Baby Boomers,

I am going to be brutally honest with everyone today.

Not that I make it a point to lie to everyone, but today I am going to cut a little deeper and open up the door to my personal life a little wider giving you a chance to make fun of my vulnerabilities if you want.

You wouldn’t do that would you?

I’ll start by saying that last night I was having a hard time sleeping.  
After I got up from my first late night “piss” (told you I was going there) I had trouble getting back to sleep because my mind started racing about the chance to celebrate another “Fervid Friday” on my blog.

I couldn’t decide where I was going to go with it today.

Actually, it’s like that quite often.

 Most days, I really never know what I am going to write about until I begin writing.  Even that doesn’t insure that what you finally read as my daily blog was what I started out with in the first place.  I’ll change my topic before I begin and at times the subject I am writing about veers off course and becomes something completely different.

It’s not writer’s block it’s more like writer’s “drift.”

I do have a file of “ideas” that I have constantly at hand ready to write about.  Currently, there are 84 different topics/notes/concepts/hypotheses/thoughts (I just cleaned out the file from over 150 ideas) that I will eventually blog about.

They range from discussions on CFL light bulbs to tips on getting better service at a bar to whether or not folks our age are becoming more sexually liberal as we get older.

Do you want to hear about any of these?

So anyway, I guess I have a serious focus problem on what I want to share with you every day.  That’s probably why I am always asking for your suggestions on what you would like me to write about.  This is especially difficult for me on “Fervid Fridays” because my message is meant to be inspirational and uplifting.

I’ve made it a point recently to spend the first 30 minutes after waking up every morning becoming a better blogger.

I read other blogs, search out the best of the best, study the websites that teach you how to blog, and research what makes a blog more attractive to you my followers.  Sometimes I feel like I am really getting a grip on what I am trying to do with Survive55.com but most times, like this morning, I feel like a kid driving a car.  I know enough to get the car started and into drive but what happens when I hit the open road is a dangerous and mysterious ride to me.

That doesn’t mean I’m not excited about every blog I attempt.

I'm just not always focused.

Like the kid in a car,  it’s everything I can do to keep from pissing my pants when I write (I told you earlier I was going deep) my blogs.  I write fast and furious seldom stopping to eat or take piss (OK, potty) breaks.  If you could see me I am actually sitting on the edge of my seat many times and I tense up trying to get everything I want to say down as fast as possible.

There is something wrong with that isn’t there?

So this morning I am reading a blog by Steve Pavlina that I had saved months earlier.  As I am reviewing the great knowledge he is sharing to the world (for free I might add) I click on several of the links in his blog (us professional bloggers do that quite often you know!) to check out other topics he is touching on.

This takes me to a blog he wrote called“Conserving Mental Energy.”  
It talks about developing a habit of reducing the time wasted and anxiety involved in trying to execute your mundane daily decisions.

He asks:

“How much mental energy do you squander on low-priority decisions each day?"

"Could you make those decisions once and put them on autopilot?”

I reply: “Way too much and yes."

Somewhere deep in my memory banks I had heard that Albert Einstein, in order to be more efficient in his work, bought multiple versions of the same grey suit and had a closet full of the same shirts, ties and shoes that he wore everyday because he didn’t want to waste brainpower on choosing an outfit each morning.

Albert Einstein wore the exact same thing every day. Is that true?

Unfortunately, this report is highly exaggerated but there is a little basis in reality concerning how he dressed later in life.

When Einstein's second wife, Elsa, was alive she took a firm hand when it came to her husband's appearance, and pictures of the two of them touring everything from Japan to the American Southwest show Einstein in beautiful silk vests, and dapper neck wear . 

But after Elsa passed away and Einstein spent his last 20 years as a professor emeritus at Princeton, his clothing did become more irregular.  He openly disliked wearing a suit and while already legendary for often going sock-less, now he wore sandals.   Perhaps the most common pictures of Einstein from that time show him constantly  shuffling around his Princeton study wearing a big gray sweatshirt.

Now I am thinking to myself is this something I should consider?  Should I put the routine day-to-day decisions of my life on autopilot?

I decided to research this idea a little further and I now have my answer.

It appears that our own President Obama is a huge advocate of this behavior.  Obama was quote in a Vanity Fair article:

“You also need to remove from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day. You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing because I have too many other decisions to make.”

He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions.  Huh, it appears that President Obama reacted the exact same way as I did to this subject and researched it further to find out if it was the right behavior to adapt.

Great minds think alike right?

It gets better.

Not only have Albert Einstein and Barrack Obama adopted this decision making simplicity but other famous and I might add incredibly wealthy public figures have done so as well.

Mark Zuckerberg, it appears, is proud that he wears the same outfit every day, and he doesn't care if everyone knows it.  The Facebook CEO's style, or lack thereof, was a major theme of Zuckerberg's first interview after  the Facebook IPO.  In the interview, Zuckerberg toldToday Show host Matt Lauer that he really does wear the same kind of T-shirt day after day after day.

