I’m Ted’s daughter, Beth, writing today with the sad news that my dad passed away over the weekend at the age of 94.
He’d been resistant to moving in with us, but a minor fall at his apartment last week finally convinced him it was time. In hindsight, the fall was likely due to a small stroke.
My dad passed with us, peacefully, in our home, with my brother on FaceTime and a Mel Brooks movie on tv. Not much more you can ask for, especially in these terrible times. I consider us all to be incredibly fortunate.
As many of you know, my mom passed away in January. Mom and Dad were married for over 50 years, and it’s safe to say that her loss was a contributing factor his passing. Her health wasn’t great, and helping me care for her was his main purpose in life. That purpose fulfilled, much of the fight went out of him.
On behalf of my dad and our family, I thank you all profoundly for your readership. From the moment I set this up for for him, Dad was incredibly dedicated to his daily postings. He loved having a creative outlet again and always got a kick out of hearing from readers. Although he liked to assume an “angry old man” persona (his words,) he was anything but. He was funny and kind and far more openminded than you’d expect someone in their ninth decade to be.
Below are a couple photos I took on our final pre-lockdown excursion. We went to the Annenberg Space for Photography here in LA to see an exhibition of Vanity Fair cover photos and then had lunch his favorite Chinese restaurant. (In the second photo he’s watching them make dumplings.)
With love and gratitude,
While the epidemic continues, and you have much more spare time, offer your help. You can make someone’s life a bit easier. Delivering necessities, visit with some friendly cheer, do some cleaning and other gifts can help others get through this critical time.
Offer yourself to needy neighbors, the elderly, shelters for the homeless, advice for nearby kids. An example is a Warwick Rhode Island police department officer, Jill Marshall. She volunteered to do neighborhood research and found an elderly woman, along with her disabled son, had nothing to eat.
Ms. Marshall took a grocery list for the family and went shopping. The local store and its employees also donated to help cover the cost of groceries. Then when store employees heard of what the police officer was doing, they donated enough money to buy $100 worth of food for the family
I’m existing in a senior facility (old age home), surrounded by coughing, sneezing, masked geezers, and the evil bug could hit me at any time. So, what can I do about it, other than sing “If I had the wings of an angel, over these prison walls I would fly…”
Determined to work through this pandemic, I’ll explain my routine while hoping other trapped oldsters will do the same. First, of course, is cleanliness. Except for washing it, don’t touch your face and wear a medical mask. Shower daily, and especially when out of the house, soap and wash hands frequently, after using public bathrooms and touching exposed metal and wood surfaces. And by the way, don’t touch people, and stay six feet away.
As a potentially brain and body befogged senior, it’s critical that you exercise both mentally and physically whenever possible. I hike for at least 30 minutes twice daily. Because actual tourist travel is so restricted now, I do it virtually with TV, videos and books. I no longer hug and kiss beloved family and friends, and wear a mask while keeping that recommended distance until the all-clear sounds.
So, follow my suggestions, and above all, keep a positive attitude that this corny coronavirus pandemic will eventually subside into nutty normalcy again very soon.
The fast-food chain offers free Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos on Tuesday at their participating locations as part of its coronavirus response. No purchase is necessary, but offer is available only while supplies last.
In this era of spreading coronavirus fears, we’re required to keep that distance away from everyone else. To cooperate with the dire regulation, here are some serious suggestions on the dangers and/or benefits:
Do sweaty exercises three times daily, and never wash your stinky clothes
Eat nothing but baked beans three times a day
Pour week-old garbage on the floor and roll around in it
Frequently hug and pet the smelly fur of an incontinent old relative or dog
Shout and curse menacingly whenever small kids come near
Instead of couples dancing, swirl like Fred Astaire without Ginger Rogers
After a long, hot walk, sit in crowded theater seat and scratch stinky feet
Never ever having intimate physical relations again
The suggested list is mostly discordant screechy noise from the past several years. Samples include Dynamite. Sucker, Trippin’, Handclap, Bug-A-Boo, Shake It, Drive By and Scream & Shout. Yuk from those of we seniors who prefer soothing oldie sounds in this era of anger, stress and being home-imprisoned by the worldwide virus scare.
Some more appropriately singable tunes, especially for we oldsters with long memories, include What A Wonderful World, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, I Did It My Way, People, Sentimental Journey, I’ll Be Seeing You and April Showers. http://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/03/20/coronavirus-100-songs-listen-while-youre-stuck-at-home
So many of we seniors are finding ourselves forced to stay home. Doctors, lawyers and presidents strongly recommend it. In some areas it’s the law, and seniors who wander outside may end up inside the local hoosegow!
I did it, and even while imprisoned in my senior community (old folks home), I proudly show it, stroke it and comb it every chance I get. So, mature guys, if you’re desperate to expose your independence and Lincolnesque profile, even during these cornyvirus prison times, grow and groom those whiskers you’ve always longed for.