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Pickett Fences

Beyond Ripe

But Hanging in There!

May/June 2009

As is my custom these days, I have been in full-tilt-boogie procrastination mode on this column. I have already received a week extension, and I am -- at 11 pm on the Monday when it was/is/was due -- just now firing up the 'puter to tippy tap this thing out.

It's like I am still in college. I'm behaving in the exact same manner that led me to drop out after three and a half years, seven majors, and a lot of time lying on dorm room floors in caffeine-induced crazes, laughing and smoking (Salem Lights and pot, thanks) and cranking "Purple Rain" at 2 am instead of writing that term paper on "Shoah." Or Cliff Noting more than one word of "Henry VI." Or perusing twelve geology chapters for the final in the morning.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: John (Beijing, China) Fri., Apr. 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm EDT
Hey, dude.
I just read your article, thanks for the cheering up story, wish you all the best... Thumps up...
xoxoxo
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Comment by: bluegirl56 (Melbourne, FL) Sun., Jul. 12, 2009 at 4:14 am EDT
FIFTY-three, thank you! And recently broke my foot through a misstep on stairs...but 'As long as I can crawl out of my crypt every morning, there is still a lot for me to do in my sensible shoes. And I intend to get on with it'. Thank you, Jim...BTW us girls still just wanna have fun!
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Comment by: c Wed., May. 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm EDT
dear jim, i am 38 and just diagnosed with HIV... it was a shock to me.. but i have a very good bf who is neg btw and a good friend to turn to when i needed them .. now i feel ok... coping with it... i like ur article very much.. it keeps me some energy when i read it... i now have learnt to appreciate everything a bit more day by day.. i think it is a good start... i know the road is not easy ahead, but life is not an easy task.. however, i do hope a cure will be found one day to free us all.. but before that.. i will keep my chin up.. walk proud and face this with dignity... i have to do that for my BF (the most wonderful human being in the world) and my friends...
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Comment by: wunna (moscow, russia) Fri., May. 8, 2009 at 8:17 am EDT
I love this article.It's moving and kind of invigorating. I can feel ur strength and it's like flowing through my veins.Keep going on Jim. I am here with u. Let's appreciate deeply the life we've got and the chance we still have to go on.
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Comment by: observer (san juan, PR) Thu., May. 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm EDT
Great article. I'm 32 going on 33 soon, and i still feel the same way i felt at 20. I've always thought, the same as you, that I haven't grown up in so many ways. That's what "Boys will be boys" means to me.

And just like you, the mirror tells me "hot stuff" until i see myself on pictures. hehe. That's why i say, don't be afraid to crank up the photoshop! Hey, it works for madonna! and when we see her in person we never notice the creaks and aging signs we can see in unedited pictures.

I chuckled. And feel better about looking ahead.

Thanks, handsome.
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