"I mean, I wear the same thing every day, right?

I mean, it's literally, if you could see my closet,"
Zuckerberg said, adding that he owns "maybe about 20" of the gray, scoop neck shirts he's become somewhat famous for.

How about the late, great Steve Jobs?

Here’s a man that built a worldwide financial empire while choosing to wear a black mock turtleneck, blue jeans and New Balance sneakers everyday. Simplicity at its finest.

Einstein, Zuckerberg and Jobs weren’t the first to go their own unusual yet unchanging way, and they certainly won't be the last.

Others include fashion designer Michael Kors, Segway inventor Dean Kamen, singer Johnny Cash and even our favorite comic actor Pee-wee Herman.

William Arruda, a personal branding guru and author of Career Distinction says this practice is "not only critical to simplifying their lives but can be part of personal branding."

“They wear what they wear because that’s what they feel comfortable wearing,” he says.  “When you wear something that just feels right, you are confident."  "And it is also great to have a trademark look."  "It makes you memorable and distinctive.”

Hey, it’s not about what you wear, but what you accomplish.

So, if you see me, from now on, walking down the street in a pair of khaki shorts and a dayglo lime green "Survive55" t-shirt you will know the reason why.

OK, so that’s what I am going to write about today in my “Fervid Friday” blog.

It is my decision going forward to reduce the anxiety and time lost in making mundane decisions in my life.  My time is more important than my clothing.  I am more important than my clothing.

Let’s all start focusing our decision-making energy on what’s most important.

Hhhhhhmmmmmm………I wonder what I’ll write about tomorrow.

Let me know what decisions you are going to put on "autopilot" in the comments section below.

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Baby Boomer

Yesterday I ran across the incredible poem "IF" by Rudyard Kipling and felt compelled to post it on my blog for your enjoyment.  Probably 40 years have passed since I first read that poem.  It's amazing how much more the words mean now than they did when I read them as a younger man.   In fact, in some not so small way, this epic lyric has changed my life.

Today, and going forward I will heed the advice offered by Mr. Kipling.

Today, and going forward I will build my life with my "worn-out tools."

Today, and going forward I will be a man.

So, what does it mean to be a man?

I decided to research this question to see what the modern world has to say.

As fate would have it, one of the first articles of advice I ran across was the very popular "Guide to Being a Man" conceived by the fine folks at the global banking and investment firm Goldman Sachs.  As you’d expect from Goldman Sachs, there’s a distinct stiff upper lip, Wall Street swagger, BMW driven, starched white collar sensibility to many of these insightful proverbs.

I know, you are probably ready to shout at me that you have grown extremely tired of the endless offerings of lists and how-to guides that are rampant with clever cliches and devoid of any true common sense.

Well, this is probably one list you won't hate as much as you thought you would after reading, and re-reading it.  
I don't agree with all of these suggestions but I found a few interesting scraps of wisdom.  Apparently, a healthy dose of confidence and even arrogance is a prerequisite to being a "modern man."

You know, you probably will never find me fly fishing but I am willing to stop taking "selfies" and I may just experiment with having a glass of wine with lunch.

Hopefully, you will also find few practical pointers below that are worth adopting into your lifestyle. 

