Another Year of Living

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”


Today I am grateful to my parents and God for giving me life.

It’s my birthday!

Presents and niceties are not required, but deeply appreciated.

I’m not celebrating too much today as I’ll be at work and have nothing planned for the evening hours.

My birthday celebration occurred this past weekend.Β  Although Saturday was fall-ish cool, it was beautifully sunny and that prompted me to go for a walk on one of the prettiest trails in the Fox Cities, the Trestle Trail. It starts at Fritse Park, at the edge of Little Lake Butte des Morts. Close to work, I can drive over to take a quick walk at lunchtime or meditate while quietly sitting on one of the park’s benches.

Worthy of a deep breath and yogi OM or two…

On Saturday evening, Natasha treated me to dinner at a local supper club that specializes in steak. Guess what I had to eat? We hung out at the piano bar afterward and Mr. Piano Man shocked us. He performed “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC at my request. Then he rattled the keys for “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey at Natasha’s request. As the piano bar’s songbook reflected oldies, show tunes, and stuff my mom and dad would know, we made these requests thinking they would never happen. We were wrong! Dude rocked it out, continuing on with a fabulous rendition of “Great Balls of Fire.”

After we sang our last song and danced a polka in the bar (sober), Natasha and I stopped at a venue where we thought there might be karaoke.

Nope. No singing, just the Wisconsin Badger football game on at least a dozen TV screens. Oh well, we had a drink and were contemplating other possible shenanigans when a young man spoke my name. My married name. I looked at him and went blank. He spoke my married name again. I spoke my current name. I was still blank. Blank as a white sheet of paper taped to a white wall.

No clue.

Then he spoke HIS name.

Oh Lordy, I couldn’t believe it! When I was married, we were good friends with his mom and dad. I had not seen him since he was 12 or 13 years old. About 25 years ago. The hat and the beard threw me. Needless to say, we hugged and hugged and smiled and smiled, remembered the past and embraced the present. This was a birthday present I will not soon forget. My heart is still warm and fuzzy and I hope to not wait another 25 year before we meet up again.

PS: He said he recognized me because “you haven’t changed.”Β Thank you for that. Your tip is in the mail.

Sunday came along and so did a bike ride with friends on the Fox River Trail in Green Bay. While the city’s football team was not having a good afternoon, I was pedaling past blue water, large expensive homes, trees of early fall and other like-minded trail enthusiasts. That is, after I had to make a trip to the bike shop to get a flat tire fixed. Not sure what happened – the tire was fine when we left Appleton, but flat as a pancake when we arrived in Green Bay. No worries, though, the bike shop was mere minutes away and it took about 10 minutes to change the innertube. Disaster averted! We were soon back on the bikes and enjoying the last vestiges (and 15 miles) of riding weather. The evening ended with dinner at Titletown Brewing Company and a ride home to a gorgeous orange sunset.

Although I didn’t get much done in terms of responsible “adulting” over the weekend, it’s hard to say “no” to birthday fun and the wonderful gifts that come with living life to its fullest.

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46 responses to Another Year of Living

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Happy Birthday Mary!

    It looks like you had a great weekend. It was well-deserved. I hope your work day is an easy one, with limited stress and no drama.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Dan! I plan to not stress at all at work, but we shall see. I think the bosses are gone today, so it might be a quiet one. πŸ™‚

      • Dan Antion says:

        Everyone is gone for the rest of this week. We are holding our annual Policyholder Meeting. I let the guy who will replace me when I retire, go to represent our department. Easy few days for me now.

  2. Happy Birthday, and you certainly had a nice weekend celebration. I can only imagine how nice it was to meet up with someone you hadn’t seen in so long. Icing on the cake so to speak. πŸ™‚

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Judy, that icing was oh-so-sweet! I still can’t believe we ran into each other.
      Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  3. Laura says:

    Happy birthday, Mary! Cool weather for a bike ride sounds heavenly. Plans or not, I hope your Wednesday brings you joy and a nice surprise along the way. πŸ™‚

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Laura. I’ve already been given a few birthday cards that put a smile on my face. It seems as though I’m the Crazy Cat Lady and Queen for the day… ;-p

  4. Herman says:

    Glad to see you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed it so much. Happy Birthday, Mary!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Herman. You can give Bowie an extra treat today in honor of the birthday of someone he doesn’t know. Good enough reason, right?

