I passed my birthday with a celebratory beer. I allow myself one beer on my birthday each year. Other days I have as many beers as supply, sense, situation and cash on hand authorize.
June has ended, another month in the books. Since we've passed the year's halfway mark, 2012 also counts as a complete year in the record books. Full points will be awarded for your victories.
So looking back, I realized, hey, June, 2001 was when Internet Security Systems bought the company I worked at, the entity formerly known as NetworkICE. I'd started at NetworkICE in June 2000. June 12th, actually. Sammy, my long haired black cat, was killed by a car the weekend before. Also in June, we moved from Half Moon Bay to Ashland in 2005. June, 1974, I graduated high school in Shady Spring, WV.
Falling back to May, it was May, 1981, when I moved from San Antonio, Texas, to Okinawa, Japan, with my wife on military assignment. I missed the anniversary of the second time I broke my neck, on Memorial Day weekend, 1982. Wow, thirty years since my last broken neck. I need to put up a plaque. May, 2000 was when my first short story was sold and published. Also to be memorialized, it was forty years since I cut off the end of my great toe with a lawnmower, and it was June, 1987 when I dislocated my left wrist, so that's what, twenty-five years? I'm just piling up the safety milestones.
That's it for my May and June anniversaries. None of them were celebrated, just remembered. They're not much, really, and I didn't include the deployments to Egypt, Korea, Somalia and Jordan, the trips around Europe and the Far East, or any of the natural disasters survived during May and June each year. I was addressing the more personal issues. If you put the threads all together, you begin to get the semblance of a life.
The trick is keeping the ends from fraying.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com