Mark Van Patten is Going Like Sixty.
I’m baby boomer man who turned 60 in late 2007. Boomer born in 1947 for search engine optimization. I retired from the newspaper business July 1, 2011.
From 11/09 to 5/10/ I lost 75 pounds via Nutrisystem, lap swimming and weight training. The weight is still gone. I miss Dairy Queen large chocolate milkshakes and M&M’s the most.
We moved to Guacimo de Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica in June/July 2011. We originally had a five year plan for me to retire and make the move. However, Nancy found a home in Costa Rica, and three days after listing our home in the U.S. we had an acceptable offer. Rather than move twice for a short term so that I could reach the normal retirement age, we took the plunge. Our first visit to Costa Rica was in January and six months later we moved here to be full time residents. (We are still U.S. citizens.)
Let me make this clear so other MEN MAN BLOGGERS can find me.
I write mostly attempted humor that boomers , or those who know one, can identify with, usually irreverently. I’ve expanded the scope a little to give readers a taste of what it’s like to retire abroad – especially in Costa Rica.
Going Like Sixty is a term I heard around my house regularly growing up from my Mother. It meant, at our house, one was very busy.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), however, “like sixty” actually appeared in 1848 with no reference to speed, but rather meaning “with great force or vigor.” The four citations quoted by the OED, in fact, are evenly divided between those that use the term in reference to speed (“We ran like sixty to the front porch,” 1975) and those that use it to mean “with enthusiasm and abandon” (“That child cuts up like sixty,” 1910).
Emphasis mine. I like “with great force or vigor… and… with enthusiasm and abandon!”
I have been married to the same woman since 1968.
She’s a boomer blogger too.
We love dogs, so I started DogsWithCones.com, pictures of dogs with cones. You will say awwww, but chuckle too. My son-in-law had the original concept so we partnered. Read his story of the trials and tribulations of launching the blog.
DogsWithCones.com and AsianWomenHoldingThings.com were both sold.
BBQandBourbon.com is also me (Currently For Sale: $878 priced reduced to $666). (Sold)
I am TrendyExaminer.com and also do freelance writing on other blogs for a little extra income.
Contact me: goinglikesixty(at)gmail(dork)com or @goinglike60 on Twitter. Facebook? Friends and family plan only, you can friend me and depending on my mood, I may take you into my inner-circle. We have a club-card.
- I’m a hoser – I use a CPAP
- I wear hearing aids
- I have tinnitus
- I’m overweight or undertall. (My weight has stabilized, I think my metabolism is now officially in geezer gear.)
- I made over $13,500 in 2009 from freelance writing for blogs and websites as Mark Leevan. In 2010 that shrunk to $8,600, it’s steadily decreasing as blogs/sites lower the pay.
- I accept advertising on my blog contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
- I had a Total Knee Replacement.
- I live in Costa Rica.
I drew extra inspiration from Roy Klein, feeling much better that there are at least two of us. He wrote about seeing a “little person” and a “sight impaired person” and immediately thought: Seeing-eye Dwarf.
We’re “empathy challenged” or “socially impaired.” And what’s the politically incorrect word again for describing such an individual? That’s right. We’re all insensitive jerks.
Stuff I have around me (this is the office I left behind after retiring.) Since the dark paneling was untouchable according to the owner of the place, I embraced the 60s ambiance and added some vintage stuff. The bridle was used by my aunt, the clock hung on my dad’s office wall, and the sign I picked up from a bum on the riverwalk in San Antonio for $2. The bakelite record player belong to my grandfather and the office equipment was liberated from storage.
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