The older we get, the better we were.

IMG-20130111-00083 Hi- the guy you see here who hates to have his picture taken is my good friend Mike Smith from Pilot Knob,NY. Mike and I first met 41 years ago when he was a ranger at Laurel Mountain Ski Area in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pa. He and I have been friends and have skied together a long time. In fact, I just got back from skiing Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks with Mike and we had a great day together as always. Tested out a new pair of Stockli VXL skis which I just purchased and they were great at Gore. But I digress. Mike is a great friend. He is also an interesting guy. He owns a marina on Lake George, is an accomplished acrobatic pilot, has over 1900 jumps to his credit as a skydiver. I count Mike among my very best of friends.
The second photo here is of my ski group in Tahoe.IMG00132-20100208-1434
The last picture is of my very best friend, my wife Janet.Saltlick-20130109-00082 I had this poor soul skiing in the rain the other day and if she looks a bit forlorn, it is because she was being pelted with freezing rain on the chair lift. Strangely, she has claimed this as a bit of a badge of honor. She skied well that day, as always, and with an exuberant laugh, said” I skied in the rain for the first time. Pretty good don’t you think?”
I have similar friends who share my passion for cycling like JR Ellis, Pete Hilton, and John Staab. The point is that as we get older, friends who share your passion keep you in the game. You can share your enthusiasm with them and they can return the favor and you can create great memories. Then you can tell each other that ” the older you get, the better you were.”
One final note. I just finished reading a great book recommended by another “outdoorsy” friend of mine, Pat Heffernan. This book is called,” Younger Next Year”by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge M.D. I highly recommend it to all of you because to us active folks, it affirms out lifestyle and to those who need a little kick in the butt, it is a great read. The basic premise is to exercise 6 days a week for the rest of your life. If you do, they claim that you can do the same activities that you enjoy currently for the rest of your life. Exercise wards off a lot of ills that come with inactivity especially as we age. But one of the most compelling ideas presented in this book is the notion that as you age, you need friends and if you are fortunate enough, a spouse or significant other with whom to share the next third of your life. Human beings need companionship and relations, otherwise we wither into decay. To have friends and a significant other or spouse who also shares your passions, is a true blessing indeed. Count those blessings, cherish your friends and leap into the next third. I want to do what I do until I am old. I will do it with friends and maybe be fortunate enough at a ripe old age to rocket a great GS turn right into the Great Beyond. No decay for me!!! Thanks for reading.

9 thoughts on “The older we get, the better we were.

  1. J.R. says:

    Another great post Pat! Your blog posts cover it all… the past, the present and even the future! Truly great advice to all.

    As Pete and I settled for a short ride on the road and a sloppy run on the trails this past Saturday, we knew you were packing as much as you could into your weekend of skiing.

    You are great friend. Thanks for sharing.

    • McCloskey, Pat says:

      Thanks to you JR for starting all of this fun for me. 43 followers and growing. You truly are a great friend too. You and Pete will be the subject of some humorous posts as soon as the weather gets warmer.

      • J.R. says:

        In the tech world, they talk about people “monetizing” their free content. When you refer to future “humorous posts”, is this where the extortion begins??? 🙂

  2. Cuz-I-L says:

    Another wonderful read Paddy Mac! Best part = “ very best friend, my wife Janet.” That one statement speaks volumes Patrick…you are very, very, blessed, now, and even if the 6 days of exercise a week, GS turns skiing and old friends are one day gone. Slainte, Cuz-I-L

  3. Mark Hutchinson says:

    Thanks Pat for keeping us all in the game! Remember, there is never any bad weather, just bad clothing! Horay for Janet!

  4. Daryl says:

    Love this post Pat and how true the title is. I felt like that today at Steamboat, I remember coming to this place in my late 20’s and could ride through the trees like Superman. You are an inspiration to so many of us and I’m lucky to be your friend. Keep writing and God Bless you.

    • patmccloskey says:

      Daryl- thanks for following. I am glad you like the blog. I am having fun writing it. Thanks for the pictures. They will be blog pictures for sure. You are a good friend too Daryl. I will always remember the trip to Calgary and Kicking Horse. What a great time and great snow. Thanks for your encouragement.

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