      • Herman says:

        Oh yes… consider it done! Mr. Bowie says “Meow!” and sends his regards!

  5. Happy Birthday, Mary. I guess there’s a lot of nuance to the phrase “Fall flat” in terms of your biking experience. I’m glad it didn’t spoil your special day. BTW, the Piano Man sounds like he’s a lot of fun.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you Allan! As I told one of my girlfriends, the flat tire adds character and a laugh to the story.
      I plan on getting back to the piano man. I told him if he could play “Thunderstruck” on the piano, he would get all sorts of bonus points and a tip from me. He said he was going to do some homework. πŸ™‚

  6. Shelley says:

    Happy Birthday!! What a great birthday celebration, and a surprise present to boot! Awesome, hope this year continues on the great path it began on!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The year has been busy, but not too shabby. I moved into a nice, new office, had a few bike rides, celebrated another birthday with mom…life is good! Thanks, Shelley.

      • Shelley says:

        Yes, it has been a busy year with many great moments! You and your mom are lucky to share another year as a family! xx

  7. loisajay says:

    Happy Birthday Mary! Gal in my department had a BIG birthday yesterday. She turned 40. We all laughed. She is the youngest of us all…..Sounds like you had such a great time last weekend. Rock on!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Wow, I’d like my body to be 40 again! That would help with increased stamina and longer bike rides. Thanks for the birthday wishes, Lois, and I shall keep rocking on.

  8. Kathryne says:

    Happy birthday fellow blogger! Bike rides and that cool weather sounds heavenly to those of us still baking in summers oven. Cheers!

  9. J-Dub says:

    Happy birthday!! The weekend celebration looked like fun!! Now I want to here AC DC and Journey on the piano πŸ™‚

  10. joey says:

    Happy Birthday! πŸ˜€ ❀
    I'm so glad you went to the other place, in search of one thing and finding altogether something different! Nice!
    I hope you're having a great week — like a GREAT BALLS OF FIRE kinda week!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, Joey! I’m very happy I ran into the different on Saturday. The week has been good so far and I expect the same for the rest of the week.

  11. Judy Brekke says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Mary! What a weekend Birthday celebration you experienced with an unexpected gift of an long, lost friend, I miss you a great deal ((((Hugs))))

  12. Sharukh Bamboat says:

    If you noticed, I’m going in reverse reading your posts. Apologies for that, because September was one hell of a ride for me. I completed 30 days of writing project in 20 days and 10 days I was in Udaipur enjoying my much deserved break. Also, once again Happy Birthday wishes to you. Highway to Hell is such a great song. I’m a big ACDC fan and one song that never goes off my list is Thunderstruck. Na-Naah, Naah Naah Naah. πŸ™‚

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, Sharukh! No worries about catching up on my posts. As you can probably tell from your own posts, I’m not doing a great job of readng either. I’m always amazed at how busy we get in our regular lives and how quickly the time goes by. I am happy, though, that we keep in touch one way or another.

      Thunderstruck is my absolute favorite AC/DC song. I blew out the back speakers in my car many moons again from cranking the volume. I couldn’t help it! πŸ™‚

      • Sharukh Bamboat says:

        I completely get it. Not many Indians like hardcore rock songs, but a certain percentage do. Back in my college days I was working at a bar and there I got addicted to rock music. So, when I am listening to ACDC, Scorpions, Linkin Park or Metallica my family and friends would just look at me in awe. They would be like what got into him. I guess, now they hardly react because they know I listen to it all the time. Also, you would find this funny but they believe my grammar is good because I listen to rock song. Ha Ha Ha. What has English grammar got to do anything with rock songs?

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