menopausebarbees
... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

For The Men Only…

As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to give a huge Thank You to all of our readers!Since our launch in July, our stats page shows we have had 7,109 visitors!Who will be number 7,110?

It’s important toexpress that although our title is Menopausebarbees- it’sNOT for the ladies only.Our content shares current and relevant information which hopefully both sexes will find entertaining, news worthy, uplifting and thought provoking.

Some of the subjects we have tackled include:Defining Success, A Hungry Muppet, Our Daddy the Landlord, Sandusky and Shame at Penn State, The 3 A.M. Pee Pee Shuffle, Foster Kids, Choosing Charities, Mourning your own Life, A day at a German Flee Market, and the Difference between a Cougar and a T-Rex.

Who are we?

We are thevoice oftwo sisters. Between us, wehave 101 years (no doing the math please), 3 kids, 3 husbands, and 2 ex-husbands. Tracie has lived in Germany for over 25 years and has spent time in some of the most exotic cities and countries on the planet. I on the other hand live in Seattle, but describe myself as social, resourceful, and shameless- so you never know where I might be.

Two years ago, I won the prize for the longest commute to work. I navigated life in Seattle as the Chief Marketing Officer for the Newark Bears Baseball Team and traveled between my homein the Pacific Northwest and the East Coastweekly.

Our experiences range from the brilliant to the bizarre and we are here to talk about them.

For years, it was said womenare communicators and spoke on average 20,000 words per day compared to a man with7,000. A new study has shown these stats are changing and now males and females each speak on average 16,000 words per day.

I have found that males have just as much need for bonding as their female counterparts. Perhaps it still appears as non verbal.Men utilize their time having beers with their buddies in crowded loud bars, watching sporting events, or working out together, but apparently they are getting their words in!

My male friends -Menopausemen- yes, I believe men go through the change, right along with us girls. Theyhave the same insecurities, and anxieties, and face the same trials and tribulations that come with age.

Men have equal financial stress, child rearing concerns and aging parent issues that women have. They don’t like losing their hair on their heads, gaining hair in their nostrils and ears, getting wrinkles,and a beer belly thatrivals Santa Claus.Men are just as vain-so I say, why not blog about it?
Let’s discuss how to embrace the next phase and your distinguished Gentlemanliness!I recall as a child alwaysviewing my father as invincible. There was never a problem that he couldn’t cure.

During the late 70’s, my father was a Menopauseman. He wasfacing50, and along with mama, hewas raising 3 daughters andbusiness was disastrous.

Boeing, Seattle’s multinational aerospace and one of the largest global aircraft manufacturers plummeted.The Boeing bust had the workforce cut from 80,400 to 37,200. Signswere hung on street lights that said, ‘Will the last person to leave Seattle turn out the lights?’

Being in the real estate business, vacancies surged as residents struggled to find work.Squatters dwelled in units and could not pay.Interest rates were in the high teens. Daddy waspleading with the banks to get mortgage moratoriums ceasing or deferring payments.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, so Daddy’s unconventionalacts included putting pickets on the banks to get relief.

Mama was mortified, and Daddy’s response was-If I’m drowning and you can’t swim, thenleave me the hell alone!Mamaexclaimed that she feared foreclosure on the propertieswhich had been such a challenge to acquire.

Daddy fumed and finallysaid, “Don’t you think I get scared too?”

Daddy afraid? I couldn’t fathom that Daddy was actually admitting fear. He had always been ourcourageous leader.Now asa menopausebarbee,I admire how he went through the tremendous trepidation and did what he had to do to survive.

He picketed the banks and after exhausting negotiations, he got his loans redesigned and manageable. I learned a lesson about men that day.Although men often appear stoic and believe they can carry the weight of the world, they too have anxiety and uncertainty. Like women, men have to release it,share it, and figure it out. So, withthat being said, please don’t let the title menopausebarbees fool you and join us!

After all, Menopause starts with the word MEN!And we have a lot to Mention!

Daddy as a menopauseman circa 1970′s.