Shopping Mall Seniors

Yesterday morning while enjoying breakfast with my wife at the local shopping mall, I saw an elderly lady returning to her car in the parking lot. What was significant was that she was pushing a shopping trolley in which there were hardly any groceries; its disguised purpose being to provide something for her to lean on; a source of support as she struggled to walk. Sally was 89 years of age and had become extremely infirm.


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I’m a computer

I ‘m a computer! 

I haven’t got a computer, but I was told about Facebook and Twitter and am trying to make friends outside Facebook and Twitter while applying the same principles. Every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel, what I have done the night before and what I will do for the rest of the day. I give them pictures of my wife, my daughter, my dog, me gardening, and on holiday, spending time by the pool. I listen to their conversations, tell them that I “Like” them, and give them my opinion on every subject that interests me….whether it interests them or not. 

And it works!  I already have four people following me; two police officers, a social worker and a psychiatrist.

I. M. Dorff

PS: No! I am not losing it! My personal hard drives and memory banks are just full!



The Granny Flat Trap

Although for some seniors moving into a granny-flat on their children’s property can prove beneficial, in many cases there are disadvantages – some being as follows:

The Granny-flat trapYou convince yourself that your son-in-law has now improved / matured?  You even decide that perhaps he wasn’t really so bad after all? Perhaps the relationship problems were your fault? So full of hope, deciding that it will now work out, you move in with them. Everything goes well for a few weeks until you find the manner in which he treats your daughter, or grandchildren, distressful. But can you do anything about it? No!… It’s too late! You have by now invested your limited funds in his property; you are now in the Granny-flat trap! Continue reading

A Christmas Message … or The illuminating value of power outages

 63299227-stromausfall-wort-cloud-konzeptYesterday we spent Christmas with my daughter and her family. Arriving on Christmas eve, we slept over and spent the following day with them.The night before Christmas was great – then came Christmas morning… and a typical African phenomena! At 06h30, just at the time when children normally crept furtively  through to the lounge to preview presents, there was a power outage! No electricity! The children were greeted by a sullen and somewhat surprised Christmas tree sulking silently in the corner.

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