I am in my mid 80s. My legs are in their late 90s. My beautiful Mexican senorita, now senora, Georgina, (Gina), and I have been married over half a century. (64+ years) We have 5 sons, 4 daughter-in-laws, and eleven grandchildren. My wife raised 5 sons and one husband, and now is using her talent to help out with our grandchildren.
I am retired. I have had a great many occupations over the years, running the gamut from hard physical labor to wearing a suit and working as a licensed ‘stock broker’ ; but for the last 45 years of working , I had been a union stagehand in the Twin Cities. While stagehands often work into their 80’s, (I knew one in Boston that was over 90), common sense and my aching body told me to get out. I had way, way, too much fun in my youth, getting bucked off horses, getting busted up in football, and getting bounced on the ground at the end of a parachute jump, etc.. If I outlive my 401K, and my bad luck with Powerball continues, I’ll probably be greeting people as I gave them their shopping carts at the near by big box store. But for now, I’m retired.
I never got into trying to hit balls into holes in the grass. Although I lived in the woods and lakes when I was young, hunting and fishing don’t appeal to me anymore. I love fields and flowers, but my knees no longer approve of gardening. TV grows old after you watched the same episode of NCIS for the umpteenth time, or if the MN Twins don’t live up to my spring assessments for them. I do read and read and read. I always have my Nook within reach. And I write.
All my life I enjoyed day-dreaming, watching people, and writing. More important, my body doesn’t mind my remembering and my writing. This blog is a small example of my writings.
I hope you enjoy reading them half as much as I enjoyed writing them. For the most part they are true stories. Well, as true as I remember. After all, many of them happened a long, long time ago.
OLD HAND – published pieces
STAGE HAND – show biz pieces
NO HANDS – bits & pieces
PS: This Intro was written before the Darkness came to our world. And while prayer maybe a great comfort, just remember God helps those who helps themselves.
So please obey the rules for good health. Vaccinations! Masks under certain conditions. Be optimistic. And love thy neighbor… even if it is at a six foot distance.
And just keep thinking what the words of that annoying earworm says, ‘
The Sun will come out tomorrow’.
That’s a great Introduction!!!! Hope to read your stuff on and off…Keep writing!!!
Thank you for your kind words and encouragement.
Don, This year has been pretty crazy year for me! I have a little gift for you from my trip to Normandy last summer. I am pretty sure that I didn’t send it to you.. . . .did I? It is both priceless and sacred and cost me nothing but I think you will like it. Could you send me your snail address so I can mail it to you , please!
Very nice 🙂 And I completely agree: I don’t go anywhere without having my Nook within arm’s reach.
There’s nothing worse than to finish off a book and not have another handy. With my nook I will never have to worry about that again.
Wonderfully fun memories, Don! Thank you for writing them down for us. Stagehands always have the best stories!
Thank you for your kind words. And again, I hope I hear more about the musical.
You seem to have a great life. May you have many more happy years. Please keep writing, I will be back!
Again thank you. Both for the reblog, but more so for your kind words.
Nice reading about you
Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.
Awhile I love your sweet share! Bless you and thank you for sharing with me! Yay for June and life and love.
Thank you for your kind words and yes, a big yay for June and life and love.
What fun to have found your blog…thanks for liking my T. Jefferson piece. I look forward to hearing from you soon and often. I love your emphasis on laughter…..namaste. . . .Anne
Thank you. And I look forward to your future writings. And to read your past writings. As a former elementary school teacher, you might find my Miss Fee post amusing. Don’t imagine you ever taught in a one-room schoolhouse.
Oh, I will check it out. No , I never had that teaching experience….Namaste. . . .Anne
Oh, I loved your Miss Fee post and it was the radio listening. I am a tag behind you , but I loved listening to the stories on the radio with the slamming and or squeaking doors and all other wonderful sound affects. Kids now have no imagination because of movies, TV, and video games. Oh thank you so much. See you soon! Namaste. . . .Anne
Very nice to meet you. It sounds like you’ve had a good life and I WILL look forward to reading your stories.
Thanks. I like your blog. I see you were with the 11th AB. 82nd, myself.
Actually, my father served with the 11th, I am but a mere member of the 11th A/B Assn. Thank you for your service!!
I have nominated you for the WordPress Family Award. Congratulation to you for your fine blogs as well as your warm and generous spirits. Please refer to this page on my blog for the details of the award.
Happy blogging! Namaste……Anne
Thank you, Anne, what an honor. Namaste…..Don
It is justly deserved! Namaste….Anne
Thanks for visiting my blog! I really appreciate it 🙂
And thank you. I like your points of view.
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Reading and writing are good combination if your knees cannot do much of the good old days. Just like me blogging is the best interaction for aging body. Hello.
