People Who Like To Be Alone Have These 10 Special Personality Traits

It’s very strange. More and more of my senior single friends are loners. I can call them day or night, and usually find them home. Even when they go out, they don’t mind doing it alone.

What’s even more strange is that I have to call them to check in. They will call me less than half of the time. I often think “what the heck are they doing, all day and night?”

The truth is that my friends really like being alone. Some of them lost their spouses, and some of them were never married. It doesn’t matter. Time alone means time to think, read, write, do hobbies, try new recipes, take care of housekeeping chores and errands. They like going for walks, bike rides, even traveling on their own.

Most of my friends went to great colleges and graduate schools, had very productive careers, are family-oriented and are involved in several charities. They also love to go out and have a good time.

However, if they had their choice, they would prefer to be alone. They simply like themselves. Check them out in the video below. You might be one of them.

Inside Silicon Valley

I would encourage every parent and grandparent to listen to the podcast where Vanity Fair’s Nick Bilton interviews Dennis Crowley, founder of Foursquare. The company is a local search and discovery service.

Many of your children and grandchildren use it to let their friends and family know where they are. Once they “check in,” Foursquare is working on providing users with more in-depth information they need to know to maximize their experience.

The reason why this podcast is so unique is because most of us do not know how it feels to start a digital company, the challenges along the way,  and when to exit. This is a true Silicon Valley insider’s story. The podcast reflects how important the journey is and how entrepreneurs find their energy in doing what they love best.

Click here to hear the podcast

What, Me Worry?

I’m exhausted.

I don’t know how much I’m going to write tonight because I had a very nerve-racking day.

1-A girl friend in Miami had a double knee replacement.

2-My brother had cataract surgery.

3-The Nor’easter was causing havoc for family and friends.

4-My friend from Manhattan was flying to Miami today so I was tracking her flight.

5-A Miami friend lost her father this week.

6-A former employee is very sick.

It was just a lot to think about for one day.

In other news……..

Be sure to watch my cousin, Dr. Jeff Young, on Katerina Cozias’ talk show today at 2pm east coast time.

He is a sleep doctor so he can answer all of your questions about whatever issue you may have.

Click on the LA40 Show.

Call in questions: 818-570-5085

This is what Katerina’s channel looks when you are on the LA Talk Radio website.

Breaking Age Boundaries

Lyn Slater has refined what it means to be an older woman. I have been personally watching her for months. She is an inspiration and joy to celebrate.

At 64, she is a professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. She also is a fashion and beauty blogger who writes about lesser-known designers.

And now she is a famous fashion model.

Lyn is the Accidental Icon.

I’m going to let Lyn tell you her story. Click the videos below. They are magnificent.

VOXX/CarLink App Sends Retail Promos To Your Cell As You Drive Near A Store

Many years ago, a friend of mine, told me he was making a smartphone app that would tell you all about the store you were standing in front of in a shopping mall. Retailers like the Gap, Starbucks, and Nike could show up on your phone offering daily specials.

The possibilities would be endless. Retailers would finally have direct access to their customers, and customers would not miss a sale or promotional opportunity. Everyone would be happy. At least it was supposed to work that way. The truth was my friend was way ahead of his time. He spent a lot of money on a start-up that his programmers could not ever perfect. That was a long time ago

Today there are many variations of my friend’s app. One is coming from VOXX Electronics. The company will be introducing a retailer branding car-starter app with CarLink. CarLink customers use their phones to remotely start their cars or lock/unlock the doors. In a few weeks, retailers will have their names, logos and messages in the app when potential customers drive by their stores. Retailers are limited to one message per month so customers are not “spammed.”

The app also features the retailer’s store information, hours, Facebook page and a GPS. The VOXX app supports both iPhone and Android devices.


From The Man Who Inspired The TV Series “Mad Men”.

I read Jerry Della Femina’s recent post on Facebook and had myself a good laugh. In fact. I found myself laughing out loud. You are just the right age to enjoy it too. While I work full time, I can identify with what he wrote here. I’m not sure if it’s because I live in Miami Beach.

