Slightly Retired

"Retirees have big wishes for 2000 Although we’re halfway through January of the new year 2000, the usual predictions, resolutions, and goals continue to be formulated and spoken. I’ve even read predictions on the new predictions--the tabloids are good at that. Since resolutions usually involve becoming a better person, most people make them in the privacy of their home, but others like to go public with their plans and purposes. Seniors attending the New Year’s Party on Dec. 31, 1999, at Bayview Center, shared some of their resolutions and wishes for the year 2000 and beyond, depending on life expectancy. Before celebrating the New Year with champagne, horns and confetti to correspond with the Parisians’ cheering of the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, they set down their resolves and hopes. They were advised their lists would be collected and read aloud. On each of the bright pink sheets of paper used for the activity, certain wishes reappeared on every sheet: a cure for cancer and other devastating diseases, world peace, an end to hunger. But there were a number of other interesting hopes and resolutions for the future, like these:I’m going to stay single. I’m going to stay hitched to my computer. We need gas-less automobiles. I promise not to get pregnant. If she gets pregnant, I‘m not going to babysit. Let’s have another “Roger Rabbit” movie!Let’s have more prosperity, bigger Social Security checks and longer life. How about the Mariners, or Seahawks, or Sonics winning a pennant. How about any team in the Northwest winning a pennant. It’s time to elect a woman as U.S. President. I hope I get to travel in space during my lifetime. Families, neighbors and the world need to make unconditional love a priority. Let’s get serious about saving our animals and fish.I hope for the sun and some sunshine and that we’ll all be sitting around in it at the same time next year. The country needs to enact campaign finance reform. How about a ban on abortions for Republicans. Let’s prevent technology overkill while working to improve education and world awareness.We can stop pollution now. Let’s teach non-violence. Let’s help find an answer for traffic congestion. Anyone want to blow up the terrorists? Let’s help the younger generation.I want to see more women elected to government offices and a woman for President. Women need more women physicians. Let’s find homes for the homeless. How about more female CEO’s.I wish for perfect eyes, perfect teeth, perfect figures for all us girls. Let’s have pretty pink pills to make wrinkles vanish. Yes, and what about a cocktail for weight loss. We need to legalize polygamy for women. Please give me a simple one button computer. Immediately, let’s have at least two women as County Commissioners plus an all-female Design Review Board! (This brought lots of cheers.)We need gun control with safe and sane communities. I would like more music, more music teachers, more instruments available, more people learning--even the old timers. Let’s go for moving highways, return to the railroads, and have floodlights on all the roads. I want I-695 repealed.I want a bakery in Freeland (This wish brought a standing ovation.) Since I was at the party, I submitted a few of the above; I won’t own up to which ones. However, I will divulge a wish I jotted down at home on Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, for the 10th time in the last 10 years. Before I retired, I kept a rather small picture, smaller than a 9 x 12, of Sean Connery tacked to the wall by my desk. It, or he, gave me something to think about when time dragged. One day a woman visitor came into my office, squinted at Sean’s picture, and said, “Is that your husband?” I could have hugged her, but all I could say is, “I wish.” It occurred to me that if somebody truly thought I might have the likeness of Sean Connery as a husband, then it’s worth a New Year’s wish, or, at least a fantasy, definitely one of those “only in Seattle” one, which goes like this... I’ve spent the afternoon shopping in downtown Seattle, wandering in and out of the lovely shops. Bright gold and red rays from the sunset are caressing the streets and windows as I stroll over to “The Four Seasons” for a bit of refreshment. I saunter across the lobby and sense someone watching me. I look around and notice Sean Connery sipping coffee at a small table. Our eyes lock. I pause as he gets up and walks toward me. He bows slightly and asks me, in only his voice and beautiful English, to join him for coffee. And then I realize I’ve just come in from the wind outside and my hair must be standing on end. I must look like someone who sleeps under the freeway bridge with the number of bags I’m hanging onto. I haven’t put on any make-up, not even lipstick, since morning. In that one glance, he’s really saying, “Poor lady, why does the hotel let people like that in?” So every year the miracle of coincidence fails me. I’m disappointed, but I figure Sean’s worth another New Year’s wish. We might get to be old friends. Around the Senior CenterTuesday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m., Writing Group for those interested in preserving their stories and life history for families. New members welcome; not a writing class. Friday, Jan. 21, signup deadline for the Friday, Feb. 11 trip to Seattle with a no-host lunch at the Spaghetti Factory and an afternoon at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony performing Dvorak, Rachmaninov, and Martinu. Cost $44. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 11:30 a.m. a Show and Tell Luncheon with time for stories and tables for displays. Share your collectible, an antique, or a curiosity. Call Margaret to sign up, 321-1600. Mondays, Jan. 24, 9:30-11:30 am. and 7-9 p.m. Investment classes begin, 5 sessions. $10 material fee, reservations desirable, call 321-1600. Learn about risks, safety, taxes, CD’s, bonds, annuities, mutual funds. Taught by Michelle Hofferbert from Edward Jones, Freeland. Senior Center activity scheduleMonday, Jan 17: CENTER CLOSED, Martin Luther King’s Birthday. Tuesday, Jan. 18: 8:45 and 9:45 a.m. tai chi, 10 a.m. Time Together, 11:45 a.m. lunch, noon-4:55 p.m. 55-Alive Driving class, 1 p.m. writing group, 2:30 p.m. ADC Committee meeting. Wednesday, Jan. 19: 9:30 a.m. computer, 10 a.m. quilters, noon to 4:55 p.m. 55-Alive driving class, 12:30 & 3:30 p.m. computer, 6:30 p.m. BINGO. Thursday, Jan. 20: 9 a.m. yoga, 9:30-11:30 a.m. rubber stamping workshop, 10 a.m. arts & crafts, 1:30 p.m. Rainbow singers, 1:30 p.m. crone conversation, 2:30 computer. Friday, Jan. 21: 9 a.m. bridge, 9-12 a.m. SHIBA by app’t., 10 10 a.m. Time Together, 10:45 a.m. Fun Band, 11:45 a.m. lunch. "

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