Category Life in the USA

Podcast #134 Older Drivers

 Published in the category General Practice, Humor, Life in the USA

Podcast134 EXERCISES Some things get better as you grow older. Driving a car does not. You don’t see as well as you used to. Headlights are hard on your eyes. Your reaction time is slower. Traffic noise gets on your nerves. It’s easier to get drowsy. Long drives exhaust you. You drive too slowly. Other [...] Read More

Podcast #131 Getting Ready for The Big One

Lesson Exercises The last significant earthquake here was in 1994. That one killed 33 people immediately. More than 8700 people were injured.  Three weeks ago we had an earthquake. I was home and just felt one jolt. Two nights ago we also had a minor earthquake.  The house shook for about twenty seconds. The 1994 [...] Read More

Podcast #124 A Day at the Ballpark

 Published in the category General Practice, Life in the USA

I went to a baseball game a few days ago. One of my grandsons came with me. Also a cousin of my wife’s. I had purchased the tickets on the Internet. I made sure the seats would be in the shade. Traffic was light. We arrived at the stadium an hour early. I like to [...] Read More

Podcast #112 Being Old in the USA

 Published in the category General Practice, Lesson Exercises PDF, Life in the USA

Lesson Exercises Getting old is no fun. You used to walk six miles. Now walking three miles is an effort. You used to eat just about anything. Now you study the nutrition labels. You used to sleep through the night. Now you are up at least once. You used to see a doctor annually. Now [...] Read More

Podcast #91 My Barbers

Lesson Exercises Over the years I have had many barbers. I’ve easily spent over 200 hours in barber chairs. I don’t remember all my barbers. But some are definitely memorable. Jerry was my first barber. Jerry was an Italian immigrant. He always had the radio turned to opera. He charged 60 cents. In college I [...] Read More

Podcast #70 Volunteering in the U.S.

 Published in the category General Practice, Lesson Exercises PDF, Life in the USA

Lesson Exercises I know a lot of people who do volunteer work. One friend helps out in a third-grade classroom. He’s in there mornings five days a week. A woman I know volunteers for Meals on Wheels. This organization delivers food to the homes of the elderly. One year I coached a youth baseball team. [...] Read More

Podcast #57 A Day in Los Angeles

 Published in the category General Practice, Life in the USA

I got up at seven thirty. Something woke me, maybe a helicopter. God knows, there are enough of them. I made some hot cereal. Had that with a cup of decaffeinated coffee. I’m not supposed to have caffeine. I ate watching the news on TV. There was nothing really new. Terror attacks. Climate change. The [...] Read More

Podcast #41 A Family

 Published in the category General Practice, Life in the USA

My family is pretty much average sized. I’ve got one brother and one sister. They are both married and I am single. My brother Frank is the eldest and I am the youngest. He has had a fairly successful life. He’s an executive in a solid company and makes a good living. His wife has [...] Read More

Podcast #37 Theme Parks

 Published in the category General Practice, Life in the USA

My house is less than two hours from several theme parks. Where I live is no more than two hours from several theme parks. The most famous of these is Disneyland. Disneyland is the best known of these. I have to admit I’ve never gone there. I hate to say it, but I’ve never been [...] Read More

Podcast #35 Making Friends in Santa Monica

 Published in the category General Practice, Life in the USA

Two older women went on trial last month. Two women in their seventies stood trial last month. Here is their story. Here is what happened. They made friends with a homeless man. They befriended a homeless man. They helped him find a place to live. They helped him with finding a place to live. They [...] Read More

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