When I greet most people a birthday greeting on Facebook, I like to point out that they have just completed a full rotation around the sun, and that day the next trip starts anew. Traveling at 24,000 MPH is exhausting, but it is one trip I’d never want to miss.
I mentioned two weeks ago that I had noticed that my Philippine Drivers License was expiring and I had to go through the effort to renew it I’ve been driving for 53 years. The Alternative was not something to look forward too. But here it is, 69 years after that Sunday (0137 Eastern Standard Time) on 13 July 1947, I entered the world in the Dorchester Section of Boston kicking and screaming (According to my Mother) I had pretty much ruined her summer that year and the only one of the five sons to not be born in the Winter or Spring. My two older brothers are not baby boomers, as Bill was born before WW-II in 1939 and Richard were born during WW-II 1945 (Dad was granted leave for one week in 1944) But when Mr. Thompson came marching home in 1946, I showed up in 1947. Steve and Dan are out of this loop.
And I’ve been spinning around the sun on this big round ball ever since. Not every trip was pleasant, my ex-wife had ruined a few, and the ship’s had me at sea for quite a few. But for the most part they have been wonderful trips around the sun. Here is a question: Now that I live closer to the equator, am I traveling faster? Yeah my mind does work like that!
My best trips have been started and finished right here in the Philippines, albeit I must take in to account that on my birthday here it was yesterday and 12 hours ago there in Dorchester, so at (13:37) I know it’s my birthday, adjusting for leap years and I was born before the Atomic clock was invented. Any one working on the math in this article, have fun with it, but don’t tell us your results. After all it is my birthday!
Sadly my dear friend Tommy who is stateside this year due to Merchant Marine training; shockingly because his birthday is also on 13 July, albeit he was born in the late 1950’s, One combined birthday celebration a few years ago we took our families to a beach resort during a typhoon, no one had a bad time, and just try to keep the kids out of the pool. There were whirlpool 4 person bathtubs in every room and we sent out for massive amounts of bubble bath and that was fun for them also. This year my family is just taking me out to eat (Sounds like the article last week) but that is fine with me as I also enjoy that too. More food!
I’ll be officially 69 years old this Wednesday, which a couple of years ago here in the big Po, we celebrated the 69th birthday of Mr. Loren Pogue or AKA Big “P” here on LiP, I wish he and Mercy (Mrs. Pogue) were here to join in with us and wish me, “The Birthday Boy!” a drink free birthday, wow that will be a first since the 1940’s and 50’s. A phony ID got me through the 1960’s, and then the Navy took me to places where no one asked your age, only if you had the money! I have no pictures of this year’s celebration as it hasn’t quite happened yet. But it will and that always is a good thing.