The Chief Turns 50!


Well, I’ve finally reached that critical milestone: the half century mark.  I honestly can’t believe it.  And, I’ll be damned if I still don’t look a day over 47!

I probably have about as many years ahead of me as behind me.  But, despite a lifetime of worrying about the small details, I wouldn’t trade it in for anything.  I could easily reflect on what I haven’t achieved by now: I never got married; never had kids; didn’t join the U.S. Navy like I’d wanted 25 or so years ago; still haven’t gotten my novel published; haven’t visited Yosemite; didn’t invest in that turbo penis pump.

But, I’d rather reflect on what I have achieved: I did finish that novel; I earned my college degree; I’ve become closer to my family; I got hold of my alcohol problems; I learned not to let stupid crap bother me all the time; I didn’t waste money on that turbo penis pump.

I consider the alternative to turning 50 – never getting there!  In September, I wrote about the 20th anniversary of the death of one of my best friends.  He was just a month shy of his 32nd birthday.  I look at the casualty lists of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and almost cry at the ages of the young victims.  I don’t want to get sentimental on you folks, but it makes me thankful for this birthday and every birthday.  Thanks to all of you for your visits and comments!

Image courtesy of Planet Minecraft.


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8 responses to “The Chief Turns 50!

  1. Al

    Hope your birthday is a good one. I am a great many years from that number yet. Okay, four hehe. Seriously. Have a good birthday and have a drink or three for me

  2. Happy belated Birthday. I just read your last post…that was intense…glad you’re still here! Good writing! 🙂

  3. Happy Birthday! As my step-dad says, it’s better than the alternative. And I’m glad you saved your money on that turbo pump… 😉

  4. Chief, sorry I missed your birthday but so glad I visited your post today. I smiled, I laughed, I smiled, I blushed 🙂 Hope you had a most wonderful day. BTW Get that novel published!

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