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UCLA Baby Boomers remember: Tommy Prothro in Rose Bowl Hall of Fame

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Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

If you’re a UCLA Baby Boomer alum or fan, you’ll remember Tommy Prothro.

At a time in the 1960s when the Westwood campus was agog over John Wooden’s basketball greats, football took a back seat to the hoops.

And then along came Tommy Prothro.

The late Prothro, who coached UCLA to its first Rose Bowl victory, was among two former players and a sports columnist inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Sunday.

The other inductees were former USC running back Ricky Ervins, former Minnesota defensive lineman Bobby Bell and sports columnist Art Spander.

The ceremony and luncheon was held in a tent in the Rose Bowl Stadium’s parking lot.

Former UCLA coach Terry Donahue, a defensive tackle on the Bruins team that upset top-ranked Michigan State in the 1966 Rose Bowl Game for the school’s first victory in college football’s oldest bowl game, spoke on behalf of Prothro, who died in 1995 at the age of 74.

Prothro also coached Oregon State in the 1957 and 1965 Rose Bowl Games and was Duke’s quarterback in the 1942 Rose Bowl Game, which was shifted to Durham, North Carolina following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Ervins was the MVP of the 1990 Rose Bowl Game, running for 126 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries in the Trojans 17-10 victory over Michigan. Ervins also played in the 1988 and 1989 Rose Bowl Games.

Bell anchored the Golden Gophers defense that limited UCLA to 107 yards in Minnesota’s 21-3 victory in the 1962 Rose Bowl Game, its only Rose Bowl Game victory and most recent appearance.

Bell also played for Minnesota in its 17-7 loss to Washington 1961 Rose Bowl Game.

Spander has attended 63 consecutive Rose Bowl Games and covered the last 53. The Dorsey High School and UCLA alumnus started his career in United Press International’s Los Angeles bureau in 1960.

Spander began covering sports full time in 1963 for the Santa Monica- based Evening Outlook as the beat writer for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Spander joined the San Francisco Chronicle in 1965, covering golf, football, baseball and basketball. He became the lead sports columnist for the San Francisco Examiner in 1979.

The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to honor individuals connected with the game. This year’s class increases its membership to 121.

–City News Service and staff

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How to Write and Say a 30-60 Second Introduction

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Have you attended a meeting or have been at a social gathering and someone asks: "What do you do?" One of the best ways to introduce yourself and let people get to know you, and your business is by having a unique message or self-introduction that is short and memorable.

Your self-introduction is sometimes called an "elevator speech- – a 30-60-second introduction of you. The reason is it called" an elevator speech "is that is the approximate time you have riding between floors on an elevator to talk with someone. It you met someone on an elevator who wanted to know who you are, and what you do, you only have about 30- 60 seconds until the elevator stops at the next floor to introduce yourself and let them know who you work with, or what you do, and the services / product you offer.

Your self-introduction needs to be stated in your words, that you feel comfortable telling someone who you are, whether you're on the elevator, attending a social gathering, or attending a meeting. Your introduction lets people learn who you are and decide if they have something in common with you, as well as if they might need or know someone who needs the service / product you offer.

Your introduction should be tailored to the specific people you are meeting.

Your self-introduction is usually a couple sentences that describe a concise summary of:

1 Who you are, and what you do – -and perhaps the service or product you offer

2 why that person may need what you offer, and

3 what distinguishes you and your service or product over others that provides the same service / product.

How To Develop a Self Introduction

Keep your introduction brief. It's an opener, not a complete description of everything you do.

Your 30-60 Second Introduction should be:

1 short

2 concise

3 relevant

4 attention grabbing

5 persuasive

6 a call to action

Your introduction may not appeal to everyone – but that's the point. It's a narrowly targeted message. It's a way of "lasering" who you are and not trying to appeal to everyone you meet. This introduction when stated at networking or business meetings and social events, lets others know who you are, what you do, and decide if they want to learn more about you, and or do business with you.

Five- Step Formula for a Writing Your 30-60-Second Introduction for Business or Networking Meetings

Here is a process to develop your self introduction when attending business or networking meetings. It describes who you serve and what you help them do:

(See the example of what to say typed in blue font below each step.)

1) Name your target market. Start by stating specifically who you work with – who you serve, or what you do.