Unofficial Goldman Sachs Guide to Being a Man

  • Stop talking about where you went to college.
  • Always carry cash. Keep some in your front pocket.
  • Rebel from business casual. Burn your khakis and wear a suit or jeans.
  • It’s ok to trade the possibility of your 80s and 90s for more guaranteed fun in your 20s and 30s.
  • Never stay out after midnight three nights in a row… Unless something really good comes up on the third night.
  • You will regret your tattoos.
  • Never date an ex of your friend.
  • Join Twitter; become your own curator of information.
  • If riding the bus doesn’t incentivise you to improve your station in life, nothing will.
  • Time is too short to do your own laundry.
  • When the bartender asks, you should already know what you want to drink.
  • If you perspire, wear a damn undershirt.
  • Hookers aren’t cool, but remember, the free ones are a lot more expensive.
  • When people don’t invite you to a party, you really shouldn’t go.
 And sometimes even when you are invited, you shouldn’t go.
  • People are tired of you being the funny, drunk guy.
  • When in doubt, always kiss the girl.
  • Tip more than you should.
  • You probably use your mobile phone too often and at the wrong moments.
  • Buy expensive sunglasses. Superficial? Yes, but so are the women judging you. And it tells these women you appreciate nice things and are responsible enough not to lose them.
  • Do 50 push-ups, sit-ups, and dips before you shower each morning.
  • Eat brunch with friends at least every other weekend. Leave Rusty and Junior at home.
  • Be a regular at more than one bar.
  • Act like you’ve been there before. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the end zone at the Super Bowl or on a private plane.
  • A glass of wine or two with lunch will not ruin your day.
  • Learn how to fly-fish.
  • No selfies. Aspire to experience photo-worthy moments in the company of a beautiful woman.
  • Own a handcrafted shotgun. It’s a beautiful thing.
  • There’s always another level. Just be content knowing that you are still better off than most who have ever lived.
  • You can get away with a lot more if you’re the one buying the drinks.
  • Ask for a salad instead of fries.
  • Don’t split a check.
  • Pretty women who are unaccompanied want you to talk to them.
  • When a bartender buys you a round, tip double.
  • Be spontaneous.
  • Find a Times New Roman in the streets and a Wingdings in the sheets. She exists.
  • Piercings are liabilities in fights.
  • Do not use an electric razor.
  • Desserts are for women. Order one and pretend you don’t mind that she’s eating yours.
  • Buy a tuxedo before you are 30. Stay that size.
  • One girlfriend at a time is probably enough.
  • #StopItWithTheHastags
  • Your ties should be rolled and placed in a sectioned tie drawer.
  • Throw parties. 
But have someone else clean up the next day.
  • Measure yourself only against your previous self.
  • Take more pictures. With a camera.
  • Place-dropping is worse than-name dropping.
  • Your clothes do not match. They go together.
  • Yes, of course you have to buy her dinner.
  •  Staying angry is a waste of energy.
  • If she expects the person you are 20% of the time, 100% of the time, then she doesn’t want you.
  • Always bring a bottle of something to the party.
  • Don’t use the word “closure” or ever expect it in real life.
  • If you are wittier than you are handsome, avoid loud clubs.
  • Date women outside your social set. You’ll be surprised.
  • If it’s got velvet ropes and lines, walk away unless you know someone.
  • You cannot have a love affair with whiskey because whiskey will never love you back.
  • If you believe in evolution, you should know something about how it works.
  • No-one cares if you are offended, so stop it.
  • Never take an ex back. She tried to do better and is settling with you.
  • Eating out alone can be magnificent. Find a place where you can sit at the bar.
  • Read more. It allows you to borrow someone else’s brain, and will make you more interesting at a dinner party — provided that you don’t initiate conversation with, “So, who are you reading…”
  • Ignore the boos. They usually come from the cheap seats.
  • Don’t ever say, “it is what it is.”
  • Don’t gamble if losing $US100 is going to piss you off.
  • Remember, “rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.”

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What IF



Baby Boomers,

Sometimes you find the greatest advice in the strangest of places and when you least expect it

This morning I ran across this poem by Rudyard Kipling in a little coffee shop magazine and even though I had read it many times in the past, today it "clicked."

Today, and going forward I will heed his advice.

Today, and going forward I will build my life with my "worn-out tools."

Today, and going forward I will be a man.

Won't you join me?



If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

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Baby Boomers,

A few weeks ago I posted a blog about preventing heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Hopefully, everyone took heed and are following the proper steps to stay healthy this summer.  In that article I asked everyone to wear a hat, loose fitting clothing and put on plenty of sunscreen when out in the sun.

A few weeks before that, I posted an article on preventing sunburn.  Why all this caution about being out in the sun?  Because it's Summer people and it's 100 degrees outside and folks our age are forgetful and we have a tendency to ignore good advice, especially our own.

Why am I bringing this up today?

Well, I ran across a video on YOUTUBE that is simply fascinating, if not downright scary.  It shows your skin when exposed to ultraviolet light.  That's right the same ultraviolet light that we are exposed to all day, everyday from the sun.

Please watch this video.  It will change your mind about spending too much time in the sun. Hopefully, it will change your mind about using sunscreen.

I can only imagine what I look like in front of this camera.

Many Thanks to photographer and writer Tom Leveritt for making up this video and posting it on the internet.


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Baby Boomers......................

Face it, we are getting older.

Our eyesight isn't what it was.  What's that you say?

Our backs hurt. Our hands hurt. Our feet hurt.

We are not as strong nor agile as we once were.

We forget things.  We lose things.  We drop things. 

We fall down.

Our “naughty bits” don’t work like they used to.

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Do you ever get tired of the world telling you how broken down and dysfunctional you have become in your advancing years?

You need suspenders to hold up your pants.  You need ergonomic gloves to help you golf and garden, shoe stabilizers so you don’t fall down, hi-tech reminders to take our medications, false teeth, hearing aids, incontinence briefs in case we dribble,  penis pumps and little blue pills to make our lives easier and more fulfilling.

You know what?  We are what we are!

If you are smart, you except your shortcomings, find a way to overcome them and move on with living your life to the fullest.

I've always said “There is no room for humility in getting older.”

Humility does not come easily for most baby boomers.  It rubs against our grain.

Growing old and dying seems like a violation of our birthright.  If you are like me, you believe that perseverance is the key to success in life.

