back-up-on-thehorse
girl I am, I immediately retired under the bed whimpering that
life held nothing more for me. Eventually, I was coaxed out by the new
And I swore that I would only
remain on the couch until I figured
out what new sport might strike my
Turns out, tennis was it - the only
physical activity in my repertoire.
I was cavalier about it because I
thought I’d have plenty of time to do
it over the right way – eventually.
Then, I started noticing how
many things I could no longer
physically do with my physical self.
Like kneeling - even in church. Like
lifting the extra-large-size ketchup bottle.
Like walking up a flight of stairs without calling the paramedics.
I was astonished. And angry as hell! So, I went to the gym to meet the
new personal trainer. He said, “Hello, my name is Mr. Later. ”
So, now I am literally trying to “fix” my body…and never was there
a more formidable task, although I know I’m not the only one who
thought we’d have another chance to get it right.
I know you people out there who’ve been watching TV and ordering
pizza in blissful ignorance of Mr. Later, so maybe we could all “fix”
things together. I’m not guaranteeing an offer from “Vogue Magazine”
and I’m not saying you’ll be able to serve in the military...or even at
But we won’t just be standing around waiting for a “do-over” that
never comes…and we’ll damn well be able to pick up the ketchup and
carry it up the stairs!
Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North
Carolina. Readers may contact her - and order her new children’s
book! - by visiting her website at www.vickiwentz.com.
Thank You Susan
Loyal reader Susan Roberts
put to good use our previous
Vegas Voice editions. Rather than
“lining bird cages” she was able
to handcraft the pages to make a
We proudly placed it on our TV/
YouTube video set for all to see.
Thank you Susan!
Speaking to and for Las Vegas
Valley Seniors since 2003
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LAS VEGAS, NV
“Serving Southern Nevada Seniors for over 15 years”