If You Were Turning 50


Would it matter to you if you were turning 50 tomorrow? How would you want to celebrate? More important, would you think of this anniversary as a time to be marked in some special way (with new resolutions or special goals, for example)?

You can probably guess why I’m asking.

About Doug Geivett
University Professor; PhD in philosophy; author; conference speaker. Hobbies include motorcycling, travel, kayaking, sailing.

6 Responses to If You Were Turning 50

  1. Alex says:

    I heard that hangliding was very intense and awe-inspiring. There is a national hangliding tournament in Lakeview, my home town, every year.

    Happy Belated!


  2. Doug Geivett says:

    Fact is, I didn’t even have b-day cake. So no candles. Your motorcycle is a great shade of red. It might be hard to find such cool looking candles. Oh, and by the way: what about a new Harley with an oil leak? For the time being, I’m partial to Triumphs. I don’t own one . . . yet. Maybe that’s one of those things my buddy Jay Hawthorne had in mind as an item to check off the list during this fiftieth year. I have been invited to sky dive with a couple friends three or four months from now. And I know of a bi-plane ride in the Puget Sound area that sounds real interesting.


  3. Howard says:

    I like red. My motorcycle is red! I think I want 7 red candles burning brightly and I hope they smoke like an old Harley with an oil leak when I blow them out. It’s probably too late now, but the Roman “L” in any color might have been nice for you.


  4. Doug Geivett says:

    My friend, Jay, made a great suggestion:

    “I think I’d stretch out my birthday and try to do 50 memorable things over the course of the whole year. After all, you will be 50 all year long, you may as well plan some really good things. I’d break it up so that I did a variety of intensity challenges such that I’d do maybe 9 easy things, and then one more difficult to do thing, and so on.”


  5. Doug Geivett says:

    Howard (Dad),

    Let’s see, one red candle is the equivalent of 10 “regular” candles. So 7 red candles equals . . . oh, my gosh, 70 years! You’ve got to be kidding. No one will suspect it, from your motorcycle hijinks. I hope I’m still biking by then. I hope I’m still biking with you by then!

    I do have one question: why red?


  6. Howard says:

    I would be happy to be turning 50! I would start using red candles for ea 10 years, however, to cut back on Global Warming. I will be using 7 red candles soon, but probably won’t light them in order to please Al Gore.
    Yes, I still ride the motorcycle for pleasure contributing to heavy smog on the southern Oregon coast-poor Al!



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