Responsibility 199, what is it?

Responsibility 199 is a belief; I believe that to be healthy and to increase my longevity I need to weigh 199 pounds or less...
Responsibility 199 is a need; I need to reduce my weight, reduce my percentage of body fat, and the elevated threat of disease my present condition presents...
Responsibility 199 is a mission; I recognize that achieving 199 will be a challenge, perhaps the hardest I have ever undertaken...
Responsibility 199 is a commitment; I acknowledge that I must commit to action, commit to change, commit to myself and those I love to achieve this mission, to increase my longevity...
Responsibility 199 is ME.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 344 - 346: LIFE, groovy or grueling?

 Hope all had a great weekend and are off to a groovy start to their week.

Yes, I said 'Groovy'. Can you recall when the word groovy actually was cool to use? I admit, I can. Although just to square the record here, I was a kid when that was so.

This past weekend my wife & I went out with some friends to a bar. We hung out, had a drink, ate a bit, watched the hockey game (WTF Blackhawks?) and generally chit chatted and watched the people there. I love to people watch.

Well one of the biggest things I noticed at this people watching experience was the age of all there; they were sooo YOUNG! When did the young people take over the bar scene I used to rule? When did the combined roar of music, shouts at the big screen, billard balls breaking, drunken slurs, etc., when did it all become loud and less than comfortable?

Somewhere over the past 18'ish years when I stepped out of that scene into the professional ladder-climber / family raiser; somewhere along the way I've lost touch with that part of my youth. My desire for the crazy unpredictable antics that guide the youthful mind from one night to the next, somewhere along the way I traded that touch for one of purposely purposely planned shenanigans to humor myself along a defined & driven path in this game of life.

Part of me wants to call a mulligan (golf reference) and go back and see if I can get back here without growing as old as I am feeling. But then I simply wouldn't trade a minute of the life I have lived for fear that I might not be so lucky as I have been in this life to find the treasures I have. By treasures I mean my car filled with pink & blue pegs; if you don't know what I mean by that go to the toy store and buy the game of LIFE already. 

While I wouldn't call a mulligan even if given the chance, I'd like to stop losing touch with my youth. I'd like to at least stay as young as I am today for as long as I possibly can; if not forever.

Is that asking too much?

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Oh my, I'm 28 and already can't handle the bar scene any more. I enjoy actually being able to have a conversation, and not second hand smoking others nasty habits!

  2. The Weather is here, Wish you were beautiful,.. By the way, if you have 4 or 5 glasses of Tequila, everyone looks good.. Try that, as this growing old stuff is a horror.. Beats the alternative though... Namaste Doo Dah...

  3. Not asking too much at all. I have the same wish. Too stay around for a while, to continue living for as long as I can and see my grandchildren grown with children of their own. You are still in my thoughts, Patrick.

  4. I don't think that's asking too much!
    I work with kids all weekend and they definitely make me feel old at times :(

  5. I love people watching too & here in southern CA - good stuff! ;-)

    I hear ya! I would like to go back a few years actually - age brings some issues I don't like! ;-)

    Loved this post though Patrick! Not asking too much!!!

  6. lol o man, I am 24 and can't stand the loud noise and crowded rooms. I with rather go out to dinner or for drinks at a low key place. give me one of theose bars you walk in and people stare at you becuase your a stranger any day.

  7. I just realized something... you have 12 days left... now that is groovy. I don't mind the bar scene still... I am 36 almost 37 does that make me childish? If it does... SO.

  8. I'm almost 30 and I have found that you just have to find the right bar. Where I used to go... I've outgrown but I've found some good substitutes with a bunch of other close-to-30 people to hang out with. You're only as old as you feel....and losing these 47 lbs has already made a difference in my mental age.

  9. I am 50 but don't "feel" like I am at all!

  10. Reasons the bar scene sucks...
    1. Who just grabbed my ass?
    2. The bathroom smells like vomit.
    3. Beer is cheaper at home.
    4. Cabs are freaking expensive.
    5. I need my vocal cords tomorrow.
    6. My legs go numb while sitting on barstools.
    7. "No, I don't want to see your tattoo."
    8. It's 10:30 and I'm ready for bed.

    I think getting over the bar scene is a signal of adulthood, seriously how many functioning members of society still spend 4+ nights a week at the bar.

    Ninja Out - peace.

  11. Like Anne (I'm almost 49) and I don't feel old. I refuse to feel old. I want to live to be 101 and see grandchildren and great grandchildren. I never did the bar scene (farm girl stuck doing farm stuff) but it really didn't sound that great. Well maybe the pool but the rest, nope.
    Take care Patrick. God Bless!!!

  12. I dont feel old


    well, UNTIL I get out in that singles scene and then Im grateful for the oldnessment that aging has bestowed upon me.
    I was...mildly a moron in my youth.

    sending you my thoughts.


  13. The fastest way to keep in touch w/ your youth is to be around youngsters and let yourself be silly. You are not old, damn it! I agree that I do not enjoy the bar seen anymore. I'm pretty sure that once I hit 30 and then had 3 kids, noise is a constant in my life so the bar is MUCH less appealing. Being and acting young is less about where you go and what you do and more about how you FEEL inside. No go find a slinky or some play doh.

  14. I never hung in the bars so I think I might like hanging out with the younguns lol might make me feel younger. Truthfully though I'd rather just invite some friends over and have a few drinks at home :) Yea, guess I am old(er).