It seems only fitting that this last blog post of 2015 is my 100th. I never really intended to write a blog. I was humming along three years ago, writing on a regular basis but only sharing my stories with family and friends.
At Christmastime that year, my two sons sat me down and gave me a “talking to”. They said, “You’ve been writing for the last 30 years but you aren’t doing anything with your work. What’s the point of having this body of work if you don’t show it to anyone?”
Oh my, the tables had turned. They made me promise to submit my writing for publication and then my oldest son added, “And you should really be writing a blog too. I can help you figure out how to do that.”
There’s nothing like getting a swift kick in the pants by one’s adult children.
Fast forward to today. I have one book (The Button Box) published and a second one (Which Came First) coming out in early 2016. I wrote both stories many years ago. I’ve been a contributing writer for Lifestyles of Denton County Magazine for two years, and I will celebrate the second anniversary of my blog in early March.
Today, I’m writing my 100th post for Walk Down The Lane. The name of my blog and the concept for it, were inspired by my grandmother, Pearl Ritchie Barrett Wood. If she were alive today, she would be 101 years old.
According to the United States Census Bureau, only 0.02 percent of the American population lives to the ripe old age of 100. Women tend to live longer than men and four-fifths of those over the age of 100 are women.
According to a paper published in the Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, people who live to be 100 or older have seven things in common:
- They don’t smoke.
- They have a good socioeconomic status and can afford healthcare.
- They have a mom who lived to an old age.
- They maintain high cognitive function.
- They have a healthy weight and good posture.
- They use a walker if they need one and thus are less likely to fall.
- They wear glasses and are less likely to have an accident.
So now that you know how to live to be 100, here’s some fun trivia about the number 100 in honor of my 100th post:
*One hundred years is called a century and those who live to be 100 or older are called centenarians.
*A googol (not to be confused with Google) is written as the digit 1 followed by one hundred 0s.
*The United States $100 bill is the largest denomination that has been printed since 1969 when the larger denominations…$500, $1000, $5000, and $10,000 bills…were retired.
*Benjamin Franklin’s portrait is on the $100 bill and the denomination is commonly referred to as “Bens”, “Benjamins” or Franklins.
*The Roman numeral for 100 is the letter C.
*The only NBA player to score 100 points in a game is 7’ 1” Wilt Chamberlain who played for the Philadelphia Warriors at the time. This happened on March 2, 1962 in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks and his record has held for 53 years.
*At any given time there are about 2,000 thunderstorms around the world and approximately 100 lightning strikes to earth per second.
*There are 100 senators in the United States Senate…two for each of our 50 states.
*100° Celsius is the boiling point of water.
*The first coast-to-coast phone call between San Francisco and New York City was 100 years ago in January of 1915.
*The synthetic element Fermium has the atomic number 100.
*According to Zillow, the median home price in the United States today is $177,600. According to census records from one hundred years ago in 1915, the median home price then was $3,200.
*If you save $100 a month over 20 years at a 7% rate of return, you would have $52,092.67 after 20 years.
*Finally, there is a current television series on The CW Network called “The 100”. It’s set 97 years after a nuclear war has wiped out almost all life on Earth and the only known survivors are living on 12 space stations when the war happens. In the show, 100 juveniles are sent back to our planet to see if it is possible to live on Earth again.
If you know of other “100” trivia, feel free to post it in the comments!
Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year in 2016!