january 5, 2019

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“As you work on breaking habitual tendencies (eliminating greed, hatred, or ignorance from your life, for example), don’t be discouraged if you’re not there yet. A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of persistence.” ~ Timber Hawkeye

 

the 50 club
old man
birthday boy

 

Mike Moore turns 50 later this week. His wife Missy took advantage of the weekend and planned a surprise party at Jalepeño’s today. Twenty-eight hearty friends and family showed up to celebrate him. He really was surprised to see us all. We laughed and talked and ate and laughed some more. I told him I’d been saving him a seat in the 50 Club. When I was leaving he said he’s left instructions with the family in case he dies before me. I am to play drums at his funeral. Doesn’t matter what I play or if I’m accompanied by any other instrument; he just wants me to play. I told him I’d brush up on Wipe-Out and end with some Zepplin. That tickled him, and honestly, I’m honored he would ask for such a thing. I wish our lives had been a little more connected when I was playing constantly so he could have made it to more gigs. But I was busy touring and playing and they were busy making money and babies. I’ve always liked Mike, but as the years have rolled by I have come to utterly adore him. He’s hilarious and we have a lot in common. And now that he’s warming that seat next to me in the 50 Club, we’ll have plenty of time to catch up on all those years we missed. I’m sure glad Missy married him. He’s a keeper.

october 1, 2017

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“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

 

birthday boy

 

Today was an especially important day. Today, our Hero turned 79 years old. We learned just how bad his heart condition was after his heart attack last year. That, coupled with other significant maladies, pretty much ensured he had very limited time. I can’t tell you how pleasantly surprised, and overwhelmingly grateful, I am that he lived to see this birthday. Make no mistake about it. Shorty Terry is one of the toughest men you will ever meet. Not only has he outlived expectations, he is maintaining his health pretty doggone well, all things considered. 

 

best friends and brothers-in-law

 

Losing Uncle Greg yesterday was not just devastating to the family, it was concerning for our Hero because of his own fragile health; because losing Greg, not two years his junior, drove home his own impending departure; and because he loved and respected Greg deeply. He is heartbroken. In light of Greg’s passing, mom and I had planned to hold off on birthday festivities, that was, until Lois called this morning. God bless her for always going the extra mile for her family. By 10am she had rallied the sisters and the local cousins (she would have rallied the brothers if they lived closer) for a birthday celebration in the sun. It was exactly what we all needed, and it was especially important for our heartbroken Hero. He finally had the birthday party he’d always wanted, and it took the sting out of losing his beloved brother. Once again, today proved that no matter how heartbroken you may be, there is always something to be grateful for. My plate remains overflowing with gratitude. 

 

bonds (not pictured is Aaron Watkins)