I was sitting here pokin' fun at everyone's old picture, until I seen mine!!!
My kid is still laughing.
Life is full of ups and downs, nothing different here. I compare mine to the stock market, gradually going up with an occasional blip. Actually, I've been lucky. Just stupid, bone-headed, right place at the right time,.... lucky.
The late 80's and early 90's I was sort of into a "tree hugger" phase, complete with hair down to my waist. What a great time! (I wish I could remember half of it.) At some point I woke up married and was the father a great daughter. Lady luck was very kind to me.
Mid 90's, I decided to conform with society. I cut the hair off, got a great engineering job at Roll-Royce Aerospace (pure luck), and moved forward without the wife (but kept the daughter).
1999. That old Prince song still sux. I moved to a better position with a small family owned business in Madison, IN (close to it). Again, just stupid luck.
My live-in girl friend at the time found the address and followed me. So, of course we had to get married. Lucky me?..just kidding Julie.
Great house, EXTREMELY rural. Lots of animals, to many. Rabbits, chickens, quail, dogs, goats, and horses. Not a single animal here comes when I call it. Brandi used to do the 4-H thing with her horses until she discovered boys.
2004 (?). I'm graced with the words Parkinson's Disease. Good luck strikes again, the words could have been a lot worse!!!
2006-07. I'm told that it would be in my best interest to discontinue working. Ouch. Oh well. 401k's, stocks, bonds, and bone-headed right place right time investments....I'll never be rich but I doubt I ever go hungry.
Parkinson's Disease. If you're still reading, think Muhamed Ali....not Micheal J. Fox. I'm a little slower than most with some visual signs (yep, that means the shaking part). I try to keep the meds so I don't look like M.J. Fox. But, I get there occaisionally. To many drugs = to much "fun", side effects. Please, save your pity for somebody else. I still consider myself very lucky.
There are a few advantages to having this;
I can swerve all over the road, when the officer pulls me over I can politely answer "yes, I do have drugs on me and I'm also using them".
I can play with anything I want to in the toy dept. at Wal-Mart.
Shopping carts can be either a walking aid or a really fun skateboard. Depends on the meds.
I'm never asked fill out any forms, nobody can read them.
Mumbled slurred speach comes with the territory.
I have a good excuse when I miss the toilet.
If my hand shakes while holding a glass causing a mess, I can say oopps-I got a doctor's note for that (that phrase works better at your house than it does mine).
I'm encouraged to take naps and smoke cigarettes (not at the same time). Seriously, my docs say to smoke.
I get to ride in the back seat and watch dvd's.
At Thanksgiving, nobody asks me to carve the turkey or pass the gravy.
And the number one advantage, there's always a position available for me at the Lowe's paint department shaking the cans.
Please, can anybody get rid of this picture????
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