Good morning, Netizens...
As of 1:04 AM yesterday morning, December 30, I suppose it was an accomplishment, or perhaps not, but I am now officially 65 years of age, something I never really expected I would attain. I did a lot of things, both planned and unplanned, over the years that probably should have ended my life without further ado, but miraculously I somehow managed to survive. I've had friends, colleagues and associates who have preceded me in death; some in their passage have taught me great lessons I needed to learn. I would only hope that I might have taught others, perhaps not by example.
I could prattle on and on about the various places I have lived, people I have known or things grand or small that I have accomplished, but for what? If you live a rapid-fire, balls to the walls life until 65 years of age, you accumulate such experiences as a normal course of living. As I have told various people over the last few years, I have lived a long and fascinating life, and never have looked backwards, always forwards into the future.
Egods but this last political and economic decade has been a wild, unpredictable run! From King Kong-sized bankruptcies to incredible political corruption, we have seen it all here in Spokane and beyond. Our police department has been wildly out-of-control, and our control of their chain of command has been, at best, minimal. Never forget the murder of Otto Zehm.
However, there are some advantages to growing older. I am speaking, of course, of medical insurance. I am ecstatic beyond words at being able to obtain health care insurance, although the question is how affordable Medicare might be, given the crippled federal budget may place some constraints on future medical payouts. Still, having Medicare beats having nothing at all.
So we march forward with calm decisiveness and clarity of purpose. Maybe we will continue another year, perhaps more.