On February 9, 1964 my wife Mary Ann washed her hair late Sunday PM so that she wouldn’t have to go to church. The reason? To stay home and watch The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show along with 73 million other people. She took these photos that she still has. There are like 30 photos and the cost to process was $1.03. The photos held up well. Enjoy!
Photo blog of the Celebrity Equinox. Just back from a 10 night Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship, my second cruise on this beautiful ship.
Just back from a 10 night Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship, my second cruise on this beautiful ship. I have now taken 19 cruises and I think the Equinox is the best so far. Here are some of my photos of the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship.
Photo Blog of Celebrity Equinox Cruise Ship
The lawn club is amazing. Up on the top of the ship are two large areas of real grass! We played bocce ball and was in a golf putting contest (which I won, see photo below). The lawn club area makes this ship and the other solstice class ships really unique.
Well that is not all, right next to the Lawn Club is the Corning Glass Show. Given a couple of times a day while at sea, you have got to see this. True artisans at work.
On the same level at the rear of the ship, there is a bar and sitting area. Up above you will the outside tables from the appropriately named Oceanview Cafe. This must have been St Thomas.
There is always some activity going on in the many foyers of the Equinox. I believe this is some sort of dance exercise group. You don’t sign up, just show up. In the evenings there games here.
Speaking of foyers, this one below is the Grand Foyer on Deck 3. Part of this foyer is the elevator atrium that shows four glass elevators as they go all the way to the top of the ship. Quite a sight. In the Grand Foyer there is always something going on, like dance classes, demonstrations, formal dancing, and mini “interactive” shows by the ship’s entertainment cast.
One evening the cast came down the stairs of the Grand Foyer and gave a mini show which turned into a dance party. It was wild!
The main entertainment area is the Princess Theater where two shows a night are staged. I liked this theater because there were no chairs and tables to bang around and camp your sitting. Comfortable and every seat is a good seat, even in the balcony.
On a returning sea day there is a great brunch from 10am to 2pm. Do not miss this, it is excellent.
One reason not to miss the brunch is the beautiful original food and ice carvings. Bring your camera like I did.
By the way, we took a cooking class at the Murano Specialty restaurant and really enjoyed it. You get a great meal with the package. You have to ask the restaurant about this as I don’t think it is advertised.
Of course there is a 24 hour computer room (staffed during the day)
Other rooms include a library
And a card game room
Of course on a Caribbean cruise the pool area is very popular. Entertainment stage, hamburger and hotdog grill and bar right there too.
But we liked the Adult Pool in the Solarium.
This little cafe is also in the solarium. They serve healthy food and have fresh fruit drinks and smoothies which we like.
Well there are many more attractive places on the Celebrity Equinox but this should give you an impression of this beautiful ship.
This week I was a participant in the North Fulton Golden Games, a collaborative effort by 5 local cities that provides a month-long series of Olympic-style events and activities (shot put, discus, one-half and one mile walk, one-mile run, tennis, golf, and bowling) for adults age 50 and older.
Participants compete in track and field events, pickleball, tennis tournament, golf tournament, Bocce ball competition, ball room dancing, swimming and more. I came in first in the one-half mile walk in my age group and enjoyed several other activities. Our senior center helped with sign up and even transportation.
There is a state competition and in my state it is the Georgia Golden Olympics which is scheduled for September 17-20, 2014 in Warner Robins, GA. Every state has a similar event and here a senior games list by state. All this feeds into the National Senior Games Association which will have the 2015 National Senior Games in Bloomington/Minneapolis/St. Paul in July 3-16, 2015 in which they are expecting 12,000 athletes ages 50 and up from all over the county.
Boomers Stay Active With Outdoor Games
Many of us boomers had indoor jobs all those working years and couldn’t really spend too much time outdoors. Now that we are retiring, it is a nice benefit of retirement to get outside. Many boomers are getting outside with outdoor games which provide fresh air, vitamin D, exercise and socialization with your fellow players.
Games played on a schedule give you a reason to get out of the house and get going. For example, my wife Mary Ann and I play Bocee every Monday and Wednesday at Park Place Adult Center and we look forward to playing every time. Senior centers provide an opportunity to join some of the outdoor games right in your neighbor.
Active adult communities have all kinds of outdoor games for boomers. We just spent a few days at Sun City Carolina Lakes outside Charlotte NC and here are some of the most popular outdoors games being enjoyed there. All of the pictures below were taken by me at Sun City Carolina Lakes.
Boomers Enjoy Golf, which is one of the most popular outdoor games ever.
Pickle Ball is an extremely popular outdoor game enjoyed by active baby boomers. Quite a social activity as well as great exercise.
Tennis of course is enjoyed everywhere by boomers and remains one of the most popular outdoor games.
Bocce Ball is a great social game and can be played by anyone. This one is my favorite.
Softball is another very popular game with boomers when a playing field is available like in a recreational park or active adult community. This is a great team sport and boomers love to dress up in their uniforms, rallying their team mates, and tail gating.
There are many more outdoor games like horseshoes. volleyball, basketball, badminton, croquet, corn hole, ladder golf and others. These are many organized outdoor activities other than games for individuals like walking clubs, running, boating, fishing, swimming, bide riding and others.
Why Boomers Enjoy Outdoor Games?
Boomers are getting involved with these outdoor activities to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and meet new friends.
Boomers like to dress up for Halloween and attend Halloween costume parties. See pics.
I first noticed how we Boomers like to dress up for Halloween when we took a 15 day cruise to Hawaii and on the return trip to LA we had a Halloween party on the ship. Everyone had on a Halloween costume from the passengers to the ships crew. Everyone was really enjoying the evening and the grand finale was a contest to see who had the best costumes. That was something to watch.
Our Boomer friends love to go to those Halloween costume party contest in bars and see if they can win some prize money. They had a really unusual costume. He is the electrical plug and she is the receptacle. Here is a photo I took of them when they came over to my house on the way to one of the contest. They won $150.
Getting back to the Halloween party, here I am on the left as a cat burglar with a badge arresting some escaped convicts. Hey, who said this had to make sense.
More Boomers Costumes at Halloween
I know it’s just a mask but this was one of the scariest costumes and the guy was playing the part too. I think a different personality comes out when you dress up like this.
These ladies were having fun, maybe a little too much fun.
Ideas for trendy Boomer Halloween costumes for 2015 are dressing up as Adult Vampire Partysuit, Captain America, Zombies and Hungry Games. Also Boomers costume likes include politicians of course and Donald Trump’s hair will be interesting, but boomers like to dress up as hippies and rock stars too. Nostalgia is great for Boomer Halloween costumes, how about Bettlejuice, Sonny and Cher, Captain Kangaroo or Spock from Star Trek. For him dressing as Zorro and for her Cat Woman. Adult baby boomer costumes are interesting too. Of course there is always the popular prisoner costumes.
Halloween costume theme to consider is animal themes, horror costumes and superhero costumes.
The Adult Ultron Muscle Costumes – Avengers: Age of Ultron look interesting.
Just returned from my second Lifeat50+, the one in Boston In May 2014 and we had a blast! So did a lot of our fellow baby boomers. We learned, socialized, and got entertained. Here are some photos I took while at Lifeat50+. By the way the next one is in San Diego this Fall 2014 so you should considered joining us!