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The Chief at 51

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Wow! I’m 51 today. That’s more than half a century. So, what? I feel pretty good. I’m certainly glad to make it to this age. The alternative isn’t pleasant. I think of the few people I know who died well before 51 and I certainly can’t be thankful enough that I’ve lived this long. Each day I wake up gives me another chance to make my life better.

I do have a few simple wishes:

  • That my parents’ health improves long enough for me to get their life stories on video. They’re not celebrities, but they’ve led some interesting lives and have some great tales to share.
  • That my dog lives a few more years. He’s 12 now, which apparently puts him in the same age bracket as my parents. He’s only the second dog I’ve ever own, but he’s made realize what’s important in life.
  • To get my novel published within the next few months. I’ve worked on this thing longer than most DVD players have been around, so it’s way past time to get it into print. Being a professional, published writer is all I’ve ever wanted to do with my life anyway. I know it’s a tough business, but I can imagine no better profession for me.
  • To see my freelance writing career take off. Business or technical writing is the second greatest passion I have – somewhere after lifting weights and sleeping nude.
  • To find a box with $1 million in cash somewhere on the side of the road.

Okay, maybe getting my novel published now is a bit of a stretch. But who says we can’t dream extravagantly?

I don’t know why I’ve made it to this age, nor do I know why I’ve gone through all the crap I’ve experienced. I’ll find out one day. But it’s brought me here. And my life isn’t done yet. I don’t know how much longer I have, but I want to make up for all the lost years of being terrified of the future. Here’s to more time on Earth with the people I love and care for the most!

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The Chief Turns 50!

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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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The Chief Turns 49!

For real!  Not 50, not 51 – 49!  Damnit!  I can hardly wait until I turn 50, which is a major milestone in anyone’s life.  But, getting to 49 is good enough because it means I’ve made it another year.  I’ll do what I do most every birthday: reading, writing, a visit to the gym, a few alcoholic beverages and top it off with a hellacious orgasm.  I mean, come on!  Every birthday is special!  You never know when you’ll have another!

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