FBG has been a big part of my life. Original 3 digiter here and I've been educated, entertained and for sure laughed, cried and laughed some more with the people on this board. We could talk about anything here, including some heavy real life stuff. And people truly care. I've met a few FBGs IRL, including Offdee, Gianmarco (in Portugal of all places), etc. Quality peeps.
Life is good. Been married 37 years this October to a great woman. 3 kids. 2 married with 2 grandkids so far. My youngest daughter is getting married in NYC in May. Lucky that they all found great life partners. House will be paid off in a few years and I'll retire about the same time. I am doing my best to be around and healthy as long as possible, especially after having the Widowmaker 3+ years ago. I am blessed with a big group of great friends. 24 guy golfing trip (Ryder Cup format) for the last 30 years. We have 7 couples going to Nashville for a concert weekend in April, same size group going to Ireland in the fall, etc. Belong to a golf club that I really like. Now that the rotator cuff surgery is behind me I'm looking to play a lot more. Pretty simple - I just love spending time with my family, friends and then enjoying life experiences. Travel, music, theater, etc. I hope to take my cooking to the next level when I have time. Man can't live on chili alone! Actually can do anything on the grill/smoker but want to get better with classical cooking.
Work is good. Leading a company with a great mission (making the digital world accessible for people who are low vision/blind). So that's rewarding. Hoping it's my last gig. Contemplated retirement as early as next year (just turned 61 this week). I really don't want to pay healthcare out of pocket so I'll keep working for now. Staying in CA for now. We'll see. In retirement I hope to spend a couple of months a year in Mexico. Cabo or one of the up and coming coastal towns that were more like Cabo years ago. Have been on a year long streak of DuoLingo getting ready.
My only area of sadness is my family isn't as tight as I'd want it to be. We were always super close and I always thought we'd be. My kids got caught up in the political rhetoric of the last elections and changes to the Supreme Court. One of the reasons I hate Trump. My son is somewhat estranged from all of us and it's impossible for my wife and I to be truly happy right now. Whomever said you're only as happy as your unhappiest kid was spot on. I think time will cure this but it's been way too long already. Family divisions suck.
Anyway - while this board isn't what it used to be I still love the community. My other family.