December 1, 2003

By Michael Strickland


I can't believe this year is almost at an end. Yet here I am, entering the final month of my year-long writing project (which you are currently reading). At my current pace, I'll end the year right at 100,000 words, a number I never imagined reaching eleven months ago.

Interestingly, I've noted many themes throughout the year's columns. There is the occasional Navy memoir. The Chargers rear their ugly heads regularly. And of course my political rants appear on a regular basis. Today, it's only appropriate that I finish off another theme by saluting my father one last time this year.

When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine,
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I'd been out till quarter to three, would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?

Today, my dear father turns sixty-four. He started losing his hair many years ago, not "many years from now." And the only time he's been up at quarter to three in the past thirty years has been to use the toilet. But his lovely valentine still sends him a bottle of wine, still feeds him, still needs him. And today, I send him my birthday greeting.

I've gushed about him before, but I really am proud to be his son. I've never known anyone more level-headed, more impervious to pettiness, more confident in his abilities. One would think I'd be more of a go-getter being born with his genes and living under his example. Go figure. All I can say is, if I look half as good and am half as fit as he is when I'm sixty-four, I'll be a lucky man.

Happy Birthday, Pops!


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year (almost), I will write something, anything, and post it here. It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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December Columns:

12/31: Happy New Year
12/29: Return of the Oscar King
12/28: The Year in Travel
12/26: Trial by Piranha
12/25: Merry Christmas
12/22: Red Squares
12/21: Havasu Falls
12/20: Last Will & Testament
12/19: Bah Humbug
12/16: Newsworthy
12/15: The "Strick" Dialogues
12/14: Animal-Animal
12/12: Old Memories
12/7: Letters to the Editor
12/5: Greed Strike
12/4: Another Day at the Office
12/3: The "Back" in Quarterback
12/1: Sixty-Four
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