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Gathering data from over half a century of boomer watching, this book is a compilation of a hundred chapters, each with five hundred words or less. One hundred chapters symbolize the author's personal goal to join the six hundred thousand members centenarian club in his desire to reach one hundred years of vibrant life. In his reflective observations of boomer behavior, many new concerns have come to light. He views the baby boomers approaching retirement as a massive migration into an unknown destiny; many of whom are prepared, but the greater majorities are not. He has dedicated his time to take special notice of the many dichotomies that have entangled boomers in pervasively abusive lifestyles in what promises to ultimately become a harsh reality, if the necessary preretirement steps are not diligently observed. The truth is always hard to digest, but hopefully, after reaching beyond imagined personal needs, these passages will correlate into inspiration. Between 1946 and 1964, America was recovering from the Great Depression and World War II, a time when stay-home moms were honored, and fertile couples were joyfully building families; hence, the baby boomer generation was born. This is a humble effort to shed some light on problematic lifestyles, beliefs, doctrines, ideologies and boomer attitudes. The essays cover a wide range of subject matter that touches on everything from private neurosis, political intrigue, healthier diet and exercise routines, procrastination and psychological attachments. So buckle up and hunker down and think of this book as a preretirement inspirational wake-up adventure.
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At eighteen, in 1966, Mr. Schrott joined the US Army and became a civil engineer serving in Vietnam and Thailand. In 1969, he returned to Thailand as a civilian to commence a fourteen-year adventure through the Far East and the Middle East. During that stint, he personally experienced collapsed economies, corrupt military dictatorships rife with social injustices, and undue oppression-all of which were business as usual. In the early seventies, the Shah of Iran purchased a thousand helicopters from Bell Helicopter, and he was part of that contingency to train the Shah's army how to operate a helicopter battalion. Eventually, the Shah abandoned his country to a radical Islamic cleric by the name of Khomeini, and all foreigners were rounded up and herded into hotels. It was January 1979 in Isfahan, Iran, where he was held hostage for a month by the Khomeini regime, confined and guarded by the very same military that he had trained. As a second-year baby boomer, he has been an avid observer of social injustices and a staunch advocate of civil rights, gender and age equality, social integration, and a freedom-fighter writer for child abuse. He currently practices commercial real estate in Nashville, Tennessee.
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