This and That

Appearance… I have noticed that I am starting to resemble the artwork in museums…

Milestones…. As you get older you have certain things that happen which are sure indicators that you are moving into a new phase of your life. For example, in my late forties, early fifties, my children all got together and gave me a gift on Father’s Day.  It was a tree. When you receive a tree as a gift, you know people are thinking about how nice it will be to have something still growing once you’re gone…a legacy of your existence. When I got it, I thought, “Ah, shit, I’m going to  die someday.”

Another milestone is your first colonoscopy.  I don’t even want to talk about that day except to say that they didn’t give me enough “stuff” to really knock me out and I could fill some discomfort as they tried to get the scope to  go around a difficult bend in my ole racetrack.

And, today, I  experienced a new milestone in my life. I was sitting in my office, door open, and reached over to get my cellphone as it  was charging against the wall.  It was quite a stretch and my office chair tipped completely over…and I fell to the floor. Students and office mates came running in to “very gently” help me off the floor with deep compassion and pity in their eyes – for the old man on the floor. They looked like they were  going to call 911, or perhaps, even arrange for hospice care. Yep, a new milestone in my life.

Landscaping Update…a very shaky video that updates our progress with our landscaping project: