It’s near my birthday. I was born in 1957. Had I been born two centuries before I would have been of an age to fight in the revolution. Had I survived the war and not suffered a major wound, chances are I would be pretty healthy, as I am today. In 1802 I would have been no longer required to be part of the militia, however I was pretty healthy at fifty five so may have went out in-the war of 1812. Now it’s been four years since that war ended. Saw some land I wouldn’t mind living on on my walk down to New Orleans. I’m still able to do a days work but have enough put away that I don’t have to work like I did on my first homestead. Some times we don’t think about the passage of time at our events, or how close the past was. My Grandfather knew Frank James, my brother was thirteen when the last WTBS veteran died in 1959. There are people alive today that knew him. A young apprentice who worked on the USS Constitution, Old Ironsides,or any of its sisterships could have been alive to see the first ironclads, like USS New Ironsides. In 1859 a guide was printed for trails west. Important was the horse ranches along the way and restock station.... not twenty years after the last rendezvous. My wife’s visiting my daughter and I was running some ball. Dip,pour, open,drop, over and over, your mind runs free. Beware.