Life will only reward you if you fight hard enough and long enough.

Well, let me tell you......I’m not going down easily!

I’m going down kicking and scratching and clawing for every last second that life will afford me. 

I think Ted Nugent summed it up pretty well in his song “Stranglehold.”

                "Sometimes you wanna get higher
               And sometimes you gotta start low
         Some people think they gonna die someday
                 I got news, ya never got to go"

Unfortunately, there is not a baby boomer among us that can claim they have enough determination, passion, and intensity to indefinitely postpone their ultimate demise.  I have yet to run across anyone who is even remotely eternal.  

But, what I have found is most people (especially boomers) really embrace the fact that we are an incredibly unique and special form of life.  We have some purpose.  Maybe even a greater purpose.  

And because of this we should accept our physical shortcomings with pride.

So what if you tinkle in your drawers every time you sneeze.  So what if you can't remember my name 30 seconds after we talked.  So what if you drive a little slower because things look like they are moving too fast.

You can do some amazing things and you already have.  You have probably already built and raised an amazing legacy for yourself through your family.  You have probably built an impressive career where you gave something useful to the rest of the world. Maybe you have brought something beautiful or creative to the world through your artistic talents.

We all have done something worthy of praise and recognition.  But you know what?  We didn't do it alone.

Sure, old age and death disrespectfully reduces us all to the same common denominator.

As we rack up more baby boomer years and we begin to lose our hair, our sexual prowess, our strength and stamina we need to understand that we are all in the same boat.

Our minds get fuzzier right along with the insides of our noses and ears and we may not even realize it.

We will eventually have to accept the need for all of those embarrassing yet necessary health and mobility aids and tools we see on TV.

But, most importantly, we will eventually have to realize and accept that we will need the assistance, support and service of others to get by.

As we advance in our Baby Boomer years we will need the help of others even more.

Humility, by definition, is recognizing the limits of your talents, capabilities and authority.

It is the understanding that we are but tiny parts of a much bigger machine.  It is a tough thing to admit to ourselves.

We have to begin now to learn how to accept the inevitable.

Without humility, the backside of our baby boomer years will be an unbalanced and anxious struggle against our own pride.

Don't be afraid to open yourself up to new relationships and friendships knowing, up front, that we all need each other and that we are all on this ride together.

Respectfully accept a helping hand.  And if you can, please offer one as often as you can. 

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Baby Boomers,

It's International Beer Day !!!

That's basically Valentine’s Day for guys only..

A day for love and a day for bromance.

A day for celebrating what we love most about life.

A day to reminisce about what brings us pleasure and happiness.

A day to honor what we consider most important in the true essence of our spirit.

A day to talk about.............................wait for it........................................BEER.

That’s right, beer.

How many times have you heard the phrase “I love beer?”

Beer, it makes me a jolly good fellow.

But did you know that beer can do many other things to improve your life other than making you a silver tongued romantic with the personality of Sean Connery and the dance moves of Fred Astaire?

I didn’t either (I mean who needs more than just having to down a couple of beers to become Sean Connery?) until my friend Yolanda Jones posted a link (Thanks!) on Facebook that brought to my attention the many wonderful and awe inspiring attributes of this golden elixir.

The original link comes from a blog written by Corina Dondas (Thanks!) for the website “All Women Stalk” (Thanks!).

Here's the website if you want to check it out:


Who would think women would be so interested in and knowledgeable about the benefits of beer?

That’s just another reason men love women so much and find it so easy to celebrate that love on a day like today: Valentine’s Day.

If beer is one of your favorite beverages, I must tell you that there are quite a few special and even surprising uses for beer that you could try around your house.

If you notice that you still have one bottle of beer left after that fabulous party you threw last night, don’t drink it because you can actually use it in a large variety of ways.

So, here are a few special uses for beer that will make you buy an extra 6-pack the next time you do your groceries:

                               The Benefits of Beer

1. Polish Your Jewelry

In my opinion, of the most spectacular and most helpful uses for beer is the fact that it can polish your jewelry, making it sparkle again.

Just use a light ale and a clean towel and rub it gently over that beautiful piece of jewelry you want to polish.

Beer’s natural acids will help you bring back the shine to your gold jewelry.

You can also use it to clean wooden furniture or you can even try this on tarnished copper pots as well.

2. It Can Boost Your Hair’s Shine

Another wonderful thing you can do with beer is to simply wash your beautiful hair with it and it will boost its shine.

Pour some beer on your hair, let it sit for a few minutes and then just rinse it out.

You could also use more complex recipes like these for example:

Mix one cup of lager with one egg yolk, massage into strands, leave it for a few minutes and then rinse it off


ou could boil a cup of beer until it has reduced to about ¼ cup, then simply mix it with a cup of your shampoo and wash your hair with it.

