Annette Funicello died yesterday as a result of complications from Multiple Sclerosis. Memories poured through my brain.
I could fantasize about a time machine or a machine that would restore my body to its youthful strength, but that's not in the cards. Not yet anyways. Doing so only wastes more of my time, so I keep those thoughts fleeting. I choose to use time as my motivator. Despite growing old, I've not let my brain or my thinking grow old. Bicycling has helped me utilize my strengths and my time. My parents also helped with the mindset I now have. Never once did I see them worry about dying. They were more interested in living. For that, I'm very happy.
So, God speed, Annette, and thank you ... for the memories, the fantasies, and the motivation to keep ridin'. In your memory, a tune to exit with...for you and me...Frankie Avalon singing "Venus", one of 100's of 45rpm records I had...still have...and Gary and I played endlessly..and I mean ENDLESSLY. I'm surprised they're still in good shape. By the way, Annette was born in Utica, NY, not far from my hometown.