My final day of a 28-year run

St Mary Lake
First time i stood here was Summer 1973, when i was 14 – the Summer before my first drink of alcohol. Photo: Summer 2017.


My final day of a 28-year run concluded on this day (December 30) in 2001.


In 1974, barely 15, had my first taste of cheap wine one Summer night before going to the Spring Grove – Jefferson Carnival. Drank enough (which wasn’t much) to be seriously buzzed.

By 1976, i was drinking on weekends between football and track seasons, as well as all Summer long.

In 1977 i entered College and i would say this marked the beginning of a daily habit that would span 24 years – literally not missing a day.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.