3. It Can Remove Coffee Or Tea Stains

Among the many benefits of this wonderful beverage, beer also has the ability to remove coffee or tea stains from your rugs or even from your clothes.

Just pour a little beer right on top of that stain, rub it lightly into the material and the stain should simply disappear.

Don’t get discouraged if you can’t seem to get that stain out on your first try; you may have to repeat that entire process a couple of times , so you’ll be able to remove all traces of a stubborn stain.

4. Soften up Meat

You can also use beer when you cook, since it will soften up even the toughest meat.

Just pour a can or a bottle over the meat and then just let it soak in for about an hour before cooking.

Also, you can use beer as an overnight marinade.

Just add some soy sauce or some other Asian sauce to the beer.

You can even put that beer in your slow cooker with your meat and I’m sure you’ll be surprised by the results.

5. It Can Fertilize Your Garden

Beer has a lot of extracts that are extremely good for plants, like yeast for example.

To use it as a fertilizer, just pour the beer onto your garden and that will do it.

You can use those leftover half-drunk cans or bottles of beer from that wonderful party you threw last night and put them to good use.

Also, your vegetables and flowers will surely enjoy all those sugars that are found in beer, so why throw it away when you can use it to make your garden look healthier.

6. It Will Get Rid of Mice

Beer will even help you take care of that mouse problem you might be dealing with. Just put an inch or so of beer in a pail, and then place some type of ramp (a piece of wood for the mice to crawl up).

The mechanism of this trap consists in the fact that the mouse will fall into that pail, will drink the beer and then you can simply remove it to some place outside.

It’s the most humane method of catching mice I’ve ever heard of, so give it a try in case you have to deal with such a problem.

7. It Will Trap Snails And Slugs

You should know that snails and slugs find beer to be quite irresistible, just like some humans do.

If you’re having a problem with them or if your garden is under attack, just bury an empty juice container in the area where you’ve seen them, pour in about half of can of leftover beer and then just leave it overnight.

The next morning, you will probably find a hoard of them drunk and drowned. (Well, I don’t know if I would use this method because it seems to be rather cruel, but maybe some of you would disagree and you might find if very effective.

8. It Can Soothe An Upset Tummy

I was quite surprised to find out that you can actually use beer to soothe your upset stomach, but apparently it really works and it’s also one of the most effective hangover cures out there.

Just by slowly sipping a can of beer, you can soothe your upset tummy.

The alcohol in it has an anesthetic effect and it will help alleviate the pain.

Despite all this, you shouldn’t use this trick if you have an ulcer or gastritis because I’m sure you wouldn’t want to make it worse.

9. You Can Soak in It

Beer is a very effective skin conditioner, so the next time you are taking a bath, just add a can or a bottle of beer (especially dark beer) to the water and have a long soak in it.

Apparently, this is a good alternative to adding salt crystals, but you can even combine them if you want and I’m sure you’ll obtain even better results.

It will make your skin softer since your body will absorb all those minerals from the beer.

I bet most of my male Survive 55 Baby Boomer followers just thought that the only thing beer did was to make you bigger, stronger and more attractive to the fairer sex.

I bet most of my female Survive 55 Baby Boomer followers just thought that the only thing beer did was to make men THINK they were bigger, stronger and more attractive to women.

Do you have any other clever uses for this magnificent product?

If you do, please add them to my comments section below and share the wonders of beer.

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

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Baby Boomers,

For most of you reading this article we are in the throes of mid-summer heat waves. For some of you the "dog days" of summer may last a month or maybe even two. in Arizona the peak of summer lasts from May through September.  I'm not kidding. 

Even though we live in a virtual furnace and fancy ourselves professionals at staying cool and burn-free, we still need to be extra cautious in mid summer.  Sometimes month long stretches of 100+ temperatures can melt our brains and make us do things we normally wouldn't if we had any common sense left.

For instance, yesterday I found myself repairing roof tiles at 4:00 in the afternoon. It was 110 degrees, there wasn't a cloud in the sky and all I was wearing was shorts and tennis shoes....no shirt and no hat.  I didn't think too much about it at the time (obviously my brain was fried) but this morning the entire experience came rushing back to me in one giant FLASH as I stepped into the shower and the hot (remember I live in Arizona so our water never goes below 90 degrees in the summer) water ripped into the crispy burnt flesh on my back and on my slightly (I use that term lightly) balding head.

OUCH !!!

Believe it or not, these little bouts of sunburn that I  sometimes submit myself to aren't uncommon and they aren't the worst thing that can happen.  After 25 years in Arizona, these little "frying" accidents have become second nature to me.  The most dangerous effect of spending too much time under the sun, is the often ignored malady called "Heat Exhaustion" or "Heat Stroke" if in more advanced stages.

