Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Another Announcement….One to Give the Readers Displeasure

As a direct result of the failure of Harold Camping’s predictions of the end of the world to come true, another event has now occurred. This one will be distasteful to many….including myself.

Very First Senior Moment

First of all, allow me to offer my very sincere thanks to my readers, followers, and those just working and have no idea of who the heck I am. It is so nice to know that so many of you are now contributing in a way you didn’t consider. Especially since many don’t even know me.

Because the world didn’t end, I turned 65 today and thus am now eligible for Medicare. So, now all of you can feel good that your “present” to me on my birthday is actually delivered by the government.

But, wait…..

……I’m still working too. So, I guess I’m giving myself a present?

The sad part about Medicare is that I don’t really need it, but the government insists. In fact, I have to go to my employers (or their insurance company) and get a form filled out to specify that the employer’s insurance will not consider Medicare Part B as the primary medical coverage and make themselves be a secondary.

Plus, if I fail to do that, Medicare will penalize me by a certain percentage for every year that I fail to sign up for Medicare Part B. And, since I began taking Social Security at 63, I will be required to pay a certain amount from Social Security for Medicare Part B. But, since I am still working and make enough money, I don’t get a full year’s worth of Social Security payments.

But even more frustrating, I would still have to pay for the Medicare Part B (which I really don’t want anyway) for every month even though I’m not getting a Social Security benefit payment for each month.

Isn’t it GREAT the way government and its bureaucracies work??? Don’t you wish we had more of this CRUD??? If you do, book passage now for a cruise on that “slow boat to China.” Hopefully, that will be the ONLY way you can receive it after 2012.

Oh, and what do you want to bet that the Mayan calendar “end of the world” scenario won’t play out either? I mean, really……

…….has anyone seen any authentic Mayans lately to verify their calendar calculations? And, since they aren’t around, how smart does one think that an extinct civilization can be if they can’t even stick around for the end? Of their own calendar???

As for me, I’ve even given up trying to read tea leaves for my predictions. I’ve officially switched to M&M candies. At least the lettering on M&M’a is a whole lot easier to read than tea leaf patterns.

Now, to get serious for just a little bit. I had a good birthday with being with family. My sister and her husband just got back from a cruise to Britain (or somewhere over there) and flew into Oklahoma City to retrieve their vehicle. While here, they took Jo and I and our youngest son, Eric out to supper. Sis was getting tired of fish after their cruise and wanted Mexican food. So, we went to “On the Border” and pigged out.

Thanks, Sis. Even better than the supper was getting to see you again.

So, for today, May 23, 2011, I wish myself a Happy Birthday. My gift has really been my family (the blood family), my RV family (made up of participants of three different forums), and my continued good health. May it be that all can be as blessed as I am.

May God continue to shower us with joy and love and blessings too numerous to count.

Official title for this photo is, “He leadeth me beside still waters.”


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