"Well, little, princess, think this party is the pits? Enjoy it while it lasts...we'll soon be blown to bits!" --Wierd Al Yankovic, from his version of "Happy Birthday To You."

Monday, October 5th, marks a transition day. Lee "Hacksaw" Hamitton takes over the drive-time slot at XX Sports Radio, ESPN Radio gains a new outlet (98.9FM), and the Padres clean out their lockers and make ready for their "after-season" lives yet again.

Oh, almost forgot. I turn 46 as of zero-dark hundred, 5-Oct-09. I never thought that I would make it this far...and that day will be one where I spend most of it in quiet relection--and celebrate it alone yet again.

I still look forward to each year when I pass that milestone, for I have survived yet another year. By all rights, I should be safely in the next realm...physical abuse, sexual molestation, MRSA, Cushing's Syndrome, Schizo-Affective Disorder, Working In A Nuclear Power Plant--survived them all, with only Schizo-Affective Disorder still around to torment me (check previous entry in this blog regarding mental illness for more).

Still, I have found that I'm good for some things... Being an excellent cook; writing well enough for others to enjoy, knowing that my brain is my most attractive part of my body; having a voracious appetite for books; getting folks to smile; a sense of humor that may seem unseen--but comes out at just the right moment; having a warm, loving, and caring heart; being able to hug somebody and get them to feel safe; a ferocious sense of justice and ethics; and hands that can soothe when called upon.

Born in Washington D.C; bred in Fresno, California; lived most of my time on Earth in Oregon (Willamette Valley), and California (Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, San Diego County)...that's me! I've seen both tragedy (9/11 on TV in the break room at Target Escondido, the aftermath of the OKC bombing, watching a friend jump from a freeway overpass in La Mesa on TV), and triumph (Graduation from Lemoore High School, Lemoore, CA on 2-Jun-1982, leaving Palomar Medical Center on 26-May-05 alive after my battle with MRSA, gaining my own apartment (on my own credit) on 28-Feb-08).

I leave you for this entry with a final thought: "I Think...Therefore I am! I Love... Therefore I am! I Live...Therefore I am!"

Less than six days to go until I turn the page and start anew!



CuddleFish Sept. 30, 2009 @ 4:50 p.m.

Awww, Robbie, I'll be there with you in spirit!! Happy Birthday in advance, and congratulations for overcoming so much!! You're a warrior!!


SDaniels Oct. 2, 2009 @ 4:58 a.m.

These are good pre-birthday musings, and though it does seem that you have been dealt more than your fair share, you still recognize and celebrate the most important things about yourself. Happy birthday and many to come, LPR!


nan shartel Oct. 2, 2009 @ 10:41 a.m.

Happy Birthday La Placa...from someone who hopes to become a friend

and may i call u Robbiebear????


PistolPete Oct. 2, 2009 @ 1:44 p.m.

Happy birthday LPR!!! Hope it's a good one. I'd get drunk with you in spirit but have picked the Viqueens to beat my beloved Packers that night.


Robert Johnston Oct. 3, 2009 @ 11:05 a.m.

Morning, folks!

Thank you for the kind comments.

Yes, Nan, you may call me Robbiebear.

PP: Though I do not drink to get blasted, I appreciate your words just the same. Look for Farve to be watching for somebody to pull a Theismann on him...the hate runs thick on both sides! I'll be tuning in on XX-1090AM to catch the game (with some ribs w/garlic and lemon pepper rub on the grill)...unless I get a much better offer. .Don't have cable in my house, but I like the radio just the same

B-Day +2- Stay in touch! --RKJ


antigeekess Oct. 5, 2009 @ 8:20 p.m.

Today was the day, wasn't it? Well, I'm not late yet.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (again), Robbie!




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