Sunday, July 19, 2009

Easing Into Old Age

The weekend of my 49th birthday has been spent with one goal in mind: taking it easy. I am fortunate to have a close friend who has a weekend home on waterfront property, so we got together with the wives and just hung out on the dock. That's all I really wanted. The weather took a temperate turn, so we spent a long lazy evening sitting on a neighbor's deck just talking and watching the stars. A couple of us even caught a lingering glimpse of the space shuttle at it streaked across the east Texas sky.
There was some slight disagreement over whether the ladle-shaped collection of distant stars was the Big Dipper or the Little Dipper and that dispute was never settled. It tells you a little about the mood of the day. To borrow a phrase from Neil Diamond, the feeling was lay-back. The weather was fine, the sunset was beautiful and the company was comfortably familiar. For the last birthday before I turn 50!, there's not much more to ask for.

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