Monday, March 16, 2009
Sixty Turning the Big 6-0
A beautiful weekend by March standards...low 50s Saturday and 60 yesterday...more of the same through Wednesday, before more March-like weather returns for the latter part of week, but no frigid temps or conditions on the horizon. I spent most of both days outside, Anissa and Reagan the Airedale joined me...Patricia spent much of the weekend finishing up some "due now" school work...but did get out for a walk on Sunday. Friday night we(Patricia, Anissa, and me) went to the newest Mexican Restaurant in Celina, where I promptly set back my diet a couple of days....but it's still on Target, I've lost 9 pounds in 4 weeks after this morning's weight in....down to 206 from 215....21 to go by summers end.
Sam began his college baseball career at the age of 27 Saturday...starting at the DH(Designated Hitter) for The Ohio State-Lima Barons. He went 0 for 2 Striking out the first career at bat and popping out the second...the team went on to lose a tri-team double header to Clark and Southern Colleges by 9-2 and 9-6 scores. Sam's first competitive games since 1999 back in High School...says he enjoyed it. Now it's finals week for both him and younger brother Hal, who is finishing up his Masters at Wright State.
A quick note on our "Savior-and-Thief" Barack Barry Soetoro Obama... over the weekend he says he now wants to TAX Health Care...the very same thing he jumped on McCain for saying during the Campaign...how's that Change working out for you who voted for this worthless sonofabitch?
Amazing how utterly stupid the vast majority of American voters are.
Birthdays have never been a big deal to me...I can remember thinking about a few milestones however. I always couldn't wait until I turned 25...guessing that would actually make me an adult, or seem mature. Kind of stupid I know, here I had already spent 4 years in the military, been to war, and I was thinking a certain age would make or make me seem "mature"...it didn't and I wasn't.
Or how about 30? I actually think this is the only birthday I actually dreaded...30 seemed old back in 1979..I had just became a father for the first time, and looked at it as being "over-the-hill"...it wasn't, and I wasn't.
Now 50 was old...there was little doubt I couldn't do what I had once done. By this time however, I was into some heavy weight lifting and training...my back was in pretty good shape, after suffering from the lingering effects of a major motorcycle accident when I was 38. At 50, despite being "old", I was probably in the best shape, and strongest condition of my adult life.
And today...I turn 60, sixty, the Big 6-O! And yes, I no longer can bench press 300 pounds..the joints just can't take it...can't set at a bar downtown for hours and pour down the 12 oz curls a 12 pack a night...nor do I want to. I still feel pretty good for my age, and try to stay in shape...yes I need to lose some of the pounds I gained during my weight lifting days. But let's face it, 60 is just a number, and today happens to be the 60 anniversary of the day back in 1949 that mom popped me out in Van Wert, Ohio....a lot of days and experiences under the bridge...hopefully some productive ones to come....regardless, I am ready for what comes my way.
Sixty is-No Big Deal! I plan on doing some reading, cleaning up the house a little, and toss my Birthday Dinner in the oven about 3 O'clock....Patricia wanted to bake me something, but I declined. She's a great cook and makes great desserts...but if I fall off the no sweets wagon in a big way this early on the modified Weight Watchers Diet, I may not be able to climb back on...so for now I will decline, and save that one for later.
The High School Baseball Scrimmage season begins this week as the Basketball Season winds down...Coldwater is still left among the boys, after knocking off the defending state champions, Ottawa-Glandorf, in the Division 3 District Finals....good luck to them. My season is set to begin on Thursday at Lima Central Catholic for a scrimmage, then on to Russia(Rue-She) Saturday morning....I am ready, hopefully my legs and rest of my 60 year old body are.
And speaking of Birthdays...My niece Molly and her husband Aaron had a new entry into the family last night "Lilly" was born 3 hours before my birthday in Michigan....Welcome to the family kid!
Photos-(top left)-Me this morning turning 60....and a few photos throughout my life. Brother Mike and me at Manasota Beach Florida back in the winter of 1955-56....My 6th grade mugshot in 1960 at Venice(Florida) Elementary...San Antonio, Lackland AFB, my Air Force Cop School photo...On the Waikiki Beach Hawaii 1970, on my Vietnam R&R...nearing 30 in 1977...playing News/Weather anchor in 1992 Cable Channel 7...looking like a Bad Ass wannabee at 51 in the summer of 2000