Just How Dry Are You ? 

We all witnessed what happened to Hillary Clinton this week when she became dehydrated. It wasn’t fun to watch, but it was a reminder to all of us (seniors) that we must drink an adequate amount of water, regularly, especially if we are not feeling well or are exerting ourselves. 

The trouble is that most of us are clueless about how dry we are. Not anymore. I just found out that the LVL Hydration Monitor will tell you just how dehydrated you really are. 

The video is so important to watch.

The product is on Kickstarter. It’s a good bet, so think about contributing. It just started and reached goal in a few days. You can still get one for $99. It will sell for $199 after the crowd funding campaign.

 The LVL Hydration Monitor campaign says, “The device measures your hydration levels in real time, including sweat rates to show what you’re losing. It then combines that data with your heart rate from the built in sensors, your activity level and calculated caloric expenditure during both rest and activity to make hydration and refueling recommendations. It even adds in mood, sleep and performance analytics, suggesting how much you need to drink to optimize all three.”

The inventor created the LVL Hydration Monitor after suffering a stroke. Read more about what happened to him and the development of this device here.

Good luck! 

iOS 10 update On Your IPhone 

You probably haven’t received the alert yet, but the iOS 10 update is waiting for you in settings on your iPhone. Apple will probably announce it soon, but you can get a jump start on one of the most aggressive updates ever.  The improvements are amazing. 

Once you download the iOS, the  lists of upgrades  will appear on your iPhone. I quickly took a photo of them so I could share them with you. The iOS 10 update takes about 40 minutes to download, so leave yourself plenty of time.  

Enjoy reading all the benefits.


Homeless In Manhattan 

The Hudson Hotel


Eliot and I have been living at the Hudson Hotel in NYC for a week ever since we sold the Co-Op we resided in for 40 years. We love hotel living. It’s kind of preparing us for assisted living. We have every convenience you can think of in our room and we have the option of going downstairs to eat.

Our 450 square foot roo

Life could be worse. Every day a maid knocks on the door to see if we are alive, cleans our room, and provides us with all of the toiletries we need to stay presentable. We get a call from downstairs to tell us the weather, reminding us to take our meds, and to use the gym. We take long walks and stop off to say hello to the staff that we have become friendly with.

Dining room and bar combo.

Our room comes with Internet and two TV’s. A serviceman shows up to turn up the volume for us and allows us to use as many wireless devices as possible. We get fresh towels and linens everyday, plus someone restocks our mini bar with our favorite snacks, a few times a week. 

The lobby

Not having our own place is not bad at all. We don’t have to worry about preparing for company. We meet them in the restaurant, bar, or library. Everyone gets what they want, and someone else cleans up. 

The best part is that friends come by to take us out, bring us to the best restaurants, and reminisce about the old days. We have lots of laughs, complain about politics, and compare illnesses. They bring us back home, drop us at the front door, and text us later to make sure everyone is safe and sound. 

We arrive back at our room to see the shades pulled down for the night, the bed covers pulled back for our comfort, and the slippers and robes strategically placed in case we are just too tired to stand up. 

If we didn’t see fashionistas in the lobby, tattooed gents in the elevator, and couples making out in the bar, we would have thought this was our last stop.

The children took us to Sleep No More

Here we are without the masks

Bonnie took us out for a beautiful streak dinner and a terrific show, Cagney.

Steve and Williams took us for delicious mediterrean dinner and drinks.

 

Brian and Kent took us to Joe Allen’s

Howard, our real estate broker (and the man who made it all happen) and Shane, celebrated closing the deal at Le Bibloquet.

Your Unauthorized Naked Photos

DigiDame presents….

Lying On The Beach, a  podcast with Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman. 

We wonder how you would feel if someone took a naked picture of you in a gym locker room and then posted it on social media without your permission? 

Playboy magazine’s 2015 “Playmate of the Year, Dani Mathers, recently got a lot of heat (and possible jail time) after posting an image of a naked 72 year old woman getting undressed with the rude caption: “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”

Steve and Lois discuss if any of us are safe anymore in a trigger-snapping, digital photo world. Click here to hear the podcast 

One More Time 

There was a glitch in the distribution of DigiDame yesterday so I am reposting the same copy.

 Soma Smart Home Shades 

I always wanted automated window shades. We have a lot of floor-to-ceiling windows in our Miami condo. I thought it would be great to have them all open and close at the same time. The only problem is that it usually costs thousands of dollars to automate window coverings.

Not anymore. I came across Soma Smart Home Shades on Indiegogo, the crowdfunding site. I contacted the inventors on a new business quest, and at the same time, arranged a special price for DigiDame readers. Click here. The deal ends September 30th.

As we get older, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to have a device that deals with the shades.
Smart Shades work with almost any type of blinds. The battery can be recharged with solar panels. The video explains how the whole things work.

Users will be able to control multiple windows using the companion mobile app. They can create daily or weekly schedules to automate each room. 

Let me know if you make a purchase. We can compare notes on how we operate our shades.
Thank you 

Soma Smart Home Shades 

I always wanted automated window shades. We have a lot of floor-to-ceiling windows in our Miami condo. I thought it would be great to have them all open and close at the same time. The only problem is that it usually costs thousands of dollars to automate window coverings.

Not anymore. I came across Soma Smart Home Shades on Indiegogo, the crowdfunding site. I contacted the inventors on a new business quest, and at the same time, arranged a special price for DigiDame readers. Click here. The deal ends September 30th.

As we get older, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to have a device that deals with the shades.

Smart Shades work with almost any type of blinds. The battery can be recharged with solar panels. The video explains how the whole things work. 

Users will be able to control multiple windows using the companion mobile app. They can create daily or weekly schedules to automate each room. 

Let me know if you make a purchase. We can compare notes on how we operate our shades.

Just To Set The Record Straight  

(I can’t remember who sent this to me. I did a search and couldn’t find the source. I wanted to share this with you anyway).

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”
The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

The older lady said that she was right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day. The older lady went on to explain:
“Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so they could use the same bottles over and over. They really were recycled. But we didn’t have the ‘green thing’ back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn’t do the ‘green thing’ back then.

“We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But you are right. We didn’t have the ‘green thing’ in our day. Back then we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But you are right; we didn’t have the ‘green thing’ back in our day. 

“Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

“We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

“Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the “green thing.” We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

“But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the ‘green thing’ back then?”

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a young person.

We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off… Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much.

My Colorful Life

For the last year or so, when no one is looking, I color. Most people think I’m on the Internet all of the time. It’s true that I spend more time then the average senior on my iPhone or laptop. However, I still find time to color. 

Unlike many others who have true artistic talents, I have none. I wish I could draw a little just to express myself. That will never happen, so I decided to buy adult coloring books when I really want to go into another zone. 

Coloring is a fabulous way to relax. I spend many hours coloring patterns. I really love it. I also like to knit and crochet. However, that requires a lot of concentration and focus. Coloring does not. I find myself totally immersed in the color schemes. I am not aware of my surroundings and normal day-to-day challenges. I’m not the only one. Adult coloring books are selling in record-breaking numbers.

I was thrilled to hear that the newest coloring book was inspired by the world famous street artists from the Wynwood Art District in Miami. It’s a natural. Watch the video. I ordered a copy about two months ago but haven’t started it yet. 

I’m busy coloring images made from a Spirograph. I bought 30 different colored Sharpies. I want to buy more. I can’t have too many colors.  Yes, I’m envious of those who create their own art. Trust me, this is the next best thing.



 
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