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It Only Seems That's I've Gotten Mellow --

2003! I've mentioned this before but it still amazes me, and I will risk being redundant. I remember when I was young and I was sitting in the Henrico Theatre watching the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. I kept thinking "Wow! 2001. I'll be 45 years old. Will I live to be that old?" "Will there be manned space stations exploring the universe and looking for signs of intelligent life?"

Well here it is 2003, and I'm 48 years old and still kicking. There are no flying cars, and no teleportation machines yet. We are, indeed, looking for signs of intelligent life and we are coming up empty handed. Never mind that the search is taking place on our own planet. What surprises will 2003 bring? A rising stock market? A war? A new, ever more dangerous villain for the world to worry about? A new scientific breakthrough? A cure for cancer?

Sorry! I have no answers. Some of those questions, I'll bet, can be predicted with a reasonable chance for success. I, for one, am going to make the best out of 2003 that I can, and I hope that 2003 is good to all of us. If the SpringerConnection website is any indication, it's only going to get better. I have been told by a few individuals that the website has opened up a whole new world for them. They said they've made new friends and reconnected with old ones. I've been told that this site has enriched people's lives immeasurably. Do you have any idea what this means to me? For someone to tell me that is the greatest gift imaginable. There are no words to express the emotions that brings up in me.

Aside from being a new year, 2003 is the 30th anniversary of the graduating class of 1973. I have to say I have not been to any of my previous reunions and this is the first reunion since I started the SpringerConnection. Needless to say, now is the time where I put up or shut up. If I don't come to the 30th reunion after having started this website for the aid of reunion committees, then I run the risk of being branded as the biggest hypocrite on the planet. If that were to happen, they would probably put a picture of me in the dictionary, next to the word. Maybe the Encyclopedia.

Just In Case You Think I've Gone Soft: I just saw where Cadillac is coming out with a new car that will be made of aluminum, have a 1,000 horsepower engine and cost $250,000 dollars. Why? I say again, why? Have we really lost our mind as a society? I'm beginning to think so. Are there that many people out there that have wealth in such an excess as to need or want a car of this caliber? Gas is going to be going up at some point in the near future. That's my prediction. Supply and politics will dictate this, and it doesn't look good. Buy an economy car. Forsake the giant SUV's. There is one exception! Go out and buy a HUMMER. We will need many of those on the road in case we are ever attacked in a 3rd World War. And the Militias will need to commandeer them. This message was brought to you by the Independent Corps of Militias. Just kidding. Sounded good though, didn't it?

Until next time, hugs not drugs.


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