Happy UN-Birthday 2019!


Welcome 39ers! Is this your 39 and Holding UN-Birthday month? Let’s UNwrap another birthday, and enjoy at least ONE day of non-stop fun. OK, well, I generally party my whole birthday month away, but maybe that's just me.

Birthdays are important. Not because we're a year older—it’s simply a great day to reflect, rejoice, and rejuvenate. Join us at 39 and Holding where we’re forever young—with ATT-i-tude!

Let's explore your UN-birthday MARCH 2019 ...  

March 39ers March to a Different Drumbeat 

What makes you … you? Do you ever wonder—or agonize over—how you became the person you are at this moment?

Some of us go through life without ever delving into their psyche. They just are. Others question every move they make. Why do we do that? No one truly knows. Life is full of mysteries, and by March when we’re beginning to get cabin fever from winter’s hibernation, our minds wander even if our bodies can’t.

We can ask all the questions we want, and even come up with answers … at least some type of justification … but there are no right and wrong suppositions to define the mysteries of life. SO—let’s skip the philosophical and get right into March 39ers’ party-hearty parties!

39er Fitness and Fun
Slowly march into your exercises this month (if you’ve been lax this winter), to softly stretch your muscles after the long winter’s nap. I’ve heard accolades of how Tai Chi is physically and mentally beneficial, plus gentle on your body, though I have not yet given it a try. How about you? Perhaps it’s time.
Tai Chi is not too strenuous and oddly calming, I understand. Even the venerable Mayo Clinic suggests, “Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.” Time to limber up!

39 Years Ago this Month ~ MARCH 1980        
Sotheby’s London auction house got into the Rock & Roll mood to offer up several items 39 Years Ago that would be worth considerably more today …
March 3rd: a napkin signed by Elvis Presley from the Rivera Hotel in Las Vegas fetched around $656 (₤500). Wonder if it was “used”?  
Not into Elvis? Then you must be a Beatles fan! Four U.S. dollar bills – one each signed by a Beatle, actually went for less (collectively) at approximately $288 (£220). Bet they’d be worth way more than Elvis today!
Mi Amigo 1974; sank 1980
And what do you think a collection of wonderfully personal letters once owned by the Rolling Stones sold for? They also brought an estimated $288 (£220). For me, worth would be in knowing whether they were TO or FROM the venerable Stones. Anyone can write to them …
March 20th: Though England strived to control R&R Radio stations, despite such iconic British artists, England’s Rock fans reveled in pirate radio stations that broadcast offshore, anchored in the Atlantic’s deep seas. On this date in 1980, a ravaging storm sank Mi Amigo, Radio Caroline’s favorite ship, leaving only its mast above water. The DJs narrowly escaped a watery demise in a daring rescue. DJ Stevie Gordon’s parting words to listeners, “For the moment from all of us, goodbye and God bless.”
            Enjoy Radio Caroline Flashbacks online, for your fave music of the 1960s and ‘70s!

For 39ers who Follow the Stars 
Pensive Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) and airy Aries 39ers (Mar 21-April 19) march grandly through the month, step-dancing to their own drumbeat.
Lighten up Pisces it’s your month to party! You feel everyone else’s pain; but there is only so much you can do. Empathize or sympathize, whichever is your strength, then take care of yourself. 
While we appreciate Pisces’ help, let’s applaud the valiant and audacious Aries—always ready to grab the bull by the horns. With success the likely outcome, we can forgive their extremes and enjoy their energy.
Whether you favor the Zodiac colors of light green for lively Pisces or passionate red for Aries, Kelly green will dominate Irish American Heritage MonthSlainte! (Cheers!)

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
If you think old and act old, you will be old. Strive for the opposite. Be forever young in heart and mind, and you will be Forever Young.     ~ LinDee Rochelle

This one’s for you, kids – Happy UN-Birthday MARCH 39ers: Steven, Pat (RIP), Susan, Jim!
Chat on Twitter: @39HoldingClub

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Are you a 39er this month? Feel free to share your UN-birthday comments below (click on Comments or if it says No Comments, click that to be the first) and tell us how you really feel about your age and aging. Keep the stories coming!

LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!

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February 2019 ~ 39ers are in it for the LOVVVVE
 

Long before healthy living became a “thing” St. Valentine’s Day meant loading up on chocolate, schoolyard declarations of puppy love, and handmade Valentines.

For adults, it’s the optimum day to propose with a gi-normous diamond ring … and loads of chocolate.

