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This story speaks to the very heart of reaching The Age of Seniority.
Question: “C’mon, Man! What’s The Catch?”
Answer: “There Isn’t One!”
Explanation: There are three categories of people who visit “Stories for Boomers & Seniors.”
Category #1: Readers read the stories for the simple enjoyment they derive. They understand there is no cost for them to read whatever they want, whenever they want. Every now and then, though, a skeptical Reader will ask the inevitable question: “C’mon, Man! What’s The Catch?” My answer? “It gives me pleasure.” Ba-Da-Be, Ba-Da-Bing!
Category #2: Writers tell their stories for the simple enjoyment they derive. They understand there is no cost for them to submit original stories for publication here. But every once in a while, a skeptical Writer will ask that inevitable question: “C’mon, Man! What’s The Catch?” And my answer is always the same: “There Isn’t One!” Ba-Da-Be, Ba-Da-Bing!
Category #3: Re-publishers are, first and foremost, publishers in the business of producing and marketing an endless variety of Magazines and/or Newspapers. They sell advertising space to businesses who pay for the audience the magazine/newspaper delivers, no different than radio and TV stations sell advertising time to businesses who pay for the audience they hope to capture. That’s how the game of advertising works, after all. So I fully understand why they have a difficult time understanding why I don’t charge them a penny to Re-publish any of my stories!
“C’mon, Man! What’s The Catch?” they ask with a frown.
“There Isn’t One!” I answer with a smile.
“So, how do you make money on this?”
“C’ mon, Man! There’s gotta be a catch here somewhere! Nobody does anything for nothing!”
“Actually, I do it ‘not for nothing’, but for the pleasure it gives me.”
And that speaks to the very heart of reaching The Age of Seniority. There’s certainly nothing immoral about earning an honest buck. When you’re young and hungry, you value the dollar for what it will provide for your family. Today, many Boomers and Seniors have reached the stage in life where they place a higher value on the satisfaction they derive from contributing pleasure to others. As for me, I’m old enough and wise enough to understand that conquering a new challenge means more to me than a dollar. Don’t believe me? You’ll get there one day. Ba-Da-Be, Ba-Da-Bing!
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