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April 30th, 1963

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Tuesday, April 30, 1963.

That was the day my sister, Amy, was born. Hackensack Hospital was busy that week as both my mom and one of my aunts were there for the birth of their second children, both girls. I wasn’t around yet but I followed shortly after.

When I was a baby, my mom used to put my sister in her playpen on the front lawn of our house while she took care of me inside. Neighbors would walk past the house and smile at the cute, curly blonde-haired girl with the sweetest disposition in the world. Try doing that today!

My sister was my very first best friend and as she got older, my second mother. We would play together all day in the house, her with her Barbie dolls and me with my GI Joe men. We would rake the leaves in the yard into floor plan configurations and play in our “house” or jump into the huge piles that we made. We got into big trouble one day for riding our bikes to the Ascension school and playing by the little river in the back. Our father was not pleased at all!

As bratty brothers will do, I picked on my sister at times until she would cry and run upstairs to her room. Of course then I had to cheer her up so we could play together again. My brother and I must have done that quite a bit because we have a couple of pictures of the three of us with Amy wiping away tears. Hahahaha, we must have been bad (or maybe it was just me).

My sister is the last hold-out of the Ufer clan still living in New Jersey but she has a beautiful house and a great husband and they come to visit whenever they can. It’s been a while since I’ve seen her so maybe a trip up North is in order.

Happy birthday Amy! I love you!

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Written by David A. Ufer

April 30, 2012 at 6:29 am

Posted in Family

Dog People vs. Cat People

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I am a dog person and anyone who knows me should immediately understand why.

The world can be divided into those who like dogs and those who like cats. While I do like cats,  I truly have a canine heart.

Dogs are loyal, to a fault.

They give love unconditionally.

They will be your best friend no matter what you are going through.

Dogs are right next to you when you need them most and understand when you want to be alone.

They are also fiercely protective and will stop at nothing to defend the one’s they love.

While cats can give love too, they do it on their own terms. They are aloof and independent with their affections which makes it special when they do decide to show you that part of themselves.

I’m a dog and proud of it.

Written by David A. Ufer

April 23, 2012 at 6:13 am

Posted in Relationships

It’s All About Me….Or Is It?

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I don’t really follow the news much anymore so I can’t really comment on it. Politics bores me because really, we’re going to get screwed no matter who’s in the White House. Not much going on in the sporting world, yet.

So that pretty much leaves me and my world. Some may consider it boring or no fun but it is what it is. I have responsibilities that need taking care of and then with whatever time is left, I do what I can to make some fun and treat that special someone the best I can.

I can only hope that’s enough for whoever it is I put before myself….

Written by David A. Ufer

April 16, 2012 at 5:56 am

Posted in Relationships

Me? Quiet? Hard to believe and yet……

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Sometimes I have a lot to say, sometimes I have nothing to say and sometimes I have both at the same time. In times like this, I choose to keep quiet.

So enjoy my alter ego instead.

And one of my favorites:

Written by David A. Ufer

April 9, 2012 at 5:39 am

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To Do List? Bucket List?

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A friend of mine is turning 50 years old soon and I got to thinking, “When does a To Do List turn into a Bucket List?” I would imagine 50 would be a good enough time as any to re-evaluate the list and move up some of the more important items before it’s, ahem, too late!

So with that in mind, here is my current To Do List (in no particular order):

1 – Visit Death Valley, strip naked and lay in the sand to feel all the heat that Mother Nature can provide.

2 – Write and have published at least two more books and maybe even the next Great American novel.

3 – Visit and sleep in every state in the United States. I’ve got a pretty good jump with Florida through Massachusetts already checked off and also California, Washington and Mississippi.

4 – Travel Route 66 in a rented sports car, preferably a 1960’s-era Mustang or Corvette.

5 – Hike some of the Grand Canyon.

6 – Hike the entire Appalachian Trail.

7 – Break a 7-minute mile (this one will have to be accomplished fairly soon).

8 – Visit Italy, Spain, Ireland and the African Savanna.

That’s a pretty good start to the list and I’m sure more items will be added as I cross off some of these. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted with my progress! Hopefully some of these will be completed before I have to change to the Bucket List.

Written by David A. Ufer

April 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm

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