Thursday, June 03, 2010

Senior Citizen Night Life

This may one of my few really Senior Citizen Night Life reports. Since I had managed to stay alert past 9 PM, I thought I should give you a report on how it is in Lower Alabama for a senior citizen who has made it past this bewitching time. We enjoyed some time on our screened porch before we decided to "retire" for the day to our ZZZZZZ's. Let me tell you what it was like.

Instead of the usual falling asleep in front of the TV tonight, we played music on the screened porch. We feel comfortable doing this because we do not disturb our neighbors when we do this at night. You must understand that even though our hearing may be somewhat impaired at our age, we are sensitive to the fact that our closest neighbors may be trying to get a good night's sleep at such a late hour. But, after all, the traffic noises from the closest two main roads do not promptly stop at even 9 PM.

A noise that we experienced tonight was quite different. There are no large airports nearby, so we are guessing it was possibly some kind of flight training maneuvers from the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, because this was not the usual light plane noise we are used to hearing here. This was definitely a big airplane. The only other idea we had was it was looking for oil on the Gulf.

Back to our music — we have discovered that our playing music on the screened porch brings out some competition. It's probably mockingbirds that are trying to outdo us. It's a good feeling knowing that we are part of their life just as they are a part of our daily life. Indeed, all the little creatures that live around us can be as interesting to watch as the TV – perhaps even moreso. Surely this kind of activity keeps your blood pressure down and your happiness level elevated. Give it a try to see what we mean.

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