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Musings on Aging

 

Here is a chuckle for this snowy day.  In my profile on this site I noted that someone said that one of the perks of growing old was that you outlive you enemies.  One of my friends sent me a quotation from well known bard and philosopher Willie Nelson on his 75th birthday.  He said:  I have outlived my pecker.

 

I guess the downside of living to a ripe old age is that you also may outlive many of your best friends.

DLS

March 3, 2009

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Not Everything In Life Is Fair

Remember when you were a kid, and you couldn’t get a cookie, and you begged and pleaded but your parents knew it would ruin your dinner? The argument always ended with you saying “It’s NOT FAIR!” And the reply: Not everything in life is fair.

 

In fact, last night, I learned some things are very unfair.

 

I got an IM from my little sister last night. It simply said, “Steven (Last name) was killed.”

 

Although my first reaction was to say “You lie!” I knew she wouldn’t about one of her very best friends.

 

Steven grew up with my little sister and her other friend. All three of them lived on North Brower St. in Simi Valley, CA. They went to the same elementary school, middle school, and graduated the same high school I did. I watched them grow up. Steven was like a little brother or a cousin to me. Kinda annoying sometimes, but then again, all siblings are. But he was a good kid.

 

He enlisted in the Army. Military runs in his family; his older brother joined the Navy.

 

He was a good kid. Respectful to girls, polite to adults. Kinda awkward looking, but you knew looking at him he would grow into an attractive, handsome young man.

 

Or, would have.

 

As Tuesday transitioned into Wednesday, at 12:40am, Steven was found dead on I-5 in Tacoma, Washington, where he was stationed. His car had crashed through the divider. Toxicologists have not found evidence of alcohol or drugs. I doubt they will; that’s not like Steven. Granted, the military changes a person, but he was a man of character.

 

Steven had a very promising future. Secretly, a little part of me hoped he would return home after the Army and date my sister, because that would be a trustworthy man for her to be with for life. But despite my fantasies, he had a great life ahead of him, and his future only looked even brighter.

 

It’s not fair.

 

–Ryan

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Savagely Stolen News: Italian Laws

Perhaps freedom should be on the march in Italy, where in some places it is now illegal to lie down in a park to read, build sand castles on the beach, or mow your lawn on weekends.

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Savagely Stolen News: Beer Goggles

Science proves beer goggles?

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Ahhh summer…

Went to “The Cove” to swim today with the fam.  It’s a beach on the Nanticoke River, which empties a few miles away into the Chesapeake Bay.  It’s a great place for kids since the waves are tiny.  Definitely a good place to take children to learn to swim before allowing them to brave the waves of the Atlantic in Ocean City, Maryland (known as OC to us locals )or Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (both about 35 miles east of The Cove).

Of course OC is a party sport, especially for college kids, and is chock full of high rises and condos.  I prefer Rehoboth Beach because it has more of a community feel.  The town is still a livable town.  Whereas OC is much more commercialized.  Also I should note that Rehoboth Beach is the east coast beach destination for gays and lesbians.   While it doesn’t matter to me if the beach is shared with homosexuals, I want to paint an accurate portrait of the place for readers.

Cheers,

Tom

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The Tao of Travel II

This is a follow up to the previous post.

Bourdain’s comments inspired me to think about some rules of travel…  Here is what I wrote down in two emails and sent to some friends:

I think it [what Bourdain wrote] is brilliant!

Over the past several years I have really attempted to travel as a lifestyle.  In the beginning you visit Chicago or New York or Paris and come back with tales defining the experience and the place as a whole aka  “France was amazingggggg” .  Something strange happens when you begin to visit new places with some frequency.  You realize that you have not visited “France” as much as you enjoyed a singular experience.  Your trip was limited by your timing, personality, other people on the trip, your health (try having a good sick vacation), etc…  there are a ton of variables that all contribute to the cumulative thing you forevermore will refer to as your “Trip to France”.  I think Tony states as much when he writes, “I encounter some people — or take them along. They show me their lives.  We go some places –meet some friends. I tell you how that felt to me.  THAT’S what we do.”  And I think that is why so many people love the show.  His show is ultimately about his experience- it’s not as much about “look you can do this, too” like many of the other travel shows.  Sure, you can visit some of the same places- and should- but it’s the philosophy of the singular experience that makes his show- and your trip to France- great.  The politics?  Blah.  Travelers are above politics or should be.  It’s about the experience.

***************** 2nd Email********************

My number one rule is to respect the country and their rule.  My
application might be controversial. ..  when I ran with the bulls in
Pamplona, Spain, last year I found out they have the “running of the
nudes”.  No, no don’t get excited.  It’s a bunch of PETA people without
the balls/ovaries to actually run in the buff.  Instead, they wear
bathing suits and run through the streets protesting the run.  Now I am
all for the good people of Spain demonstrating, but I, as a US citizen,
do not think it is right for other Americans to travel to another
country and protest.  To belabor the point, I was against the Iraq war
from the beginning, but when I attended a concert by Canadian band
Skinny Puppy in Ohio and they were protesting America I was likewise
turned off.

Perhaps I watched too many original star trek episodes, but for me, the
prime directive of not interfering with “alien” cultures should be
respected.  I’m there to observe the culture and enjoy it, not try to
change it to favor mine (which would kinda defeat the point of
traveling).

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Welcome My Newest Family Member!

Chief Avenir

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Chief Avenir

Ever since I first laid my eyes on a Cigar Store Indian in the late 70’s I have wanted one.  Today I was able to acquire one and love it.  It’s going to look amazing in my den/cigar lounge.

Cheers,

Tom

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