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May 2010 - Volume 6 - Issue 11

Publisher’s Note

First you are young; then you are middle-aged; then you are old; then you are wonderful.

Lady Diana Cooper

Carol and I went to Happy Hour last Saturday. Now, if you know us even a little bit, you know that’s totally out of character. (We’re much more likely to opt for pizza and ice cream than drinks and music.) But actually we were at a lovely assisted living facility, where Carol’s wonderful Mom just took up residence. Beset my mobility and memory problems, my in-laws finally succumbed to our pleas … to come on down! But back to our Happy Hour visit.

Every day between 4 and 5 o’clock, the ALF’s residents enjoy live entertainment and refreshments and we decided to tag along. First of all, I guess my musical tastes run more toward Frank Sinatra than heavy metal bands, so I was definitely in my element. A standing-room only crowd, residents began to claim seats about 3 p.m., some napping or quietly chatting. But the entertainer definitely knew his audience — equipped with enough high tech gear to make him sound like the Benny Goodman band in its prime — he started off the set with a booming "New York, New York." By the time he had segued into "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," there wasn’t a sleepy face in the group. He even had Carol (the original tone deaf listener) tapping her feet.

Whether singing along or even dancing, it was easy to see that for all the wonderful residents — their good memories were only a song away. I only hope I’m half as wonderful when I’m their age.

Charles Felix, Publisher

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