Wednesday, August 03, 2016

74

so today is the 74th anniversary of my birth. the number seems unreal to me. seems REALLY old. i think i look at it out of younger eyes. and how does that work? i have some evidence of aging: very thin skin that bruises ridiculously easily (mechanically speaking only, my emotional skin has toughened with age), whatever aging does to eyes that makes lights at night have haloes; finger and toe nails thick and hard to trim, aching body in the am, tiring way too quickly after physical work, other stuff i have  forgotten, did i mention short term memory lapses? i forget.

on the whole though ( i do remember some cliches) i am quite happy to have arrived here in fairly good health. i stand mostly erect. i can still pick up heavy stuff. my blood pressure tends high but is moderated properly by a low dose of meds, the only meds i take. i had colon cancer cut out and haven’t had only indication of relapse. though i bruise easily cuts and abrasions heal quickly. after many years of carpentry i still have all my digits.

what have i learned in 74 years: that i can accomplish as much moving slowly and thoughtfully as i can at top speed and enjoy it more, that i learn more by listening than talking, that measuring twice and cutting once is good, that all i want in an auto is comfort, safety, and reliability, that the kind words of friends and family might indicate that i am not as bad a person as i often think i am,

summing up, in conclusion, and looking back…… what a long strange trip it’s been!

also some words of wisdom...

52 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
    Here's to another great year of measuring twice and morning walks.

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  2. You are no kind of bad person at all, Roger. Happy 74th! You've made it to the halfway point!

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  3. all of that and you're truly fun to walk with, and you give fabulous hugs!

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    1. (((((((())))))) i hope that means hugs in intertubespeak

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  4. Happy birthday. It is amazing to get old, what an experience and not everyone gets it; so we need to make the most of fully living it

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    1. thanks. it does beat the alternative.

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  5. Big birthday smooches to you my darling! From outside looking in, you're still vigorous, active, inquisitive, funny as hell, and a damned good drinking companion. Bravo!

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  6. Happy birthday, Roger! 74's not old; I know because I've been 74 for almost a whole month now, and I'm as young as ever. :)

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  7. Excellent! That's a great photo of you Roger and frankly, you look no where near 74. I wouldn't have pegged you a day over 73. You and Robin continue to light up the world around you in ways that are always fresh and new. Happy happy birthday!

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    1. well see. i am a day over 73. thanks

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  8. Happy Birthday, I'm a few weeks off 65 and feel a little like you do

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    1. thanks. hope you feel good at 74

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  9. Happy 74th. So much more to add to your list ... open mind, great sense of humor, astute sense of politics, and absolute best luck one New Year's eve long ago. Hope you blow-out alllllll those candles today. xxoo

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    1. thank you dear martha. i think there will be one candle representing the many

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  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You sound very wise and you look mahvelous.

    Smokey Bear has a birthday on Saturday. He's only 71.

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  11. Happy birthday! You have cracked the code it seems. You have all that insight and wisdom. (There is hope for me in age.)
    Here is my wish for you - generally speaking: https://youtu.be/SJUhlRoBL8M

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  12. Happy birthday and congratulations on another year!

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  13. Best Birthday wishes to you from Seattle, hope you get a pie or something!

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    1. thanks. hope it's not a cream pie in the face

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  14. Happy Birthday Roger! I know exactly what you mean about "younger eyes." I see things the same way. Love the FFFB cartoon. I used to have a poster of that one.

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  15. Isn't it said that older vines produce better grapes? Plus a few years in the barrels and bottles to develop complexity and there you are, looking gorgeous amongst the blossoms! A happy birthday poster boy, and best wishes for many more.

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    1. well thank you very much. we will not drink wine before it's time. is your own birthday coming up?

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  16. Happy Birthday Roger. Ah to be 74 again. See there is always someone who thinks you are still a puppy. You are looking good---keep enjoying.

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    1. thank you. nice to hear from an elder

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  17. Loved reading your observations, Roger. Happy birthday!

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  18. Congratulations are definitely in order. Regarding your last comment, though (i.e., "i am not as bad a person as i often think i am), I'd like an outside opinion! Wha'da'ya' think, Robin Andrea?

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    1. Scott-- We had a good laugh about your comment. Thank you for that. Roger and I have both mellowed with age, although I suspect we were a good vintage from the beginning!

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  19. Happy Belated Birthday! I think you are doing just fine, and then some, for age! I think all that mental and physical exercise has keep you young...or at least youngish! I will toast to your continued good health with a G&T tonight. And best regards to your lovely wife too!

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  20. hi linda.. thanks. i will toast to your health with wine. best regards to your handsome hubby

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  21. A very wise homily. Happy day!

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  22. What a great birthday party here for you! Sorry to be arriving so late. May your heart always be joyful. May your song always be sung. In love with robin and 74 years young!

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    1. thank you. lots of things are late now. may your life be healthy and happy

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  23. Ah, the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. Words to live by.
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_Im9l8rppvw/TqlYTWp9xJI/AAAAAAAALBk/VLawzwMNU-0/s1600/cover-clip3-crumb-mr-natural-1560970618-778977.jpg

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  24. Happy birthday and congratulations!!

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