All Downhill From Here

This week Fandango’s Provocative Question asks, “What do consider to be the highlight of your life so far?  Do you think it’s something that you might be able to exceed in the future?”  I guess that most people will respond that their highlight is their children and that is something that every parent should be proud of.  I never had any children, so writing my three unpublished books has been the highlight of my life so far and who knows, maybe someday they will get published.  I feel like I already have one foot in the grave and although I blog every day I know that it won’t be long till death catches up with me.  My health is actually good as my last blood test showed a significant reduction in my A1C blood sugar level, but the human body is so complicated and you might think that I am being pessimistic, but I feel that something is bound to go wrong.

Getting older bites the big one and as the Cat in the Hat said when he got older,
“I cannot see
I cannot pee
I cannot chew
I cannot screw
Oh my god, what can I do?
My memory shrinks
My hearing stinks
No sense of smell
I look like hell
My mood is bad can you tell?
My body’s drooping
Have trouble pooping
The Golden Years
have come at last
The Golden Years
can kiss my ass.”

I like all three of the books that I wrote and I started writing a fourth book, but I sort of burnt out on that.  My first book was a great endeavor as I went back to the beginning of history and assembled stories where people made significant contributions to water.  It is meant to be a coffee table book that can be opened up to any page and you can read short stories.  I titled it Man’s Footprint In Water and I found that just about everyone has some type of water story to tell.  I usually ask people to name a person from history and then I tell them a water story involving that person.  There is nothing more beautiful than water and although my book in its current state doesn’t have any pictures, when it gets published it will have pictures of rainbows and waterfalls and everything else pertinent to my stories.  This book may need to be broken down into different volumes covering different time periods, if it ever does get published.

My second book Ancient Book Of Eli evolved into a very long book, as I could not stop writing it.  It started out with the premise of a factious cousin of Jesus named Eli who somehow missed seeing any of his cousin’s miracles and it was going to be a comedy where he would say, “Damn, I missed it again.”  It changed once I started writing it and it became a book filled with stories that follows Eli as he attends a party, gets engaged and married and goes on his honeymoon.  It is a conversation book, where my characters tell different stories.  It is not a religious book, although there are religious stories in it.

I wrote my third book So You Want To Learn Calculus, because I struggled so much with this subject in college.  I think that I had bad teachers and although I could do the problems, I never really understood this subject.  I like to explain things to others and I have always been good at Math, because I can see the patterns that are involved in solving problems.  This book starts out simple enough, although it is not for everyone, but after I explain what students need to know about Calculus, I do delve into some advanced topics.

My new book, my fourth book will be called Plato’s Last Words and in this book Plato dies after telling the story of Atlantis. Plato attends a wedding and he tells many stories and I guess this book is about half way done, but I am unmotivated to finish it now.  This book might exceed what I have written in my previous books, or it might just remain unfinished.  It is all good however it ends up.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #31 about my life accomplishments and my feelings if it will get better or worse.

14 thoughts on “All Downhill From Here

  1. There are far worse legacies than yours Jim (assuming that you dropped dead immediately after posting this, of course!) If you did, then I am wasting valuable time in commenting, although words, and thoughts, can never be deemed to be a waste of time can they!
    Keep up the good work!

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  2. Your books sound really interesting, I hope they get published to give you an even greater highlight. Would you share one or two water stories on your blog?

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      1. Actually my book ends in the year 1899, so I should have told you to pick someone more ancient, A quick search revealed that the three man crew of NASA’s Apollo 11 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean 45 years ago on July 24, 1969 after successfully concluding Earth’s first journey to land humans on another world and return them safely to our Home Planet.


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