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Friday, June 22, 2007

Another Year on this Planet

At exactly 9:01 AM PST on this date in 1964, I was dragged kicking and screaming into this world. I came into existence at Hemet Valley Hospital in Riverside County, California. You left-coasters likely know Hemet as a booming retirement community near Palm Springs, and as home to the Ramona Pageant.

I spent my first few years living in San Diego before my folks moved us back to Indiana in 1969. Back in those days, it was actually cheaper to live in CA than IN, if you actually could score a job. My dad was roughly the same age that I am now, and had left the Navy. Although he was a jack of all trades, from mason to school teacher, jobs were scarce and the California Dream crashed hard for our family. Sometimes you just have to go home again. . .and so we did.

Somewhat ironically, we moved to southwest Allen County where my dad's family (The Good's and Buskirk's) resided initially, but then placed our future on the strong growth trend on the southeast side, and moved to a brand new subdivision called Southwick Village in 1970. International Harvester was a HUGE local employer in the area, and most of it's employee's resided in this booming part of Fort Wayne. East Allen County Schools was considered among the top school systems in the state at that time, and I know that my parents were proud to have placed me into that system. Who could have foreseen that, just 12 years later, IH would pull out of Fort Wayne completely and shut down the growth in that part of our city?

I stayed, and watched the area slowly die over the course of twenty years before finally moving my family back to where my ancestry began here locally, Aboite Township. I still hope for the best for the area in which I grew up in; I still own my boyhood home there. And things are finally begining to improve there, thanks to the efforts of Mayor Richard and numerous others. I'll always miss my childhood home, and my history there; but I'm thankful for my ability to provide a home for my kids in a neighborhood that's more like the one that I grew up in back in the 1970's. We do what we have to do for our families, whatever our personal regrets may be.

Anyway, thanks for listening to my short history and rant about my childhood home. I will be celebrating the anniversary of my eventual demise with many close friends on Saturday; I wish you all could make it, but parking IS limited. ;)

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15 Comments:

Blogger Parson said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

title="comment permalink">June 21, 2007 10:53 PM  
Blogger Stan Matuska said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you ol' fart!!!!

You know what they say: Another day older and deeper in debt!!!

Have a great Birthday!!!

title="comment permalink">June 21, 2007 11:27 PM  
Blogger JM said...

Happy birthday! Love the picture with the bowtie, since many of my childhood pics had me in the same attire. Apparently they were in style then and it's not that my parents had a questionable taste level as I had feared.

title="comment permalink">June 22, 2007 9:26 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Happy John Day!!!!!!!! Congrats on the B-day, and may there be many more my friend.

title="comment permalink">June 22, 2007 12:48 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Happy Birthday!

title="comment permalink">June 22, 2007 1:24 PM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

Happy Birthday, John!!

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title="comment permalink">June 22, 2007 2:21 PM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Happy Birthday! Geeze, what a cute kid. He needs cake!

title="comment permalink">June 22, 2007 2:58 PM  
Blogger Jeff Pruitt said...

I enjoyed the personal story - thanks for posting it.

Happy Birthday

title="comment permalink">June 22, 2007 3:54 PM  
Blogger Dan Klug said...

Everything John has done in the past and will try in the future, WILL be come some sort of success.

I can't think of alot of things in the past {25-30 years is it?}that John has failed at!(well maybe AMWAY!)but i wont rub it in.

John has come along way from that engine block sitting in the front room to that FANCY PANTS car of his.

Am i envious or jealous? oh Hell no, just proud of the fact that he picked his ass up off the ground and pointed it in the RIGHT
direction.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN!

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The Meaning of Success

To earn the respect of intelligent people and to win the affection of children.
To appreciate the beauty in nature and all that surrounds us.
To seek out and nurture the best in others.
To give the gift of yourself to others without the slightest thought of return, for it is in giving that we receive.
To have accomplished a task, whether it be saving a lost soul, healing a sick child, writing a book, or risking your life for a friend.
To have celebrated and laughed with great joy and enthusiasm and sung with exaltation.
To have hope even in times of despair, for as long as you have hope, you have life.
To love and to be loved.
To be understood and to understand.
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is the meaning of success.
Anonymous and modified by Ray Serway December, 1989

title="comment permalink">June 22, 2007 6:57 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

You know, if parking is limited perhaps we should be good liberals and carpool. I nominate anyone but me as the designated driver.

Happy Birthday, John!

title="comment permalink">June 22, 2007 8:31 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you John!

You're a great net friend and I have no doubt that your friends in RL are fortunate to know you.

And hey- 1964. You're getting up there! HA!HA!

I always appreciate your reminiscing posts of the 70s and those Friday night retros even though I sometimes am too late to post. Oh and I don't want to forget your humor. Its the best!

Be safe buddy! :):):)

title="comment permalink">June 23, 2007 9:04 PM  
Blogger Fernando said...

Happy Birthday buddy!

Thanks for all of your hard work.

title="comment permalink">June 23, 2007 9:40 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Oh & Dan-

"The Meaning Of Success" was by Ralph Waldo Emerson, although that version you posted is slightly modified.

I know this because it is my favorite quote. :)

title="comment permalink">June 24, 2007 12:20 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Parson - Thanks, man!

Stan - Don't I know it!

John - It was a "different" world back then". . .RUN AWAY!

Donnie - That's what I wished for!

Gary - Thank you!

Sew - Thanks! I did, but Donnie went and blurted it out!

Mary - next time I'll post the pics of me cutting my own b-day cake at 3. . .yikes!

Jeff - Thank you!

Dan - Thank you! WHAT do you WANT???? ;)

Robert - Tsk tsk. . .I SAW you pull up alone! ;)

Chuck - Thanks! It's good to know that people actually are reading those posts!

Fernando - Thanks! When do I get paid? lol

title="comment permalink">June 24, 2007 8:38 PM  
Blogger Hill said...

You were sooooooooooo cute!!! That buzz cut worked just fine for ya!

And what a neat story. I LOVE to read about people and their roots. And, Good Man, is it just awesome that you still own your boyhood home. Not many people do, and that you've been able to hang on to it is a testament to the man you are.

Happy Birthday, dude!

title="comment permalink">June 26, 2007 9:04 PM  

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