Today is my birthday. I have lived two years longer than Elvis did.
Normally, I wouldn't make a post to announce such a thing. Even though I have fussed over birthdays of other people, I have always tried to avoid talking about mine. It's just that today, there are some things that I want to say.
It seems like just yesterday, my main concern in life was getting enough neighborhood kids together on Saturday to get a baseball game going. That was about 30 years ago, but seems like the twinkling of an eye. My priorities have certainly changed over the years. I served 6 years in the United States Army and changed my values and opinions on a lot of things in life. I was the lead singer in my own country band for 10 years until I got burned out while hitting the road every single weekend playing shows all over Indiana and Kentucky. I haven't done that for the past three years, but still enjoy getting the old guitar out every now and then with some friends and having a good time. I don't do much of anything that I used to enjoy doing because my job takes up most of my time. I say all of that to say this.
I still enjoy my Elvis CD collection and usually spend some quiet time each weekend listening to the man, whether it be a concert, recording session or rehearsal. There have been a couple of things over the past several days that has happened and makes me reflect on the important things in my life. My family is the most important thing. I have been married to the same woman for 23 years (poor girl) and have two young adult children.
Another thing that I get enjoyment out of is this board. There are times when I read certain posts and wonder what the author has been smoking. I also do not agree with many opinions on here. If I don't agree with something or I feel like someone is way out of line, you'll know it. I can be a smart ass at times, but that's just me. You can laugh at it, get upset with it or overlook it. That's your choice. However, I want to take this opportunity to tell you all that even though I do not agree with some of you, I try to respect your opinion. People make comments about the Doc. I like the Doc and appreciate his contributions to this board. There are too many of you to name, but I appreciate the posts of Greg, Colin, Tom, Scatter, Blue-Gypsy, LTB, JLGB, Carolyn, and the list goes on. I cannot mention everyone, but you are included in this list. I appreciate the pictures that Funky posts. Everyone contributes in their own way. I hope that in some way, I have contributed to this board. It is strictly a hobby and done in my spare time, but I do look forward to being here almost on a daily basis. Sometimes, I spend way too much time on here while I'm supposed to be working.
I may get over this mellow mood I'm in later and delete this. However, I just wanted to make this post to say that I appreciate the opportunity to chat with you all whether we agree or not.
Again, this post is something that I normally would not do. It's just that with some of the things that have happened recently, I just felt a little like spilling my guts. I don't ask for, or expect any replies. Feel free to do so if you wish.
Everyone have a safe weekend. We don't want to lose anyone else.
Last edited by Rob on Fri Feb 17, 2006 4:21 pm, edited 1 time in total.