Having seen videos of Russian drivers and the accidents they have in Russia, I'm worried about our Olympic team, as well as others from America who will be over there for the Games. Amazingly though, the videos never showed anyone getting hurt, but the accidents were common and looked like the old Keystone Kops.

Some friends of mine are talking about going there and got worried when they saw the same videos I'd seen. Suzan said that she was wondering what to do if they did go. I advised her to buy lots and lots of insurance but neglected to tell her to make me the beneficiary.

Personally, I can hardly wait for the Olympics to start; they're one of my favorite things to watch. It's so nice that they've split the Summer and Winter Olympics up and we can watch them every two years now instead of four. Being a senior and not having to go to an office to work makes it even better; I can watch all or any part of them I want to.

Speaking of being a senior, I got a whole $17-a-month raise on my Social Security check for this year! Wow, what a huge amount of money for our government to let go of. I'd like to see any of them try to live and survive with any dignity on what I receive.


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Now the working class wants $15 an hour as minimum wage! When I started working, it was 50 cents an hour, but I just got 35 cents working as a waitress. Hard to believe that now they will be making almost as much an hour as my raise for a whole month. Somewhere along the line, the cost-of-living adjustment for seniors is being figured out by people making too much money, in my humble opinion.

I know -- it's my own fault for working low-paying jobs most of my life. I didn't get smart until the last 12 years of my employment time, and then I chose higher-paying jobs. That all came crashing down when I got injured and had to go on disability as no one would hire me then, for I was a liability risk.

One thing for sure is I'm not looking forward to all the political commercials and campaign speeches. Then we will also be bombarded with the mudslinging debates and the rest of what we have to suffer through during an election year.

The TV, mail services and newspapers make a bundle during this time, but we get so tired of it that we just want to go and hide somewhere until it's over.

Many of us seniors as well as others now do our voting by mail. It would be so great if once we mailed off our choices that we wouldn't have to listen to any more campaigning.

But, alas, that's not the case, and we're stuck with them just like the last-minute voters are. At least last election I got the dang phone calls to stop, and that alone was a wonderful thing.

For Christmas, I got a digital camera, so I'm slowly joining the rest of you in this new electronic age. I also received a new wide screen TV, and I can now see the scores of the football games like you do.

My roommate got it for me; she said she was tired of me staying up until 2 a.m. trying to win one. So now I'm only up until 4 a.m. watching all the old shows with my new high-definition screen.

A native of Minnesota, Carol Olson grew up in South Dakota and Walnut Creek and now lives in Pittsburg. She can be reached at carolleeolson@aol.com.