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Señor Driving

You get a reduction on your insurance rates if you take the safe driving classes for seniors. AdventureMan still isn’t all that comfortable with being a senior, so he calls himself “señor,” which is ‘Mister’ in Spanish. He tells people we are taking “señor” driving classes, and everyone looks at him like he is a little nuts.

Well. . . he is, actually. More than just a little. And now he has the time and energy to be a full time nut, and more power to him.

The “señor” driving classes were actually all right. We learned some things we didn’t know, and we met some interesting people, one, a retired New York fireman, and his wife, a retired nurse. They invited us to go eat seafood after class, and we learned all kinds of things.

On our way back from the ladies room, his wife leaned over to me and whispered “Is he helping you?” I laughed. I knew what she meant. “Yes!” I whispered back, “So far, so good!”

Living in Kuwait and in Qatar, most of the people were younger than us. Countries with all kinds of imported labor put upper limits on workers, so they don’t have a lot of old guys kicking the bucket in their countries. You can get exceptions to the rules in certain jobs, and we had a lot of good friends around our ages, thank God, but here in Pensacola, we feel like YOUNG older people – there are so many older people, and so much to learn. They are all really good about sharing their tricks for survival, and we find that keeping our ears open is a good thing.

April 29, 2010 - Posted by | Aging, Cultural, Education, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Friends & Friendship, Kuwait, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Pensacola, Qatar, Social Issues, Women's Issues


  1. Intlxpatr :

    Now Senor driving lessons , next AM will be taking Spanish lessons to complete the camouflage . I am glad you are going back to normal living and when you are compared to the majority citizens around you feel younger .

    Whats the news on the oil slick heading your way from Louisiana .CNN says by Monday it may reach Pensacola ,Yikes

    Comment by daggero | April 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. I LOVED the change in age demographic coming back home gave me. It is really great to have older women mentors to help you thru things gracefully. Being pretty much isolated from the older female members of my family, it is comforting to have my older friends for support. Wait til you hook up with the quilters–they are fabulous.

    Comment by momcat | April 30, 2010 | Reply

  3. LOL, Daggero, nothing would surprise me when it comes to AdventureMan. He speaks Arabic well, German well, and has studied Russian and Spanish and French a little. I think right now his dream is getting a kayak or canoe.

    The news slick began hitting Louisiana early this morning. It is tragic. We need to be developing wind and solar power sources. The oil slick will devastate the shrimp and farmed fish industries . . . 😦

    MomCAT – it is fun! I remember being back in military communities and feeling SO old, now we are junior seniors! 😉

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 30, 2010 | Reply

  4. Junior Seniors! I love it–that’s how I am going to refer to myself from now on.

    Comment by momcat | May 1, 2010 | Reply


    Comment by intlxpatr | May 2, 2010 | Reply

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