This affliction is a tricky bastard and one you had better be constantly watching for and prepared for.  The cunning of this hazard lies in its ability to overtake you without you knowing it.  One minute you feel fine, the next minute you're a babbling mass of melted protoplasm waking up in the emergency room.  So how does it happen?  It's rather elementary my dear Watson !!

Here's the perfect formula to drive yourself to heat stroke:

First, spend a long time in the sun.  If you are going to do that make sure you are wearing inappropriate clothes( no hat, no shirt, etc.) or even no clothes at all.  Then, do something very strenuous like work or play sports or go running up a mountain.  While exerting yourself to the max be sure to refrain from drinking any water or beneficial fluids even if you feel thirsty.  Are you getting light headed just reading this?  If you really want to speed up the process then drink a butt load of alcohol.  There is nothing like chugging 9 or 10 beers to bring on the onset of dehydration.

OK, now you are on your way to a major physical breakdown.  All kidding aside, this is not a pleasant experience and many times it can be very dangerous.  Like I said earlier, heat stroke can sneak up on you so by the time you realize that your are having issues you are already in deep doo doo.

I'm not sure where I found the wonderful chart below outlining the symptoms and recommended care for anyone that experiences heat exhaustion and heat stroke but I am glad I did so I could pass it on to you.  Please take a few minutes to read it over and if you are so inclined, print it out and tape to the front door of your house so you can see it every time you plan on going outside in 110 degree temperatures without, at least, a hat on.

So how can you prevent disabling yourself from heat illnesses? Simple......think ahead. That's right......prepare.  Once again, I am not a doctor, nor have I ever played one on television, but here are some fantastic recommendations to keep yourself happy and healthy even in the grip of the "dog days" of summer.

  • Check the temps for the whole day when going outdoors.
  • Think about how hot it was the last time you went out.
  • Always (and I mean always) have plenty of water and/or beneficial fluids to drink.
  • Map out your schedule to plan for time to rest in the A/C and use shade where available
  • Learn the early signs of heat exhaustion
What else can you do to prevent heat illnesses:

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing in hot weather.
  • Wear a large brimmed hat
  • Avoid excessive exercise or heavy physical activity outdoors
  • Be very careful if you are taking drugs that impair heat regulation, or if you are overweight or elderly.
  • If driving, allow your car to cool down before getting in.
  • If you are overweight or long in the years, then be even more cautious and more prepared.  

Fun in the sun is a good thing if done properly.  In fact, it can be downright........FUN !!! 

Like the great Rudyard Kipling said "Keep your head when all about you are losing theirs."  

I'm not sure if he was referring to heat illnesses but if the quote works, right?  Enjoy the rest of your summer and stay safe !!!

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Baby Boomers,

Did you know, as a citizen of the United States, you have the right to receive a FREE credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com?

That's Right !!!

If you do a quick "Google" search you will quickly discover there are thousands of internet sites that provide you with your credit score for a fee.   For a fee?  Why pay a fee?  It's your credit score right?

Well let me tell you folks, by law, you also have the right to FREE credit reports from AnnualCreditReport.com or by calling 877-322-8228, which is the authorized source under Federal Law for free credit reports. 

By law, you can get one free credit report from each of the three national credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) during any twelve-month period. 

For more information, go to www.consumerfinance.gov/learnmore.

AnnualCreditReport.com is the official government backed site to get your free annual credit reports. This right is guaranteed by Federal law. 

To verify that this is the official site, you can check www.consumerfinance.gov/askcfpb/311/how-do-i-get-a-copy-of-my-credit-report.html.

Don't be fooled by look-alike sites. You can be sure that you are on the right site if you type www.AnnualCreditReport.com in your browser address line. Don't come to this site by clicking on a link in another site or in an email.

This site is maintained by Central Source, LLC. Central Source, LLC is sponsored by Equifax, Experian and TransUnion so you have a single site where you can ask for all three of your free credit reports.

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Baby Boomers.......

We come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, constitutions, muscularity, complexions, skin tones and levels of hardiness.  Some of you do well in the sun and may even flourish in it.  Others can be strongly affected by the UV rays after only a short stay outside.

Yesterday, we talked a little about why baby boomers need sunscreen to block the UVA and UVB rays and the basics of SPF  in making your product selections.  

The bottom line is that selecting the proper sunscreen can be a chore.

Before diving into the sea of choices let me make it completely clear that everyone needs some sort of protection when spending time in the sun.  No one is immune to the effects of extended exposure.

Are some sunscreens better than others?

That goes without saying.

Like any other consumer good offered on the open market, there will be knock-offs that look good but are actually weak imitations of the products they are trying to imitate on the shelf.

And on the flip side, there will be high priced, flashy products lush with sexy moisturizing and youth enhancing promises that perform worse than generic sunscreens.

There are both good and bad chemicals used in the formulations of different sunscreens.  There are also good and bad properties to watch out for as well when choosing which sunscreen is right for you.

