With Boomer divorce rates at an all-time high, ever more of us are back out there in that elusive search for Mr./Ms. Right.
For some of us, college was the last time we participated in the dating dance; for others this isn't the first hoedown...but sure hope it'll be the last.
It can take a while to find the right match, so enjoy the the ride; dating can really be fun!
To help make it safer, easier, and more pleasurable, here's a list of dating do's & don'ts compiled from experts who specialize in Boomer match-making and relationships, including Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Dr. Gail Saltz, Scott Valdez of Virtual Dating Assistants.com, and...hmmm.... who am I forgetting....oh...me.
Do use all the options for meeting fellow singles our age...
Do use your head and your heart...
Don't give away personal info before you've met...
Do keep the first date simple
Don't lie when describing yourself
You have been officially alerted...
According to a recent study by AARP and J.D. Power & Associates, people over 50 bought nearly two-thirds of the new cars sold in the United States last year.
Aaah, but what makes for a good car for we Boomers these days?
It seems it must meet one or more of the following criteria considered strongly characteristic of our generation, according to automakers and social psychologists alike:
If you're looking for a comfy premium midsize sedan, this is it. Lexus' excellent reputation for reliability and a fawning dealer experience are draws; the downside is the close to $48,00 base price.
For Boomers willing to trade status for buying patriotic will be very happy with the Ford Taurus. It sports front-wheel-drive, is roomy, and features state-of-the-art engines with a great combination of power
and fuel economy. And it's much more affordable at $26,500'ish.
Indeed, Corvette is the cliché midlife-crisis car, but apparently in it's class it's hard to argue against it. If you can handle the deep knee bends required for entry, the Corvette is surprisingly roomy. The good news: not bad fuel economy for a sportster of 26 mpg highway. The not so good news: cost is a mere $49,500+
It was quite a surprise to learn Ford F-150 pickup is the No. 1 automotive purchase by Boomers. But apparently with so many of us still working — or playing at working, or just plain playing — this truck makes sense. It has the widest range and best designed interiors of all full-size pickups, and offers a strong combination of power and fuel economy. Starts at about $23,500.
Subaru Outback et al
These gentrified "tall wagons" exemplified by the Honda Crosstour, the Ford Flex and the Subaru Outback are aimed right at us with their combination of daily practicality and all-wheel-drive weekend exploring capability. The Outback's car-like seating is quite comfy, and its wagon body makes carrying stuff to the grandkids a snap. Pricing starts at $24,000.
Toyota Yaris et al
For Boomers seeking lower cost and high fuel-efficiency, the subcompact Yaris, along with the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit have been a favorite of ours. A big plus is that these cars no longer lack in quality and features. Redesigned in 2012, the Yaris for example has amenities like optional 6-way power seats, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, and satellite radio. Prices start at a terrific $14,115.
You have been officially alerted...
Yep....we Boomers are making our mark yet again, this time from the grave.
We want our funerals to be a party, and our caskets/urns to be not just a body/remains-box, but a statement of who we were in life.
According to Nathan Smith, founder and president of 'Til We Meet Again, a custom casket and urn company, "There is such a huge demand for this product," (and) "the Baby Boomers are driving this. One customer, a 'self-professed hippie that was stuck in the '60s' ordered a casket with an exterior that looked tie-dyed."
Plenty of us love our motorcycles so much, we want to ride them as we travel on that stairway to heaven. "We have urns that look like motorcycle gas tanks we can custom paint to match their bikes," Smith says. "We’ve done a lot of caskets with hot rod flames or painting them to match the bike."
Check out this Harley Davidson hearse to go with your hot rod
urn or casket...
Our determination to go out as the total individuals we were in life includes themed funerals, from football to fashion! Forget having your loved ones wear black like they did in "the old days" - they'll be wearing the colors of your favorite sports team! Finally, pre-planning is the way to go (my father did that for us, and we will be eternally grateful.... literally). This way you are in total control of the entire event from start to finish (how very Boomer), you get to lock in today's prices for your demise decades from now, and most importantly, you don't force your grieving off-spring to handle this important occasion at a time when thinking...and arranging, are very difficult to do.
So, contact your local undertaker, er...I mean... Funeral Director, today! Did it myself, and in fact it's not only not eerie, it's a hoot!
You have been officially alerted.
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