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Ten Rambunctious Commandments for 1965 Rams as we enter our 70s ... (with apologies to the original author)

1 Face and accept the reality of getting old, it's not just you - it's all of us. Acknowledge and accept the consequences of age. Act and behave your age. You can't look like you did when you were 18 and we still had "many miles to go before we sleep ...".

2 Focus on enjoying life and people, especially your loved ones, friends and classmates. The days of indulging in or accumulating material things should be ending. You can't take it with you ... and you shouldn't try.

3 Don't hesitate to spend whatever you have worked so hard to save on yourself and for the positive benefit of others. You worked hard to earn it ... you deserve to enjoy it or bless others with it in the years you have left. Travel if you can afford it. You are not obligated to leave anything for your children or loved ones to potentially quarrel over.

4 Live in the moment ... live for today ... live for the here and now. Don't pine over the yesterdays and worry about the tomorrows. Today is what you have. Yesterday is already gone. Tomorrow may not even happen. But we still beat Bay High in 1964 ... that's OK to remember ...

5 Enjoy your grandchildren (if you are so blessed) but you don't have an obligation to care for them if they are in a safe and loving family environment. Your primary parental obligation was to your children. After you raised your children into responsible adults, your duties of child-rearing and babysitting should be finished. Let your children raise their own offspring ... and back them up where necessary ... it's what Rams do.

6 Stay as healthy as you can. Accept God's Plan and the unavoidable physical weakness, sickness, and other physical pains as they come. It is part of the normal aging process. Enjoy whatever your health allows.

7 Appreciate who and what you are. Be grateful for what you have. Be proud of being a 1965 Ram. Stop working so hard for things you do not have. Life's races are done. If you do not have those things, it's probably too late.

8 Enjoy life with your spouse, children, grandchildren, fellow Rams and other friends.., people, who appreciate and love you for yourself.

9 Forgive others and accept forgiveness from others. Most of all, forgive yourself. Make amends if you can find it within you. Reconcile with those from whom you are estranged if possible. Seek peace of mind and peace of soul. Seek the Peace of the Almighty.

10 Come to terms with death. Ram Heaven is coming for all of us and it is a natural part of the life cycle. Don't be afraid. Death is the beginning of a new and better adventure.

Arrive there with Ram Pride ... 🐏



A young man was talking to his father about growing up, marriage, and responsibilities.  The Father said "Never forget your friends," he advised, "they will become more important as you get older. regardless of how much you love your family and your children.  Stay in touch with them somehow.  "What strange advice!" thought the young man.  "I just got married, I am becoming an adult and surely my wife and children will be everything I need to make sense of my life.“  Over the years, he began to understand what his Father was talking about.  Although time and nature carry out their designs, friends and classmates are life’s bulwarks.


After 70 years of life, and 50 + years after graduation here is what we learned:

Time passes.
Life goes on.
Distance separates us.
Children grow up and are eventually separated from their parents.
Jobs come and jobs go.
Our illusions, desires, attractions, sex ... weakens.
People do not do what they should.
Our hearts break.
Our parents die.
Our colleagues forget the favors.
Life’s races end.
• ... but true friends are always there, no matter how long or how many miles away they are.


When we started this adventure called life in 1965, we did not know of the joys or sorrows that lay ahead.  We did not know how much we would need from each other.  Love your parents, take care of your children, but keep a group of good friends.  Dialogue with them but do not impose yourself or your criteria on them.

Over 50 years may separate me from from my classmates … but they are still … each and every one … my friend.  

With apologies to the original author ... 🐏

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