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2020 Vision

I know it’s probably been used out the wazoo but for the beginning of this blog entry (and the new decade), there is no better way to title it.

Two thousand twenty is looking to be one of the best years of my 63 spent on this Little Blue Dot. My wife and I have made plans to travel westward come July, beginning in Pennsylvania and ending in Montana, then back to PA. It will be the first time I’ve ever ventured that far from home (not counting my time in the US Navy). We’ve pinned a US map to the kitchen wall and highlighted our route. We’re studying National Park books and watching YouTube videos, particulary for Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Tetons, and Bad Lands National Parks.

She and I agree that instead of our usual summer get away trip to Myrtle Beach, SC or Campbellsville, KY, it’s time to investigate new and exciting places we’ve never been. There are so many beautiful destinations, and we’re having a good time choosing ones we’ll spend the most time at. Those 4 NPs I mentioned above are what we’ve been focusing on.

There’s no telling how many photos and videos I’ll be creating during our two-week trip, and to be honest, I don’t really care. I’ve always enjoyed the editing process so I’m not concerned about that or learning to edit in Lightroom on an iPad Pro, going mobile I guess you could say, something I’m not totally comfortable doing just yet. But hey, they say you’re never too old to learn and 63 3/4 years ain’t really that old is it?

I know there are beautiful destinations in my home states of Kentucky and Pennsylvania, but using that point on the compass labeled “W” and allowing our imaginations to help guide us (and some paper road maps), there are no other summer vaykay plans that could possibly top what she and I have chose to do this summer and I think we’re calling it……

THE SUMMER OF 2020 VISION!

If you have 20/20 vision, you’ll never slip on an in-ground livestock gate.
If you had been on this hill with me in Tennessee we’d both know it was 20/20 vision.
Use your 20/20 vision like this: SOAR!!

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See what condition my condition is in

I recently had to start taking blood pressure medication but for years I hadn’t taken anything and have felt just fine. I knew about the adage “the silent killer” but just ignored it and figured that when it was my time to check out I’d rather not know about it beforehand.

But if I could pick the time and place it’d be at one of my favorite breweries, performing with one of the bands I’m in, holding my guitar, singing the original song I wrote: “I Know Where I’m Going.” There’s no way of knowing if it’ll happen like that, but hey, there’s no harm in asking.

My BP appears to be under control now, and along with the medication I’m taking (hydrochlorothiazide) I think it’s also helped that I’ve begun to take charge of my temper. Do I have complete control yet? No, but it’s kind of easier done than said when you have a general idea of what ticks you off because you can kind of catch it before you lose it.

I think there’s too much anger in the world today and if everyone would try to rein in their tempers like I’ve been doing we’d probably get along with each other a little better. I should’ve started harnessing mine a long time ago!

Peace.