Welcome to Bud’s Blog

Posted March 1, 2009 by oldereyes
Categories: feeling older

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes - Marcel Proust

Sometimes Older Eyes work, too - Bud


Necessary Definitions

Sage – a wise man; a man of gravity and wisdom; especially, a man venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence.

Curmudgeon – an ill-tempered old person full of stubborn ideas or opinions.

Fool – A person with poor judgment or little intelligence; a jester, a person whose role was to entertain a sovereign and the court, often with foolishness.

I’ve been wondering lately what it would be like to be able to relive my life knowing what I know now. Or if I was able to give my grown children a view of the world through my Older Eyes, would it change their lives? Here’s a provocative proposition: If I could get every twenty-year old to look at the world through sixty-four year old eyes for just a few minutes, it would either change them for the better or kill them. Provocative but probably not true. I doubt there are many young men making bucket lists as a result of watching Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

With a do-over unlikely and getting my children to listen to my archaic opinions only slightly less so, I’ll record the view through my Older Eyes here in Bud’s Blog.   As you read each post, you decide … Sage, Curmudgeon, or Fool … we can agree to disagree on which is which. Your comments are welcome, whatever your age.   If what you read changes you for the better, I’d especially like to know.   Hopefully there will be no casualties.   If you are new here and want a taste of my Older Perspective before diving in, The Best of Feeling Older offers a few of my favorite posts on aging.  Finally, if my work inspires you to try blogging … or even if you think, Jeez, I can do this better than Older Eyes – there are a series of posts on doing just that on my page, Starting a WordPress Blog.

Monday Smiles – 7/21/2014

Posted July 21, 2014 by oldereyes
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music notesMusic!!!  Is there anything better?  What’s that?   How about family?  How about friends?  How about Date Night with the woman you love?  OK.  You got me (Don’t let it happen again).  Let me start over.   A musical weekend.  With a Saturday Date Night with the woman you love and … music!  And a Sunday evening out with friends for theater and dinner … and music !!!  What?  You can still think of better things?  Yeah, so can I.   But the official blogging bylaws say that hyperbole is acceptable as a means drawing a readers attention to a post.  Consider yourself drawn. Read the rest of this post »


Posted July 20, 2014 by oldereyes
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LOASomeone asked me last week what I thought about the Law of Attraction.  In case you’ve been hiding under a (large) rock, the Law of Attraction is the notion that the universe manifests in your life whatever you think.  OK, that’s my definition.  Positive thinking guru Louise Hay puts it this way.  The law of attraction is that our thinking creates and brings to us whatever we think about.  It’s as though every time we think a thought, every time we speak a word, the universe is listening and responding to us.  An article titled How to Use the Law of Attraction on wikihow.com gives seven steps to manifest what you want in your life.  The steps include meditation, knowing precisely what you want, asking the universe for what you want, visualizing and writing about what you want as if you already have it, showing gratitude for what you already have and trusting the universe.  If you’ve been coming around here for a while, you know that I’ve written about each of these, although I usually speak of a Higher Power or God instead of the universe.   Then there’s the kicker: Let the Universe do it for you. When you take the Universe’s job of worrying about the “how”, this says you’re lacking faith and that you’re telling the Universe what to do when the Universe has far greater knowledge and power than human mankind. Read the rest of this post »

Friday Favorites 7/18/2014

Posted July 18, 2014 by oldereyes
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wpid-100_0876.jpgOne of my favorite posts here on Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog is The Grandfather Gene, in which I describe how my apathy about having grandchildren turned to love at first sight the day I held my first grandson, Reed, in my arms nine years ago.  The arrival of a second grandson, Maddux, a little more than a year later only made me more of a doting grandfather … or Papa, as my grandkids call me.   Believe me, I never thought I’d like being called anything that made me sound so ancient but from their lips, it’s music to my ears.   When Maddux was born, we thought he would be the last grandchild.  My daughter’s pregnancies were incredibly difficult … she was sick almost continually and needed a PICC line to prevent dehydration.   Then we received an unexpected call that she was pregnant again.  In spite of how much we enjoyed our grandsons, we had mixed feelings.  We weren’t anxious to watch Amy suffer through another pregnancy and they seemed to have their hands full with two kids.   We managed to soud excited and, of course, as Amy’s tummy swelled, the excitement became more genuine.   Then came the news that it was to be a girl. The excitement was 24-carat genuine. Read the rest of this post »

