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Goodbye AARP

Longtime readers may recall my many blog posts about the AARP. It started with irritation over them contacting me, to amusement over them continuing to lower the price of membership, to my eventual acceptance of a really low five-year membership package. I took their offer mainly to get in on all their special discounts. My […]

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AARP

Last week I groused about a decided lack of discounts from AARP.  A day later, as I opened their latest missive, I thought that was about to change, but I was wrong. They were offering “valuable life insurance information” for me. Through AARP, I can have $50,000 dollars of term life, for a rate of […]

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Birthday Celebration

Monday was my bride’s birthday.  It will be inadvisable for me to tell you how old she is, but suffice it to say it was a milestone event.  Though she normally relishes her birthday festivities, her enthusiasm was a bit subdued this year.  Even so, we managed to stretch it over several days. A coworker […]

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Let’s Play Tag — In Cyberspace

I have been blogging since January 2008 and have made 315 entries to date — no wait, 316.  To organize these entries, I have concocted 30 topic categories, adding each post to at least one category, usually more.  This allows readers interested in the topics of, say, Computers and the Internet to read related posts, […]

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The AARP Magazine and Newsletter

It seems that my favorite target for criticism in this blog is the AARP.  To review, I had resisted joining because even though my driver’s license says that chronologically I’m old enough, mentally I’m not there yet.  In fact, I’m a long ways off.  But when they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse — […]

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They Made Me An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

Every time I blog about the AARP at least one person tells me, “You really should join — at least for the discounts.” AARP’s fourth or fifth offer — with each one getting better — was down to $39.95 for 5 years.  So, I succumbed.  I doubt if they would have gone any lower, because […]

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Idiotic Political Mailings

Even though the US Presidential election is still five weeks away, we are already getting an irritating amount election related mail, none of which is from the actual candidates themselves. First, we have received three pieces from the Michigan Republican party (MIGOP) about obtaining an absentee ballot.  They’ve been arriving on a weekly basis, so […]

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Birthday and Anniversary Celebration

Over the weekend, my bride celebrated her birthday.  I won’t tell you how old she is, but be aware that she doesn’t yet fit AARP’s target demographic.  Next year that will change.  Until then, I am the one they are steadfastly pursuing.  Their most recent membership offer (the fourth, as I recall) was for five […]

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The Diligent Marketing Efforts of the AARP

I’ve scratched my head when the AARP first contacted me (Who Told The AARP About My Birthday?) and then ranted a bit more a week later (AARP Revisited). The AARP has now sent me three temporary membership cards and increasingly enticing offers to join.  As I recall, the last one was five years for about […]

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My Top Ten Blog Entries (Plus One)

I’ve been blogging for six months now, posting 120 entries.  It’s been a learning experience and an enjoyable endeavor.  I’m still not writing as quickly as I would like or as accurately — seemingly every post requires an edit or two. Weekly readership has grown to about 700, which should prove to my incredulous wife […]