"I work with empty nesters and baby boomers and professional

2) Describe the main problem, challenge, frustration or need that they have. Describe emotions that your client experiences, by tapping into a deeper need or issue that is of real concern for them.

… Who are exhausted and overwhelmed with daily routines, who are in a toxic relationship with a spouse, family, co-worker, and are feeling stressed out with their job.career ….

3) Describe your solution that will reduce or solve that problem in terms that person can understand. Describe the result s / he can expect to get from working with you. Clearly define how your service or product leads to a long-lasting result or 'bottom line' dollar impact for your client. Use words that will be meaningful to them. State something that will help the person save time, money or solve a particular problem.

I help clients identify what personal or professional goals they want to achieve that will eliminate a problem they have.

4) Add something that is unique about your services or products – something that would differentiate your and make you stand out from your competitors. This is where you help them understand why they would choose you over others who provide a similar service. It might be a method, process, assessment or model you have developed, or specific results you have helped clients achieve.

We work together to get through this as a team and solve these problems.

5) State a call to action – Say a short sentence that requests the listener to

take action now.

Millennials and Baby Boomers the two most Robust Residential Markets • RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News

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This is becoming a very good time to be in real estate, especially against the backdrop of years not far in the rearview mirror. Most likely, the two most robust residential markets in the foreseeable future are millennials and baby boomers. As a real estate professional, it may be tempting to attempt conquering both of these markets but the smart money is probably specializing in one or the other. This article covers trends in the baby boomer market.

Baby boomers are doing it one more time – changing the landscape of society. As the 77 million boomers move into retirement, it’s no longer your great grandfathers’ retirement community. Today’s seniors are more diversified and more active. They continue to be active both physically and mentally.

Beyond Shuffle Board

Senior communities are being forced to move away from simply keeping older people occupied to creating life enrichment activities that boomers are demanding. And this has to be done in an economical manner because the average boomer is about $500,000 short for the life style that they want to live. Because of the monetary short fall, more and more seniors aren’t completely retiring. Instead, they are moving into a semi-retirement lifestyle. On average, seniors working from home earn between $9 and $30 per hour. The bottom line is that senior housing facilities are gravitating towards accommodating part time working seniors. Another change is offering lifetime education and self-improvement services.

While there are stereotypes that older workers are not tech savvy, studies show that many older workers have kept current with technology. Beyond that, these studies show that older workers can still out perform younger workers based on better skills involving organization, sense of responsibility, cooperation with colleagues, and more empathy towards clients. There will be an on going demand for the work services of our aging population.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

The old retirement home and nursing home concepts are fading into the past. The new concept for retirement housing is becoming Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). These are facilities designed around allowing the elderly to progress from an active lifestyle to an assisted living lifestyle, to a full nursing home atmosphere without having to relocate in their later years.

These communities are being designed so that seniors can continue living independently and progress into assisted living as their needs change. Eventually they can move into skilled nursing care accommodations when required (within the same independent neighborhood they are familiar with and have friends in). What today’s seniors are looking for are senior housing options that include independence, choice, and social networking while at the same time remaining in the same community as their health dictates and they eventually require more care.

No Loss of Freedom

The evolution to the CCRC model is partly due to baby boomers not wanting to lose their freedom as long as they are mentally and physically able to continue taking care of themselves. These communities offer a combination of single-family housing, condominiums, and rental apartments. Often, newly retired or semi-retired people first move into a smaller single family home and take care of all of their own needs while still having the security of on-campus assistance if needed.

As times and requirements change, they move into easier to maintain housing arrangements providing needed services. The costs of these arrangements come in three broad contract terms. One is a fully paid lifetime services contract that often costs a million or more. Another is a progressive plan when the costs increase as more services are needed. These are packaged plans that often pay for services not immediately needed but available in the future. The third is a cost-for-service plan that pays for only the services needed at the time. This can include a cost for medicine maintenance that costs for each medication the person is taking. For most people, there is no ironclad way of determining the most cost effective plan unless they know with reasonable certainty how long they will live in retirement and what future services will be needed.

Whether you are a baby boomer entering your retirement years, the adult child of a baby boomer looking to assist them, or an investor interested in the retirement housing market, keep your eye on the market the 77 million baby boomers are just now beginning to redefine.

