63 years on the planet today. Birthdays come and birthdays go. A reminder that time passes and, as I get older, a reminder that the time of life remaining ahead is far less than the time of life that has already been lived.
I am almost two years into retirement and I am thoroughly enjoying life in our coach. I hope that Lorraine and I will have many more years to enjoy this lifestyle in retirement. As I get older, I make sure I remember to be thankful for a wonderful marriage, an amazing family, good friends, terrific experiences and, yes, even the many challenges that life throws our way.
In the year I was born, these were some of the major events:
- It was the height of the cold war and Russia had launched Sputnik and started the Space Race.
- Russia and the United States launched Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles further increasing the threat of nuclear war.
- The Asian Flu pandemic had a death toll thought to be in excess of 1 million lives (over 70,000 in the United States alone).
- The Treaty of Rome was signed which established a European Economic Community, the precursor to the European Union.
- John Glenn, not yet an astronaut, set a new transcontinental speed record becoming the first pilot to average supersonic speed between Los Angeles and New York.
- Peak year for Baby Boomers — at least I have a lot of company.
- A detached two-storey house in the Forest Hill area of Toronto could be purchased for $30,000 which was slightly above the average house price in the Toronto area — the same Forest Hill houses now sell for $3 to $4 million.
- Bridge Over The River Kwai won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
- The number one song was “Too Much” by Elvis Presley.
- The Suez Canal was a major international crisis with the President of Egypt ordering the sinking of ships in the canal.
- Wham-O released the first Frisbee.
- The final episode of I Love Lucy aired on CBS.
- Hurricane Audrey, one of the most devastating hurricanes on record, caused extensive damage in the Gulf coastal region, killing around 500 people.
- The United States attempted to launch its first satellite but the rocket exploded only a few seconds after launch.
When I woke up this morning, I was greeted by this lovely birthday decor in our coach.
A wonderful start to a birthday in our little bit of paradise.