Hi Sridhar - another inspirational post. I have come to expect it - so you better not slack off!! Kidding aside - it is so true that the senior citizens in this country have such a different attitude towards life, it is amazing. I had a neighbor (when we lived in another city) - who was over 70 years old. she became one of my very good friends. Every monday night, she would go bowling (she was in a league that competed). She invited me to go with her - at first I was apprehensive - my daughter was young and me being sort of new to this country was not sure. There was another conditioning- self imposed on me - you dont leave you your toddler at home to go out. But my husband was very supportive and told me to go. so there we were every monday - my neighbor did not drive - so I drove her to the bowling alley and we had a blast. It was fierce competition - had prizes at the end, birthday's celebrated, etc. We were a mix of women - all different ages - i was the lone Indian in that group - but it opened my eyes to so many things American. I always think of her zeal for life - her husband passed away and she lives by herself in a retirement home and I still call her and talk to her every once in a while. It has been rightly pointed out that for some reason, the conditioning of our senior citizens is so different - we can always learn the "good" from others can't we? By the way, my father is a mason too! Has been one for so many years - remember helping him memorize something about King Solomon and the pillars, etc!! When he visits here, he contacts the local chapter and attends at least one meeting! He is very active at the CBE chapter.