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73 Year Old · Male · From Hampstead, MD · Joined on August 6, 2012 · Relationship status: Married · Born on March 21st · 2 referrals joined! · I have a crush on someone!
73 Year Old · Male · From Hampstead, MD · Joined on August 6, 2012 · Relationship status: Married · Born on March 21st · 2 referrals joined! · I have a crush on someone!
Met my wife in Apr of '92, married in Nov of '99. My stepson came to live with us in the summer of '98, at the age of 12, and stayed with us for 12 years until the fall of 2010 when he moved in with his girlfriend. He married her in May of this year (2012).
I have always rented, my entire working life, until I retired in March of 2010 at the age of 62. I never wanted to be bothered with repairs, taxes, etc.
I retired in March of 2010 and bought my first house in March of 2011. We settled on my birthday. I paid cash and have no mortgage payments and no rent.
One hell of a birthday present.

I thought some people would like to know where the name "SNAKE SKINNER" came from. It was given to me as a CB handle by a very good friend because I used to raise snakes and I always had shed skins hanging around from some of my larger ones. Some up to 14 FT. long. You'd be surprised at how many people would ask me for them to pull practical jokes. And yes I would give them skins for their jokes. If there is anything more you would like to know about me, just ask.


I don't do serious but I feel that now I should. If you are thinking of getting a dog, cat, or any animal as a pet, remember that you are adopting a new member of your family that should not be treated as a possession that you keep on a chain, or in a pen outside only paying attention to it once in a while or discard because it has become an inconvenience. It's a lifelong commitment that should be taken care of just as any other member of your family. It is for this reason that I post this poem and I hope it makes everyone think better of their pets. I am not an animal activist, just an animal lover. Please read.


My family brought me home cradled in their arms.
They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm.
They played with me and laughed with me and showered me with toys.
I sure do love my family, especially the girls and boys.
The children loved to feed me, they gave me special treats.
They even let me sleep with them - all snuggled in the sheets.
I used to go for walks, often several times a day.
They even fought to hold the leash, I'm very proud to say.
These are the things I'll not forget - a cherished memory,
because I now live in the shelter - without my family.

They used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe.
But I didn't know the difference between the old ones and the new.
The kids and I would grab a rag, for hours we would tug.
So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug.
They said that I was out of control, and would have to live outside.
This I did not understand, although I tried and tried.
The walks stopped, one by one; they said they hadn't time.
I wish that I could change things, I wish I knew my crime.
My life became so lonely, in the back yard, on a chain.
I barked and barked, all day long, just to keep from going insane.

So they brought me to the shelter, but were embarrassed to say why.
They said I caused an allergy, then they each kissed me goodbye.
If I'd only had some classes, when I was just a little pup,
then I would have been a better dog when I was all grown up.
"You only have one day left." I heard the worker say.
Does that mean I have a second chance? DO I GO HOME TODAY?


The Over 30 Crowd

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking Twenty-five miles to school every morning....
Uphill... barefoot...
BOTH ways
Yadda, yadda, yadda
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it! But now that... I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today.
You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!
And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!
I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have The Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalogue!!
There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take, like, a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!
Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! Nowhere was safe!
There were no MP3' s or Napsters! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and shoplift it yourself!
Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" i t when finished and the tape would come undone. Cause - that's how we rolled, dig?
We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it!
And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either!
When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, a collections agent, you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!
We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen... forever!
And you could never win.. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!
You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel! NO REMOTES!!!
And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove! Imagine that! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled. You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980 or before!
The Over 30 Crowd
Classic Rock -- Soft Rock -- Oldies (50's,60's,70's) -- Folk -- Country -- 3 TOM RUSH ALBUMS, THE EARTH - THE SEA - THE SKY -- EASY RIDER SOUND TRACK ALBUM -- JOURNEY -- FOREIGNER -- ALICE COOPER -- FLEETWOOD MAC --
I will list more later
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