Thursday, December 20, 2007


Christmas, don't be late!

This is shaping up to be the best Christmas ever! I believe that the excitement Joelle is feeling has spilled over. She was so excited at Luby's on Wednesday. Later that night I put together a cute toy for Lil' Lisie Bear. I had to play with it for a bit. I think she will really like it. Putting together the toy reminded me of the last thing I put together on Christmas Eve. It was a bike for Petie when she was 11 or 12. It was from Santa. I guess that was the end of Santa for my children. Sharon got lucky. She bought Playskool toys. So far, she tells me that Playskool products are not involved in the massive toy recalls.

I am so glad I got to go to Joelle's school today for her Christmas Pageant. Those children put on an incredible show. You could just feel the excitement in the room from Joelle and her classmates. She was a beautiful angel.

I also think that the excitement is getting to see my new grandson. I feel like the kid in the Disney commercial, "I'm too excited to sleep". Arnold, of Arnold and the chipmunks, said it best, "Christmas, don't be late!

Friday, December 14, 2007


Praise the Lord, I see the light!

Got a letter today from the Neptune Society. I had no idea what the Neptune Society was and I usually just toss that kind of Mail without even opening it. However, for some reason, I open it, slow mail day. The letter detailed the service they provided, cremation, and wondered if I wanted to plan for their services now and pay ahead of time. Wow, when I turned 50, I started getting letters from AARP wanting me to join. I thought it was a little early, because technically, I shouldn't be eligible until I was 55. It wasn't long until I really was eligible to join AARP. Is this new solicitation a harbinger of something right around the corner?

Dustin Hoffman was the guest of the Tonight Show sometime in late 2006. During the small talk with Jay Leno, Dustin was talking about where he was in life and said he could now see the light at the end of the tunnel. When Jay asked him what he was talking about, Dustin explained. When he was thirty, statically, he hadn't even lived half of his life. When he was 40, there was a good chance he had more than half of his life left. When he was 50, it was still possible he was only half way home. But now, in his mid 60's, he could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I have to laugh when I remember my 40th birthday party at Transco. The people in the department really had a neat surprise birthday party for me, Gag gifts and Bob Kelly's famous carrot cake. Bob would bake a cake for the party, but he had another he put away for me to take home. Bob Kelley makes the best carrot cake I have ever tasted. Anyway, during a lull in the party I found myself with this one guy that I didn't really associate with nor did we work on the same business functions. I guess he felt like he had to make some small talk, I really didn't. He said, "so your 40, do you realize that's more than half your life". I just looked at him not knowing how to respond.

Maybe it's true, but I am really having a blast. I have always been a crack of nooner rather than a crack of dawner. A full day for me is getting up, hopefully in the late morning, or at least before noon; have a cup of coffee or two with Sharon while she watches the Today Show. I then watch 15 minutes of Amy Goodman on Democracy Now. I head to the MACAC for my exercise...I hope three days a week. During the school year, I watch some cartoons with Joellle for a hour or so on Monday and Wednesday, then off to Luby's for dinner. Back home to watch TV until midnight. Get on the computer for a hour or so, try to get my cat in before going to bed. If I get the cat in, I have to wake up, if I am not still awake, to let the cat out between 5 and 6 AM. Now that's a full day. I am really enjoying my retirement. I love not having to be somewhere every day at some particular time. There is also something very nice about retirement. You have quality time with your spouse again. I'll bet Sharon doesn't feel the same about always having me under foot. She has always said that I am just like Pig Pen in the comics. Dirt just seems to follow me around.

Praise the Lord, I see the light.

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