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The Fabric of Life – Bypassing Hermine

September has always been an important month for us here in the Old Girl.  I have no control over it, it is what it is.  Last year, I went to Aviano, Italy to visit my daughter and her hubby and my 6 month old grandson; the year before it was Hurricane Ike.

This year it was even more special. My daughter and her family came to Texas to see my son in law’s little bro graduate from Air Force Basic Training at San Antone.

Hermine closing in

The next leg of the trip is a 5 day stop at my parent’s house in Baytown, TX. That is where the Old Girl is sitting now. We pulled out of Calvert and went due east and then south to bypass the torrential rains of Hermine. It worked. Pulled in to Baytown with a scant 2 hours to spare. About the time I got all the driveway umbilicals functional, the sky opened up.

All of these kids that are in the US Military get the short end of the stick. I know this to be true way down deep in my heart. My daughter left the States and spent a year in the Azores Islands before going directly to Aviano (Do not pass go. Do not collect $200). I bet most of you do not even know we maintain an air base off the western coast of Portugal. My son in law has not seen his native Montana in many a long year. In January 2011, they will leave Aviano, Italy for their new duty station stateside — Davis-Monthan Air Base in Tucson, AZ, USA. Both of them act like they have won the lottery… they are THAT happy to be coming stateside. Makes me wonder about everything we take for granted here in the US of A. For them, going to Wal-Mart is a treat, eating at Chick-Fil-A is a treat, they went to a Central Market and I have been hearing about how cool that was for two days. It just about makes me ashamed to admit that I take most things like that for granted and treat it as a given. It is reprehensible.

The last 2 days have

Hank the Tank enjoying American Decadence as he well should.

been spent getting reacquainted with my daughter and getting to know her husband better. He is a good man. I have been reveling in my grandson, Hank the Tank. I think having a toddler in residence is  a near cosmic experience. When you think about the years spent arriving at this one single point in time, it just sorta blows me away totally. It just seems like yesterday Hank’s mother was that age…. I have videos to prove it. Honest! Oh snap! Those videos are timestamped 1989 and they are on VCR tapes — I guess Pops better get with the program, huh?

Turning 50 is a milestone for a reason. The black balloons and dead roses are just a foreshadowing. I think it is at that point you face your mortality. You are on the downhill side of the life cycle after all. Some people think about slowing down and coasting toward the inevitable endpoint.  At 55 (soon), I am about to take on a new and greater challenge that is going to take every bit of knowledge I have garnered over the last 5 decades and every bit of expendable energy remaining.   Everybody needs to stay tuned.  It is going to be a helluva ride!

End Note: I Just Want to Celebrate by Rare Earth from the Millennium Collection.  ” I just want to celebrate another day of life.” Yeah, that just about covers it for me.  I find myself listening to  Rare Earth aplenty lately.  Just gotta love an all white band signed to a Motown label.

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  • Boy, he’s sure a little towhead. Those grandkids do have a way of making life worth living, don’t they? I miss mine terrible, and they’re just up the road in Dallas, never mind Italy or Arizona. Hell, I miss my kid terrible, for that matter. She’s turning 30 on Saturday (yes, that day 😉 and I’ve been scanning pix for the last two days. Looking at 90 pictures of her growing up all in one place makes me feel a) really fargin’ old, and b) ridiculously happy.

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