Here’s one upside to being senior.

When I turned fifty-five I wasn’t altogether happy about it. But I did feel happy about getting senior discounts. They sweetened my outlook on joining the ranks of the senior demographic. A few years later it got even better.  Denny’s rolled out their “55+ menu,” at the back of the main menu. It had fixed discounted prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

It was a huge improvement over its long-time practice of taking ten percent off regular menu items.  Especially since the ten percent only applied to dinner; breakfast and lunch were full price, no matter how ancient you were. And to get the discount we old-timers had to eat at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon! That is just too darned early to eat dinner, in my book. I always got hungry again later and had to eat another dinner. Eating two dinners is not good for the waistline, or the wallet. It nullified the ten percent discount.

Now, with their cool new 55+ menu that’s valid anytime, I don’t turn into a pumpkin at 5:00 anymore. I can eat dinner, or lunch or breakfast for that matter, whenever I darn well please, at midnight or three in the morning if I like. And I still get that tasty reduced price. And since I don’t have to eat dinner twice, I can save up the money I used to spend on my second meal for something fun—like Zumba shoes or kayaking lessons. I may be a senior but I’m not ready for the rocking chair yet.  

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