I hate to say that I was born before President Kennedy was elected. Not much before but Ante Camelot. By any measure, like most Americans, I have had an easy life physically. Any injuries I've incurred were doing things I chose to do and sometimes not well.
I didn't realize that after this photo circa 1965 it was all downhill physically.
I have recently suffered my first serious job related injury and even it is not too bad. I tore my rotator cuff on my right shoulder during a training excercise. The real issue. The cause of this post. The phrase that has pissed me off is, "At your age . . ." If another healthcare professional starts a sentence off with that phrase again they will learn that I can draw and fire between nine and seventeen bullets (depending on which gun I'm carrying) at my freaking age.
I was 45 in the photo to the right. It was an undercover where the suspect believed i was also arrested. If I had to do it now I would have to be cuffed in the front because of my shoulder.
To add insult to injury I've noticed that recent photos of me have been taken with poor quality cameras that distort features. I was always called "Young Looking" even into my early forties. I never had injuries. I ran marathons at 200 pounds and my knees never even clicked. Now. Never mind.
The two karate photos show me at twenty five and forty. By the way that is legendary Shotokan practicioner Mas Nakayama on the left and Kickboxing champion Bill Wallace on the left.
What the hell. Jackie, do all you Brits look so good as you age? If so I'm on board with socialized medicine.
But it could be worse. I could have gone from this
Dammit. He still looks pretty good.
On another topic, just a couple ophotos from my book launch last Friday at Murder On The Beach Bookstore in Delray Beach Florida. Good time was had by all and, perhaps because of age, I was dragging all day Saturday.
I'm away for a week in lovely Costa Rica, diving, rafting, surfing and trying not to think about the aging process.