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The world’s largest train set is over 12,000 sq. feet. The set is being built by two German brothers in an empty building on the banks of the Elbe in Hamburg and includes six regions including America, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Germany and the Austrian Alps. The American section features giant models of the Rocky Mountains and Mount Rushmore; the Swiss section has a mini-Matterhorn; and the Scandinavian part has a 4ft long passenger ship floating in a ‘fjord’. It is expected to be finished in 2014, when the train set will cover more than 19,376 sq ft. and feature almost 13 miles of track, by which time detailed models of parts of France, Italy and the UK will have been added. It comprises 700 trains with more than 10,000 carriages and wagons. The longest train is 46 ft. long.
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8 – GOOD TIMES • February/March 2012
In the Same Boat
I had a startling and always been this way, probhumbling revelation the ably thanks to my 6’ 4” faother day in the middle of ther, who had trouble foldmy yoga class. These light ing his lanky frame to fit bulb moments often hapinto the front seat of a car, pen at inopportune times, especially if my 5’4” mothsuch as when I am in the er was the last person who awkward “downwarddrove the vehicle. That situdog” yoga position. It must ation often produced some have something to do with colorful language as my dad the increased blood flow to wrangled for the lever that my brain cells, seeing how would fling the seat back my head is actually upside and allow him to breathe down at that point. The freely once again. revelation was this: “Mary Despite my inherited Beth, you’re upside down board-like appendages, right now, and you’ve acI played multiple sports tually paid someone to inin grade school and high struct you to do this. You school. I put all dignity By Mary Beth are truly desperate to beaside as I ran like a drunken Weisenburger come Gumby-like, when giraffe around the softball you know in your heart bases and stood like a redyou’ll always have the flexibility of The wood at the volleyball net. I even had a Tin Man on a rainy day.” brief stint as a cheerleader back in the I know it’s true. I just don’t want to day when cheerleaders only had to have acknowledge it. I am so joint–stiff and loud mouths and weren’t compelled to inflexible that compared to me, Franken- flip around like they had never heard of stein looks like Mary Lou Retton. I’ve gravity. I couldn’t do a back bend or the
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splits but I could paint a mean poster, and believe me, I never needed a megaphone. Once in my sophomore year gym class, we were required to perform a forward flip on the trampoline and land on our feet. We had to for a passing grade. Never mind that the trampoline was made of nothing but discarded full-figured girdles stretched between some fence posts (Hey — my school was small and didn’t have much money.). Every last student had to bounce in the air, curl up like a frightened woolly caterpillar, then spring open at the last second and stick the landing somewhere near the middle of the girdles. It was more than slightly mortifying to find myself mid-air, not curled up but sprawled out like I had just parachuted out of an airplane. There was not going to be any caterpillar-like moves, or any stuck landing. I was lucky I didn’t impale myself on a fence post. The teacher finally gave up and issued me a C.
Thirty-some years later, I’m still anchored firmly in denial. I pop joint-building Glucosamine pills like candy, don stretchy yoga pants and move haltingly from “downward dog” to “cat-cow” position, still looking silly and still in search of that elusive flexibility. The Tin Man would be proud. To let Mary Beth know what you think of this article, or to contact her for a fun presentation to your group, email her at Marybeth@marybethw.com.
