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I am 80 years old today!?

Holy crap! I am an octogenarian! I can’t believe it. I don’t feel that old. In fact, having been retired for 20 years now, I can honestly say, I feel better and healthier now than when I was working and in my ’50’s. I rode my bike 25 miles yesterday in Chicago’s balmy 30 degree weather and I plan to do the same this morning. Lucky me!


This is my birthday picture from a few years back. It’s the only one I have that’s decorated. Also, my pup is in it, too.

This is from my birthday blog post last year:

One of the main reasons I feel like I have things so together is this blog. I started writing it in March of 2010 with a partner who has since left for other pursuits. From the beginning, I discovered a focus. At first it was simply trying to keep my weight down. I learned portion control and serving size. This Italian guy was surprised to learn that a “serving” of pasta was not a 10 inch plate heaped with spaghetti noodles smothered in tomato sauce. No, a 200 calorie serving of pasta is about the size of a baseball. Incredibly, that was a revelation to me. I put the information to use. I began to reduce my portions accordingly. I am not going to recount all the lessons I learned in the past nearly 10 years, but if you want to get control of your own weight, check out my Page – How to Lose Weight – and Keep it Off. Continue reading


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Ever been a tourist in your home town?

I have lived in Chicago for 76 of my 78 years, so I pretty much know the town. Riding my bike on the lakefront gives me a chance to interact with tourists who mostly want directions to our local sights, like Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain, etc. This weekend I kind of experienced the ‘tourist thing’ when I took my girlfriend to the restaurant at the top of the Hancock Building  – on the 95th Floor. As you can imagine, this is one of the major Chicago tourist attractions. Also, I hadn’t actually eaten there ever in my life.

For the record, “875 North Michigan Avenue, built as and still commonly referred to as the John Hancock Center, is a 100-story, 1,128-foot[6] supertall skyscraper located in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the Magnificent Mile district, the building was known as the John Hancock Center prior to February 12, 2018.

“From the 95th floor restaurant, diners can look out at Chicago and Lake Michigan. The Observatory (360 Chicago), which competes with the Willis Tower’s Skydeck, has a 360° view of the city, up to four states, and a distance of over 80 miles (130 km). The Observatory has Chicago’s only open-air SkyWalk and also features a free multimedia tour in six languages. The 44th-floor sky lobby features America’s highest indoor swimming pool,” according to Wikipedia

Herewith some pics of this tourist attraction and out dinner with its attendant fabulous views.


The actual Hancock Building

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