Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fateful Technology - 55

Technology was her friend,
always there when she needed it,
 helping her to keep in contact with clients and friends:
 Facebook; eBuddy; Blogger; the entire world wide web at her finger tips.
Her life was complete
until technology turned on her.
Crushed by a cell phone tower when a single faulty bolt sealed her fate.


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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What The Hell Wednesday - When Social Security Isn't Enough

With the economy still walking a tight rope, it appears our elders are sometimes the hardest hit. Some resort to extreme down sizing while others really take the bull by the horns. Here is how one man copes with his economic issues in the San Diego area.

Geezer Bandit Strikes Again

The Geezer Bandit, given his nickname due to his appearance of advanced age, has apparently struck again in Santa Barbara County for his 13th bank robbery in California. The FBI announced Saturday the robber hit a Bank of America branch in Goleta on Friday afternoon, threatening tellers with a revolver.

His appearance -- 60 to 70 years old, about 6 feet tall, dressed in a blazer, dark pants and a baseball cap -- and demeanor matched the description of a suspect in ten other area robberies.

In recent robberies, authorities have suggested that the robber may be wearing an "old-man" theatrical mask.

The FBI and several banks are offering a reward of $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

"Old Man mask"....suuurrre. As far as I'm concerned he looks like the real thing in this photo taken by a surveillance camera. Looks pissed, too.

I just love how you can just barely see through the teller window that he is holding something in his jacket pocket. No, Cialis isn't on his prescription list. Geezer seems to know what he is doing. We can only hope it isn't a real gun, although "authorities" seem to think it is the real deal.

Well, in this day and age, prescriptions are one of the biggest expenses in the budget of the elderly. I am sure "Geezer" is just trying to keep up with his drug habit - Lipitor, insulin, blood pressure meds, coumadin - you know the drill. All that crap that physicians put you on in order to extend your life and keep you in poverty long after your nest egg has disappeared.

Then again, maybe Geezer isn't being a modern day Clyde to support his "drug" habit. Rather he may have a young bride who needs to be kept in botox, hairdo's and nails....this is SoCal after all. Also, given that this is SoCal, how hard can it be to find an old man? He is probably the only one down there. This isn't Miami, ya know.

One way or another, as Geezer shuffles out of the bank with his Depends stuffed with money I bet you thought I was going to say something else the bank staff must have looked around and said to one another, "What the Hell?"

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday 160 - Penny for your thoughts

Dark eyes stared blankly into the ether
and what of the silly smile that crossed his lips?
What did he know that kept him so serene?
Do you think he will share?


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