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I had a tough time waking up this morning, and I didn’t really feel fully alert until almost noon. No, no wild saturday night for me last night… Most of my wild nights are behind me now, though I had one hell of a run when I was younger.
Like this night for example:
I took this picture back in 1984, in Cape Hatteras, NC. Six buddies and I spent 10 days there in July.
This is the sort of thing that went on every night. I can’t believe we drank that much, but we did. This guy had passed out and he was so gone that almost nothing would get him to move. I balanced the full unopened can of beer on his shoulder as proof of how out of it he was.
Not a bad shot, considering that I was very very drunk myself when I took it. It’s even in focus! Which is more than you could’ve said for me…
This is what I looked like, back then. I don’t look nearly as good now at age 55 as I did when I was 27, but few of us do. At this point in my life, I almost never get drunk anymore. I still have a few drinks from time to time, but seldom more than just a few. Now that I’m older, my health seems like a natural resource that needs to be carefully conserved, instead of needlessly wasted. And if I take better care of myself, my mind is much sharper and I can think more clearly and quickly, instead of wandering around feeling hung over and lost in a fog.
But I still have lots of fun, without getting blind drunk. I have a sense of humor, and I have a much better sense of humor when I’m feeling well rested and healthy. My only vice now is that I still drink lots of coffee, and if I get too caffeinated, I have trouble sleeping. People tell me to drink decaf, but the main reason I drink coffee is that I enjoy a good caffeine buzz, and drinking decaf makes about as much sense to me as drinking non alcoholic whiskey. I mean, what’s the point?
As long as I can keep my coffee drinking somewhat moderate, I don’t get insomnia and life is good.
Maybe this little guy’s had a little too much of a good thing!
My wife and I have had a very nice and relaxing sunday together today. She is a life long devotee to the daily practice of yoga, and it’s done wonders for keeping her healthy and in very good shape. Sometimes I like to watch her do yoga, because she is very graceful as she moves her body into the different positions and poses of her yoga routine. For a woman who is now 51 years old, she’s got very good flexibility and muscle tone, and it shows.
This is an old picture of her from 1989, when she was 29, but she’s still got great legs today at over 50 years old. All that yoga, and also good genes have kept her looking young. Her older brother and sister don’t look their ages either.
Yes, it’s shocking but true! She was having a fling with Bart Simpson back then, but I convinced her that she could do far better in love, than consorting with such low life, two dimensional cartoon character!
My wife Jean last year, on her 50th birthday. This is a very good photo of her, and she doesn’t look quite so young in real life, but she still looks at least ten years younger than her true age. She has a very playful, youthful spirit, and that also helps to keep her looking young.
This is Jean in 2005, when we were on vacation in Mexico on the Yucatan peninsula. I guess you could say that I’m proud she is my wife.
One of my favorite pictures of Jean and I together in 2003. We both look very happy because it’s our Anniversary.
And now, for something completely different:
This Jean and I, just last month. Yes, we BOTH have a sense of humor, and we’re not afraid to look ridiculous using it! Which is one of the many reasons why we are well suited for one another, and why we have stayed married for over 21 years. Our children are grown and on their own now, (Thank God!!!) so now we have only our own inner children to take care of. So meet the wife and (inner) kids! :-)
This is how I try to stay in shape. I really enjoy bike riding, and I go for 20 mile rides three times a week, in good weather. I tend to gain weight easily, which may have something to do with my enjoyment of eating too much, so bike riding helps me to keep the weight off, and counteracts my excess consumption.
My wife has been trying to talk me into doing yoga with her for years, but I haven’t had much enthusiasm for it. But after watching the sensual grace of her smooth and fluid movements while she did her yoga today, and seeing how tightly well toned her body is, I may reconsider. I could use some tightening and toning myself, these days…