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Do you remember when you turned 50? If you’re not there yet, stop reading now, I don’t want you to panic about it. I remember mine quite well; I woke up early one morning at my company’s contract hotel in San Diego CA. When I checked the time I also noted that it was also my 50th Birthday, I had really paid little attention to the fact that I was, one half of a century old. I pushed it out of my mind and drove my rental car down to the office to see what ship I was going to. No assignment yet, checks back in a couple of days. Since I was on the clock, while waiting, and they paid my room and board, I figured I’d head down to Mexico and sight see for a few days. While having coffee I looked across the street and saw a barber shop. Off I went to lower my ears. I’ll tell you now, why this seemingly small thing was such a big deal. My pony tail was 15” long and I thought that at fifty, I was too old for that look. So off it came and then I was heading to Mexico. I had to reintroduce myself to my boss when I returned as she had no idea who the guy with the short hair was.

So why am I bring this up today? Well last Friday my wife turned fifty, and to her it seemed like it was no big deal. She knew there’d be cake and pancit and of course a party. Did I forget to tell you she’s a twin? So her sister’s husband get’s a break, as he knows they always celebrate together, and I throw the party. The party will be in my re-built backyard and the food and beer will flow, at least the beer will.

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Friday morning, much to do, tent is up. All outside light bulbs have been changed. Cooler filled with beer and water, ice added. (Will check again later) All tables and chairs have been power washed and ready. Man Cave is clean. Fishpond cleaned again, nieces and nephews in the pond, (A pox on my neighbor’s tree) Nieces and nephews already in clean pond. I’ll await further instructions from ComPacFlt-House, (Commander Pacific Fleet-House, or as I call her “My Mahal”.

Does it stop with the present, or the cost of the party? Hell no, a trip to the hairdresser, and a new outfit are also required. And one must have the obligatory damnable singing machine. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining at all. I enjoy seeing her and her family having a great time. And we’ll do it again on the 14th during the PacMan fight on Pay-per-View (sans the damnable singing machine). I just like the fact that no matter what her age is, she’s beautiful to my eye, and 13 years younger than me. So here are a few pictures of the party. You under fifty folks have something to look forward too, and remember what my father said to me, “You’re no longer middle aged at fifty!”

My 13 year old nephew wanted a beer, his older brothers said no, he snuck in to my beer ref. and took what he thought was a beer. I found him at the side of the house sipping on a ICB bottled Cream Soda, true it does look like beer, and has no label just etched glass. Being the “Cool Uncle” I told him it was Ok-na-Ok, the sugar rush will do him good!

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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Gary
Gary
11 years ago

Looks like great fun – I have a little over two years to go for my 50th 🙂 I attended my Great Aunt’s 100th last July before headin’ to Gensan, maybe 50 is just middle-age 😀

Jawz
Jawz
11 years ago

I ain’t even middle aged yet, let along physicially aged in the since of adult. Just barely outta my teens. Haha. I got a lot ahead of me. O_O

Anyways, that cake looks awesome… yummy. I ain’t had cake in awhile. Wow.

Neal in RI
Neal in RI
11 years ago

Hey Paul
Send a Happy Birthday greeting to your Wife from us here in RI.

I agree as annoying as the “Kare-Hokey” machine is its great to sit back swill beer put on a slow buzz with your buddies and watch them all enjoy themselves. I have been known to do a BAD Bob Dylan after I have swilled enough grog.
My wife is turning 50 this Oct and she is dreading it, my attitude is who cares its only a number. But I haven’t reached that ripe old age yet.

Gary
Gary
11 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

I guess I picked the right place, I like singin’ into those machines – if you wanna call it singin’ 😉

Gary
Gary
11 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

You’re a wise man – and throw a great party!!

Gary
Gary
11 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Awesome! We’re going to a venue to watch the fight, too many brownouts recently in Gensan to risk home viewing.

Paul
Paul
11 years ago

Hi Paul – I can’t remember when I turned 50. You know what they say, “Memory is the second thing that goes out on you as you grow older.” I can’t remember what that first thing was? 😆

(Belated) Happy Birthday to those fine looking women! Why they’re at your house, I’ll never know. (Maybe the karaoke machine?)

queeniebee
queeniebee
11 years ago

Hi Paul, Looks like all the fixins were there for great time to be had by all. Love your fishpond! Hope your wife and her sister had a great birthday, and many more to come. I wish I could have had a piece of that cake…

imagine
imagine
11 years ago

Belated BEST WISHES on your birthday young Lady. I look at every birthday as reaching a goal. Getting through life one year at a time…….i2f

Allan Kelly
Allan Kelly
11 years ago

Hi Paul. Happy birthday to your wife. It looks like a great party! Yeah, I remember when I turned 50. It was three years ago on Mar 21. I am afraid I went a little nuts. I have worn glasses all my life. I went in and spent $2300.00 on laser surgery to get rid of my glasses. Then I tried to wear tight jeans again, bought cool sunglasses and told my kids that from now on I was going to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and they could go, well, you know. Luckly everyone put up with… Read more »

John in Austria
11 years ago

Hi Paul,

Tell Maria that 50 is not a big deal! Lots more years ahead. Wish I was there celebrating with you! It was really great meeting you both and also Dave and Mita. Fantastic country with fantastic people!

Jason Dance
Jason Dance
11 years ago

Hello Paul

Every time I read your articles I say to myself, “that’s my kinda guy”!! hahaha Seriously, I guess turning 50 is just another day for us…well there is always the exception. It made me remember that I am turning 28 next week! Still so young, but a father to be in a couple of months. Anyways, regards to your wife w/ the Happy Birthday 🙂 Always a pleasure.

Jason

MindanaoBob
11 years ago

Hi Paul – I’m sneaking up on the Golden Birthday myself… not really looking forward to it! 😆

Happy Birthday to your wife!

MindanaoBob
11 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Ha ha… young people? Well, let her get her beauty rest, Paul… you’ll appreciate that later in the day. 😉

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