We urge 39 and Holding Club’s 39ers to celebrate the venerable non-holiday, or not … just do what makes your heart happy. Speaking of which …

39er Fitness and Fun
Ah yes … the month of L-O-V-E. And American Heart Month of course. So while you’re taking care of your significant other’s heart, or if you’re alone but not lonely, don’t forget your own red-blooded heart. Get it pumping with a fun romp down Memory Lane …

39 Years Ago this Month ~ FEBRUARY 1980  
February 13th: Were you holding hands with your squeeze at the 1980 Winter Olympics? The frosty XIII Winter Olympics was Lake Placid, New York’s second hosting opportunity. Popular for winter sports, it was apt that the Olympics’ mascot that year came in the form of adorable “Roni” raccoon, because the furry mammal’s encircled eyes are reminiscent of winter sports goggles. Oooooo-K.
            Remember the final day? Famed brass musician, Chuck Mangione, composed and performed the games’ instrumental theme song, “Give It All You Got.” Great advice …

February 23rd: Or perhaps you remember 39 Years Ago the Queen song that showed the love for their Rock & Roll roots. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” rose to the top of radio charts February 1980.
The throwback tune gave Freddie Mercury’s vocals a rare showcase as it tripped into the Rockabilly genre. If you weren’t in love with them before, you likely felt the love by the time it hit #2 on WLS/Chicago’s MusicRadio 89 chart. This thing … called love | I just … can't handle it

For 39ers who Follow the Stars
Are you a February 39er? The color gods paint you (and your hair) in a kaleidoscope of hues—early Feb quirky but caring Aquarian Water-bearers (Jan 20-Feb 18) can re-style the palette of your moods with turquoise green, or deep purple. 
     Or not so radically, a “normal” bright blue adds a refreshing hue to your wardrobe and/or hair accessories when paired with Pantone’s “Living Coral” for the New Year.
If you’re walking through the sands of time with Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) pals, all shades of green keep you cool with them. Dreamy, sensitive, and intuitively spiritual, Pisces identifies with the month of love for a reason. Their compassion and empathy make everyone around them feel loved.

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude  
Only in the pages of my books can I pretend to be young again.
            ~ Hallmark movie fiction author, Mystery Woman: In the Shadows
                        LR note: Problem is, I write non-fiction … sigh.


This one’s for you, kids – Happy UN-Birthday February 39ers: Sharon, Rochelle & David!
Chat on Twitter: @39HoldingClub

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Are you a 39er this month? Feel free to share your UN-birthday comments below (click on Comments or if it says No Comments, click that to be the first) and tell us how you really feel about your age and aging. Keep the stories coming!

LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!

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January 2019 ~ From 1980 to 2019 ~ Welcome New 39ers! 

What I’ve considered “vintage” most of my adult life, is the 1960s and ‘70s. But those years are now “classic” at best—just plain “old” at worst. Vintage to most young people today, are the 1980s, 1990s and soon, the 2010s. Sigh. On a Happy New Year note, we begin a new era of 39ers

So with a flip of the calendar page, we slip into 2019, turning waning Gen Xers into 39ersthose born in 1980. Welcome to the most elite and inane club on Earth and Happy New Year!

What’s so special about 1980? To start with, it was a leap year! We’ll have fun with that in February. But first, let’s explore the month that offers an open door to new beginnings, its apt name originating from Latin for door (ianua) …

39 Years Ago this Month ~ January 1980
Many of us dreamily planned our “Escape” with Rupert Holmes as he topped the radio charts this month. Something Sir Paul might also have considered …

January 16th: Arriving in Tokyo for a concert tour, McCartney and Wings ended up grounded. That’s what happens when you travel with close to a half-pound of MJ in your luggage “for personal use.” That’s a lot of personal toking. The Japanese authorities weren’t buying it—nor allowing him to buy his way out—totally. Paul spent nine days in the Tokyo Narcotics Detention Center, and deported. My, how things have changed!

January 29th: Perhaps a mind-blowing walk around The British Toy and Hobby Fair (Earl’s Court, London) would have been safer for McCartney. There, he could have discovered the now-ubiquitous Rubik’s Cube that made a splashy international entrance into educational toys. Though invented in 1974, Professor Ernõ Rubik had no idea his educational toy would “go viral” when young, eager minds demanded it. It still boggles the mind …

For 39ers who Follow the Stars
January 2019 is a business-oriented month for many, and the strategically minded Capricorn (12/22/18-01/19/19) is no slouch in business. Don’t be surprised if you see them busily listing their financial goals for the year. Caps are of the few who will actually attain them! Not known for their flexibility, try to help your early January 39er friends to be more flexible. They may not admit it, but they need you.
            The latter part of January caters to the quirky, free-spirited Aquarians (01/20-02/18). As Tarot.com explains, “Aquarius' eternal quest for knowledge turns up notions that range from brilliant to insane.” I’ve known a few of them! Aquarians are never lacking for witty and entertaining conversation, but you need to help these personally aloof 39ers explore their emotions a little more.
 
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude  
Last summer our favorite orange tabby cat, Garfield, turned 40. His buddy Nermal couldn’t resist a dig, but complimented him instead. It went like this … Nermal: So, you’re now 40. Garfield: Yes, I am.
They look at each other for a moment … then, a little disconcerted, Nermal: You look good … Garfield: Aging well is the best revenge.
~ Jim Davis did it again! Remember, LIFE is ATT-i-tude and Garfield has it in spades!
This one’s for you, kids – 39AHC JANUARY UN-Birthday 39ers: Erin, Chris, Jodie & Joe!
Chat on Twitter: @39HoldingClub

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Are you a 39er this month? Feel free to share your UN-birthday comments below (click on Comments or if it says No Comments, click that to be the first) and tell us how you really feel about your age and aging. Keep the stories coming!

LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!

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