To restore my spirits, I made a list of the low-cost things, some newly discovered, that keep me happy and healthy regardless of the weather. Here are the top nine.
Let’s start at the bottom (pun intended) and work our way up.
9. The “Blue Bidet”
Family and friends usually top the list when seniors are asked what’s important for their quality of life. Playing bridge with friends is one of the more enjoyable pastimes in my life these days, particularly when it brings together old friends. Here I am, playing with Vola and Marty. All three of us lived in rental units in a Georgetown house at 31st and Q Streets in 1956. Here we are, reunited at the bridge table 56 years later. (In 1956, we’d be holding beers or martinis in my case… not cards.) The photo was taken by my good pal Daniel, whom I’ve known for about 20 years. The four of us play a couple times a month.
1. Celebrating a Birthday with my New Housemate
I met Nimesh at his dad’s bookstore in Kathmandu about ten years ago. He came to the U.S on a student visa nine years ago and has lived at my house for the past few years while he got his masters at nearby American University. Now he works at the World Bank. I’ve only known Bhawana since March, when I returned to Nepal for her marriage to Nimesh. Now, I have double the pleasure of Nepali housemates.
So, even in Washington’s worst summer ever, life is pretty damn good.