Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Random things I am thankful for today:

My health is good and my job is fun.

Perfect blue skies here today.  Cold but comfortable.

AML, my awesome sister.  She lives a thousand miles away from me but I will see her soon.

My friend LS in NC.  I don’t think I could be where I am today if I didn’t have her friendship and support for the past four years.

My friend PC in Louisiana.  I’ve known her most of my life and her friendship and support were also invaluable.

My friend LV in Wisconsin.  We’ve been friends for thirty years.  We don’t agree on politics or religion but we do agree on being supportive friends for each other no matter what.  And I am always happy for her that in her forties she finally found the man she had been looking for her whole life.

I’m thankful for my spontaneous decision in the middle of the grocery store last weekend … to buy a turkey for myself.  It is cooking right now.  Hope I do it right.

My new friend JH who invited me over for a Thanksgiving breakfast this morning.  Bloody Mary’s at 10 in the morning on t-day … that’s a new one in my story-telling repertoire.

Surprisingly I am thankful for at least part of the time I had with my ex.  The good part that I will remember long after the bitterness fades away is that she helped me learn to love dogs and nature.

And honestly, I have to high-five myself today.  I have always believed in the power of visualization.  Picture something you want and there is a good chance you will get it or something like it.  A few years ago I stopped wallowing in the crappy life I had and pictured the life I wanted to have, the life that is truly me.  A year ago I made the big leap and now I am living that life!  That is something I am very thankful for.

Enough about me, how is your day?  Year?  Life?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

We Could Use Him Now

Despite the flaws we learned about him in the past fifty years, he was still a great President.  We haven't had one as good since.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Some Random Notes

Nothing profound churning in my brain this week, so here are a few random notes about my last week or two:

I went to a black tie event last week, a fundraiser for the local chapter of the National Kidney Foundation.  First time I wore a tuxedo in fifteen years; and I also wore a mask for a little while because it was a ‘masquerade’ theme.  I went alone, sat at a table of total strangers, had great conversations, bid on four silent auction items and was the high bidder for three.  All for a great cause.

Speaking of dressed up, I wore a suit to work today.  I never really have to do that.  Jeans are the norm where I work, but I do like to dress up.  The reason this time is that I was asked to give a short speech at the board meeting for another non-profit organization I regularly promote in my radio shows. Quite the honor to meet the people who make that organization possible.  Click on the words Drunk Driving on the right side of my blog for more info about them.

I’m wearing sweat pants and a House of Blues t-shirt now.  Thought I’d mention that while we’re talking about clothes.

My social life has taken a nice turn for the better lately.  More about that later.  Or not.  Let’s just say a certain amount of normalcy has returned to my life.

I’m taking myself out on a date next week to see A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre in DC.  I probably mentioned this in an earlier blog post.  I love that play. The message I get from it: don’t let life get in the way of living and don’t get so stuck in one pursuit that you forget who you are and the impact you can have on other people.  I saw it at Ford’s the first year I lived around here and have wanted to see it there again since then.  Finally doing it.

Guitar lessons are coming along nicely.  I’m learning structure and patterns relating to improvising blues songs.

The personal trainer thing is working out nicely too although the results are sometimes hard to measure.  I’m down two belt notches, which means I’m almost down a whole pants size.  New clothes are in my future.  My balance and breathing are improving and so is my posture; all of those are goals.  I’m not buff yet.  That isn’t actually a goal but I’ll be happy if it happens.  Aging sucks and I plan to put it off as long as I can.

I need to get more sleep than I normally do.  And with that in mind, I’ll post this and turn out the lights.  Thanks for visiting.  Goodnight.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

50 Years

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy.  Fifty years!  If you’re in your 40s or younger, that event and that day are things you learned about in history class or from your parents.  You might know the details but you didn’t live it and your reference points are second-hand.

If you are a mid or upper Boomer, you know it and feel it.  Maybe you are old enough to remember the event that Friday and the continuing developments and mystery through the weekend.  Maybe you remember the assassin being assassinated on live TV that Sunday.  Or maybe you were just old enough to remember your parents’ reaction to what was going on even if you didn’t understand much about it.

Fifty years later the conspiracy theories continue.  Was it the lone gunman?  Was he just the fall guy in a bigger plot?  Why did the owner of a Dallas strip club decide to kill the alleged assassin before there was any real proof that he was guilty? Why was evidence destroyed? There have been many television documentaries airing this month and if you know me in person, it doesn’t surprise you that I’ve been watching them.

Moments before three shots rang out.

There are some crazy coincidences between the Kennedy and Lincoln assassinations.  Odd things like both Lincoln’s and Kennedy’s Vice Presidents were named Johnson.  Both Presidents were shot in the back of the head in the presence of their wives.  Both shootings happened on a Friday.  Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre; Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln, manufactured by Ford.  Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy.

Lincoln was elected in 1860, Kennedy in 1960 and that leads to another string of eerie coincidences: between 1840 and 1960, every President elected in a year divisible by 20 died in office, either by assassination or natural causes.  Harrison (1840), Lincoln (1860), Garfield (1880), McKinley (1900), Harding (1920), Roosevelt (1940) and Kennedy (1960).  Reagan almost continued the ‘curse’; he was elected in 1980 and nearly died in an assassination attempt shortly after taking office.  Bush (2000) broke the curse.

A list of ‘great’ Presidents often includes Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Kennedy and Reagan.  I don’t agree with the last one but he usually ends up on such a list.  Washington, Jefferson and Reagan served two full four-year terms.  Roosevelt was in his fourth when he died; two terms is the maximum allowed now.  Another Lincoln-Kennedy coincidence … Lincoln did all that he did in just over one term and Kennedy was in office less than one whole term.

National and international events often serve as benchmarks for a generation, occurrences that shape the lives of those who lived through them … a war, an assassination, a terrorist attack.  The date becomes a point of light shining on our memory, serving to remind us how we felt and what we might have learned.  In recent years that date might be September 11th, the day of terrorist attacks.  For seniors it is “December 7th, 1941, a date that will live in infamy.”  For mid-Boomers it’s November 22nd.