Being here on the Shipslog is something that I enjoy doing for myself. I do appreciate anyone reading my drivel or dribble as Chuck used to say before he ‘Left the building’. Chuck was one who journaled on AOL. He was an interesting guy. His Journal was called ‘Dribbles by Chuck’. He always said, ‘here I am in an adult center, translate that ‘old folks home’. It was interesting just hearing about his prior life. He was a teacher, his next door neighbor when he was a youngster was the producer of the first King Kong movie and had the giant hand in his back yard for them to play on.
We all have had one, a prior life that is. Some of you are still back there in it, making memories to tell about in your ‘Old Age’.
I have learned since growing old and being around old folk, that once you reach 70+, to most folk, you are just an old man or old woman. No one knows (or cares) that you were a movie star, scientist, war hero, a great ball player, farmer, a great dad, a great mother or rancher. You could have been one of a million highly regarded people, BUT NOW, YOU ARE JUST OLD! Hey I ain’t complaining, I felt that way for many years, and to be honest sometimes I still do.
Don & Evelyn tell me of a guy who stays beside them in Florida who is 93yrs young. He performed with some of the greats in movies and music. He has the clips and stuff to show for it. But he can no longer dance in a lasso or ride a bronc. He is just OLD!
I tell this a lot, since I have never known many rich people (except my brother and sister). Once in Florida we went shopping with friends, they brought along cousins, Charlie and his wife. While the ladies shopped at the outlet mall; we went to the ‘food court for coffee’. While there we were talking world affairs and as men can do, settled all the world’s problems. The subject of the ‘Cyber fall’ came up. Mouthy jack said, “I have never understood an idiot who would invest in a stock called ‘YaHoo’.”
Now, it is just three old retired sailors sitting with an old guy named Charlie. Charlie turned, looked at me, smiled and said, “Tell me about it Jack, I just lost 14 million on that name!”
Have you ever noticed it is hard to talk with your foot in your mouth? Charlie just looked like another old geezer to me! hahahahahaha He had a great sense of humor. Really, we got along well.
He gave me a lot of good advice. One was, “Jack never fly to Vegas without your wife, keep her with you. I done that last month and when I came home she had charged a new Corvette to my name. You can’t trust ‘em son!”
Now I have heeded his advice, and Sherry ain’t never charged a Corvette to my name. hahaha.
Thanks for coming this way,
The MOSQUITO is An insect that makes you like flies better.
I wish Sherry would charge one of these! ‘55 Chevy!