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I’VE MADE IT, yesterday.

I’m not normally a superstitious person.  I do sometimes say ‘knock-on-wood’ (jokingly) when wishing for a positive outcome, but really don’t believe it.  I own no rabbit’s feet or lucky charms.  I don’t throw spilled sodium chloride over my shoulder.  I’ve not crossed my fingers since I was, well, 7 or 8.

However, I do pay attention to specific calendar anniversaries, and some events have meaning to me.

And sometimes, I’m compulsive about them.

Case-in-point:  My Father passed away, after a series of smaller heart attacks in 30 days prior, from a heart attack, on August 14, 1977.  He was 61 years old.  His birthday was November 16th.  MY birthday is November 24.

I am currently 61 years-of-age.  (You do see where I’m going with this?)

We are of  similar physical types, and have similar ‘issues’ – like weight ‘issues’, diabetes.  Fortunately (knock-on-wood) I’ve no apparent heart problems.

Subtract 16 from 24, this leaves 8.  8 from 14 is 6.


I don’t know why, but for the past 5 years or so, as I approached age 61, this loomed over me.  My Dad’s dad lived until he was 68.  My maternal grandfather until 85.  This shouldn’t have been an issue, or even a blip on my radar.  I’m a rational person.

But it was.

It didn’t help that I was born premature, with an unnamed twin brother, who died – I nearly did;  Lost my Mother in grade school due to emphysema; had a near-fatal automobile accident (in which my daughter was lost); have had flesh-eating bacteria, diabetes and two kinds of cancer.  Life and Death have cropped up more than with most with me, I think.

I’ve made it, AGAIN.

Still flipping off the Reaper!  🙂

PS – If I suddenly fall off the Internet, in the next couple of days, you’ll know he was delayed in traffic.


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “I’VE MADE IT!

  1. Good for you!

    (I’ve got a kind of similar thing going on, my dad’s dad died in his early fifties and my dad died in his early fifties–though I’ve still got a couple decades to work out my superstitions.)

    Posted by bluesun | August 7, 2014, 7:57 am
    • Thanks!
      Don’t let worrying about the future get in the way of today!

      Posted by guffaw1952 | August 7, 2014, 7:59 am
      • As long as you don’t listen to too many doctors, I like your and Blues odds.
        IMHO, The more RXs your pusher gives you, the less time you have on this little speck of a planet.
        Within reason, of course…
        Diabetics need their sugar controlled, hypertension needs control but I’ve taken people to the hospital with TWO SHOEBOXES full of pills. Some carry them in GROCERY BAGS. It’s just nuts.

        Dr. Dean Edell (remember him?) once reported that none of the “fads”, low fat, no fat, drink vineger, eat blueberries, don’t eat blueberries – eat acai, don’t drink any alcohol, don’t eat meat, no carbs, etc., ad infinitum had no REAL science behind them, just anecdotes.
        What did have real numbers behind it is – Happy People Live Longer.
        Want a steak? Savor it! Want a beer or a shot of whiskey? Enjoy it and be happy!
        And hey, even if it doesn’t work, you won’t die a miserable wretch. 🙂

        Posted by KM | August 7, 2014, 12:02 pm
      • Well, I take meds for diabetes, cholesterol and BP. Fewer than I did 5 years ago.
        And I AM happier!

        Posted by guffaw1952 | August 7, 2014, 12:19 pm
  2. Enjoy every day… I try to…

    Posted by oldnfo | August 7, 2014, 5:49 pm

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