New Trends

Senior living communities that include golf courses, tennis courts, stand-alone homes, etc. require abundant space that tends to drive them into the suburbs. What some investors are now asking of developers are accommodations that can easily and inexpensively be converted from independent living to assisted living to nursing care as this population continues aging.

Another version adapts inner city structures into full service, last stop facilities. One example is Queen Anne Manor in Seattle, a 93-unit assisted living and memory care (dementia) property. Originally built in 1908 as a children’s hospital, the building has undergone extensive remodeling at a prime inner-city location. With two floors dedicated to memory care, units average about $400,000.

What many investors are shying away from are single service models such as only offering assisted living. While there is plenty of room for growth in this expanded sector, other astute investors are avoiding over developed areas such as Florida, Texas, and Southern California.

Please leave a comment if this article was helpful or if you have a question.

Author bio: Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 30 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years. He also draws upon 25 plus years of business experience including 12 years as a manager at Boeing Aircraft Company. Brian currently lives at Lake Cushman, Washington. A vacation destination, a few short miles from a national forest in the Olympic Mountains with the Pacific Ocean a couple of miles in the opposite direction.

5 Questions to Consider Before Downsizing Your Home

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As retirement approaches, your lifestyle and priorities begin to change. Chances are the days when you wanted more space – the sizeable dream home with the backyard big enough to entertain a growing family – are long gone. Instead, many retirees are looking for convenience, simplicity and accommodations more suited to their needs as "empty nesters." As you approach this new life stage, take time to assess how your current living arrangements suit your changing lifestyle.

Here are five questions to consider as you decide whether downsizing is right for you:

1. Does your home still have the right feel?

A big house that was perfect for a family may seem overly spacious with just one or two inhabitants. It may be time to consider a change if you find that there are under-used rooms in your home or if you're ready for a new environment. However, if you are enjoying the freedom more space brings, then your current house may be just the right fit. That might also be the case if your home is a gathering place for extended family and friends.

2. Is the upkeep sustainable?

In general, a larger house requires more work and regular investment. As you move into retirement, you may want to reduce the stress of cleaning and home projects. If working around the house and yard is something you enjoy, it may make sense to stay put. But, a smaller home will likely be less of a burden, especially if it's move-in ready.

3. Are you ready to de-clutter ?

Moving to a smaller space is a reality check for many people. All of the things you've been accumulating and storing for years probably will not fit in a smaller home if you decide to downsize. That means you need to spend time going through your personal belongings to determine what's of real value and what can go. This can take time, so it's a good idea to get started well before it is time to move.

4. Are there cost savings?

In many situations, a larger house can be sold for a price that is higher than the cost of a smaller home. This could result in a smaller (or no) mortgage and potentially some extra money in the bank. But it is not always so simple. There are costs associated with buying, selling and moving into a new place that could impact your retirement savings if you're not careful. Evaluate how downsizing would affect your budget and review your situation with a financial professional before taking action.

5. Where are you spending your time?

If your retirement dreams include traveling, visiting family or owning a vacation property, you may be away from home more often in retirement than you were in your working years. Having a smaller home that is easier to maintain could make sense in these situations. Alternatively, you may be looking forward to staying put and finally having time to enjoy the home you worked so hard to maintain over the years.

Downsizing does not need to be rushed. Consider your priorities and if you decide to downsize, give yourself plenty of time to do it right.

Best Cities to Practice Acupuncture

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The best cities to practice acupuncture in the United States are those cities where there are more jobs than others in this field, and where the general attitude towards the healing arts is more positive. These cities also tend to have better employment rates in general and more amenities that make them great places to live. If you do not live in one of the best cities to practice acupuncture you do not necessarily need to move; there are opportunities to advance in this career all over the country and around the world, so you can make a niche for yourself anywhere. But if you're already thinking about moving to start your career, any of these US cities would probably be your best bet:

Los Angeles: The healing arts and oriental medicine are very popular in LA, so it's a great place to start your career. There are also many schools here where you can train to become an acupuncturist.

Miami: With a large population of seniors , many of whom are newly retired baby boomers who may look at oriental medicine in a much more positive light than previous generations, you have a large base of potential clientele in this sunny Southern city.

New York: This is a center for all types of medicine and industry, so even though the population is massive and competition is high, this is an excellent place to be for a career in acupuncture.

Portland: You will have no problems finding clients in this environmentally friendly and forward thinking city.

