Happiness and contentment in life come from the merging of Opportunity and Talent. My Dad had Talent but no Opportunity so could not find a way to learn to play the Violin. I had Opportunity but no Talent -- I lack the physical ability to complete a Thru Hike of the Appalachian Trail. I failed to learn this lesson even after numerous section hikes, but in the Spring of 2013, after 41.6 miles hiking in MD and PA, I learned the lesson that Dad had in mind when he told me to "hike the Trail." This Blog is now about the Merging of Opportunity and Talent more than it is about hiking the Appalachian Trail, but I still plan to include snippets of the Trail in the Blog. It's about Chasing the Trail of Life. I hope you enjoy my posts.

COMPUTER TRESPASS---RCW 9A.52.110---Computer trespass in the first degree.

(1) A person is guilty of computer trespass in the first degree if the person, without authorization, intentionally gains access to a computer system or electronic database of another; and (a) The access is made with the intent to commit another crime; or (b) The violation involves a computer or database maintained by a government agency.

(2) Computer trespass in the first degree is a class C felony.

This Blog is Dedicated to my Dad. Although he never accomplished his dream of learning to play the Violin, he did construct and play a Dulcimer at an Elderhostel.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Birthday #69

Today I turned 69 years old. I had a fantastic day. First, my daughter sent me a happy birthday text message.  Then after we fed the horse and pony, I spent the day with my neighbors  (BFFs).  We drove to Harrah's in Cherokee NC and stopped for lunch on the way at River's End Restaurant at Nantahala Outdoor Center in Wesser NC. I shared a Greek Pizza.  Then we drove on to Harrah's and spent a couple hours at the slot machines.  I "won" some money and walked out losing only $13.35.  And I have a voucher for next time.  When we got back, we went to Blue Jeans' Restaurant in Blue Ridge GA and shared a Greek Salad and appetizers, including fried pickles.

Mom called to wish me a happy birthday.  My son called and later called back and we had a nice long conversation.  The Toyota dealership where I bought my car called to wish me a happy birthday.  My daughter in law and granddaughters texted me birthday wishes. A dear friend who lives in Mom's building called to extend birthday wishes. And then my niece called and sang Happy Birthday and I spoke with my brother who has a 65th birthday later this month. 

My neighbors gave me my own manure fork which I got to use this morning. 

I also got a "neighing" coffee mug from them and a "barn crew" cap.  My daughter (& family) and brother (& wife) sent cards.  Mom (& Dad - RIP) had already sent me three cards and a monetery gift.  

I had a really wonderful day!  

I've ended it by watching "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."  
"Sometimes when things don't work out as you expect them to, what happens instead is the Good Stuff." 

I'm living the Good Stuff.

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