Maybe "old guys" do rule after all. Now that I'm semi-retired, I'm beginning to realize that I must have been semi-retired for the last decade. After all, I've been surfing every morning before work all along. The only thing gone is the guilt in knowing I should be at work. My buddies know that my hearing is going and I don't see as well as I used to. It's not personal, or out of spite, if I should take off in front of them. I was hoping that my seniority might count for a few set waves at the premium California point breaks but apparently that is not an included geezer perk.
Believe it or not, there are some cool benefits to "being old". Nothing too painful about surfing at "Old Man's" at San Onofre or getting to surf my favorite 600 yard tropical longboard point with Corky. Yeah, I found a few restaurant discount deals too but there is something else available that I thought was pretty neat.
Apparently, If you are 62 years of age, there is a National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass with a deal that sounds too good to be true. but it's real. I just made a one-time payment of $90 and will never have to pay for this again for the rest of my life. If that wasn't amazing in itself, this seniors pass works at over 2,000 sites Nationwide at all Federal parks. I just got mine in the mail this AM. In a perfect world, it would also work at California State Beaches but it doesn't, I already tried it. That being said, I've been dying to go to Yosemite and some other National parks.
The above Seniors pass covers entrance fees at National parks and wildlife refuges, as well as standard amenity fees (day use) at National forests, National Grasslands, and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and the army Corps of Engineers. Go to https://store.usgs.gov/pass to get yours. You can buy me a beer of give me a set wave if you enjoy this as much as I will.
Some wireless carriers offer seniors plans and other off-sheet non advertised plans. There has been an enormous amount of unlimited plan competition which has resulted in the introduction of several types of unlimited plans. All offer Unlimited voice, text, and data domestically. The difference is some also have international capabilities and include 4G hotspots. Whether your a senior or not, if you are paying over $30 per line, you're likely being ripped off.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.