San Diego: This is another hub for healing arts in Southern California, where therapeutic arts and healing medicine have a place to stay.

San Francisco: The City by the Bay is very hospitable to practitioners of acupuncture and the healing arts. There are a number of schools here, and it's a great place to start your career if you can find a base of clientele.

Santa Fe: New Mexico attracts many people who are interested in alternative medicine, and the cost of living is still fairly low in cities like Santa Fe compared to other locations listed here.

Seattle: This is another hub for healing arts on the West Coast.

Helping Baby Boomers Meet Retirement Challenges

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As members of America’s largest generation—the Baby Boom—prepare to retire, benefit managers face a challenge in helping them to navigate their way forward.

Advice on guiding Baby Boomers to plan ahead was recently shared with
SHRM Online by generational sociologist Kim Lear, founder of Minneapolis-based Inlay Insights, which provides businesses with research and advice on cultural trends, and Seth Ravine, consumerism expert for Acclaris, a health benefits technology firm based in Minneapolis.

What generalizations associated with Baby Boomers do benefit advisors and employers need to reconsider?

Kim Lear: A major false generalization about the Baby Boomers is that they are technologically challenged. On the contrary, many have integrated technology into multiple facets of their lives—from posting on social media or banking online to researching virtual medical information.

AARP found that Boomers are 98 percent more likely to visit health websites than the average, younger Internet user. They’re also open to exploring new technologies such as telemedicine and remote diagnostics. Employers should take Boomers’ tech appetite and savvy into account when developing their organizations’ retirement plan programs and offer intuitive tools that are easy to use and that provide highly engaging experiences.

Why are Baby Boomers the wealthiest generation yet the least prepared for retirement?

Seth Ravine: Industry experts
predict that Baby Boomers will remain the wealthiest generation until 2030, accumulating nearly $26 trillion in financial assets. This unprecedented wealth can be largely attributed to three key factors:

  • The sheer size of this generation of more than 80 million individuals.
  • More income earners due to social shifts, such as women marrying later in life (if at all) and surging divorce rates.
  • Higher education levels, which enabled many Boomers to secure top-paying jobs.

Yet all of this wealth was not accumulated with retirement in mind. The expectation that retirement savings will not be a major source of retirement income is reflected in a 2015 Government Accountability Office study, which found that Americans ages 55 to 64 with retirement savings have saved an average of $104,000. If that amount were used to purchase an annuity, it would typically yield income of less than $600 per  month.

Of greater concern,
only 55 percent of Baby Boomers have any money saved and set aside for retirement, a recent study found, and their Social Security benefits may be largely consumed by
expenses for health care.

And though most are underprepared for retirement,
life expectancy rates continue to climb. Baby Boomers now face an average retirement of 20 to 30 years. During this period,
at least 60 percent of Boomers will experience more than one chronic health condition. That’s why it’s so critical for them to be proactive in planning for their post-career lives.

One way to do this is by using
health savings accounts (HSAs), which are paired with high-deductible health plans, to save and invest tax-free for medical expenses in the future. As
part of a long-term strategy, HSAs can help ease the rising financial burden of health care in retirement.

[SHRM members-only toolkit:

Designing and Administering Defined Contribution Retirement Plans
]

How are Baby Boomers redefining planning strategies?

Lear: Their collective willingness to try new things, adapt and improve extends to the way Boomers approach their health. Though many have or face chronic conditions, they recognize the need to change, have committed to live healthier lifestyles and have taken a more active role in their health and wellness options.

Boomers are drawn to technology that can help navigate the all-to-often convoluted health insurance and benefits selection and enrollment experience. Similarly, they seek digital health care tools that can help simplify transactions and insurance claims processes, keep them informed and up-to-date, and provide assurance that they’re supported and in good hands for the long run.

Ravine: Despite the doom and gloom around the Baby Boomer retirement crisis, this generation has demonstrated a willingness to change, adapt and improve. That’s why, as mentioned, many Boomers are turning to HSAs to help get their retirement planning back on track.

It’s our job to ensure Boomers are fully prepared for the next chapter of their lives as they enter their retirement years. This means developing retirement plan programs with their needs and attitudes in mind, ensuring a continued two-way dialogue, leveraging tools that offer a fully integrated experience and finding new ways to automate and simplify processes. By doing so, we can help make their retirement the “golden years” that they are meant to be.

