I am now seventy one. I have blogged for over three years, about two to four times a day. I have over twenty thousand hits and over five hundred people who read some of my blogs. I notice that some people tend to come and go. They get into the blogging concept and then go away for a while or drop out completely. Blogging seems to me like fun and I hope you are entertained by my writings. I tend to preach to much, educate some and go off on a rant every once in a while. I have gotten a small full time job at an amusement park. I live in Winter Haven so you can give the place a name. Orlando is up the road. I have met people from all over the world. We are not the same. We have some connecting values but there are nuances. I have learned that many people do not like puns, some hate jokes and no one likes to be made fun at. I will endeavor to put that into practice on my blog. I never mean to offend but something said in jest can come off badly. I love comments. It gives me an indication what you like or do not like and I can reflect that in the blog. I am thrilled to have met some of you in cyberspace. You are a fantastic bunch of people.
I was a teacher for over forty years. They went by fast. Some were good years and some not so good. I taught seventh grade (in Florida it is called Middle School). I did my best and sometimes it worked and some times I felt depressed and feeling I had not accomplished anything. I also taught at the college level. I liked this because the students wanted to learn. Discipline was not an issue. It was rewarding because you can see dreams being realized. I also did summer school, recreation, and taught tennis. I have worked a salad bar in a restaurant, sold insurance and even worked in a convenience store. As I was growing up I worked with stocks and bonds at Lehman Brothers and for my Grandfather making jewelery at his plant in New York City. I have shoveled snow, flown in a copter, and collect baseball cards for my Grandson. I like blogging because it activates my brain cells. I hope you like my stuff because I do go all over the table and beyond. I like sci-fi, dislike real horror stores and like my blood thin. My family tree is slender to say the least and many in it disowned me many years ago. I know grief and disappointment on a first name basis. I have been to many funerals, a few weddings and a lot of birthday parties. We grow old and the circle of life is real.
In the beginning I taught at two junior high schools in BedSty Brooklyn, New York.
I am married, three children, and three grandchildren. All in all life has been interesting and I wish to share my experiences and thoughts on this blog. There have been ups and downs. Would I change anything? Probably. Any rate if I can put a smile on your face I will feel good about this blog.
It is time to add to my about. I have in the past six months blogged pretty much every day. Sometimes two or three posts a day. I try to vary my posts, some funny, some just fluff and one post on the educational system as I view it. I am being listened to again just as I was in the classroom and that is most satisfying. You may agree with me or not but most of you have been gentle and nice. Thank you for the hits and like selections I appreciate them. Your humble servant Barry
An add on to my about. I have the honor to state I receive an award for my volunteer work at the Winter Haven Theater. It was really fun to be recognized for some good work. It made my day. You can look it up on the internet and see the issue with me in it, back page. It also keeps me active as does the blogging which stimulate the brain cells. I have done my best to get back to everyone and if I miss I do not mean to. It is purely an oversight. Please feel free to make comments for that is the only way I know what is liked or not.
P. S. I got a few comments that I used big letters. I tend to use #16 instead of the common #12 because at 67 I do not see as well. It aids me to correct my numerous mistakes. Unfortunately many of you young people may understand that in thirty or forty years. Now I am older and I am considering going to #18. If I keep blogging I may one day hit #25. Sincerely, Barry
I am working the elections. The governor race in Florida is big here and so is the amendment two on the issue of Pot. We give out those little stickers that state you voted and people take them with pride. There is something about voting which is really important to people. Those who do will understand this. Those who do not are missing out. It is important to count. You are not alone. You have importance. It is funny an old man in a walker comes in. He has voted in every election since the World War. He takes pride in it. Yet the young take it as why bother. To me he is the poster child of the election process. He will vote even with pain and will smile when he gets the sticker. I wish the youth would understand the mental picture of that man.
The elections are over. A lot of people voted but on the other hand a lot did not. I guess if we loss the right to vote it will be missed. We had in Florida a race for gov. which was quite close. The pot issue was up for vote. Yet over half stayed home. . Absentee voting was heavy. Yet people did not put in the few minutes of time to register how they felt about the issues. How do we get people involved? It is beyond me.
Back to Lego Land. Where smiles are the daily activity. Been doing a lot of island in the sky. I like going up one hundred and fifty feet and viewing the scene. Still going strong even with the stroke twelve years ago. I recovered and think I am back to ninety percent. I lost ninety pounds and Lego Land is a place I workout at.
Life is a mystery. Now my daughter in law has recurrent colon cancer and that is tough. Her attitude is good and the chemo treatments seem to be abating the cancer. We all feel for her. But her spirits are good and she is planning a big Thanksgiving get together. And then she died. It hurt. She was a kind person and we will miss her. My son is now a widower and my Grandson lost his mother. Life is never fair.
Adding to about. I am lucky to have landed a full time position at Legoland. I am working for the resort. I have gone into it and it is awesome. I am extremely excited to help open up this resort. Did this for two years and then my heart gave out. Went in for a triple by pass two months ago. Surgery is a bitch. No real pain but you realize you are just a piece of meat with some brain cells. Tomorrow I get my echo test and if it is okay I go back to Lego Land.
I thought it would be easy but LegoLand did not want me. They made every excuse to not hire me back. So much for being employee of the month in December. I guess I am a liability waiting for a heart attack. Actually with a triple you are in better shape but age and triple is being used against me.
I am now retired. I sit around watching the television set and see the country going down the tubes. I have survived Nixon, LBJ who wanted me to go to Nam, and now Trump. I really feel there should be a test for mental stability before you vote for president.
Twenty four and seven days with the wife. We read each others minds and it is kind of spooky. Watching the grandchildren growing up. The one and a half year old is a trip. Now, we hear that our youngest daughter is having another child in eight months. Days become weeks and weeks become months. Time goes by swiftly.