Going Public with my Age

I come clean about my age. Read why it has taken me so long to do it.

peace symbolConfession

I am 61 years old. There, I’ve said it.

The Good

This means that I grew up in the ’60s. The music that I listened to in high school, my music, is now considered “classic” rock and is still being played today. We didn’t invent drugs, but we took their use to whole new level. And we also discovered that our parents and the authorities were wrong – smoking marijuana did not automatically lead to heroin addiction. We didn’t invent sex, but again, we took its use to whole new level. We didn’t invent being anti-war but we took its meaning to whole new level.

There are many things for which I am grateful that I was born in 1951.

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Facing Fear

The Scream by by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch

Fears

We all have them.

Some we know about, others we discover as we go along.

They say that the most common fear is the fear of getting up in front of a group and speaking. Others are afraid of flying. Some are afraid of groups of people; others are afraid of being totally alone. I know some people are afraid of trying to do new things on their computer.

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Using Dreamhost for shared hosting

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Dreamhost Offerings

Dreamhost offers shared hosting with unlimited domains, unlimited disk usage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited e-mail accounts, unlimited FTP accounts, etc; you get the picture. You can read all of their offering on their Hosting:Feature Glossary page. All of this for just about the price point of $10/month. In addition, if you are a non-profit and send them your 501(c)3 IRS determination letter, they will give you free hosting.

For additional fees they will:  provide a unique IP address for your domain, sell and install an SSL Certificate, and even provide a Virtual Private Server.

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Relationship Status Changed to “In A Relationship”

 

A New Phase

I’ve been in the “singles world” for year and a half now. [I don’t count the year I spent grieving my loss and working on my relationship with God.] I’ve met a lot of nice people both men and women. Some of whom I count as friends, also both men and women. God has brought many people into my life but none has had the impact as one special person.

Effie Roling
Effie has been special. I met her at a singles gathering called 222. I’ve been attending different 222 gatherings for over the last year. There are great people who go there. I met Effie there. We started dating. I liked her and she liked me. So it seemed natural to “go public” with our relationship and let the world know that we were exclusively dating each other.

What’s Next
We continue to see each other; we attend different events and services together. We plan on serving with her church’s community service project next month.

The rest is up to God. It will be interesting to see where He leads.

Doing Scary Things

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These are a few of the scariest things
I’ve become more aware of how I procrastinate on doing things just because I’m afraid. Why? Usually I delay doing things because I don’t totally foresee the outcome. I’m afraid of making the wrong choice. I’m not sure which way is the “right” way to do it.

So I put off doing anything. I ignore that something needs to be decided or acted on. I’ll wait until another day.

The Antidote
I’ve found that I have to remind myself of the saying I’ve heard “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing poorly.” Now, I know I can do almost anything poorly. So I give myself permission to do it poorly and I do it. I usually end up with a pretty good result. The other thing I remember is that “If I’m not happy with the decision I’ve made, next time I can make a different decision.”

How have you handled those things that you would rather not face?

Easter Traditions

Sunrise Service

Today some friends and I climbed Stone Mountain to attend the Easter Sunrise service. The weather was amazing. The temperature when I left the house was 60F/15C and the wind was reasonable. The service was good. We made the mistake of parking our blanket right in front of one of the speakers. But the message was good and the songs were ancient.

But we had a good time together and went to eat afterward at the Original Pancake House restaurant on Memorial Drive.

This is the second year I’ve gone and I think going to this service will become a new Patrick tradition.

Easter Tradition

 Each Easter I get a chocolate Easter bunny. I always eat the ears first. Always.

What are your Easter traditions?

But Officer…


“Here come da judge…”

Well, I got a little bit in a hurry and I got timed doing 62MPH ( 100kp/h) in a 45 MPH (70kp/h) speed zone.

So I got dressed up in my best suit and headed to court. What amazed me is that I could FIT into my suit! This is the suit that I got married in 17 years ago. Also, my sister and brother-in-law gave me a nice dress shirt and tie that went well with it.

Since I had (had) a squeeky-clean driving record, they reduced the charge to “driving faster than conditions.” But I still had to pay a good sized fine. The good thing is that charge won’t be reported to the State of GA and appear on my state driving record.