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65! A new way of life awaits.

I turned 65 on my cross country trip. Retirement from full time employment also kicked in along the way.

How much part-time work am I willing to do? Will I really start writing seriously and finish a novel that was started and set aside? Do I dare start cooking? Do I finally get in good shape since I will have plenty of time to go to the gym or run? Stress eating should be at least diminished.

I'm still trying to establish a retirement routine. The holidays and ...
I turned 65 on my cross country trip. Retirement from full time employment also kicked in along the way.

How much part-time work am I willing to do? Will I really start writing seriously and finish a novel that was started and set aside? Do I dare start cooking? Do I finally get in good shape since I will have plenty of time to go to the gym or run? Stress eating should be at least diminished.

I'm still trying to establish a retirement routine. The holidays and holiday guests have slowed this process. One thing I am doing is studying French for an hour a day with the hope of being somewhat fluent by the end of 2016. I'm not starting from scratch. I have a fair amount of comprehension but am lacking in my attempts to speak fluently.

I love this quote: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is." - Albert Einstein.

And this: "I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." - Carl Jung

Final quote: "Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, 'I've never seen anyone run like that before.' It's more than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative."- Steve Prefontaine
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Member Since: 9/15/2009

SparkPoints: 109,383

Fitness Minutes: 130,723

My Goals:
1. Lose at least 15 pounds.
2. Be healthier and happier.
3. Run the London Marathon.
4. Spend some time in Greece and Italy.
5. Become more fluent in French.


My Program:
1. Read.
2. Write.
3. Love.
4. Laugh.
5. Run/Bike/Walk.

Personal Information:
65 years old. Born and raised in Rhode Island but moved to the Pittsburgh area in 1971 and never left.

Ran on state championship cross country team while in high school then did not run in college or for a dozen years after college. Started running again in 1984 with a goal of running in the Boston Marathon. Have run that 4 times and am now hope to run the London marathon.

Married with 3 daughters and 2 grandsons. 6 sisters and no brothers in the house while I was growing up so I am glad to have some young men in the family.

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Love to read mystery novels.

Ever hear of my band Chronic Insomnia? And the cheery song "Put a Bullet in My Head" that I wrote for it? LOL.

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CASSIES
10/17/2015 9:10:31 PM

Where are you planning to watch the marathon when you're in NYC? I have a friend who lives along the route...5th Avenue and 118th. Its right on ground level. She does a marathon gathering. Lots of fun and great people. You could also head into Central park from there if you plan on meeting your wife at the finish line.

We'll talk, but just wanted to put this info out to you. Enjoy your xcountry trek. emoticon



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CASSIES
9/10/2015 6:20:27 AM

Thanks for letting me know you'll be in NYC. I want to see you for sure and toast you with an IPA. Congrats on your retirement. Have a blast cross country and I'll be cheering for you in Portland!



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MISTEMAE
8/9/2015 7:32:45 PM

You wished me luck a long time ago and I want to wish you the same now. I hope you enjoy your cross country trip too!



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CASSIES
6/30/2015 9:53:08 AM

I just reread your introduction.

Thanks for continually inspiring. The roots I planted here at Spark run deep. I am not thrilled with my current weight because I feel like it holds me back and interferes with my energy and exercise. Its just those pesky 10 lbs...that are more like 14 lbs today due to weekend indulgences.

I look forward to your popping up to NYC. I would love to join you along the Hudson...lets just try to do it on a day when the wind isn't blowing too hard.


Boom Chukka Boom!

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Enjoy you upcoming travels and I know your retirement will be the beginning of new levels of fulfillment.




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CASSIES
6/2/2015 9:53:55 PM

Thanks for bringing me over to Spark again. I still remember those stories you told me. I think of you each year during March Madness.

Hope you injury is better and your running brings you joy and strength.



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