At the corner of walk and don’t walk

Looking out delta first class window at dusk
Salt Lake City to Disney World leg on Delta first class


We go through life unaware of strengths others see clearly, yet we can’t.

What if we could see our strengths and use them for a greater good?

Last night’s flight from Lake Tahoe to Walt Disney World was a BFO – blinding flash of the obvious.

I’ll talk to anyone.

Even rock stars.

Myles Kennedy and I enjoyed conversation like two old friends.

He’s nearby for a few weeks working on a new album.

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Total Parrot Head

Jimmy Buffett (Margaritaville) fell and hurt his head yesterday…

Had Parrot Head friends in College and thought they were, well, misguided and totally missing out on the 1970’s Rock & Roll scene – Zeppelin, The Who, Skynyrd, Sabbath, CCR, Tull, Floyd, Purple….

Then, as a bartender in Moscow, Idaho the owner had two cassette tapes (1980, ok), and the rest, as they say, is history.

Own every Jimmy Buffett cd ever made. Why? It’s an acquired taste. And a lifestyle.

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You Know What’s Crazy?


There’s a hidden, subtle message in this Mid Life blog post. Most likely, you will struggle to understand it.  It’s crazy that I even ask you to try, isn’t it?

Life is crazy.

Work is crazy.

The economy is crazy.

Health Care is crazy.

People are crazy.

And I’m one of them, and so are you.

Jimmy Buffett, who’s released over 40 CD’s in his lifetime and has a cult following of “Parrotheads“, once said:

“If we weren’t all crazy, we’d all go insane.”

Writing five daily blogs is crazy.

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary.

It began as a simple 100-day challenge.

The rest, as they say, is history.

PS. I have all 40 of Jimmy Buffett’s Cd’s and consider myself an original Parrothead. (I know, who cares?)

Wish You Were Beautiful!

Yes.  It’s a line in a song from Jimmy Buffett’s CD, Coconut Telegraph.

“The weather is here, wish you were beautiful”.

I used to travel all over the country, from 18 years old to 24.  Traveled by bus, car, foot and bicycle.

One year, I wound up in Pullman, Washington and called it home for a while.  My best friend was a Residence Hall Director at Washington State University.

Anyway, back to the point of this post.  In the 1970’s & 80’s, I was an avid post card sender.  It fit my budget.  🙂

Whenever I was somewhere warm, and sometimes cold but spectacular, and my friends back in Pennsylvania were cold and gloomy, I’d send them a post card.

Californian Coast, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon, Key West, Yellowstone, Bourbon Street, Times Square, Appalachian Trail – you get the picture, right?

So yesterday, I’m enjoying lunch with my family and Jimmy Buffett’s song is playing.  My wife had just told our son some stories about the post cards she’d get from me, many ending with, “The weather is here, wish you were beautiful”.

My son asked me, “So you insulted Mommy”?

I said, “No son, that phrase comes from a special place in my heart.  It may sound weird to say that to someone, but I only say it to people I care about”.

While it’s hard to know exactly who reads Mid Life Celebration, I do hope you readers know that this site is dependent on people who want to make a difference in this world.

On the journey to finish the last part of my  life, I want to make as big a difference as possible.  And, I’m looking for a few Baby Boomers and Gen-Xer’s to pitch in.

How could I not care about that?

Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂

PS.  I never liked Jimmy Buffett because my college buddies, who liked Buffett, were so fanatical about his music, I was put off by it.  Years later, as a bartender in Moscow, Idaho (home to University of Idaho), I fell in love with his music too.