I’m Old And This Is Why I Drive A Buick – Huffington Post
As an old person who drives a Buick, I can tell you that it’s all about comfort.
It’s very cold here now, so I slide in and sit on heated leather seats, holding a heated steering wheel. If DH’s been driving the car, I simply push button 1 and my seat moves itself into position for me— me-me-me. If it’s frosty and the windshield isn’t clearing fast enough for me, I can use the heated windshield zitzer spray (“zitzer” — my own invention) and melt the frost away.
The burled walnut interior trim is very nice, and, despite the mid-size of the car and the very small size of me-me-me, I can reach everything. I can even tilt the steering wheel down far enough so I’m not having to peer through between its top round and the dashboard! The interior mirror moves itself as it senses headlights behind, so I am never caught by glare from there, and there are extra headlights which illuminate to the side when I start a turn.
The rear seat is more leather, very comfortable, lots of legroom, can seat three, or two with a nice armrest between. Or, you can reach through to the trunk- and oh! Let me tell you about that trunk! I can fit three dead bodies in there! Okay, I don’t know that from experience, but we’ve fit suitcases and bags for four for a week in there without a problem, so I’m figuring dead bodies would be just as easy.
It’s quite quiet, too — with good tires. There’s little road noise, and when you do hear the engine — for instance, accelerating fast to get away from some youngster who thinks a four-barrel’s sound is the same as its power — it’s a good throaty sound, not like a sick sewing machine. I have XM, OnStar and Bluetooth — I’m connected.
Now I had traded in a black HHR with the chrome package and some rare pinstriping (the pinstripes ended in the Chevy bowtie logo — I’ve never seen it since) and I LOVED that car — I fit a Christmas Tree in it every year — and, while I still mourn its loss, I have to say it was not nearly as comfortable as the Buick.
And, while the Buick isn’t fast off the line, it can get up to some good speed — hold it with pretty good mileage, and not make you feel every little bump in the road. When you’re old — like me — that counts.
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Earlier on Huff/Post50:
Green-focused consumers with sensitivity to the environment and world sustainability. The UN World Tourism Organization predicts 1.6 billion trips by 2020. Trips include hiking, seeing waterfalls, nature walks, bird watching and more.
Adventure travel is for everyone of all ages. According to a report by George Washington University and the Adventure Travel Trade Association, the adventure category spending was $89 billion in 2009 with much growth ahead. Boomers and seniors are hiking, sky diving, snorkeling, scuba diving, cycling and skiing — and as I heard at the table, “after I raised my kids it was my turn to have the experience and not watch others do it!”
Over 900,000 people from the U.S. average age of 55 traveled for religious reasons, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Holy Land includes Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Portugal and France. Ninety percent of the faith-based travelers are Christians.
Boomers love their food, wine and cruising. Put them together and you have a growing market. Holland Cruises started culinary cruises five years ago — now most of the cruises include culinary delights and focus.
The fastest-growing online dating consumer category is ages 50+. According to The Wedding Report, 2 million couples get married in the U.S. each year, spending an average of $27,000. Destination weddings represent 16% of the wedding market and over $5 billion.
These trips tend to be booked around milestone events such as birthdays or anniversaries. Note: grandparents are known now to take their grandkids to Europe today because they are savvy travelers themselves. These big-ticket trips will give them quality time and memories for a lifetime.
According to the Medical Tourism Association, the medical travel industry is a $60 billion industry. As Boomers age, affordable health care may be found outside the country. Most popular destinations include Singapore, Thailand, India, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jordan, Turkey and Brazil.