Roundup of February 2022 Posts

The shortest month of the year, February 2022, has ended and I, for one, am not sorry to see it go.

Happy birthday, Darth Vader, Star Wars, February 2022 PostsFebruary starts with my birthday, which is now a mixed blessing. On the negative side, I’m a year older and a year closer to the Great Unknown.

On the positive side, I’m a year older, which is more years than many, many people are fortunate to reach. While I may have more yesterdays than tomorrows, I wake up every morning determined to make the most of every day have.

The US Population 65 and over

The World Bank estimates that, in the United States, 16.65% of the population reaches 65 or over. That means, only one in seven Americans will reach that age.

If you look at the statistics by state, they vary. Florida has a lot more senior citizens (20.1%) simply because older people move there for the climate. At the bottom of the list compiled by Senior Affairs, we have Vermont, North Dakota, Wyoming, District of Columbia and Alaska with 0.2% senior citizens in the population. Maybe that means they all just moved to Florida. Or they have inadequate healthcare. Or they just wander off into the woods to die.

A Plethora of Household Issues

Bad Night's Sleep, smoke detector, smoke alarmAnother reason I’m happy to wave bye-bye to February is that a lot of household issues cropped up last month. The trend started with our smoke detectors, which are hard-wired. They started going off at random times for no reason. (No fire, no smoke)

They took turns beeping and issuing dire warnings at regular intervals. My husband disconnected them but we did not sleep well.

An electrician solved the problem and the infernal devices have been quiet ever since. In the same visit, we took the opportunity to replace the under-cabinet lights in the kitchen. Ka-ching.

Trapped in the Garage

Last week I started out to meet a friend for lunch but the garage door would only go up a foot and then stop. We tried it on manual operation but the door still wouldn’t budge. Turned out a spring had broken and needed to be replaced. Alane picked me up and the door was fixed by the time she dropped me off. But ka-ching.

I needed a filling replaced (ka-ching) and I have a prescription for new glasses, which I am waiting another week to get. (ka-ching) If I believed in astrology, I would think our planets are out of alignment or something – whatever planets do that cause things to go wrong. I’m not waiting for Saturn or Mercury to call and explain.

Looking on the Bright Side

Cruise Ship, Boston Cruise Port, Raymong Flynn Cruiseport, Black Falcon Terminal

Cruise ship docked at Boston’s cruiseport

On the bright side, the Covid positivity rate in Massachusetts has dropped steadily and now stands at 1.89%. That’s very good news, indeed. We can now look forward to a vacation that doesn’t include masking everywhere or treating fellow tourists like disease vectors.

Also, I can see the light in terms of the upcoming tour season. The big cruise ships and other tours should return to Boston this spring. Tours mean I meet new people, enjoy showing Boston to them, and make some money for traveling. I look forward to it.

Roundup of February 2022 Posts

Okay, a short month means fewer blog posts, especially now that Suze is off doing new things. If anyone is interested in blogging on a temporary or regular basis, let me know. I’m flexible. I welcome new ideas and opinions.

The short roundup of February 2022 follows. It includes a new series I have started on Art Hiding in Plain Sight around Boston.

Boston and History

Business and Technology

Entertainment

Environment

Lifestyle and Culture

Spiritual

In Like a Lion

Kensington Lions, Hotel Kensington, Boylston Street, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston

The King of the Jungle on a cold winter day

March came to New England like a lion with snow squalls and frigid air. Then it got warm and the snow melted. After that, it got cold again, followed by more snow.

I hope this means March will end with warm weather and bright sun. Fingers crossed.

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About Aline Kaplan

Aline Kaplan is a published author, a blogger, and a tour guide in Boston. She formerly had a career as a high-tech marketing and communications director. Aline writes and edits The Next Phase Blog, a social commentary blog that appears multiple times a week at aknextphase.com. She has published over 1,000 posts on a variety of subjects, from Boston history to science fiction movies, astronomical events to art museums. Under the name Aline Boucher Kaplan, she has had two science fiction novels (Khyren and World Spirits) published by Baen Books. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published in the United States, Ireland, and Australia. Aline’s articles have also appeared on the Atlas Obscura website. She has been an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 1988 and is a long-term member of the Spacecrafts science/fantasy writers’ group. As a tour guide, Aline leads architectural and historical walking tours of the city for Boston By Foot, ghost tours for Haunted Boston and historical bus tours of the city. She lectures on Boston history and has appeared in the Boston Globe, as well as on TV for Chronicle, an award-winning television program that broadcasts stories of New England. As a lecturer, Aline has spoken at Brandeis and Tufts universities for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has also addressed as service organizations and local meetings. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Hudson, MA.

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