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  • I'm awake early this morning, made coffee, and had to coax the coffee maker into action with several sharp raps on it's side to get it started. I guess it's getting old, but then again, so am I.

    Today is my birthday's eve, marking sixty years, and the signs of old age are crashing down on me at an alarming rate. I would say it's no fun any more, if it weren't so dang comical. My eye sight has been problematic for some years now, I have chronic 'vitreous floaters'; cells that have broken off my retina and cast shadows in my vision.

    In my case they are clustering together to make large shadows that move about in my field of view, and I had to give up driving because of them. Avoiding what I perceive as small animals got me pulled over twice by police, and I decided it was time to give up my license. I can still pass a vision test at the DMV, but I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I injured anyone by swerving to avoid something that doesn't exist. It was bad enough when I was laughed at for swatting at flies when it was twenty degrees below zero. I ride a bike, or take a bus now.

    My kindle, and laptop have been a blessing to me, as reading the written word on paper was becoming impossible, and the illuminated background, combined with adjustable contrast, has made it easier for me to continue to read. I appreciate this even more, now that I have found all these wonderful stories here on cowbird. Print on paper is just completely frustrating.

    Once the coffee pot started to perform properly, having tired of the beatings, I noticed that my daughter had ordered a DVD from Netflix. Wondering what the movie was, I picked it up and tried to read the envelope. On the front, in bold type, was printed 'Due Date', the rest too small of type for me to see easily. I turned the envelope over, to see if I could find the movie's name, but saw nothing there either. Repeating this process several times, and getting the same result, I finally removed my glasses, turned up the kitchen lights, and tried again with much shorter focal distance, then I could read the name of the movie. It WAS Due Date, with Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianaskis, and Jamie Fox. I kept thinking this indicated the day the movie had to be returned.

    Lets hope I don't loose sight of my birthdays as well.
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