I turned 49 earlier today in case you weren’t awoken to the sound of the huge display of fireworks over the city at midnight, nor the huge marching band parading up my street serenading the three block area surrounding the Palatial Estates and you probably didn’t hear the polka band that had set up shop in our kitchen (unless you were one of the many well-wishers lined up on the sidewalk and driveway…awaiting your chance to say something catchy and memorable on this…Friday February 6th….the day of my 49th birthday and the beginning of the year now known as “50 Eve” for yours truly. If you didn’t make it by now….don’t sweat it….you’ve got 364 days left to surprise me with something.
My 48th year went pretty darn well, honestly. Here are a few highlights:
- Oldest daughter got a career job that she loves.
- Another year of marriage to my smokin’ hot wife Connie Sue. I continue to delight her so much that her brain sometimes confuses “joy” with “utter distain” at the sounds, scents and sights that a middle-aged man like yours truly “puts out there” for her enjoyment. Silly girl.
- I umpired varsity baseball…a goal of mine that was met.
- I received a post-season basketball tournament game assignment just a few days ago. That was a huge goal of mine and, Thank God, with the help of my mentor and officiating partners…got that recognition! (in only my third year for gosh sakes!)
- We continue to celebrate my Mom’s good health. She’s still full of piss and vinegar in her 80′s…the stubborn ol’ German that she is. We love her to death.
- Connie and I are now “empty-nesters” and are planning vacations for just the two of us.
- Seeing my classmates from high school at our reunion. Thirty years later…they’re just terrific people.
No “birthday blog” would be complete without a goofy photo of the celebrant in their early years. Here’s your dose of laughter America. You’re welcome.
Here’s a throwback photo….me chasing a kid from Oxford Junction at a Junior Varsity game in ’83.
My Junior year student ID….because…you know…EVERYBODY was trying to attend Bennett High illegally since it was such a cool-ass place to go to and learn about wielding (both arc and gas), no-till farming, crop rotation and Consumer Math (after I dropped Algebra). My graduating class in ’84 was 24 kids. Twelve boys. Twelve girls. We could have probably done without the photo ID’s. In that community….if we did something wrong…our parents probably knew about it before we got home from doing it….or shortly thereafter.
How many blessings do I have in my life…..?
And lastly….I actually enjoy the music of the early 80’s (and this is from the generation that brought you Dee Snyder’s Twisted Sister to the for front). Simple, fun and bouncy songs that make you happy. One of my favorites is Diesel’s Sausalito Summernight. An obscure song from a foreign group that got into the Top 40 enough to be heard but quickly forgotten. Thank God for YouTube. Here they are, getting together for a tribute concert…rockin’ it better now…than back then. See if you remember it.
Thanks for reading. God bless.