Well, it’s 2017 and I have decided to bring my blog back from the grave. For most of 2016, I did a fairly good job of writing about various topics and keeping active on my blog. That was until about three months ago. Then, I just didn’t slow down a bit, I quit writing all together and the blog went stone cold (yes, stones are cold) dead.
Why? Not sure I have a good answer to that. I do know the blog suddenly became more of a chore than a joy, but a lot of things in life are that way. I do know that I wasn’t getting much feedback or comments from readers and it’s very hard to write in a vacuüm. But I guess the reason for my blog’s temporary demise was that I had found that I was experiencing a lot of disappointments in my life:
—I was tired of dealing with health issues. In little more than a year, I had 5 major and minor surgeries—two knee replacements, carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists, and a bunion repaired on my foot. I had also gotten shots in the nerves in my back, received treatment for neuropathy, and had a dental implant when a tooth broke in half. I also had the hassle of dealing with a heart problem I have had since a heart attack and bypass at the age of 33. Add in visit after visit for physical therapy and you see why I had to schedule everything around doctor visits.
—I finally had to accept I was no longer going to be able to do the activities I had enjoyed for my entire life. No person ever loved fishing more than I did. And when I say “fishing,” I mean “fly fishing (to me “fishing” is plopping down and throwing a lure in the water while drinking a beer, while “fly fishing” is a magical presentation of an offering to a mystic creature—a constant adventure of the spirit). I also could no longer hunt, shoot, bike, backpack, photograph, or travel because of my physical limitations.
—I was truly downhearted by the politicians who are laughingly (the joke is pretty obvious now) supposed to be representing us. I didn’t realize how much I love America until the phony façade of our government servants (another joke) was stripped away over the last year. All of this was brought to a head with the nomination of Trump for President. I don’t know if a more despicable person exists anywhere. That we elected such a buffoon and bigot is very disturbing—I thought this country was better than that. I now know I need to start working at doing something meaningful to counteract this menace—I owe it to my grandkids.
Those are probably the main reasons for my downtrodden attitude over the last year or so. Notice I didn’t say I was “depressed.” I don’t feel I’m depressed because I still see the joy in life. My wife, grandkids, family, and friends are still a wonderful bunch of loving people who bring me great happiness. I get up and face each day with a positive attitude and a “zippity-doo-dah” approach (or at least a “zippity” approach). Movies, television, books, and the other writing I do have filled many of the holes left by the loss of long familiar activities. Coffee tastes better than ever.
I’m going to continue to write on what I think is important as well as just what might be interesting and fun for a GEEZER. I very much appreciate that you have not eliminated your subscription to my blog. I would appreciate it even more if you would continue to follow “Just a Geezer” and recommend it to others. And most of all, please comment on what you see here so I know I am indeed talking to every one of you. Each of you have something to say—say it here—this is the place to do it.
I find that I have an incurable need to write and since I don’t seem to have a novel in me, this blog is my joy. With most of my physical ailments behind me or a least beat down, I plan to tackle my blog with a vengeance—thanks for being a reader and a friend.