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Part Two: (My First Beer in a year)

I used to subscribe to the “One Beer per Wheel Rule” Back in the 1960”s and 70’s, in other words if you are riding a motorcycle you can have two beers, or an extra beer if you have a sidecar. A car is four beers if consumed during a meal and you are pacing yourself and taking your time. Multi-wheel vehicles up and to and encluding,18 wheels plus your spare tire and steering wheel are not part of this rule, this is only a guide and common sense must be applied. Remember it will be “YOU” standing with the Police Officer at the side of the highway touching your finger to your nose while playing “Roadside Olympics!” And BTW it’s the letter “K” that is the one that most drunks leave out!

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Now as I’ve mentioned before, (And I am well past boring you last week) since my release from the hospital in May 2016 I’ve not driven any car. Again there were no medical people telling me not to, it was me being nervous. I’m taking physical therapy to improve my balance on my left side, both on my arm and leg. But my car is a Mitsubishi G-4 with power steering and brakes plus an automatic Transmixer (That’s what Mayang calls the transaxles, I never tell her she is wrong, if she calls it shrimps, fishes and paperworks, then that’s just what it is!) She can speak English whereas I know 7 words in Tagalog, Debar?

I only drive it with my right syde

I only drive it with my right syde

My right side is unaffected by any operations or past strokes, so while driving my left side sits kinda dormant in the seat. But that was not the reason that changed my mind, it was a retired Marine buddy who also befell some medical problems far worst then mine, I use a cane to keep my balance, which is not required in the driving of a car. So when my buddy pulls up beside me at the Royal Store, he has two canes he must use and his car is a stick shift! He drove up by himself!!! He’s in worst shape then me and doing fine with driving, (Albeit I will steer clear if I see him on the same road as me) that made me think about how lazy I’ve become and I decided I needed to put my big boy pants back on and claim my rights to the way I used to live my life. Hell I can now drink beer again. Damn it Paul; Man up! 54 years ago I went to Victory road in Boston and did a three point turn in a stick shift station wagon to get my Massachusetts Drivers License. And I’m going to use it.

I listen to Chuck

I listen to Chuck

Drinking and driving was never a wise thing to do if I wanted to retire and live the good life in the Philippines. The Navy would destroy your career, and the Merchant Marine will pull your Merchant Seaman Documents or Z-Card causing you lifetime unemployment, so I did not drink beer while operating heavy machinery anyway. And my standing life’s rule was, if you drink, don’t drive, is still in effect. Do not rely on the one wheel, one beer rule now that we’re older and wiser.) I’ve never had a lady get angry when you ask them to drive your car, it makes you look enlightened, instead of just being over served.

I was sitting at the Hotel Bar in Oakland California in the 1990’s when a shipmate came in; it was 6 months since I last saw him. Hey Paul let’s go bar hopping? It was a Friday, and four hours before that my shipmate was just released from the county jail after serving time for DWI (Driving with Ingrid)

I explained I’d go but my car stayed at the hotel parking lot. He knew I wouldn’t drive drunk, so he volunteered to drive. The bartender Lynda and I starting laughing, and I said; “Idiot you were just released from jail! Are you missing Bubba, your cellmate?  A Taxi was called!

It has taken awhile feeling comfortable to drive again, but slowly my life is returning to normal, I don’t want it to go back to, too much normal, as I enjoy Mayang spoiling me!

So I drove for the first time this week, and it felt good to do so. The cane might be with me for a while, but then that’s okay with me, because it also looks cool, and slow walking makes me take in more sights. There is a lot of pretty stuff to see at the malls I’m retired and don’t really need to go anywhere that fast.

My new rule; “One cane, three beers!”

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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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Jose Porfirio Sanz
Jose Porfirio Sanz
5 years ago

Mr. Paul T., I like that, ” one cane, three beers” .. real “Bahs-ton” spirit. Enjoy life.

Jose

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago

Jose;
Enjoying life is pretty much all that’s left to do and I promise, I’ll try to do it well! (LOL)

Gary Neil Dadds
Gary Neil Dadds
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Even with half a body working you could still outdrive most of the locals, even get a job with Victory Liner.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago

Gary;
My wife will not agree with you and I’ve been accident free since 1964.

Luke Tynan
5 years ago

Good for you,

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Luke Tynan

Luke; It has been good for me, as the threat of unemployment worked well for me over the years. In the 1980’s in San Diego CA. I had dinner at Tom Hamm’s Lighthouse. After eating I was stopped leaving the parking lot. I refused the roadside Olympics because they are made for you to fail just by being tired after work. I gave the keys to my car to the lady I was with to avoid the towing and impound fees and off to the county lock up. Three hours later they blood tested me and I was a fraction… Read more »

Lenny George Mamola
Lenny George Mamola
5 years ago

Paul what caused your stroke and was there any warning signs ???

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago

Lenny;
The found that stroke on my MRI, I had no memory of ever having one!

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

Re: Arrogate. Tell me, you’ve never seen a horse throw in a clunker? Almost ALL great horses has lost a race here and there- Cigar, Slew, Secretariat,etc

Bob NewYorkUSA
Bob NewYorkUSA
5 years ago

Looks like things are getting back to normal, good for you Paul !

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob NewYorkUSA

Bob (NY)
A little bit at a time!

Loren Pogue
5 years ago

I’ll drink to that. But no more trips on a holiday.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Loren Pogue

Loren;
That was some hellacious traffic.

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