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Fred 2.0 by Frederick Smith
 

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  • Well, not a whole lot to say. Still driving a shuttle, although for the past few months I have the title of Shuttle Supervisor (which came with a raise and a whole lot of headaches), and am seriously considering advancing to the next level as an Account Manager at a different facility.

    The big changes are reflected in my photo. If you notice, I'm not wearing glasses. Why, you ask? Well, I had cataract surgery on both eyes and no longer need them for regular vision. I do still require reading glasses (+1.50), but the surgery has certainly opened up my eyes (pun intended) to a beautiful world of colors and clarity I had forgotten existed. Wonderful.

    I said changes, meaning more than one, and that would be the addition of hearing aids. They are barely visible, but have returned my hearing to the level where I am now hearing the high frequencies those several years on Naval ships, not to mention my exposure to gunfire and amplifiers on stage, had taken away. Again, wonderful.

    I've been holding true to my exercise, although I did finally stop using freeweights, as my joints were objecting. I still do my 20 minutes of cardio and 50 situps a day, but now I use a Total Gym for my muscle exercise and it appears to be working well. Holding steady at 4-5 days a week, and staying at 195 lbs.

    Been keeping up with the guitar as well, practicing a lot of bluegrass, and lately getting into the Segovian tonic and diatonic scales, as well as various techniques in the CAGED method. It's an uphill battle, but apparently this old dog still has a few new tricks to learn.

    And, as always, I still begin every morning with the Bible study. If you see me on Facebook or Twitter, I try to post a verse every morning during the week. (God took one day off, I take two.) But the more I read, the more I realize the purpose of faith is not to preach to others, but to be the example of what faith should be.

    I have no idea as to the outcome of the coming Presidential election, but with Donald Trump in the foreground, it certainly hasn't been boring. While I have no intention of leaving the country if Trump is elected, I do think the alternative is equally as horrendous. I wonder if we will ever again see a statesman take the helm of this nation.

    Well, that's all for now, friends. Pete, Miles, and Kiki, as well as many others, I still read your posts and try to keep up with the group. Who knows, when I have finally found my "niche", I may return to writing and poetry.

    God bless and be well, my friends.
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