26 Days to Go

In 26 days, I will be 50.

I don't expect to wake up 26 days from now and look or feel significantly different, but it is a major age milestone — perhaps the biggest except for 21 (or 100, for the few who make that one).

I'm not entirely happy about it. I mean, it hasn't been keeping me up nights or anything, but when I do think about it, I get mildly depressed. I don't feel 50. I still take long walks and run across parking lots (because walking across parking lots is boring). But something about the number "50" says old. It doesn't help that I've been throwing away AARP mail for a couple months now.

One thing that turning 50 does is make me reflect upon my life. It's not that exciting. A long time ago, I heard a joke. It went something like this:

What I did on my summer vacation

On the first day of my summer vacation, I looked for a job. Then I hung around in front of the corner drugstore.

On the second day of my summer vacation, I looked for a job. Then I hung around in front of the corner drugstore.

On the third day of my summer vacation, I looked for a job. Then I hung around in front of the corner drugstore.

On the fourth day of my summer vacation, I looked for a job. I found a job — keeping people from hanging out in front of the corner drugstore.

That's kinda how my life is these days. I get up in the morning and go to work. (Don't get me wrong. I like my job and even think it has value. But it doesn't have a lot of variety.) I go home and eat supper. Then I walk five miles. I spend a half hour or 45 minutes doing a Bible study, then I read or watch an old movie. Then I go to bed.

I enjoy all those things, but mine can't exactly be called an exciting life.

I'll have to find some ways to add exciting variety. Any ideas?

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23 Responses to 26 Days to Go

  1. kelli says:

    Do you babysit?

  2. jeff says:

    I don’t know how you can’t have an exciting life after figuring out how to entertain folks with your new camera. Try brushing your teeth backwards, rinse first. Do everything backwards. Excitement ensues.

  3. Roger says:

    As for Kelli’s reply …

    I’m not sure that’s a good idea. I used to babysit her and her brother quite a bit. And look how they turned out.

    As for Jeff’s reply …

    I used to babysit him quite a bit. And look how he turned out.

  4. Deb Light says:

    You could take your lovely wife on a cruise.Now that would be exciting!!Maybe for your 50th Birthday!…Just a thought!!

    (You owe me one Sally)LOL!

    God Bless,
    Deb

  5. n8 says:

    Go to a Cubs game. Oh wait, that’s not gonna help.

  6. beth says:

    learn how to cook!!!!!!!!!!

  7. beth says:

    take your eldest daughter for a bike ride to moraine hills like you used to!

  8. beth says:

    start a scrapbook (or pay for all the materials so your eldest daughter can make one for you)!!

  9. beth says:

    make a documentary of your favorite things at this stage in your life so you can watch it a year from now

  10. beth says:

    bury a time capsule in the back yard

  11. beth says:

    plant booby traps in the yard so when those scumbag kids some back they’ll get a nice surpise

  12. beth says:

    egg those scumbag kids’ houses……………………what they did it to us………..

  13. beth says:

    make a scavenger hunt for mom all over cary and then go for a nice hike to find all the clues

  14. beth says:

    spend some quality time with my puppy because I’m sure she misses me :(

  15. beth says:

    tell your daughters stories about their grandfather and grandmother

  16. beth says:

    go buy a creepy crawlers set from the toy store and make creepy crawlers!

  17. beth says:

    have your youngest daughter help you learn to play fur elise on the piano

  18. beth says:

    watch old family videos of your adorablest eldest daughter when she used to be…….err………is the cutest thing in the world :)

  19. beth says:

    WHEW that should keep you busy for at least a week :) love you daddy!

  20. n8 says:

    Attend the UN-birthday party your eldest daughter is planning for you.

  21. beth says:

    oooooh I like that one.

  22. Katherine says:

    Apparenty this “eldest daughter” has too much time on her hands. :-)

  23. beth says:

    or she just really loves her dad……

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