Aging body? Your writing certainly doesn’t show any ‘aging’. Keep up the good work, the gardening, and watching the hummingbirds, as the Aztecs believed, they are favorites of the gods.
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Delighted to have discovered your blog Don. Lots to explore here! Regards from Thom at the immortal,jukebox (drop a nickel),
Back at you, Thom. I’ll drop a nickel often.
Hey Don, were you the one who mentioned Frank Sinatra’s “House I Live In?” I just watched the short film and it is wonderful. I will use it next Monday, but wanted to mention who had alerted me. If it is not you maybe George. . . . . Smiles. . . . Anne
Yes, Anne. That was me. It is a wonderful short , isn’t it. And as I mentioned, it is song I listen to on the 4th of July.
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Had I been as good a writer as I think I am, my introduction would read almost exactly as yours–except that I have never had the theater experience. Everything else is really applicable–hunting and fishing, reading, even NCIS (and the age).
I appreciate the “Like.” Thanks,
Thanks for the kind comment, Merlin. I’ll be reading more of your blog soon.
Hello Don, I dropped in to thank you for the like on my post on Lake Boga Flying Boat museum. While there, I had a look around your site. You have some great stories. I’ll be following. GG
Thank you Gwendoline. I’ll be following you alsol.
Thank you for liking my piece “His was the Most Human.” I’ve been around the theatre most of my life and your blog sounds interesting.
I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be posting more
Leonard stories. We had a lot of good times together
YOU worked with Leonard! How wonderful! 😀
Yes, I worked a lot with Leonard. Several of my posts in my Stagehand pages have stories about working with him, like Robin the Crazy One, RIP Leonard, and one that will be posted soon, Iowan Q&A
Your blog is very intriguing and interesting.
Thank you for your kind words. I looked up your blog and it too is intriguing and interesting.
Thank you for following my blog. I try to make it as intriguing as I can.
Congratulations on surviving over fifty years of marriage! I’ll be back, thanks for stopping by.
Thank you, Anne. Don Ostertag 6463 48th St. N. Oakdale, MN 55128
I’ve been here before but I never read this; it’s very interesting, and you’re a terrific writer. Your age gives me hope, as I’m a bit more than 10 years your junior. A youngster I suppose. It’s all in one’s point of view, right?
Thank you for your kind words. I enjoy your posts very much. You said maybe I consider you a youngster. Well I have always known that ‘out of the mouths of babes comes words of wisdom’. Keep up bringing beauty to our lives.
Finally getting around to following properly!
Best wishes, Pete.
Thank you, E. I am so glad you enjoy them.
Hello Don, I just signed up for your blog. I love your intro and look forward to reading more. Have a safe, blessed week. Smiles xx
What a wonderful introduction Don! I followed the link here from Pete’s blog and I’m looking forward to exploring yours!
glad you liked the Intro. Hope you’ll enjoy some of the other posts
I saw your post on Pete’s blog, and I’m snooping around here because you sound like an interesting person who has lived a full life. A couple of things got my attention from reading about you. You live in or near the Twin Cities. I was there last year during the Final Four basketball championships. My three older brothers and I somehow managed to get spread out in all four of the continental time zones, but we always get together every three years for a family reunion. This July was supposed to be the next one (in Minnesota), but now that appears to be up in the air. My midwest brother lives in the tiny community of Litchfield, MN. I also read that you enjoyed playing some football in your younger days. My son is coaching college football in Montana.
I enjoyed reading your post about Shari Lewis, and I remember her and Lamb Chop and Charley Horse, too. As a retired school teacher, I used to incorporate as much theatre as I could into my classroom. I used to write silly skits for my class, and I enjoyed performing with them. I saw so many kids blossom and feel good about themselves via public speaking. Anyway, I could go on and on, but you probably don’t want to read all that. I looked for a contact form on your site to send you a longer email, but maybe you don’t want to give that out. Be well, and keep those eighty-year-old legs moving as it’s essential to keep your mind and body active.
Loved reading your Blog intro, Don. Your closing comments are worth remembering.
Loved your introduction … and cheers to your longevity and energy to keep going!
Your body may be in your 80s and 90s but I think your heart is in your 20s! Thank you so much for following my blog. I think I’d like to get to know you…
Beautiful Intro, Don! I have read it several times but it always leaves me smiling, especially the bit about how “your wife raised 5 sons and a husband”. 🙂
I always carry a book, a real one and I have Google Play Books on phone. I can’t live if I can’t read. 🙂
Just re-read this and it is a hoot. 🤓
Love it when you smile, Pat.
Visilign braces have given me a better smile than Toothy. 😉🤗