||I want to take a few minutes and share with you my thoughts on living in a virtual world. I am approaching my 58th year of living in an actual world, and I must admit that I am a long way from having that mastered. Now, thanks to creative folks like Mark Middleton and Bill Shaefer I have the opportunity to end up in a totally new realm. I enter this realm with both optimism and apprehension. First of all, this is my first blog. I feel a bit like a newlywed on his wedding night. I've heard this might be fun, but I guess I'll never know for sure until I try it. One thing about this virtual world, I learned today that I have five new friends. I even had the opportunity to accept or reject each of them. Being new at this, I'm willing to accept anything until it hurts, or until I learn better based upon age or experience. Speaking of age and experience, I just can't get over how quickly the last 40 years have gone. It just seems like yesterday that I was concerned about being old enough that people would respect my opinion on just about any subject, and today I feel like I might be so old that I'm just flat out dated. Does anybody have any idea as to why he that transition seems to have occurred so quickly? One day I was theMarlboro man, and today I'm Walter Brennan. Frankly, I'm a lot wiser and a whole lot more patient than the other me. I have learned to listen better. I no longer feel that my life is a contest. I have finally learned to accept me for who I am as opposed to who I would like to be. The kids are raised, and now I'm back where I started, with just me and momma, and a fistful of dreams. But our dreams are little different now, because today's dreams are not dependent upon building a career and having a family, because we've already climbed those mountains. The new mountains just don't seem that tall, or all that challenging, because of all those mountains of all those valleys that we've already been through. I'm actually trying to decide how much of my future should be devoted to my fishing boat or motorcycle, as opposed to something far more significant or esoteric. Then again, what could be more significant than fish over the transom, or wind in your face? Well that's it for my blog. I have no idea if it's a good blog or a bad blog. I can tell you it's my first blog, and like my first and only wedding night, I probably won't know the full significance of this experience until I've had the opportunity to experience it a few more times. So I say to my new friends why don't you let me know what you think. I don't want some sweet sugarcoated response. I'd rather have the straight and narrow. I can take it. God knows I'm full-grown!!!