I’m 69 years old today.  I graduated from high school in 1969.  The 69 Camaro is my favorite car. Sixty-nine has always been my favorite number.  In previous articles, I’ve talked about the importance of keeping your inner child alive.  It used to be the mere mention of the number 69 that woke up my inner child.  Now, at 69, I’m not sure why that number was so magical.  My inner child died from CRS and/or the reality of aging.  Either way it sucks.  (Nice play on words).

As you know, I’m not happy with the aging process.  I fear 69 is going to blow (there I go again).   Renee and I are committed to biking daily. I’m starting to eat better although I’m not convinced it will make a difference.  My job search is not going well.  I’m overqualified for most and don’t have the credentials I need as a medical editor for for the Sex magazine I talked about earlier. I stopped at the question, “Tell us about your experience.”  There was no way I was answering that other than to state that I was 69.  For a second, I though that query had resuscitated my inner youth, then it fizzled.

North Carolina is hot!  Covid-19 is driving me crazy.  I want to sit in a restaurant and have a nice meal.  I want to have the neighbors over for a drink and appetizers. I want to go swimming.  I want to go fishing.  The reality is I’m stuck indoors like you and the rest of the world.

Writing about this is like puking; you feel better after the foul stuff comes out.  Maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe 69 will be a good year.  Only time will tell.  It’s 9 am and I have the rest of today to find something to do. Actually, once you are retired, every day becomes the same.  

Hopefully, a vaccine will be available by January and then we will be able to do more.  We’ll see!  Until then, I’ll just have to come up with something to do each day and so will you. Renee, this is my 69 year!

Here’s your song for the day and a joke.

Whatever you look like, marry a man your own age.  As your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.  Phyllis Diller

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6 Replies to “69”

  1. Happy Birthday, Dr. Segal, from my Mother, Audrey, and me. I hope the best is yet to come. Enjoy your new adventure!

  2. I hope all is well. Charlene and I want to wish you a very happy birthday. We hope you have a great day. Best wishes to all. Bruce says:

    Hi Stew. I hope all is well. Charlene and I want to wish you a very happy birthday. We hope you have a great day. Best wishes to all. Bruce

  3. Happy birthday, doc. You’ve caught up with me. Re-read your Live Wellthy book. With all your friends thinking & praying for you, life will be good in many other ways. I will love & appreciate you always. God. Bless. Jan Kinnamon

  4. You think 69 sucks? Wait until you hit 70. That’s when all remnants of the fantasy that you still have a foot in the door of middle age disappear and you are now officially “elderly”. Enjoy 69. You will soon look back and wish you were this young again. Happy Birthday.

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