Turning 55 Isn’t so Bad

Last weekend, my BFF, Morgan & her husband came for a visit. They had come in May and because we are all very keen on social distancing and not going anywhere without our mask, it seems to be safe enough to hang out! They stayed for 3 days and it was so good to be around our friends.

Morgan had the idea to surprise me for my birthday, a week early. Frank picked up the Chocolicious cake at Publix that I love and they sang Happy Birthday to me. Totally unexpected!

I blew out my candles…thank goodness there were only a few. Might have burned the house down. It certainly would have melted this perfect little cake.

We spent Sunday at Little Talbot Island State Park beach, walking about 4 miles where we experienced winds coming from the East caused by then Tropical Storm Sally. Since last Sunday, Hurricane Sally ramped up to a Cat 2 before devastating the Gulf Coast, flooding parts of Alabama & Florida. Ironically, Sally came ashore on the anniversary of Hurricane Ivan 15 years ago in same area, however Ivan was a Cat 3 at the US landfall. Hurricane Ivan reached Hurricane 5 status as it plowed through the Carribean.

Photo courtesy of clickorlando.com

My birthday falls right at the peak of Hurricane Season. Luckily, it is kinda quiet this weekend, but the tropics are still quite active. I’m sure we will be in the Greek alphabet by early next week. We haven’t done that since 2005.

In honor of turning 55 today, thought I would share a little Sammy Hagar! This was me until my radar detector broke! The best part about this song is that it came out the year I graduated high school in 1984.

Origin of the Song from Hagar

“I was in a rent-a-car that wouldn’t go much faster than 55 miles an hour. I was on my way back from Africa. I did a safari for three months throughout Africa. A really great vacation after Three Lock Box. I was traveling for 24 hours, I got to New York City, changed planes, Albany, New York. Got in a rent-a-car. Had a place in Lake Placid at the time, a little log cabin, I used to go there and write with my little boy. Aaron, at that time, went to North Country school when I was on tour. I would go there and see him. It was a really cool getaway. But it took two and a half hours to drive there from Albany. And I was driving from Albany, New York at 2:00 in the morning, burnt from all the travel. Cop stopped me for doing 62 on a four lane road when there was no one else in sight. Then the guy gave me a ticket. I was doing 62. And he said, ‘We give tickets around here for over-60.’ and I said, ‘I can’t drive 55.’ I grabbed a paper and a pen, and I swear the guy was writing the ticket and I was writing the lyrics. I got to Lake Placid, I had a guitar set-up there. And I wrote that song there on the spot. Burnt.”

— Sammy Hagar, 1994

One last thing! I have all items in my Etsy shop on sale to celebrate by birthday! Stop by to see new items and don’t forget to check out the special products for ovarian cancer month. https://www.etsy.com/shop/OurEyesOpenDesigns


26 Comments on “Turning 55 Isn’t so Bad

  1. Happy Birthday! I remember that song well, I graduated HS in 1979. Sammy couldn’t replace David Lee Roth with Van Halen, one of my favourite bands!

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    • Thanks Deborah! I feel great most of the time. I’m looking forward to getting back to hiking & birding when the weather cools. 😊


    • Thank you Shweta. It was refreshing to experience “just hanging out” with friends. Ready to get back to living! Cautiously! 😊


  2. Wishing you a Happy Birthday! Sounds like you’ve been having a great time. That cake looks so good, and how wonderful to be able to celebrate with friends. ❤

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