So let’s begin with what the experts recommend.

Dermatologists strongly recommend that everyone (no matter what skin type) who spends any time outside, no matter where they live, use a sunscreen with at least and SPF 15 or greater year-round.

If you are outside, you are always in the sun right?

If you are fair skinned you should consider boosting your choice to an SPF of 30 year round.  Everyone else should consider using SPF 30 as well in the summer months.

As a reminder, products with a 30 SPF will block 97% of the sun’s harmful rays.

You can choose to use higher SPF products if they make you feel better but remember that products with higher SPF ratings will only block slightly more of the sun’s rays.  If used diligently and according to manufacturer’s instructions, products with a 30 SPF rating are probably the most effective overall from a cost standpoint.

If you are unsure, my advice is simple: Don’t take any chances.

So, what else do dermatologists say to look for in your sunscreen products?

Most sunscreens come in one of five forms:  cream, lotion, oil, gel or spray.

What you use is really a matter of choice as long as the SPF is sufficient but keep in mind that, in general, most oils and especially sprays do not contain sufficient amounts of UV protection like the lotions and creams do.

In most cases, the creams will offer the best protection because they not only have ingredients in them that offer higher SPF levels but they are thicker and thus afford a good degree of opacity to block ultraviolet rays as well.

Look for products that contain one or more of the following ingredients to get “broad spectrum” protection against both UVA and UVB rays:

  • zinc oxide
  • titanium dioxide
  • avobenzone
  • mexoryl

Some of us baby boomers grew up with sunscreens that contained first generation PABA or para-aminobenzoic acids.

While PABA is still considered an effective UVB protector some research has found that some people's skin is sensitive to PABA and it also can cause staining of clothing.

Today, through the miracles of modern technology, there are refined PABA ingredients in sunscreens that protect against UVB radiation.

Beside PABA, some other effective UVB absorbers to look for in the ingredients lists are salicylates and cinnamates.

Regardless of the composition of the sunscreen you plan to use, note that all sunscreens need to be reapplied generously during your stay in the sun.  Creams and lotions will last the longest but they are thicker and stickier but folks generally find them annoying to apply.  So what, they work best.  Slather them on and let people know you are smart.

The spray, oil and gel sunscreens tend to wear off in the water or sweat off and should be reapplied more frequently.

As a rule of thumb, expensive sunscreens are not necessarily the best.

How much should you use?

A good rule of thumb is to apply a “shot glass” full every two hours depending on your activity level.

And don’t think you can get away with not using sunscreen on cloudy days.

Wrongo !

Cloudy skies offer very little protection from the sun.  Up to 80% of the sun's UV rays pass through clouds and fog.

I’m sure it goes without saying (but I will anyway) that you should be extra careful when you are in the water or on snow.  These will magnify the effects of the sun’s harming effects.

Men, especially those who are getting thin on top, should always wear a hat outside.  There is nothing to benefit from broiling your bean.

Start a new fashion trend like Walter White or Justin Bieber (OK, bad examples) by wearing a signature topper.

It’s not a bad idea to wear loose fitting clothes that cover and use an umbrella for shade where you can.

So, are there some harmful or dangerous ingredients to look out for when shopping for sunscreen?

Yes and here is a list of ingredients to look for.

These chemicals are designed to reflect and/or absorb UV rays, reduce the effects of aging, speed absorption or improve product performance.  In most cases, they cause more harm that offsets any benefit they are designed for.

Some are absorbed rapidly and accumulate in our systems faster than we can get rid of them.  They can reach toxic levels, disrupt hormone levels, damage skin cells and cause mutations and even cancers.  Some accentuate the aging process by absorbing even greater levels of UV rays producing dangerous free radicals that damage skin.

They are all generally toxic to the environment.



Paraben Preservatives

Octinoxate Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate)


If you want to read more about these particular products check out the Skin Cancer Foundation  website at http://www.skincancer.org/.

So, when it’s all said and done what are the top sunscreen products to be looking for to prepare for your summer adventures?

Here’s a sneak peak at Consumer Reports findings on top performing sunscreen products.


  1. “Coppertone  Water Babies” with  SPF 50 is judged the best performing lotion overall. 
  2. Walmart came in second with their generic  “Equate Ultra Protection” also with SPF 50.
  3. Neutrogena “Ultimate Sport” with  SPF 70-plus was also rated highly.


  1. “BullFrog WaterArmor Sport InstaCool” was chosen as the top performing spray.  It also has a SPF 50 rating.
  2. The Target generic  spray brand  “Up & Up Sport” with SPF 50 was second.. 
  3. “Banana Boat Ultra Defense Max Skin Protection” with SPF 110 is rated as a high performance spray.

So, baby Boomers, if your plan this summer is to be found “Dancin in the Street” along with Martha Reeves then make sure to stay covered up the best you can and wear lots of good sunscreen in places that are exposed to the sun.

