“The good life,” any idea what that is?
Advertisers suggest it’s hanging out with Snoop Dogg on a white-sand beach drinking Corona beer!
Some say it’s retirement.
Others say it’s a million bucks in an investment account!
Still others are “Searching for some other place to be.”
I was thinking about my definition of “the good life” recently while on a neighborhood walk.
Of course, it started to rain. So I put my head down to keep raindrops off my glasses and picked up my pace, hoping not to get soaked.
As I approached Highlands Park, I saw him. By that time, it was full-on raining, but this dude was utterly unphased. He was coming straight at me doing the “Crocodile Rock!”
He’s like the postman, always on his route; studio headphones clamped on his ears, smiling, groovin’, and just plain digging life!
One can’t miss him. Whenever I see him approaching, spontaneous joy fills my heart. The dude is radioactive!
Weather doesn’t phase him. I’ve seen him out walking in driving snow storms, and two-digit sub-zero temperatures. He’s even “cool” with 95-degree blazing sunshine.
I’m not sure what his deal is. No disrespect intended, but he seems a little off; I mean, he’s always happy!
“How many steps so far today, brother,” I ask him.
“Twenty-five thousand,” his reply!
“My God, that’s like twelve and a half miles! How far are you going?”
“Oh, not far,” he replies. “I’m just walking around the neighborhood.”
Sure enough, I’ve never seen him more than a mile from the house.
One morning, before daylight, I was walking down Glengarry Parkway, and “here come old flat top groovin up,” it must have been five-below-zero. He had his headphones on, smiling, singing, and cake-walking his way to Vernon Ave.
As he approached, he recognized me and momentarily paused, cocking one headphone to the side: “They don’t know our secret, do they?”
“I guess not,” I replied, grinning from ear to ear.
Like I said, I don’t know what this guy’s deal is, but one thing’s for sure:
He’s living “The good life!”
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