Thursday, October 27, 2011

Spunky Nemo James - Musician, Outdoorsman and Author

Nemo James

Born and based in England, Nemo James worked as a professional musician and singer/songwriter for more than 30 years. He now lives in Croatia with his wife Federika and their cat Jutko who is becoming intolerable following his rise to fame on Youtube.

Among other pastimes, Nemo gets enjoyment from outdoor activities. Here's what he says about them:

I suppose I am very lucky in finding that I get a lot of enjoyment out of some of the most mundane pastimes and there is no shortage of those where I live now. Yesterday I had to untangle 12 years of untamed growth of a huge grape vine and a climbing rose. 

 I have no idea what I am doing so I just hope I see them again in the spring.

I then took the boat out fishing and to my delight caught some squid to make a delicious lunch today washed down by some home made wine.  I have to complete a website to advertise our beautiful new apartment at the top of our house with an amazing view of the sea. That was last winter’s project. DIY in such a big house is endless. I have to start on a complete refit of our bathroom but have been putting it off until the weather turns bad but amazingly it is still like summer here in Croatia. I don’t have the heart to work inside when the sun is shining. I am even going to have a go at making crumpets as you can’t buy them here.
Having spent most of my life frantically pursuing one professional project or another I have decided to devote this winter to myself and get down to the long put off tasks of teaching myself bridge and becoming fluent in this impossible Croatian language.  I am also toying with the idea of starting a “karate for the over 50s” class which would be great exercise during the winter months when there is no swimming. The trouble is knowing the people here I suspect I won’t get anyone interested unless I offer free cheese and wine with every lesson.

It seems Nemo James already leads a busy life, but also on his plate is a new book, all about the hidden life of musicians. Here's what he says about it:

In Just A Few Seconds I wanted to write about what life is like for the 99% of musicians that don’t become rich and famous but still earn a good living often working for the rich and famous. The most interesting stories I have to tell are not about backing artists like Tom Jones and Cliff Richards or playing at private parties for Sheik Yamani or the Aga Khan but stories about holiday camp epidemics, strippers with flatulence and being the cause of US military personnel being Court Martialed. It is amazing how music is such a huge part of everyone’s life and yet so little is known about the ordinary working musicians who supply that music.
Visit Nemo James at his website

Find Nemo James at his tour page at Pump Up Your Book

Watch his videos at You Tube

If you care to drop by, Nemo James will also be a guest on Friday, October 28, 2011 at, where he'll expand about his life as a musician and his new book.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Spunky Max Elliott Anderson Interviews a President And Travels the World to Film

Max Elliott Anderson

I’m one of those people who will probably never retire. I felt this way long before the economic downturn and it’s primarily because I like to stay as active as possible. And I guess I’m one of those typical Boomers who never expected, or intended to get older. But I’m also a realist.
In a short period of time, I signed up for Medicare and my wife began taking early Social Security. Oh my goodness, what’s going on here? And on top of that, we’re going to become first-time grandparents in a couple of more months.
My life has always included film, video, and television commercial production. I love marketing and promotion. Many of those opportunities have also diminished with the economy, but I’m always interested in the next production. One of the most interesting experience I've had was a private, one hour video interview with President Ronald Reagan as he visited his boyhood home for the last time here in Illinois. My work has also taken me all over the world. I shot Liam Neeson's first feature film, Pilgrim's Progress.

Max Elliott Anderson
Speaking in Warsaw

Two recent productions included live streaming video. The first one covered the National Table Tennis Championships. An interesting event there included an exhibition between US and Chinese members of the original Ping-Pong Diplomacy teams. A few months later, I worked on a similar production covering the National Show Ski Championships. In that case, this link will take you to that material.  If you can imagine, I stood behind a video camera for more than 22 hours over two days, in the rain, hot sun, and survived it.
I also know of many situations where people dreamed of retirement, reached that goal, and died. I don’t believe we were wired to come to a stopping point like that. I admire people who do retire but then find other nearly full time activities to keep them sharp, vital, and involved.
PS. One of the attached pictures is of me shooting a film in a remote area of New Guinea, 50 miles from headhunter who lived up river. I'm the one wearing the yellow and blue-striped shirt.
Max Elliott Anderson
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Spunky Senior, Mike Befeler, Visits Hard Rock Mines

Mike Befeler

Living in Colorado, I enjoy hiking during the summer and snowshoeing during the winter. On weekends I often go along the east side of the Continental Divide on various expeditions. This summer I had an opportunity to visit a number of old mine sites as part of an organized tour of hard rock mines. Our first stop was Caribou, a once thriving mining community of several thousand people at the end of the nineteenth century, now home to exactly zero human occupants.
Our next stop was the Cardinal mill, in operation during the beginning of the twentieth century.

Bluebird Mine Bunkhouse

From here we went to the Bluebird mine. The picture is of the bunkhouse that was also used in the 1966 movie, Stagecoach.

Wallstreet Mill
 Our final stop of the day was at the Wallstreet assay office and abandoned mill from the beginning of the twentieth century. Investors from New York provided the financial backing, but the mill went bust after a few years of operation.
Although these mines and mills are now abandoned, they contribute to an interesting history of the region and are well worth visiting.
Mike Befeler, Author of Senior Moments Are Murder, Retirement Homes Are Murder,
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Spunky Vacation

Spunky Seniors blog is taking a vacation while its owner is on vacation. More spunky blogs coming your way starting Oct 13.