Related SHRM articles:

Retirement Plan Education—Take It to the Next Level,
SHRM Online Benefits, May 2014

Helping Employees Plan for Retirement,
HR Magazine, March 2014

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Baby Boomers Find Immune System Support from Mannatech’s Manapol®

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COPPELL, Texas–()–Mannatech®,
Incorporated
(NASDAQ: MTEX), a global health and wellness company
committed to transforming lives to make a better world, is making its
renowned Manapol powder, the highest grade aloe vera gel extract product
in the world, available as part of its Lunar New Year celebration, a
perfect fit for baby boomers that are seeking a way to bolster their
healthy immune system.

Mannatech’s Manapol powder is one of the purest, most potent derivatives
of aloe vera gel available. The Glyconutrients contained in Mannatech’s
Manapol product make this an excellent source of cell-to-cell
communication support*. Along with supporting the immune system, regular
use of Manapol powder also supports the gastrointestinal system*.

With increased age, key elements of the immune system can weaken, which
can adversely affect a person’s overall health and wellness. Mannatech’s
Manapol powder can help support a healthy immune system, helping to keep
it strong over time.*

“Manapol is one of the most valuable nutritional supplements available
because of its potent ability to support our immune system, which is so
critical as we grow older,” said Dr. Steve Nugent, Mannatech’s Global
Wellness Director and Chairman of Mannatech’s Global Scientific Advisory
Board. “Most people are familiar with the benefits of the aloe vera
plant when used on the skin. Its powerful topical benefits have been
appreciated for centuries, and we’ve been able to harness key benefits
of aloe vera gel for the inside of the body. As we age, the immune
system often needs additional support, and Manapol is uniquely designed
to support a healthy immune system and improve our daily wellness. The
wonderful benefits of aloe captured in Manapol can give our health a
leg-up so we can enjoy our lives to the fullest.”*

What makes Mannatech’s Manapol powder so potent is based on the amount
of acemannan extracted and stabilized from the aloe plant. Acemannan is
a powerful polysaccharide abundant in aloe vera leaf gel. Many of the
beneficial properties provided by fresh aloe vera gel have been
attributed to acemannan.

Recently, Mannatech announced
an agreement with Natural Aloe Costa Rica as an exclusive supplier of
premium Manapol powder. Natural Aloe Costa Rica has worked closely with
Mannatech for many years to develop the most potent and pure aloe vera
gel extract available. This includes its innovative and proprietary
extraction processes that ensure the gel extract is as pure and potent
as possible and that its aloe gel powder is rich in acemannan and will
not weaken over time. Additionally, Natural Aloe Costa Rica employs
cutting edge farming techniques that produce aloe vera plants that yield
a higher volume of aloe gel containing acemannan.

To take advantage of the Manapol Lunar New Year special, call (800)
281-4469.

To begin changing your life or the lives of those around you, please
visit Mannatech.com.

About Mannatech

Mannatech, Incorporated, offers a profound wellness experience through a
financially rewarding opportunity that makes a difference in the lives
of people across the world. Through its innovative Glyconutrition
products, Mannatech changes lives, providing an unprecedented level of
natural wellness, freedom and purpose.* With more than 20 years of
experience and operations in more than 26 markets, Mannatech is
committed to changing lives. For more information, visit Mannatech.com.

Please note: This release contains “forward-looking statements”
within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as
amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended,
and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These
forward-looking statements generally can be identified by use of phrases
or terminology such as “intend” or other similar words or the negative
of such terminology. Similarly, descriptions of Mannatech’s objectives,
strategies, plans, goals or targets contained herein are also considered
forward-looking statements. Mannatech believes this release should be
read in conjunction with all of its filings with the United States
Securities and Exchange Commission and cautions its readers that these
forward-looking statements are subject to certain events, risks,
uncertainties and other factors. Some of these factors include, among
others, Mannatech’s inability to attract and retain associates and
members, increases in competition, litigation, regulatory changes and
its planned growth into new international markets. Although Mannatech
believes that the expectations, statements and assumptions reflected in
these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cautions readers to
always consider all of the risk factors and any other cautionary
statements carefully in evaluating each forward-looking statement in
this release, as well as those set forth in its latest Annual Report on
Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and other filings filed
with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including its
current reports on Form 8-K. All of the forward-looking statements
contained herein speak only as of the date of this release.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
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or prevent any disease.

