Monday, June 11, 2012

On Occasion of My 56th Birthday

The Beer:  I need to brew.  But I did have a Kirin Ichiban with a really nice Sushi Dinner at Sake Tumi in Milwaukee.

The Bicycle:  Wish I could get rid of these nagging injuries and get out to ride.  The weather is nice and I need to drop some weight.

The VRWC: I've been struggling with writing lately.  A little political fatigue that I'm sure will pass before the election (it's Wisconsin, I seem to have my pick of "which election").

The old Chinese curse,"May you live in interesting times" is extraordinarily fitting these days.  The world I grew up in is, in many ways upside-down.  Hard work seems to have little meaning.  Kids can't or don't play outside.  Segments of society are abandoned to poverty drugs and violence with no way out....only a government handout to keep  them in subsistence.  The schools no longer teach, they propagandize.  The government, which has never been "here to help" now "helps" in so many ways that Thoreau would be running far beyond the confines of this Earth.  ("If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.")  

But in other ways it remains the same.  We are born, live and die.  Hopefully we grow old.  There remains triumph and tragedy, joy and pain, love and hate.  As a nation, our friends (generally) remain our friends and our enemies remain our enemies.  As people, it is much the same.

No more of this.  Deekawife 3.0 made this a wonderful birthday.  I love her greatly.