I probably would feel the same way in the middle of Manhattan. Jerry was one of the most successful advertising executives in the world. We had the pleasure of sharing several accounts together. He even secured a few new pieces of business for HWH PR. Eliot and I even got to party, multiple times, at his beach house in East Hampton. He also owns a gorgeous brownstone just two blocks from where we lived in NYC.

Jerry, take it away.


By Jerry Della Femina

Lately, just about everyone I know has been asking me the same question:”Hey Jerry, you’re looking good. When are you going to retire?

This frightens me because I’m thinking they are saying to themselves, “God, Jerry looks terrible. I hope he retires so that he can enjoy his last few days in Florida, so at least when he is ready for his ‘dirt nap,’ he’ll go to meet his maker with a nice healthy-looking tan.”

My answer is I will NEVER retire and I must point to the piece below titled “Don’t Retire,” which was sent to me a few years ago by my old (and best) partner Ron Travisano. I find it hilarious. If the person who wrote it steps forward, I will be happy to give him or her credit. It’s so funny because it’s so true.”Don’t Retire.”

For those of you contemplating retirement, I would like to share my retirement experiences with you, which I hope will be helpful. Fifteen years ago, my wife and I moved into a retirement development on Florida’s southeast coast.

The last time we saw our grandkids was on Grandchildren’s Day, when they were dragged down by their parents. We were living in the Delray/Boca/Boynton Golf, Spa, Bath, and Tennis Club on Lake Fake-a-hachee. (There are 3000 lakes in Florida; only three are real.)

Our new community has so many interesting things for us to do. Back by popular demand, the feisty Hip Replacement Tappers Club will be tap dancing to the “Flight of the Bumblebee.” It promises to be quite a production, with lots of singing and dancing. This year, I am not in the cast but will be standing by with the defibrillator volunteers.

Our biggest retirement concern was time management. What were we going to do all day? Let me assure you, passing the time is not a problem. Your days will be eaten up by simple daily activities. Just getting out of your car takes 15 minutes.

Trying to find where you parked takes 20 minutes. It takes a half-hour on the checkout line in Walmart, and one hour to return the item the next day.

Then, of course, there are the visits to the doctor and dentist offices. Let me take you through a typical day. We get up at 5 AM, have a quick breakfast, and join the early morning Walk and Talk Club.There are about 30 of us and, rain or shine, we walk around the streets, all talking at once.

Every development has some late risers who stay in bed until 6 AM. After a nimble walk, avoiding irate drivers out to make us road kill, we go back home, shower, and change for the next activity. My wife goes directly to the pool for her underwater Pilates class, followed by gasping for breath and CPR.

I put on my “Ask me about my Grandchildren” T-shirt, my mid-calf shorts, my socks and sandals, and go to the clubhouse lobby for a nice nap.Before you know it, it’s time for lunch. We’re usually back home by 2 PM to get ready for dinner. People start lining up for the early bird at about 3 PM, but we get there by 3:45 because we are late eaters.

The dinners are very popular because of the large portions they serve. You can take home enough food for the next day’s lunch and dinner, including extra bread, crackers, Sweet’N Low packets and mints.

At 5:30 we’re home, ready to watch the 6:00 news. By 6:30, we’re fast asleep. Then, we get up and make five or six trips to the bathroom during the night, and it’s time to get up and start a new day all over again.Doctor-related activities will eat up most of your retirement time.

I enjoy reading old magazines in sub-zero temperatures in the waiting room, so I don’t mind. Calling for test results also helps the days fly by. It takes at least half an hour just getting through the doctor’s phone menu. Then, there is the hold time until you are connected to the right party. Sometimes they forget you are holding, and the whole office goes to lunch.

Many of the receptionists are quite rude. They keep you standing at that dopey little closed glass window, totally ignoring you. After a half-hour I ignore the “Do not tap on the window” sign, and tap on the window. This always drives them nuts.If you do, they put down their Egg McMuffin or their copy of the Enquirer and fling open the window, ready for a fight. I lie, explaining I tapped on the window accidentally because I have Parkinson’s.

