The Jersey Shore Retro Year in Review for 2018 (time really does fly when you’re having fun) ||
For one, my wife and I celebrated 30 years of marriage this past August, a major milestone, considering what the state of marriage is in nowadays. She continues to enjoy retirement, especially during the summer at the Promenade Beach Club. Also, this summer, after losing over 100 pounds and keeping it off over the course of the last four years, Pauline went through plastic surgery (tummy tuck) to have the excess skin from her weight loss removed.
We travelled to a few places, and we learned a few lessons along the way. Cape May seems to be a recurring trip in our travels over the last year or so. It’s the Jersey Shore but without the musical excitement like there is in Asbury Park. We also took a trip down to Glassboro for Homecoming in October, the first one I had been to since 1982. With the name change to Rowan University, it was a real eye-opener for me. New buildings, improved grounds, new programs. . .yes, a real eye-opener.
My daughter Anne Marie continues to love her job as a physical education/health education/driver education teacher at Long Branch High School. This past summer, she travelled with a group of other young adults from around the country to Brazil on behalf of Habitat for Humanity to build huts and irrigation systems for farmers there. And in the fall, Anne Marie’s softball team from Mater Dei Prep that won the Non-Public Group B state title in 2008 was inducted into the Mater Dei Prep Sports & Academic Hall of Fame.
Our son Christian continues his job as a marketing associate at Lawn Doctor and performed wonderfully in numerous community theater events this past year. The last musical that he performed in, The Premier Theater Company’s Scrooge, featured him singing the showstopping number “Thank You Very Much”. He also had his first paid gig, acting in a production of the musical “They Call It Gravy, We Call It Sauce” at the Rosen Performing Arts Center in Wayne, NJ.
As for myself, September 28, 2018 marked my anniversary date at work. Hard to believe I’ve been with the Federal Government now for 31 years. . .22 years at Fort Monmouth, 3 months at Picatinny Arsenal, and almost 10 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs. I met so many good people during my tenure, some of whom I’m still friends with today. A lot of great work took place during that time as well. Looks like retirement will happen for me soon, but just don’t know exactly when and what I’ll do afterwards.
I met plenty of great people, both physically and virtually. I’m still continuing my blog “Jersey Shore Retro” (https://jerseyshoreretro.wordpress.com), which is all about me and 40 years of living large and loving life at the Jersey Shore. I’m still posting away on social media, with a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and now Instagram, too. For most of my status updates, I usually post jokes and puns, with an occasional highlight of my day. I try staying away from the political fray, but it’s so damn hard when so many others just overwhelm the system with their drivel. . .er, I mean “how passionate they can be”. . .
And I’m still doing my volunteer work, too. Most of my time is taken up as chairman of the Long Branch Cable TV Commission, as well as my new passion. . .karaoke. Yes, I’ll be here all week, folks.
So now, we’re back to the present. As 2018 closes out and I approach the end of my sixtieth trip around the sun, my wish to you all is to continue to take one day at a time and enjoy life to its fullest. I believe that while it’s OK to set goals and look to the future, it’s always best to live for today. Future plans can change, yet you’d still have time to adjust. But the present unfolds right in front of you, in an instant, to seize it just one time.
When it comes to personal change, I’m always trying to be a better person than I was the year before. I’m excited for what this new year will bring me. . .new lessons and new opportunities. For 2019, I’m going to practice better self-care, work on improving my health, and get inspired to create some art, such as a book based on my blog, as well as a short documentary. Details to follow.
Here’s hoping that 2019 will bring all of you who read this yearly family epistle great success and joy in all aspects of your life and continue on for many years to come.
You can find the entire Jersey Shore Retro blog here. Also, you can follow Kevin Cieri’s blog on his Facebook page, “Jersey Shore Retro” as well as on Twitter at @jsretro and on Instagram at #jerseyshoreretroOG.