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You may find that your dreams in retirement, down unease about financing significantly from 21% who your retirement is beginshared this sentiment in 2010. ning to increase as the outLikewise, when asked how look on our economy stays they feel about this stage of gloomy, and according to life, more Americans express a study commissioned by negative feelings than did so Ameriprise Financial, you last year, including the numare not alone. The New Reber who say they feel worried tirement Mindscape® 2011 (24% vs. 21%), anxious (21% City Pulse index examined vs. 17%) and depressed (10% the 30 largest U.S. metrovs. 8%) when they think about politan areas to determine retirement. where consumers are the While it would be great most prepared for and conif a boost in confidence came fident about retirement. to feel By JoAn Smith, CFP easily, the best wayfinancial The results show that secure about your while three quarters (75%) future is to prepare well for of Americans say they’ve taken steps to pre- it. Though the options and advice available pare financially for retirement, the econom- to you can seem overwhelming, and often ic uncertainly that has persisted over the complex, there are several simple steps you past year may be taking a toll on people’s can take if you’re feeling wary about your emotions. A mere 18% of respondents sur- post-career years: veyed say they believe they’ll achieve their 1. Start with the basics. Deciding to
Americans say they feel less confident about retirement now than in 2010
make a plan is the first important step, but before you get too carried away, determine what you will absolutely need to maintain your lifestyle during retirement. Include basics like groceries, mortgage payments and other financial obligations. You may want to make a list of things that you could live without if you hit a roadblock in the future. It’s also important to consider things like rising healthcare costs and cost-of-living increases. Plan for at least 20 years worth of expenses. The resulting number will be the absolute minimum you’ll need to save to finance your retirement. 2. Consider your lifestyle. One of the most enjoyable parts about planning for retirement is deciding how you might spend your extra free time. Though you could just be looking forward to relaxing, you may also decide to move to a different area of the country, travel, volunteer or spend more time with family and friends. Your plans can always change, but creating a list of activities you may pursue is a proactive way to begin your planning process. 3. Determine expenses. Many people get hung up on this step, as it can come with a tough reality check, but the earlier you tackle it, the more time you have to save for your retirement goals. Calculate how much each of the activities you’ve planned for retirement will cost. Think about and include any hidden costs. For example, spending more time with family can include things like buying more gifts as your family grows, travelling to see family during holidays and even things like helping fund a grandchild’s tuition. Be honest with yourself and accurate with your predictions to get the best idea of what your retirement will cost. 4. Set goals. With your list of activities and associated costs, you can determine how much you’ll need to save for retirement and what kind of income needs you will have af-
ter you leave the workforce. Remember that though it’s important to be aware of the “big picture,” try not to let yourself get caught up in numbers with commas. Break your retirement income needs down into smaller goals that can be prioritized. Though you may find you have to make some decisions along the way, knowing what your retirement will cost and being able to work toward several achievable goals to begin with will help you feel more at ease as you continue to plan. 5. Track your progress. Like with all goals, it’s important to set milestones and continue to check in and reflect as you go. Keep in mind that a little time and organization goes a long way. Set one day each month to sit down with your finances. Even if your goal still seems far away or if you’ve experienced a setback, you likely won’t regret spending the extra time to review your progress. If you still find yourself overwhelmed or needing help to stay on track, consider meeting with a professional financial advisor who can help you budget your finances now and plan for the future. Remember that while it may be a bumpy ride to retirement, the surest way to feel confident about what’s to come is to do all you can to plan for it.
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Live to Be 100
Is living a long and healthy life a goal of yours? Even if it’s not, these tips on living a longer, healthier, and happier life will help make the life you do have a lot easier and enjoyable. get you to 100!
•Stand up straight: People’s bones break down over time with bad posture. Exercises like occasionally running in place in your bare feet and simple resistance training you can do at your desk or at home are •Learn from those who incredibly helpful in preserving have made it there already: posture. For example, relieve After talking to many people chest tightness using a roll of from all over the world and toilet paper or a massage ball coming from different income or foam roll between the shoulbrackets, the same statements der blades. Stand up against came into play. Think good a door frame, put the item of thoughts (have a positive menchoice between your shoulder tal attitude), drink plenty of By Sami Kennedy blades, reach up above your water, always breathe deeply, head and grab the door frame walk regularly (these people did not take exercise to excess, they just and pull. This will release pressure in your did some regular exercise), and have good chest and in most cases take pressure off your back muscles. If that doesn’t do it healthy friendships. for you, try lying on the floor and put the •Be in good spirits: The most essential item of choice again between your shoulder tip to live a quality life to 100 plus is to real- blades and relax while strengthening the upize that you create your own perceptions of per back muscles. My favorite exercise for what is good and bad from the inside out. A hunchback posture is upper back foam or person’s mood in the moment creates his or toilet paper rolling, which anyone can do on her experience; a person’s experience does the living room floor. No matter what you choose to do, if life not create his or her mood. Those who understand this live a smooth and stress free is worth living it’s worth enjoying. Here is life. They do not play victim to external cir- quote from a very special friend who lived a very good life, “Nothing in excess but hapcumstances. piness and life itself”. If you would like more information or •Take anxiety and stress seriously: Don’t just tolerate feeling anxious, stressed, and have any questions you may email me at overwhelmed all the time, find a solution. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org or samik@ important that you take anxiety (and panic wholehealthconnection.com. May you have attacks) seriously, if for no other reason than a long healthy and happy life. the stress feelings place on the heart. Recent research found that both women under 50 years of age and postmenopausal women who suffer anxiety and panic attacks may have an increased risk of heart disease.
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