On the lighter side of news today is a lovely, life-affirming story in The Wall Street Journal by E.S. Browning about how retirees are partying it up in Florida. Though they're decades older, they're partying way harder than this writer would ever have the energy for. They're partying like, well, this writer's own parents, who stay up later and exercise more and always seem to be having more fun than she is, even though they're, yes, Florida retirees. Say what you will of Florida. If there is a fountain of youth, it is somewhere in that state.
Nobody does lifestyles of the older and awesome like the Journal, and this piece does not disappoint. Did you hear how people in their 60s are still getting carded? Recall the paper's recent item about how retirees are living large, living in awesome pads that are better than hotels, having fresh sushi made on site and doing Zumba all day, if they feel like it? Well, they're doing that, and in Florida, they're dancing the nights away, too. "It is Friday night at Sneaky Pete's restaurant and bar in Bonita Springs, Fla., and the dance floor is jammed," writes Browning. "A band called The Hype is blasting 'Mustang Sally' and 'Louie Louie,' and the dancers are singing along, hands in the air, booties shaking, bodies sweating."