I know it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the sunscreen options on store shelves.

Here’s a quick guide to help you through

SPF 30           GOOD

Broad Spectrum UVA and UVB Protection    GOOD

Heavy Creams and Lotions     GOOD

Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide      GOOD

Apply Shot glass Full Every 2 Hours     GOOD

Wearing Speedos and Bikinis with no sun protection     BAD !!!

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Baby Boomers........

Do you remember the song “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas?

Sure you do.

“Callin' out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer's here and the time is right for dancin' in the street.

Oh it doesn't matter what you wear, just as long as you are there”

It’s a great song but I beg of you don’t listen to what the words are telling you.  Yes, it’s summertime but if you are going to be out in the street dancing then please take some precautions.

Wear some sunscreen people……and clothes!

Especially at our age.

If you have avoided any skin issues up until this point then count yourself lucky.

Did you know that sunlight is considered one of the biggest culprits found on the FDA’s list of worst carcinogens?  That’s right; our best source for vitamin D is a real party killer if we aren't careful.

If you are anything like me, you don’t think you need any protection from the sun unless you will be outside for prolonged periods of time at the beach, park or swimming pool.  Then you just slap on some sunscreen (when you think about it) before heading out and figure you are safe for the day.

After 50 years of running around this big rock that is circling the huge fireball we call the sun, I have found out that I know very little about skin care.  I especially know way too little about the proper sunscreens to be using to protect myself and my darling grandchildren.

That ends today.

First, let’s talk about sunburn and how that occurs.

The sun is a tricky character. 

Picture this:  You walk out in the middle of the street (look both ways please before you start dancin') raise your arms and bask in the glorious and soothing heat.  It feels so wonderful baking your old bones.  You first think that it’s the bright fire of the sun that is soaking into your body and feels so good.  

Wrong, that’s just visible light.

What is doing the “baby boomer bake” on your skin is the UVA and UVB or ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun.  You can’t see them with the naked eye and that is what makes them so dangerous.

That's why you get sunburned so easy.

So, what’s the difference between the UVA and UVB rays?

Is one a little bit smarter than the other?

No, not really.

The basic difference is how deep the rays can penetrate the layers of your skin and how much damage they can do to your skin cell structures.  UVA rays are always present, rain or shine, summer and winter no matter what the climate, season or weather.  They are the powerful rays that can penetrate deeply through your clothes and many layers of skin.  They react with individual cells to alter them causing premature aging, old age spots and that wonderfully sexy brown leather skin look you find on aging socialites that have retired on famous made-for-TV beaches in the Mediterranean.

UVB rays, on the other hand, are not as muscular as the UVA rays but their shorter waves are the main culprit when it comes to causing sunburn and skin cancers.  They only affect the upper layers of the skin "burning" cells and causing your skin to turn painfully red.

Both types of ultraviolet rays are bad for you in excess and you should always use protection that is formulated to protect you against the combination.

Second, let’s talk about what SPF means.

If you find yourself staring at the shelves in the skin care aisle of Walgreen's in wonderment at all of the different and varied battles, cans and tubes of sun protection options you are not alone.

SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor” and the hundreds of different bottles on the shelves can range from a factor of 2 all the way up to 100.

The SPF is a government developed and sanctioned rating of a products ability to screen or block the harmful UVA and UVB rays from penetrating your precious skin.  On the surface, this means that if you are wearing a sunscreen product with an SPF of 30 that means you can stay out in the sunlight 30 times longer than if you were not wearing any sunscreen at all.

Unfortunately, this SPF rating sounds kind of arbitrary doesn't it?

Well, you are absolutely right.

Not all sunscreens with the same SPF are created or perform the same way.  In fact, next month Consumer Reports will be publishing a report on sunscreen performance specifically targeting whether or not products protect your skin to the proscribed level found on the labels.

They found that over 10% of the brands tested were overly aggressive in their SPF ratings.

There are a couple of very important facts that baby boomers need to understand when it comes to wearing sunscreen.

1.      SPF protection does not improve proportionally as the rating increases on the label.  For example, a product with an SPF of 30 does not give twice the protection as a product with an SPF of 15.  

2.      There is a law of diminishing returns when it comes to SPF protection.  Basically you get most of your protection from the UVA and UVB rays with a 30 SPF sunscreen product.  

Here’s the skinny

A minimal sunscreen with a SPF of 2 will block around 50% of the sun’s UV rays. 

A good sunscreen with a SPF rating of 15 will block up to 93% and a better sunscreen with an SPF of 30 will block up to 97%.

There is no sunscreen yet that can block all 100% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

I know that selecting the proper sunscreen can be difficult.

Check back tomorrow for some tips that may help you in making your selections easier.

I’ll answer a few questions about the good and bad chemicals found in some sunscreens.

I will also post the Consumer Reports top performing products.

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

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