I often wonder why I don't see more retirees up at the local Senior Citizen Center. I guess maybe it's like what I thought for years - I'm not really old and senior.
I have been retired several years now and last year I thought I would check the place out. Now I'm wondering why I waited so long to go there. I like playing cards and they have a 500 card tournament on Mondays, Pinochle tournaments on Wednesday and Friday, and Pepper tournaments on Thursday. You can show up at the center around noon and it won't be long and you will find yourself in a card game or pool game. Tournaments start at 1:30 p.m. and most of the time over a little after 3 p.m.
You will change partners after each round so you will get to know the people. They have two pool tables and a lot of golf games played on the tables and some pretty good pool players too - I'm not one of them so I play cards.
The coffee pot is always on along with iced tea and lemonade and cookies. Also there are computers that you can get on and two shuffle board courts. Jim Dillion used to tell us at the union retirees meeting that he was the champ on the shuffle board courts down in Arizona.
So with winter coming on and the golf courses being closed check this place out between East State Street and First Avenue. You may find out like I did, and end up wondering - why did I wait so long to stop by there?