How ya'll are?
Today I embark on a new revolution around the sun and whatever excursions that will be traversed along with that. I must admit at times I feel hesitant and reluctant to start the journey but only because I know that at some point in time, I will fail to complete the mission. It happens to everyone. I will not be an exception to that eventual conclusion. Will it be during this expedition or during some future trek into unknown paths of mystery? Only the conclusion will reveal the answer. I never really expected to make as many repetitions around our star as I have. I surmised I would be good for forty-five or so. According to the manner in which I have gone about my existence, I think many would have agreed with that sum. Let's just chalk up the excess as a bonus. That's not to say along the way has not been without obstacles, there have been plenty. A plethora of my own doing. There have been many pros and cons along the route.
I am a chronologically challenged teenager of sixty-something. My only talent is being able to raise one eyebrow (either one). I like to tell myself jokes I never heard before. I LOVE TO LAUGH!!! I have seen and traveled more than most, lived in a large number of places, went to a number of different schools, been exposed to many different and interesting cultures, had several occupations, loved and been loved by a few, and had many good friends along the way some gone some still here and wrestled with my share of grief. I have accumulated more memories than one brain should hold... yet, my mind is never quiet and hungers for more. Reading, music, photography, computers, and travel have been my main interests in my life. There have been others but age has its price and many have been negated but I consider myself lucky and privileged to have been exposed to it all. Good, bad, or indifferent it is responsible for who and what I am today. I would not change a single moment (except maybe the time I revealed my shortcomings during a streaking episode back in my college days). And, the episode with the chicken is best forgotten. Much has happened in the previous years and much has gone. People and places that I'll never have the opportunity to see or visit again. I choose however to not dwell on the things that I won't do or will miss. No regrets! When I pause to reflect on the history of a plain and ordinary country boy, the following will come to mind:
Have you ever been to visit with the Great Buddha at Kamakura, watched shooting stars from the deck of a cabin cruiser in the Gulf of Mexico or enjoyed the view from a hot tub on the porch of a cabin in the rocky mountains, or been mesmerized by watching the "Northern Lights" dance across the sky from a hot springs in Alaska, hiked the Adirondacks, had a pepperoni and mushroom in Mystic, explored Mesa Verde, gone prospecting at Crater of Diamonds State Park, been skating at an ice rink near the base of Mt Fuji, deep sea fishing out of Baja, meandering through the majestic redwood trees at Muir Woods, eaten crabs at Fisherman's Wharf, caught a limit of fresh salmon dipnetting on the Copper River at Chitina, been sightseeing at the Alamo, read a novel by Michael Crichton, been spelunking at Carlsbad Caverns, panned for gold along the Chena river near Fairbanks, gone on a walkabout at Acoma Pueblo, spent time with the elephants at the San Diego Zoo, photographed the Cheetas at Fossil Rim, sampled crawfish at the festival in Louisiana (I would have said LA but some of you think that's Los Angeles, lower Alabama or Los Alamos) or learned to do scrollsaw for an egyptian diorama project, created a crop circle in a Mississippi corn field, or been to Epcot?
Not too shabby for an unexceptional kid who has lived a quiet and ordinary life but never settled for less than what I wanted. Although I have slowed down considerably, I soldier on and hope to share this crazy beautiful universe with you somewhere along the road!