Fifty Bucks is Fifty Bucks, Even in Mid-Air

Written by Verne R. Sanford. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on September 07, 2016 with No Comments

Ed and his wife Norma go to the state fair every year, and every year Ed would say, Norma, I’d like to ride in that helicopter.

Norma always replied, I know Ed, but that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks!

One year Ed and Norma went to the fair, and Ed said, Norma, I’m 75 years old. If I don’t ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance. To this, Norma replied, Ed, that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks.

The pilot overheard the couple and said, folks I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don’t say a word I won’t charge you a penny!

But if you say one word it’s fifty dollars.

Ed and Norma agreed and up they went.

The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard.

He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, but still not a word…

When they landed, the pilot turned to Ed and said, by golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn’t. I’m impressed!

Ed replied, well, to tell you the truth I almost said something when Norma fell out, but you know, fifty bucks is fifty bucks!

Valparaiso Low Vision Support Group

Upcoming Meetings 

Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

First United Methodist Church, 103 N. Franklin in Valparaiso. Speaker is Tami Jones, Itinerant Teacher of the Blind, Bosma Enterprises, 1-219-669-1344

Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Celebration Room, (first floor) Pines Village Retirement Communities, 3303 Pines Village Circle in Valparaiso. (Building behind Aspersion Health Systems; formerly Whispering Pines Health Care Center, 3301 N. Calumet). Speaker is Verne R. Sanford, How to live successfully with low or no vision.

All persons are welcomed at our meetings, whether or not they have low vision.  Within Porter County and during daylight hours, call the Porter County Aging & Community Services bus at 219462-4302 for a free door-to-door ride for the legally blind, or 50¢ each way for seniors, $1 each way for others.  Phone a week or two ahead.

Aging and Eye Disease – Low vision?

When you have low vision, eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery may not help. Activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV may be hard to do.

In fact, millions of Americans lose some of their sight every year. While vision loss can affect anyone at any age, low vision is most common for those over age 65.

Low vision is usually caused by eye diseases or health conditions. Some of these include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, diabetes, and glaucoma. Eye injuries and birth defects are some other causes. Whatever the cause, lost vision cannot be restored. It can, however, be managed with proper treatment and vision rehabilitation.

You should visit an eye care professional if you experience any changes to your eyesight.

How do I know if I have low vision?

Below are some signs of low vision. Even when wearing your glasses or contact lenses, do you still have difficulty with-

  • Recognizing the faces of family and friends?
  • Reading, cooking, sewing, or fixing things around the house?
  • Selecting and matching the color of your clothes?
  • Seeing clearly with the lights on or feeling like they are dimmer than normal?
  • Reading traffic signs or the names of stores?

These could all be early warning signs of vision loss or eye disease. The sooner vision loss or eye disease is detected by an eye care professional, the greater your chances of keeping your remaining vision.


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About Verne R. Sanford

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Verne R. Sanford, 75, is professor emeritus of mathematics at Valparaiso University. He retired in 1993 and is currently writing his 24th memoir story. He is president of Valparaiso Low Vision Support Group Inc. He and his wife of 52 years, Marie, have five children and 14 grandchildren. Contact him at 219-464-1867, visit or e-mail

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