ROMEO BLOG

This page is being created for members to discuss ideas, cerebrations, opinions, sentiments and views on topics of interest to other like minded men of distinction – our Romeo Club members!

Adjustments in wardrobe after retirement • Downsizing living arrangements • Fun things to do with grandchildren Keeping your driver’s license • Benefits of Senior Living Facilities • Loss of Hearing • Dealing with loss of hair Loss of spouse • Cooking skills and how to develop them • Medical Crises – knee, hip, shoulder Health Club activities • Difficult son-in-laws and daughter-in-laws • Trips and vacations I always wanted to take Fishing and golf • Entertainment options and ideas

School

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Bright and early each morning during the school year I bring my three grandchildren along with other neighborhood kids down to the bus stop at the beginning of our street. It’s not that far but parents today are afraid of stalkers who might attempt to engage their young children if and when they are left unattended. I am the designated driver an...

The Silver Dollar

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My grandfather, Ferdinando Criscuolo, was born in January 1889 in Castellamare di Stabia Italy. In 1920 at the age of 31, he came to America with his family seeking a better life. He was 31 years old. “Gramps” died on July 4, 1964 in New Haven, CT I was named after my grandfather. Back then Italian parents  named their first son after the husban...

Aqua Velva - Smell Triggers Memories

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 Aqua Velva is a blue colored inexpensive translucent after shave lotion. It has a rather strong yet unusual scent.  Because I got myself into so much trouble at school and at home as a youngster, my "time outs" were usually served out at my grandparents house for weeks at a time. I had an Uncle Joe (more like Uncle Buck) who never married and w...

Television - Then & Now

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 My father, who loved western TV shows (Gunsmoke, Lone Ranger, Gene Autry, Roy Rodgers) ultimately, had the last say as to what we would watch.  Whoever held the Channel Selector Dial had to surrender it over to him because he ultimately chose what the family was going to watch that evening.  TV was such a novelty that we didn’t care what we watched.   We were content.

Today my TV has access to hundreds of channels yet I can count on one hand the number of channels that I actually watch. It’s not much more than the three channels I remember watching as a kid.

THE EMPTY DINING ROOM - Holidays

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Last Thanksgiving I was hospitalized with pneumonia. My daughter Kristen and her husband Tony intervened and hosted Thanksgiving Day dinner at their home. This week they asked if they could continue our family tradition of Thanksgiving Dinner at their home. I graciously conceded the hosting of the holiday to them from this year forward. I happily and willingly did it for the past 50 years and now realize that the time has come for me to pass this precious tradition onto a younger family member.
This will be the first time that I will have not only an empty chair at the Thanksgiving dinner table but an empty dining room as well.  

Dragon Flies

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 As a kid my mother told me that they were called Sewing Bees” and we should stay away from them because they would sew our lips together.  Later in life, when my wife passed and I reluctantly assumed my self imposed chore of house cleaning, I noticed that our home had dragon flies in almost every room. No… not real ones. These dragon flies were in the form of small glass figurines and images imprinted on coffee cups and etched onto water pitchers and glasses. I never paid much attention to stuff like that before.

Dragon Flies have become symbolic of the two dearest and most loving women I have ever known…my wife and my mother. 

Laundry Day

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Fred talks about his laundry day - Saturday.