Humor is important to me. I fancy myself a funny guy. I had lost my
sense of humor for a while during my illness. Worse, I *knew* I had.
Having a sense of humor isn't so much about about *saying* funny things,
it's about recognizing the absurdity all around us; for instance, a
weakened man using a still weaker drill. That made me chuckle, even at
the time. I took it as a sign that I was on my way back.
Our minds don't seem to change, but our bodies sure do. Amazing how,
after a certain age, each passing year puts a dent in actual physical
capacity, but not in our perceived capability.
Never one to back away from any physical challenge, during a college
boxing event I volunteered to spar an exhibition round with a world
heavyweight contender at the time, Cleveland "The Big Cat" Williams. (I
tried not to hit him too hard, didn't want to piss him off) :)
Now, even though I still _think_ I could kick someone's ass, I'm
basically tickled pink when I get a full sheet of 3/4 plywood out of the
truck by myself. ;)
One of the reasons I got the Festool track saw. I just have to get it
down on my 2" styrafoam pad. Also paid someone to do the sheet rock
in the shop expansion. 30 years ago in the first shop build we put up
4x12 sheets on the ceiling, now I would need lift equipment. 8-))
Due to the health issue I mentioned, I was treated to a roller coaster
ride as regards apparent age and vigor. I went from middle-aged and
quite out of shape to (effectively) aged and enfeebled in the space
of a few months, only to recover (again in just a few months), and
find myself forty pounds lighter. Since then I've taken to walking 20
miles a week. It's been over a year. Although still no physical
specimen, I'm in better shape now than I have been in 15 years. Life
can be a pretty weird ride.
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