Foreward

A foreword is usually written by someone other than the author; presumably someone having a high regard for the subject writings. It often describes the relationship between the author and the writer of the foreword. At this writing, no one has been willing to associate himself or herself with any of these opinions, so I will simply add my own words.

Recalling the lifespans of Mom[i]She passed away from lung cancer at 85, on my daughter’s birthday. She was not a smoker but Dad was, so maybe secondhand smoke was a contributor., Dad[ii]He died after a stroke at 91 on my son’s birthday. I suppose he would have lived longer but he saw no reason to go on after we lost Mom 14 months earlier., Scott[iii]My theory – with no evidence to back it up – is that Agent Orange in the Vietnam war caused terminal Non-Hogekins Lymphoma at age 49., and Todd[iv]… who is going strong and enjoying life at 87., it is reasonable to assume that I will probably be around for a few more years, begging the question of what to do in the meantime.

  1. I could go back to volunteering at the local retirement communities, helping the inmates with their computers & phones & radio/TV issues.
  2. I suppose I could take the advice of my Hermit Neighbor,
    “Don’t you ever just want peacefulness? My best days are just filled with “simple pleasures” (feeding my horse, drinking a beer, working on a fun project, walking on the beach) … no stress … no drama.”
  3. Or I could travel more. I have always wanted to see the Egyptian pyramidsMachu Picchu, Isfahan, and a handful of other spots that I have missed.
  4. Or I could return to Si Como No to bask in the sun with some Cuba Libras. I really like that hot, humid weather – it reminds me of summers, growing up in Michigan.

 

Most likely, however, I will continue sitting in this chair, ethernet-connected to a half-dozen computers, doing two things that I enjoy most – “writing” and “learning”.

The “writing” sort of makes sense because I have much information I want to pass on to my daughter, Kelley, about the properties I own and the businesses I have built, so she can expand and improve them. The “learning”, I suppose, makes less sense, but I enjoy voicing my thoughts, ideas, and opinions, particularly the “picture in the back of my mind of what I’ve lost and what I’ve won”. Despite the fact that what I have to share is not very important, it is a challenge for me to express myself in ways that others might appreciate. Since I don’t express my ideas as well on my feet, it works better for me to write in the calm of the early morning, when I can clear my thinking before opening my mouth.

Writing computer code does not come naturally to me, so learning HTML and CSS continues to stretch my imagination. This might be analogous to why old maids enjoy solitaire[v]Kitty was well known to spend hours at it – of course, she cheated, which made it more enjoyable., and kids play video games.

Putting the “writing” and the “learning” together works well for me, and I plan to continue doing them as long as I can. The one thing I need to avoid – something I think about a lot – is not allowing myself to become like Joe Biden, wandering around in a cloud of confusion and saying stupid things. When the time comes, I hope I have the presence of mind to sit down and shut up, so as not to embarrass the people around me like Biden embarrasses our proud Nation[vi]Trump is just as bad, but on the opposite end of the scale. Biden is a nice guy; always was dumb, but then got old – Trump is smart as a whip; just no scruples. That concern comes from Dad saying often that he didn’t want to end up like those “old cougars, drooling in wheelchairs” at the Terraces of Los Gatos, and toward the end he relied on me to follow his wishes.

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i She passed away from lung cancer at 85, on my daughter’s birthday. She was not a smoker but Dad was, so maybe secondhand smoke was a contributor.
ii He died after a stroke at 91 on my son’s birthday. I suppose he would have lived longer but he saw no reason to go on after we lost Mom 14 months earlier.
iii My theory – with no evidence to back it up – is that Agent Orange in the Vietnam war caused terminal Non-Hogekins Lymphoma at age 49.
iv … who is going strong and enjoying life at 87.
v Kitty was well known to spend hours at it – of course, she cheated, which made it more enjoyable.
vi Trump is just as bad, but on the opposite end of the scale. Biden is a nice guy; always was dumb, but then got old – Trump is smart as a whip; just no scruples.