Today I turn 50. It is a bit difficult to put that down on paper, or in this case to type it into my Live Writer software. 40 came and went with little fanfare, but this one has reminded me that I am halfway dead (I plan on living to 100 then going out in some fashion that would be considered scandalous for a 100 year old man).
I have been fortunate in many ways over the past 50 years. I have been able to provide a comfortable living for my family, I have been able to coach and attend my kids sporting events from pee wee soccer up through varsity competition, we have been to some amazing places together as a family, I have made some lasting friendships in high school, college and beyond and I even recently convinced my body to become a marathoner. I have a great wife and two amazing intelligent, funny talented children. I have three awesome brothers and two wonderful parents who are actively engaged with their grandchildren.
By all standards life is good. So why does it bother me? I’m not 100% sure but it may be because there are now less days on the downside of the hill than there were on the upside. so what can I do about it? Be a good person, be a good parent, be a good husband, stay in shape, don’t stop doing things that are important, do something crazy, do something fun and make every day count.
Yesterday was Matt’s birthday and he had reserved a room over at a local restaurant/bar called the Brick House. I had not been there before and wonder where the name came from…until I walked in. Anyone familiar with the Commodores song from the 70’s will get where I am going with this. All the wait staff are younger ladies with lots of skin showing similar to Hooters but more denim and midriff exposed.
Anyway the reason for this post is because I crushed a common misconception about attracting women. I always remembered that if you had a cute puppy with you, that was a sure fire conversation starter with the ladies (theory proven a few times in college).
Last night I found out that all you need is cake. We had a giant sheet cake from Sam’s Club for the 15 or so friends in attendance. If you have never tried bakery items from Sam’s, they are very tasty and relatively inexpensive. Even with that about of people we only put a small dent in the total cake volume, so Matt extended a cake invite to our server and anyone else who wanted to partake. Within 5 minutes we have most of the female staff in our room sampling the chocolaty goodness off our fancy dinosaur paper plates. It was quite a site with all our new friends pull up a chair to join the party.