Sometimes when I think about my past, it seems like it wasn’t real. It could not have been real, but it was. It was a great adventure and it was mine.
In 1974, at the age of 23, I said goodbye to my parents, got into a yellow 1972 Ford Galaxie and drove (by myself), to Guadalajara, Mexico. At speeds in excess of 100 mph, I made it to Guadalajara 3 days later. I didn’t speak Spanish and I didn’t know anyone.
I did have the phone number of Alan Goodman and, having never met me, he was gracious enough to let me stay with him until I got situated. They say it’s a small world and as it turned out, Alan was a distant relative of Dale (my girlfriend at the time) and Renee (my future wife).
Guadalajara was a tremendous adventure leading to my marriage to Renee and our settling in Lake Zurich and practicing medicine. I had always planned on living on the outer banks of NC, but Lake Zurich won my heart.
Now I’m about to go on a new adventure. My new life starts May 29 when the movers pack and move me to the land of Ya’ll, North Carolina. Once again, I don’t speak the language (southern drawl) but I’ll learn.
I’ll be starting a new career. I’m going to be a full time Zadie. Zadie is the Yiddish word for grandfather, and I can’t wait to start my new job. I’m getting a huge increase in pay with hugs and kisses every day from my children and grandchildren. I get 3 days off a week and unlimited sick time. I’ll be a short distance from Jeremy, Allyson, Riley and Erin’s family.
So, I guess this is the beginning of goodbye, a month-long celebration of the years we’ve had together. Up until now, moving has not seemed real. It’s real and coming up fast. I’d love to see each and every one of you guys before I leave but I can’t figure out how. Covid-19 has made meeting, as a group, impossible. Of course, you could always move to North Carolina.
Meanwhile, I’ll keep writing on this blog as long as there is something to say. I’ll keep my old phone number so that I’ll always be just a phone call away. Feel free to suggest any topic you’d like me to write about.
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