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Friday Night Date - Livin' the Good Life

Jan. 20th, 2008

10:53 am - Friday Night Date

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Well, we braved the noisy, pushing, cursing throngs of pre-teens who were incredibly keyed-up, waiting to see the horror movie "Cloverfield" (a heartfelt thanks to all the parents who kept their youngsters safely at home Friday night) while we made our way to the more sedate movie "Bucket List". The theme of the movie was that family and friends are more important than money when your time comes to kick the bucket. A good and true thought. But, I would write a dying story differently. In fact, I am in the process of writing my own dying story. We all are. I may not die for 10 or 20 or 30 more years (in fact, who cares?), but each day I am directing the pathway that will lead to the manner in which I will someday die. I didn't like it that the characters in the movie were feeling fine and then, suddenly, they got a diagnosis that surprised them, and it was then time to face their death. As if they hadn't considered it before. Surprised victims. But, I did like it that "authentic happiness" was spelled out in the life of the man who had a close family network and a good attitude, compared to the man who had nothing but money. It was a satisfying date movie for people in their 60s. Oh, and thanks again to those parents who sat home and ate popcorn and watched kid-worthy movies snuggled up on the couch with their children. It was Friday night, and they knew where their kids were and what they were doing. Now THAT is the best story of the night! Though I don't know your names, whoever you are, my hat goes off to you!