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By Wick Fisher
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Live to 100, find my passport

Wick's World


March 23, 2017

I discovered the shortcut to becoming a centenarian. Move to a "Blue Zone." These are one of the places on the planet that have the highest percentage of their residents living to age 100. I figured my chances improve greatly by simply taking up residence there, then making as many 100-year-old friends as fast as possible. Everyone wants to outlive their friends, right? Even if it’s just to say at their funeral, “They sure did a nice job on him. It looks just like Uncle Albert.” Or maybe, “He doesn’t look a day over 99.” In the Blue Zone, you might even be able to say, “It’s too bad he had to die so young.”

Coincidentally, I noticed the five centenarian-laden locations listed in the book, “The Blue Zone,” all end in the letter "A" — Loma Linda, Nicoya, Icaria, Okinawa and Sardinia. This may bode well for places like Oacoma and Pukwana, South Dakota, or Automba and Edina, Minnesota. Did you notice both states also end in the letter "A"?

Simply moving to Loma Linda, California, might not be enough to get you to the century mark. You may need to join the Seventh Day Adventists residing there.

Like in other Blue Zone localities, the people’s diets are the main reason for longevity. The residents of the Greek island Ikaria eat the much touted Mediterranean diet of fresh fruit and veggies, but another reason attributed to their high number of centenarians is the fact they regularly take an afternoon nap for two to three hours. This makes me wonder whether reaching the age of 100 utilizing this method should really count as a centenarian. Their nap is actually 10 percent of the day spent doing nothing but sleeping. Should this really count as living? In my book, the 100-year-olds are really the equivalent of 90-year-olds with the rest counted as dead time. If this nap includes an activity defined differently than strictly sleeping, then it becomes deserved of the centenarian status.

I’m choosing my “Blue Zone” in Nicoya, Costa Rica. There, one can take advantage of the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, the rain forests and mountainous volcanoes. The diet consists of not only fresh coconuts, vegetables and fruit, but also plentiful seafood. Yum! A short siesta may accompany the noon hour, but it’s much shorter than a long Greek nap. Singing while tending your own food garden leads to a happy life. A happy life translates into a long life. Did you ever wonder why Costa Rica has no Army? Happy people don’t need one.

So, our plane tickets for a nonstop flight to Costa Rica from Minneapolis/St. Paul are in hand. We have rooms booked for several days in the rain forest, at the volcano and the beach. For most of the trip we have a car rented that will take us up and down the coast. A one-day side excursion north to Lake Nicaragua is a possibility. Looking for a house to buy is also a possibility. If I hope to live to 100, I think Costa Rica is the place to give it a shot.

No sooner than my wife and I shut down our computers and prepared for bed, she spoke a word so frightening that I am still up at 3:52 a.m. probing the dark corners of my house. When the word "passport" came out of her mouth, I went into the fetal position. I immediately realized I hadn’t seen my passport in the spot I normally keep it. I also had no clue as to where else I could have put it.

We are leaving in eight days and I am in serious trouble. Tomorrow morning I am heading to one of the eight regional passport offices. Fortunately, one is in downtown Minneapolis. There is a possibility I can get an expedited replacement passport for approximately the same price as my airplane ticket. I’ve already lowered my goal for longevity to 99 years. Tonight alone has cost me a year of my life. My house sits with drawers and papers strewn about, my mind is frazzled, my back hurts and I have this goal of becoming a centenarian?

My prayer for tonight is “Grant me a long life, put honey in my heart and help find my passport. Amen."


Reader Comments

Eiggy writes:

Does that mean you lost the leather case also. I think it will turn up. Aation


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