Gary Ingram - Chief of Questions

I grew up in Golden, CO, in the 50’s, the child of a middle class housewife and a lifelong employee of the U.S. Post Office. We lived in an unincorporated area where playing outdoors, doing whatever we wanted to do was the way to spend endless hours. We never knew if we were rich or poor because everyone was the same and that was ok.
My professional career spanned 25 years with the U.S. Government and I retired early. Then I went into several start-up businesses in the fields of mining, construction and environmental management. Today I am an Aging-in-Place Specialist (which does not mean I just sit in a recliner and watch football), and I am a devoted “Papa” to my grandson and granddaughter.

In other words, I am a jack of all trades and a master of none.

I married for the first time in 1973 and have a wonderful son who was born two years later. I was divorced for nine years and met my current wife, Shannon, the love of my life, in 1997. We married in 1999 and have been enjoying our life together ever since. We’ve had some up’s and down’s - but mostly up’s!

I’m a crusty old fart who appreciates a good cigar, an old car, an occasional game of golf, Blue Collar Radio, NASCAR and my Denver Broncos.

Because I have so much to say about everything, my wife suggested I join this blog circle. At, I hold the title, “Chief of Questions.” Let’s see what you think about my questions and answers. Will you chime in with a comment or two?

Why is Italian Leather so Fine?

by Gary Ingram…Are Italian steers and other animals better than those of any other country in the world? Do they get a special diet of spaghetti and Chianti instead of hay and water?

Is There a New Normal After a Pacemaker?

by Gary Ingram…I got a pacemaker. After leaving the hospital, my question was: How long before I feel normal again? I discovered the answer to that question is not the same for everyone and – at least for me – it wasn’t what I wanted to hear.

Bet I’ve Got Something You Don’t Have!

Today, this same line is used by millions of us Boomers in Starbucks and bars everywhere, only instead of a toy, we are referring to a new hip or knee, a new kind of medication or, in my case, a new pacemaker/defibrillator.

I’m a Rat Rod. What are You?

Recently I discovered that rebuilding cars is a great metaphor for my life today. A few years ago, I discovered I had a heart valve problem. Being a car guy, I liken my heart valves to the valves in a car engine.

Looking Down at the Grass, Not Up at the Roots

As my readers know, whatever questions or random thoughts come to my mind on any given day can become a topic for this blog. Today I am thinking about my recent stint in the “Horse Pital” – which is “hospital” for those who don’t speak “Gary”. I just got my invoice and I have MANY questions.

Thanksgiving at the Gas Station?

When I went to fill up my truck with gas yesterday, I was surprised by an invitation posted on every pump.

Halloween is Upon Us

It’s that time of year. Every store has its Halloween candy, signs with spooks, goblins, skeletons, witches and jack-o-lanterns on them. There are big blow-up black cats, giant pumpkins and every imaginable costume. And this is just at 7-11 stores.

A Questionable Exercise for You

As you know, I am the Chief of Questions. That doesn’t mean all the questions I pose actually come from me. I like to ponder the questions everyone else has too. That made me think that some or all of you may have questions you would like to ask our Boomer audience.

War Between the Media and Reality

Whatever happened to news? What has become of national news?Do we really need to know that a state governor was locked out of her home in her bathrobe while she saw her child off to school? Do we need to know that Justin Bieber has grown a mustache?

Math Sucks…Really?!

Back in the mid-50’s, I was learning arithmetic – the basics of math. You know – add, subtract, multiply, divide. In the 60’s, I learned the harder stuff – fractions, percentages, algebra, geometry – all of which was part of going to high school.

21 Questions About Heaven from a Mind Unleashed

As we age, many things run through our minds. In my experience, some of those things are good, some are bad and most of them probably fit in the middle somewhere. A big question in the middle realm for me, because it’s not good and not bad, is: What happens to us after death?

Prancing Paper Doll

I know John Mayer supposedly wrote the song about Taylor Swift. But the video?

What’s Happened to Common Sense?

We have drugs or wellness products for just about everything these days – polio vaccines, hair loss products, steroids, cancer, male enhancement, antioxidants, hormones. I’d like to ask, “Where is the drug to boost our common sense?”

Dreaming of a Low-Impact Exercise Like “Prancercise”

The newest fitness sensation is “Prancercise,” which is a type of workout using ankle weights and jogging like a horse prances.

Can We Get Over the Fear of Aging?

I’ve read a lot of articles about aging. Some of these articles have told me the Baby Boomer generation does not like the terms older, senior, Baby Boomer, Boomer and sandwich generation.