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Rantings and Ravings

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Well here's another summer that has slipped by me.I have survived turning 50 and look forward to another 50.

And I have decided that this year I have finally reached middle age.

Every year since I turned 30 I have doubled my age on my birthday to see if I had reached middle age yet. When my age doubled reached 100 it seems about right to call it middle age.

As Bon Jovi once said, "I don't want to live forever. I just want to live while I'm alive. So at 100 I may just be slowing down to the point I am just killing time, but who knows.

I have learned a few things this year. Of course I try and learn a few things every year.

This year I learned that I can no longer do a belly flop on the slip and slide. I tried and hurt in every bone in my body for a week. My feelings were a bit bruised too as my granddaughter laughed hysterically at me as I thudded across the plastic.

I learned that every time I start to feel sorry for myself, I learn that there is someone else who really has it worse that I ever will. I am truly blessed in my life and need to make sure I continue to give back for the gifts I have been given.

I have learned that as in control as I try to be, if I spot a spider on my knee while I'm driving it's all over. I am not sure how I kept one hand on the wheel and stayed in my lane while screaming and slapping at the evil beast.

I have learned that going downhill is actually tougher than going up hill. That relates to life as well as mountain biking. The crashes I have sustained while biking down hill or when my bike has careened out of control are so much worse than when I have a great hill to climb ahead of me.

And lastly I realize that as great as our technology is today, the cable will always go out during a show you were hoping to watch, forcing you to find better things to do with your time anyway.

So as I settle into middle age and decide what to do to make my second 50 years as great as the first, I hope that you all had a great summer.

I know it is not over yet, but I sure see it slipping away quickly and quietly into the sunset for another season.

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