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Excited to be back in the classroom again

By JIM BUSEK • Oct 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM

In general, I am comfortable with the whole aging thing.

Some people do not even want to share their age after they reach a certain number. Me? I’m 71, thank you.

(I’m also looking forward to advanced senior status. That’s when you share your age whether anyone asks or not. And you always quote it using the next higher year as in: “Yeah, not bad for someone who is going to be 79 next July.”)

Hair—or its absence—has never been a problem. Oh, there were a few awkward comb-over years. But I got past that pretty quickly. Now I embrace baldness.

Ditto for the gray beard. When I see old pictures of myself with a dark beard they look goofy.

I guess I’ve developed that attitude because I am a Baby Boomer.

It’s not arrogance or denial to say that we boomers really ARE different from our parents. They were a lot older at any given age than we are.

We are healthier and more mobile.

We are eating better, smoking less and exercising more.

And many of us did not have to do the back-breaking, often-dangerous work our parents did.

For us, 70 is the new 50.

We sing along with rock and roll songs.

We wear jeans and sneakers and send text messages on smart phones.

We ride motorcycles and are open-minded about medical marijuana.

And we like to keep on learning.

That is the premise on which ElderCollege, conducted on the Firelands Campus of BGSU, is built. People like to learn things no matter what their age.

And I am excited to tell you that I am going to be conducting one of the classes next week; specifically next Tuesday morning, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. It’s called “Lessons From An Adventure Traveler,” and, if everything goes as expected, it should be a lot of fun.

I will use my condensed adventure travel videos as the jumping off point and, I predict, the two hours (with a break in the middle) will fly by.

The room is set up for 90 attendees and more than 50 have signed up already.

If you would like to join us, be sure to register with Tracy DeFazio. Call her at 419-372-0617 or email her at [email protected] She’s very nice and can give you the details of where the class is being held and how to pay the $20 registration fee.

ElderCollege is intended for ages 50 and older. But if you are younger, let me know and I will loan you a Medicare card that you can flash at the door. We’ll get you in.

I hope to see you there.


Jim Busek is a free-lance writer who lives in Norwalk. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] hotmail.com.

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