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Greg Doering is a Vietnam veteran who
And then it is winter.
You know ... time has a way of moving quickly and catching
you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday
that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life
with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I
wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them
all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my
hopes and dreams. But, here it is... the back nine of my life
and it catches me by surprise... How did I get here so fast?
Where did the years go and where did my youth go?
I remember well seeing older people through the years and
thinking that those older people were years away from me
and that I was only on the first hole and the back nine was
so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it
would be like.
But, here it is... my friends are retired and getting grey...they
move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in
better and some worse shape than me... but, I see the great
change....Not like the ones that I remember who were young
and vibrant... but, like me, their age is beginning to show and
we are now those older folks that we used to see and never
thought we'd become. Each day now, I find that just getting
a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not
a treat anymore... it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own
free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!
And so... Now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared
for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to
go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least
I know, that though I'm on the back nine, and I'm not sure how
long it will last... this I know, that when it's over on this earth...
it's over. A new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There
are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but
indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in
So, if you're not on the back nine yet...let me remind you, that it
will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like
to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things
off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as
you can never be sure whether you're on the back nine or not!
You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your
life.... so, live for today and say all the things that you want your
loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love
you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years
"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to
those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. LIVE IT WELL!
ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY! HAVE A GREAT
DAY Remember "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces
of gold and silver. LIVE HAPPY IN 2017!
LASTLY, to my "OLD" friends, CONSIDER THIS:
~Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!
~Going out is good... Coming home is better!
~You forget names.... But it's OK because some people forgot they
even knew you!!!
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything
~The things you used to care to do, you aren't as interested in
anymore, but you really don't care that you aren't as interested.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV 'ON' than in bed.
It's called "pre-sleep".
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON"
and "OFF" switch...
~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ???
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will
~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and
best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!
Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!"
and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!! It's Not What You Gather,
But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.
TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN; YET THE YOUNGEST
YOU'LL EVER BE, SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS
"Do Not Regret Growing Older.
It is a Privilege Denied to Many.
Sent from a friend.
I remember the big earth quake in 1965
I remember almost every day of senior year,
Tom McGerr and I going after 1st period to
sneak a quick smoke from the west exit to
Mr. Blessing's roll room. Tom where are you
now? I remember Pete Winechinko setting
off a cherry bomb in the main hall trash can...
I remember Frank Faylor.. I remember driving
to Golden Gardens after the earthquake to see
the tidal wave.. I remember skipping gym class
for an entire semester and getting a "C" in the
class. I remember all the great people who
worked on the Talisman staff and the fun we
had.. I remember wishing I was in the "in crowd",
but also thanking God I didn't get picked on like
some of the other kids.. High School was overall
a pretty good experience and Ballard was a great
school to be from. Happy Reunion!!!
son stopped by with our grand daughter.
She had just started the 4th grade and I
was eagar to find out how she liked it. I
asked her what she had learned so far.
She replied that she had learned how to
make babies. I was somewhat surprised
thinking that the 4th grade may be a bit
soon for this kind of information but
continued with our conversation anyway
and asked her just how do you make
babies. She said it's very easy. You just
drop the y and add ies.
An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots,
YOUR OWN AGE AND THINKING, "SURELY I
HE LOOKED AT ME CLOSELY. THEN, THAT UGLY,
Lutefisk, pronounced LEWD-uh-FISK, is dried cod fish
Last night my wife and I were sitting in the
living room and I said to her "I never want
to live in a vegetative state, dependent on
some machine and fluids from a bottle. If
that ever happens, just pull the plug!"
So she got up, unplugged the TV and threw
out my beer.
I've learned .... That when you're in love, it shows.
I've learned .... That just one person saying to me, 'You've
I've learned ... That having a child fall asleep in your arms
I've learned .... That being kind is more important than
I've learned .... That you should never say no to a gift
I've learned .... That I can always pray for someone when
I've learned .... That no matter how serious your life requires
I've learned ..... That sometimes all a person needs is a
I've learned .... That simple walks with my father
I've learned ..... That life is like a roll of toilet paper.
I've learned .... That we should be glad God doesn't
I've learned .... That money doesn't buy class.
I've learned ..... That it's those small daily happenings
I've learned ... That under everyone's hard shell is
I've learned .... That to ignore the facts does not
I've learned .... That when you plan to get even
I've learned ..... That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I've learned ..... That the easiest way for me to grow
I've learned .... That everyone you meet deserves to
I've learned ... That no one is perfect until you fall in
I've learned ... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.
I've learned ... That opportunities are never lost;
I've learned .... That when you harbor bitterness,
I've learned ... That I wish I could have told my Dad
I've learned .... That one should keep his words both
I've learned .... That a smile is an inexpensive way to
I've learned .... That when your newly born grandchild
I've learned ..... That everyone wants to live on top of
I've learned .... That the less time I have to work with,
Inside the old school
A final look at the old school
The Demolition of the old school
The Miss Thriftway Maiden Voyage.
A performance by your classmate
friend and mine Dan Brooks.
A video presentation in support of
Camp Goodtimes on Vashon Island.
By Millstream Video Productions
Here is the link to all photo booth pictures taken at our 50 year
reunion. Copy this address and past it on your browser and hit enter.