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June 12, 2013

ROOT: The second reboot

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I have already started living vicariously through my grandson and he is only six months old. We were watching some tours of Disneyworld on the Travel Channel and it reminded me that I promised my family that we would start going to Disneyworld every year once the baby gets old enough to enjoy it. I suggested that he was old enough now, but was told that four years old is probably a more reasonable timeframe.

We all go through at least two reboots in our life and we need to take full advantage of them. For some people, rebooting means trying to get things right the second and third time around. For those of us who never grew up, it means two more chances to do all of that cool stuff all over again.

I grew up in the 1970s and had, what I considered to be, the happiest of childhoods. I was a child of pop culture and I drank it up like it was water. I was glued to my television constantly, I had all of the home computer and video game systems when they first came out, I went to all of the trendy places and I even had a pair of Jordache jeans. Don’t judge me unless you think that you looked better in your Jordache jeans . . . which you didn’t.

I actually should say that my mom made sure that I had all of that stuff. I had the Evel Knievel toys everyone wanted and I was always ready to race Big Wheels in the street and risk certain injury. I even had my own fistfight with the pavement, which I lost. That was the first, and only, time I ever tried riding my bike with no hands.

So I went through college, made the mistakes that young people make and then finally married the right girl. How did I know that my wife is the right girl? My mother told me. When it comes to making the right decisions in life, it pays to be a mama’s boy. It took me a few years and a lot of dumb mistakes to figure that out, but I eventually got it right.

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