Time Flies!


The Old Guitar Picker
So this is me now. Sixty-four years old and retired. Yeah I know...if I’d known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.

I have been retired now for about 70 days. That’s how long I’ve had this mustache. I had a beard going but I screwed it up trimming it. My Dad keeps asking me if Vicki will still kiss me. About all I can say is at least she doesn’t gag like Gwyneth Paltrow in Mortdecai (crummy movie, by the way).

Time is absolutely flying. I think I have done more work since I retired than I did when I was doing the 8 to 5 thing. I just haven’t quite adjusted to the fact that I don’t have to get everything done today. I was talking with my friend and mentor
Robert Mead a few weeks back and told him I was taking the day off to work on some music. He laughed and said he had never heard of anyone taking a day off from retirement.

Family news roundup:

John Jr. and his family will be traveling to Huntsville sometime in the next month or so. Vicki tells me that the granddaughters will be staying with us and John and Diane will be staying at son Christopher’s new home. It will be good to see them as it’s been nearly a year. My oldest granddaughter, Brittany, is going on a mission trip this summer to some far-off place. Not sure what her sister Kaitlyn has lined up but I know it’s going to be exciting. Last time they were here I think it cost me about 500 bucks. Now that I’m on a fixed income I’ll have to be a little more thrifty.

As I mentioned, my son Christopher is now a property owner. He bought a house in the medical district and is now much closer to his office. Chris has been on the local news a bunch as he and his boss have successfully represented the city school system in settling a long-standing federal desegregation order. Chris, along with brothers Patrick and Kevin, are planning a trip to our nation’s capitol this summer to party.

Speaking of Patrick, we are now referring to him as Dr. Pape as he was awarded his PhD in software engineering from Auburn University last month. Patrick is a research professor at Mississippi State University. His bailiwick is digital forensics. He has adopted the traditional professorial garb down to the patches on his sport coat. I expect him to be smoking a pipe before long.

And last but not least, our youngest son, Kevin, has made the transition from college senior and frat boy to a productive member of the work force. We are really proud of him as he has struck out on his own and is doing very well. He is digging actually having enough money to put some away.

The newly-promoted Ms. Vicki is now on her three and a half week summer break. Her promotion came at the perfect time so she can support me better. She has worked for the city school system for 18 years, I believe, and plans to keep going for a while. I have been reminding her that Father’s Day is just around the corner...

Like my brothers and sisters, I have been spending a lot of time at Mom and Dad’s this year. They have given us so much and we are all glad to be able to provide them with the support they need at this point in their lives. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last month. Wow! That’s all I can say about that.

Finally, my best girlfriend, Trixie, is enjoying the fact that I take her for a walk 5 days a week. All I have to do is say the word “walk” and she launches herself at me and hits me about chest high. Not bad for a nine year old spoiled dog. She is laying under my chair as I type this entry. She’s even grown accustomed to being in the room when I play guitar. Hmmm, maybe that means I am finally getting better.

Well, that’s it for now. I am going lay down a guitar track here in a little while to send to my partner Tom so he has something new to work on. Thanks for stopping by...check back soon!

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