Snakes in a Drain

Posted July 15, 2014 by oldereyes
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SNAKESWhen we left off yesterday in Monday Smiles, Older Eyes and a determined band of family and friends (actually, my wife Muri with our friends Ron and Kerry) had fended off a flood in the guest bathroom, only to learn from the plumber that there was a bad root infestation in our sewer drain.  Smiles on Monday were somewhat forced because the preliminary estimate to dig up and replace the pipe (which runs under the concrete driveway) was $10,000.   After a morning of reading about alternatives, including chemicals to kill roots (somewhat effective but environmentally irresponsible), in-place relining of pipes (expensive but less damage to landscaping), and pipe-bursting (ditto), we decided to have the pipe videoed to find out what was really going on in there.  As you probably know, a video camera with a fiber-optic cable is lowered into the pipe through an access point and you get to see the inside of the pipe on a little TV screen.  And there, forty-five feet away from the house was the drain obstruction. Read the rest of this post »

Monday Smiles – 7/14/2014

Posted July 14, 2014 by oldereyes
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loxYesterday, we had our friends, Ron and Kerry, over for brunch.  The plan was to watch the World Cup Finals then sit down together and pick our excursions for the Mediterranean cruise we are taking together later in the year.   We had bagels and lox (with cream cheese, onions, tomatoes and capers, of course). Kerry made a delicious apple French Toast and brought the makings for Mimosas. Brunch was wonderful and the game was entertaining if goal-free.  How could that bring anything but smiles for Monday?  Let me tell you.  About five minutes into extra time with Germany and Argentina tied nil-nil (as the British announcer, Jon Champion would say), I paused the Tivo to take a bathroom break.  In the downstairs guest bathroom, I found myself standing in about a half inch of water.  It seemed to be coming from under the toilet and the shower stall was also full of water.  The carpet in Muri’s office was already wet.  I sounded the alarm and we all bailed and toweled to keep the water from spreading further while we waited for the arrival of the plumber. Read the rest of this post »


Posted July 13, 2014 by oldereyes
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courtesy wikipedia

courtesy wikipedia

Yesterday afternoon, I noticed on Facebook that Saturday night’s moon would be a so-called supermoon.   Properly called a perigee moon, these occurs when the phase of the moon is full while the moon is near it’s closest position to the earth, or perigee.  According to NASA Science, the perigee moon is 14% larger and 30% brighter than your average full moon but without a side-by-side comparison, it is hard to tell the difference.  Yes, that’s a scientific, clinical description and it doesn’t prevent people from saying things like, Oh my God, that is the biggest moon I’ve ever seen! particularly if they are observing the moonrise.  For reasons not completely understood, the moon looks particularly large as it’s rising from the horizon.  This ends the scientific portion of this post.  When I read about a supermoon, I am once again that excited kid with his Edmund Scientific reflector telescope rushing out to the hayfield.   When the moon rises full, I am the wolf baying, Owooo, owooo at the sky, the young romantic recalling favorite moon songs and favorite moon scenes from the movies. Read the rest of this post »

Friday Favorites 7/11/2014

Posted July 11, 2014 by oldereyes
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tired catI was talking to a friend last night at my Thursday Night Men’s Meeting.  He’s about my age, and like mine, his career has taken an upturn at an age when many are retiring.  Our circumstances are different but we are both happy to be working.  When I asked him how he was doing, he said, Business is going really well but I’m tired a lot.   And there it is … that seventy-something fatigue that nearly all males my age seem to deal with.   It’s particularly frustrating because my mind is as active as ever, if not more so, but my body can’t quite keep up with my brain’s machinations.   My brain says, We should finish up this months financial report, to which my body replies, I need a nap.  My brain says, Let’s clean my office so we can get started on that new projectNah.  Let’s go sit in the park, my body replies.  Yeah, I know.  Vitamins.  More sleep.  Low T.  Blah, blah, blah.  Part of getting old(er) gracefully is adjusting to being old(er). Read the rest of this post »


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