September 4, 2010 – The Century Mark

I flipped on the early morning news this morning and the anchorman said “Breaking News!”.  I thought my gosh, what happened overnight?  His next line was “Fall is here!”.  I don’t think it is quite fall yet, but it certainly is getting close enough to taste it – a nice cool morning, and more importantly, FOOTBALL IS BACK!  Good stuff for sure.

OK, last week I left you with a little bit of a cliffhanger, nothing like “Who shot J.R.?”, but hey, I do what I can.  I said that I have hit a little bit of a milestone.  Milestones are important to us humans.  We go to great lengths to celebrate things such as birthdays, anniversarys, graduations, etc.  For single guys like me, milestones are a bit more modest.  For example, it has been one year since I had a piece of pie with real sugar.  It’s been about 11 years since I was screaming “who in the (bleep) is Kurt Warner?”  Now I’ve come to another little personal milestone.

One neat thing about the internet is that it does a good job of keeping track of statistics, or I never would have realized that this blog entry marks the 100th blog I have written.  Milestones give us a chance to pause and look back on the path to how we got to those milestones, so I looked back at a few of my previous blogs just to see if I could find any interesting tidbits.  After a long and extensive search to find something interesting, I said forget that, I’ll just pick out a couple of things and roll with it.

1/26/08 – “When I started this blog, my fear was that I would run out of things to talk about, and as I sit here at my computer, I am king of starting to realize that fear.”  Well, over 2 1/2 years later, that fear has not subsided.  I still think at the beginning of each week “what in the world am I going to write about now?”.  But somehow, some way, something pops into my mind.  That, or I am one whale of a B.S.’er.

3/29/08 – “It is no secret to anyone that our economy is going through tough times, and consequently all of us, especially families, are going through tough times.”  Well 2 1/2 years later, we are still mired in economic difficulty, and many families are still struggling.  Pray on this Labor Day weekend that things can begin to turn around, and that those who are out of work can find suitable employment.

9/20/08 – “Well us Cardinal fans can stick out our chests for at least one day – a 12 to 6 rout of the Cubbies yesterday!  With the way things have gone for us lately, we’ll take anything we can get!”  Amazing how history repeats itself.  After a 3-2 victory over the Reds last night, we Cardinal fans can be proud for at least one day, as the last couple of weeks have been a disaster.

12/13/08 – “Initial plans are in the works for a parish mission this coming year.”  Happily the mission came together with the help of a lot of folks, and was an enjoyable and spiritual experience for the parish.

4/24/09 – “I am a self-admitted computer geek, but one thing I have not taken part in on the internet is these social-networking websites.  First there was “My Space”, then there was “Facebook”, and now there is “Twitter” … I thought about setting up a Twitter account, but what do I realy have to post about?”  Well, over a year later, our parish now has a Twittter account and a Facebook group, and I have to confess that I am a Facebook junkie.  You never know what’s going to happen when you try new things.

9/19/09 – “Those of you familiar with my situation know that I have not been feeling 100% the last few weeks … after 3 visits to 2 different doctors, I still haven’t made much progress.”  Little did I know what this was going to turn into – CT’s, MRI’s, more medication than a lab mouse, few firm answers, missed committments, etc., etc.  In fact, it was Labor Day weekend last year that I made my first trip to the hospital and the saga of my health condition began.  Fortunately, I’m happy to say now that I continue to make positive progress, and hopefully this time next year I’ll be a lean, mean health machine.

7/17/10 -“I am convinced that you don’t love me for me, you only love me for my blogs.”  Of course I was only joking when I said this, but I actually had a couple of people tell me to please not think this way, that I am loved for other things.  I knew this before, but it’s still nice to hear on occasion.

I can remember in school that history wasn’t one of my favorite classes, but now I wish I would have appreciated it more.  I now find it fascinating to look back on previous events and see how they shaped our world today.  Or I think about if something would have happened a little differently than it did, how would things be different today.  I continue to be amazed that people continue to read and enjoy the blog, but it has also been satisfying to me.  The blog has kind of served as my own personal journal, my way of jarring my memory and seeing what was going on deuring a certain time and comparing it to what is going on today.  Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I had the ability to see my future blogs today – how would I live life differently?  Could I plan things better?  Could I warn people of bad things that may happen?  But I guess part of the challenge and spontaneity of life is to tackle challenges as they come.

So … the first 100 is officially in the books, or in this day and age, on the hard drive.  Again, my sincere thanks to you for reading and for supporting our website the last few years, and for the many compliments I have received from you.  Here’s to the next 100!  Cheers! (with a glass of sugarless punch, of course).  Peace.

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