Filipina Dating Tips – Few Notes to Keep in Dating a Pinay

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What are the best Filipina dating tips? Many foreign men would want to date or have a Filipina for a a wife. The Filipina is mysterious and familiar at the same time. Many foreign men who married a Filipina always ends up enriched and fulfilled in life. The following are tips when dating a Filipina.

Filipina women put in a lot just to look good on a date. Make sure that you should make an effort to look good, to complement her looks and to show that you care for her. Do not forget to compliment her on the way she looks. Make sure you are on time as well. See to it that you arrive before she does to create an impression.

Always make it fun for the both of you. Make it as enjoyable as possible because that what dates should turn out to be. Give full attention by looking into her eyes and be interested in what her likes and dislikes are because it is where your questions will stem out. It will be a plus factor for you because she will see that you are really interested with her. Do not forget to be interesting yourself.

Attraction creates good friction and it can be sensed by your Filipina date, so make sure you are attracted to her before actually asking her out. Put interest on her family background, it will open more doors for the both of you. Take note that Filipino families are the closely knitted. Your Filipina girl draws her strength and inspiration from her families. If you’re lucky, she might ask you to visit her family. That means a plus factor for you.

One of the things you should never do to your Filipina date is lie. Eventually she will find out and all your efforts will be put to waste. Be courteous to your date by never going on a date drunk. Do not bring your date in second rate and dark places. Ask about the famous dating places in the place you are in. But of course, these Filipina dating tips are not assurances that you would have a successful outcome in a date so use your sound judgment as well.

Technology is making baby boomers total losers

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A few weeks ago, I rode in a friend’s Tesla. Although the futuristic car is famous for its chargeable engine, self-driving capabilities and winged doors that open invitingly, my pal couldn’t wait to show me the sedan’s most mind-blowing feature: It parallel parks by itself — perfectly.

I feigned amazement, but thought something else: This is one more skill of mine that has just become obsolete.

I’m a below-average driver but an awesome parallel parker. I’ve gotten my Volkswagen Passat into impossibly tight spaces. Grown men stand curbside and marvel over my bumper-to-bumper artistry.

Imminently, however, the thrill of this feat will be gone. Soon, non-Elon Musk-made cars will park themselves while I fiddle with the satellite radio.

Some Teslas parallel-park themselves, making people who’ve mastered the skill feel archaic.Tesla Motors

I was once also great at remembering phone numbers and possess the kind of artful penmanship that’s difficult to read but wondrous to behold. Alas, these things are not all that impressive in a touch-screen world, and my talents have already begun to fade. I can’t recite my kids’ cellphone numbers by heart and, on more than one New York Post assignment, I’ve tapped notes into my iPhone rather than scrawling beautiful, indecipherable details onto the pages of my notepad.

Bummed though I may be, growing reliance on digital conveniences is not all bad. Google is a godsend for guys such as myself. It’s nice to be able to do quick background searches and effortlessly snag elusive phone numbers. Plus, when it comes to GPS software, I assume a worshipful position — map-reading is not my strong suit.

Most troubling of all, however, is that new tech serves as a leveler, making coolness too easy to fake.

I was once great at remembering phone numbers and possess the kind of artful penmanship that’s difficult to read but wondrous to behold.

Back in the day, if you wanted style-quaking books, music and clothes, you had to physically seek them out. I remember proudly scoring the first Sex Pistols single at Bleecker Bob’s in the Village. That circle of UK-made vinyl landed me instant cachet among the three people in my suburban New Jersey hometown impressed by such a score. I found crazy-cool jackets in church-sponsored thrift shops and haunted musty bookstores for obscure volumes such as Patti Smith’s “Seventh Heaven,” signed and sitting on the counter at the old Gotham Book Mart.

Possession of hard-won books and albums provided an easy way to vet potential friends. Countless times, I went to people’s homes and scouted shelves to see if their tastes would make them worth palling around with. What can you do today — steal someone’s Kindle to see if they’re reading the good stuff?

So, as 2017 drops, with new technology surely poised to come into vogue, I’m not going to mourn the diminishing importance of my top talents and ability to subtly sniff out pseudocool people.

But don’t be surprised if I demand that you hit shuffle on your iPhone and play the first dozen songs — without skipping the Hall & Oates. Then we’ll see who’s friend-worthy.