We interrupt Bill P.'s post to bring you this important entry from Don Hornung... He was the first one from the way back times to respond to Bill P.'s and my request for more input... and it just so happens that Don was President of SU's Class of '53... Other than that, fact is Don needs no introduction to anyone who attended Syracuse University during the past 60 years... The rest of you can ask around...
You can return to Bill P.'s post, which apparently needs a little extra time to read through and mull over, right after you get through with Donny's pithy little statement re: his up's and down and in's and outs -in other words, his own personal roller coaster ride through his 70's. And it's from a member of our group who will soon be graduating to the ranks of an Octogenarian - as opposed to an OctoMom:
"Ok Billy, not being a writer, I'll give it a try but you guys did this for a living. What chance do I have writing about life over 70, selling "window parts my working life". One thing is I've had more life over 70 than you as next year I vacate the 70's.
This note comes at a bad time for me in the health area. I had Hepatitis when I was 25 when I just got out of 'Cuse. I was going with Elaine Kiebala then and she got it to. I'm the only guy that got Hepatitis with his girlfriend without getting laid. Breaks a record that no one wants to challenge. Now, back to the health thing. Fast forward 50 years, no ailments, no broken bones, and never a night in the hospital. I played tennis 4 to 5 days a week, did a roller blade marathon at 70, bladed 2600 miles in 12 years. Still sounds good, now I'm getting cocky.
A charmed life but it all comes to the reality of life, the body ages. Since 75, kidney stones, a fun thing, should call it kidney rocks. While running on the tennis court, smashed into the fence pole, clobbered 3 tendons, Rotator Cuff surgery, 6 months no tennis. Then I got PMR, not PMS, but felt like I hear it feels. Poly Myalgia Rheumatic which makes your joints ache, 2 yrs of Prednisone still ahead, but it works. In the last 2 weeks, Shingles, tore something in my hip so MRI next week and maybe surgery, have a cold from going from Florida 85 temp to this Ct. rain, cold and fog. (why do I keep this house, Northeast weather sucks)
So what lies ahead, more challenges, more doctors, more ailments.
The alternative is getting in THE BOX. I'm claustrophobic so I'm
sticking around, ain't going there.