Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 single digit midget

Veterans like me know what I’m talking about and fondly recall when they were in this coveted time zone.  

We were known as “short timers” and how short we were depended on how many days remained until our discharge from military service active duty.

The countdown began at different points for different people but you entered the first phase of coveted status when you were a two digit midget.  

Maybe in today’s much-confused political correctness (PC) world in which we live, using the midget word might get us in a heap of trouble with the PC police.

A two digit midget was someone who had less than 100 days remaining until military service discharge.  The number 99 as in 99 days was when we earned our two digit midget medal. 

We were excited upon becoming two digit midgets but yearned for something more coveted that a smaller select group could call rightfully theirs.  We all wanted to be a single digit midget; someone with nine days or less until military service discharge.

Eventually, we got our single digit midget medal and wore it with great pride.  It was brief but sweet glory lasting a whopping nine days.

Fast forward to now. 

Today is the last day of 2013.  I hope it’s been a year in which you’ve been abundantly blessed with good faith, family, fitness, fortune and health.

I hope you’ll continue visiting Pierini Fitness in your internet surfing expeditions where I’ll continue serving a fresh plate of middle-aged man reflections about living and dying, gracefully aging and trying my best to life a good and honest life.

See you next year but until then, join me because today we all get to be a 2013 single digit midget.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

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