Friday, January 25, 2008


It was very early in the morning, as we: TLW (The Little Woman) and #2 Son struggled with the luggage as we waited to check in with Southwest Airlines. Being it was a long line; everyone would mover up in increments of inches.

Ahead of us stood a distinguished gentleman about my age, with his wife. Together they seemed very comfortable and spoke quietly to each other. They had a lot of luggage that they wished to check in, but it was difficult for him to move by himself. Like me, he needed to do it himself, and not make his wife move it.

As we moved forward on the line, and he struggled with his bags, I helped him by giving one of his bags a gentle push forward, of which he was appreciative. We started to talk and compared flights. He was going to Las Vegas, Nevada, and I was going to Phoenix. Off they went, so did we.

After our arrival in Phoenix and harrowing trip to Sedona, we settled in our time-share and went out to diner. Being how it was so late, we figured not to far from the resort since we were all tired. As the waiter led us to our booth in the Red Planet Diner, a popular Star Trek themed restaurant, I look at the couple in the next booth. Who is it but the couple in the airport! We exchange pleasantries and chat a while, comparing where we are staying, and off they go, having finished dinner.

The following Thursday, TLW decided to book us on a train trip through the canyon floor. Off we go to catch our train, and being how we are early, we decided to have lunch at the depot (restaurant and gift shop, of course). Finishing lunch, we go out to sit at the picnic table and wait to board. Being it was a gorgeous knock down sunny and beautiful Arizonian day, we sat in the sun. All of a sudden, I’m sitting in the shade, as this figure is hovering over me. I look up, and who is it/ Why my friend from the airport, the Red Planet, and now the train Depot.

Since we both had first class accommodations, he invited us to sit with him and his wife for the duration of the trip.

Tomorrow: names and places of good people.

Here’s an exercise for people over 50 from my buddies Seth and JoEllen Smith

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of Room at each side.

With a 5-lb potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can.

Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato sacks.

Then try 50-lb potato sacks and then eventually try to get where you can lift a 100-lb potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level.)

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.

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