They claim they are required to keep the window closed because of the privacy law, but I don’t believe it. Are they afraid if I were to overhear that Sol Lipshitz has hemorrhoids I would blackmail him or sell the information to a foreign government? In Florida, everyone has hemorrhoids!

Should one find they still have time on their hands, volunteering provides a rewarding opportunity to help the less fortunate. Florida has the largest concentration of seniors under five feet and they need our help. I myself am a volunteer for “The Vertically Challenged Over 80.”Food shopping is a problem for short seniors, or “bottom feeders,” as we call them, because they can’t reach the items on the upper shelves.

There are many foods they have never tasted. Whenever I see one of them struggling to reach a jar of gefilte fish, I rush over to lend a hand. After shopping, most seniors can’t remember where they parked their cars. They wander the parking lot for hours looking for their car while their food defrosts.Lastly, it’s important to choose a development with an impressive name. Italian names are very popular in Florida.

They convey … world traveler, uppity sophistication, and wealth. Where would you rather live … Murray’s Condos or the Lakes of Venice? There is no difference. They are both owned by Murray, who happens to be a cheap bastard! The Italian names appeal to those name-dropping, phony snowbirds who are out to impress their friends up north.

I once heard someone say, “We spend our summers in the Catskills, but we winter at Villa Borghese in Delray Beach.”I have been to Villa Borghese. There are 1200 Jews and two Italians!

I hope this material has been of some help to you future retirees. If I can be of any further assistance, please look me up when you’re in Florida. I live in The Leaning Condos of Pisa in Boynton Beach.

Wikipedia ……Jerry Della Femina (born 1936) is an American advertising executive and restaurateur. Starting from a poor Italian background in Brooklyn, he eventually became chairman of Della Femina Travisano & Partners, an agency which he founded with Ron Travisano in the 1960s. Over the next two decades they grew the company into a major advertising house that was billing $250 million per year and had 300 employees and offices in both New York and Los Angeles.

Della Femina is known for his larger-than-life personality and colorful language, and was referred to as a “‘Madman’ of Madison Avenue”. In 1970, he wrote a book about the advertising industry, humorously titled, From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-Line Dispatches from the Advertising War. The book became a best-seller, described by The Guardian as “one of the defining books about advertising”, and eventually inspired the television series Mad Men. Jerry is married to TV personality Judy Licht.

The World We Live In

Chuck Todd, host of Meet The Press, brought up a topic this morning that we are all somewhat aware of, but don’t do much about.

There are four plus companies who now control our lives. Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon definitely dictate how we get online, how we shop, how we communicate, and how we get our information.

Amazon alone is worth more than 15 of the best known retailers combined. Two thirds of adults in the United States have Facebook accounts . Half of those folks get their world and local information from that platform.

If you watch the video that I have attached, you will learn more about the current state of affairs. Ten years ago, life was very different. I don’t think any of us could have predicted the way the world now works.

Where are we going in the next 10?

You Will Soon Be Able To Leave Your Shoes And Coats On

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I have good news for people who hate taking their shoes and coats off when passing through airport security checks. Several British technology companies are working on dedicated shoe and coat scanners that specifically scan for explosive materials. Hopefully, these machines will find their way to airports everywhere.

Security Screen Technologies in Derbyshire and Scanna MSc in London have computers that analyze scan images and can immediately pick up hazardous components. Other British initiatives include screening cargo and super sensitive for explosives by filtering gas from containers.

Some airports need this technology more than others. Not every airport has the Transportation Security Administration, TSA. Security lines take 30 to 60 minutes. This takes the joy out of travel.

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Amazon Alexa Plays Board Games

This is going to be fun. Alexa is going to be capable of playing board games with you.

The first one is a geography game, called “When In Rome,” from  Sensible Objects.

It’s going to be very “futuristic” playing with a robot. Alexa will teach us the rules, keep track of the score, and guide us through the game.

Everyone sits around a world map. Each player has a “home city” where he or she starts. As you enter each new city, Alexa asks you questions about the area: food, people, topography, weather, customs, etc.

The person with the highest points wins. The game will be available this summer at $29.95. Stay tuned for many more voice-augmented tabletop games.

The future is now.