Posts Tagged ‘2016’

Time Flies!

Posted: December 11, 2016 in Random Thoughts
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Six months since my last blog entry — guess I just haven’t been in the mood.  Since June, I’ve taken a long vacation and a mini-vacation.

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Caprock, UT

In August, I used up just about the last of my perk points with the airlines, hotels and rental cars, flew to Salt Lake City, Utah and drove to Lubbock, Texas.

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Monument Valley AZ

I’ve always liked southwestern United States, and have visited a few times for work and play.  Figuring this would probably be my last chance to visit again, since I’m no longer traveling for work, I decided to try and see some sights I’ve missed in the past, and end up in Roswell, New Mexico to see the UFO center of the universe.

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My Flat Stanley at the UFO museum in Roswell, NM

From there, I had to get to the nearest big-city airport, which was in Lubbock, Texas.  Had no particular sights I wanted to see there, but I did find a good barbecue place for lunch before my flight left town.

In October, I took my daughter up to Iowa to visit family.  My aunt expressed a desire to see the Grotto of the Redemption, so we hopped in the car one day to check it out.

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Grotto of the Redemption, IA

And that’s all the sightseeing I’ve done during the last six months.

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Last night before going to bed, I decided to start posting paraphrases of  the journals I kept while in the Navy.  So far I’ve completed the first five or six days of a deployment from 1988.  The journal covers 157 days.  Probably going to take some time.  But as I decided last night, I’m not really doing anything better with my evenings.

I might as well take this opportunity to start journaling my life now.  So — this week, I’ve been walking around the neighborhood during my lunch hour.  I’m fairly certain I’m way out of shape.  Yesterday at the end of my hour-long walk. my blood sugar went low, so for the last few blocks I felt like I was staggering and shuffling rather than taking my usual stride.  Maybe I had a bit of a heat exhaustion, too.  It’s getting warm now.  One reason I’ve started walking outside during the day is so that I’ll be used to the heat when I go out west for my vacation next month.  I don’t plan to do all my sightseeing from the comfort of the rental car.

Oh — just received a text message telling me I just got paid!  Paying bills tomorrow.

The night before last, I attended a concert from The Alan Parsons Project.  For years, I’ve maintained I don’t listen to the lyrics of songs.  The other night I was reminded that hasn’t always been the case.  As the songs were sung, I found myself singing the lyrics, though it’s been over 20 years since listening to Alan Parsons Project on a regular basis.  Then a realization washed over me, that many of the songs I was singing seemed to be about the way I’ve lived my life.  I wondered what effect the music had on me — a profound effect, I think:

Days Are Numbers

The traveler is always leaving town
He never has the time to turn around
And if the road he’s taken isn’t leading anywhere
He seems to be completely unaware

The traveler is always leaving home
The only kind of life he’s ever known
When every moment seems to be
A race against the time
There’s always one more mountain left to climb

Days are numbers
Watch the stars
We can only see so far
Someday, you’ll know where you are
Remember
Days are numbers
Count the stars
We can only go so far
One day, you’ll know where you are

The traveler awaits the morning tide
He doesn’t know what’s on the other side
But something deep inside of him
Keeps telling him to go
He hasn’t found a reason to say no

The traveler is only passing through
He cannot understand your point of view
Abandoning reality, unsure of what he’ll find
The traveler in me is close behind

Days are numbers
Watch the stars
We can only see so far
Someday, you’ll know where you are
Remember
Days are numbers
Count the stars
We can only go so far
One day, you’ll know where you are

Silence and I

If I cried out loud
Over sorrows I’ve known
And the secrets I’ve heard
It would ease my mind
Someone sharing the load
But I won’t breathe a word

We’re two of a kind
Silence and I
We need a chance to talk things over
Two of a kind
Silence and I
We’ll find a way to work it out

While the children laughed
I was always afraid
Of the smile of the clown
So I close my eyes
Till I can’t see the light
And I hide from the sound

We’re two of a kind
Silence and I
We need a chance to talk things over
Two of a kind
Silence and I
We’ll find a way to work it out

I can hear the cry
Of the leaf on a tree
As it falls to the ground
I can hear the call
Of an echoing voice
And there’s no one around

We’re two of a kind
Silence and I
We need a chance to talk things over
Two of a kind
Silence and I
We’ll find a way to work it out

Time

Time
Flowing like a river
Time
Beckoning me
Who knows when we shall meet again
If ever
But time
Keeps flowing like a river
To the sea

Goodbye my love
Maybe for forever
Goodbye my love
The tide waits for me
Who knows when we shall meet again
If ever
But time
Keeps flowing like a river (on and on)
To the sea, to the sea

Till it’s gone forever
Gone forever
Gone forevermore

Goodbye my friends (goodbye my love)
Maybe for forever
Goodbye my friends (who knows when we shall meet again)
The stars wait for me
Who knows when we shall meet again
If ever
But time
Keeps flowing like a river (on and on)
To the sea, to the sea

Till it’s gone forever
Gone forever
Gone forevermore

Forevermore
Forevermore

Old and Wise

As far as my eyes can see
There are shadows approaching me
And to those I left behind
I wanted you to know
You’ve always shared my deepest thoughts
You follow where I go

And oh when I’m old and wise
Bitter words mean little to me
Autumn winds will blow right through me
And someday in the mist of time
When they asked me if I knew you
I’d smile and say you were a friend of mine
And the sadness would be lifted from my eyes
Oh when I’m old and wise

As far as my eyes can see
There are shadows surrounding me
And to those I leave behind
I want you all to know
You’ve always shared my darkest hours
I’ll miss you when I go

And oh, when I’m old and wise
Heavy words that tossed and blew me
Like autumn winds that will blow right through me
And someday in the mist of time
When they ask you if you knew me
Remember that you were a friend of mine
As the final curtain falls before my eyes
Oh when I’m old and wise

As far as my eyes can see

After the concert, I moseyed over to the souvenir table to see what was available, and found a boxed set of CD’s containing all of Alan Parson Projects albums.  I decided to buy it, and I’ve been listening to the CD’s while I drive around.  More soul searching to ponder over why I’m the way I am….