Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Another Trip Around the Sun

As you may have seen on Facebook, it's my birthday. I don't feel "old" in any way. I'll take some credit for not over-eating too much and exercising a little. But most of it is due to good luck and good attitude.

Ten years ago I was walking with a cane and felt a lot older than I do now. My rheumatoid arthritis is under control. While I still feel pain every day, it is insignificant compared to what it once was.

I guess I'm lucky that my birthday comes near the end of the year. That way the nostalgia of the year and and another trip around the sun are pretty close together.

My life has changed quite dramatically in the last few years. As has my business.

I am happy to say that I've built a life and a job I enjoy very much. I work and play with some amazing people. And I can't wait to see what the next year brings!

It seems like I'm constantly saying this, but I am eternally grateful for the friends I have all over the world. Thanks to technology, I am in touch with people from high school, college, graduate school, various jobs, I.T. communities, and a dozen other places.

At some point, all my friends (in Sacramento and everywhere else) started out as people who just wandered into my life at some point. Some of my friends I've never met face to face, but we've connected electronically for years.

Of all the important things in my life, my friends are my favorite. And I'm blessed to have so many.

That's all I had to say.



  1. A heartfelt post Karl! What lifestyle changes have you made to help with the RA?

  2. Thanks, Tom. The key things have been:
    - Getting the right medication. In my case this is a weekly self-injection of Enbrel.
    - Daily meditation
    - Exercise. Mostly Bikram yoga. But also walking and bicycling.
    - Don't eat too much acidic food (like vinegar salad dressing).
    - Take my physical limitations seriously. That means stop when I'm tired and don't overdue it. Plan to relax.

    1. Happy B-Day, Karl! Lots of people are quick to give advice to others, and never follow it themselves. You seem to have mastered both! Congrats, and hope to catch up before the next solar loop.

  3. Happy Birthday Karl! I suspect the reason you have so many friends worldwide is because you're a great guy and you give so freely of your time and experience and it is *very much* appreciated! Have a great day!

  4. Thank you, Richard. That's very nice of you.


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