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    Once Upon A Time...


    At my 40th class reunion in November 2011


    My high school yearbook photo

    I know, I know… WHAT HAPPENED!?

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    Uh, you replaced head hair with chin hair? Yer still a good lookin' dude. ;-)

    January 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterSherry

    Someone once told me that facial hair helps hide baldness by taking the focus off the scalp. I'm here to prove him wrong. Thanks, Sherry.

    January 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    OMG, Dave. I thought you were going to give us a story about a young movie star. Time has changed you but for the better.

    January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol in VA

    Dave~ ~ what a scholarly looking young man back then. Is that what you call a ' cow lick' when you were able to style your hair?

    You ask what happened?? All those years may have put a few lines in your face and a little weight around the mid section but for forty years, you were busy making memories. Looks, as we behold them are only just the outside covering. It is what lies deep within a person that is considered the beauty of the soul.
    I feel blessed to have got to know quite a bit about the man under the exterior. Inside and outside of you, Dave, has passed my test.

    I know that may sound a bit over dramatic but you know me... I have a stranger who lives in my home and she lurks in every damn mirror in this place. I avoid her like the plague. She is a wrinkled old broad and ugly as sin.

    One good thing, we all age together unless we get a face lift or a bum lift or a hair transplant. You worry about having no hair on your head and I worry about it growing on my chin. Thank God for tweezers. Hey Newbie, where are you??

    January 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    Thanks, Carol. I'm glad you think so. I just wish I could be in the same kind of shape I was back then. I played soccer in high school, worked many hours in a restaurant and had enough energy left over to spend with my girlfriend. What memories...

    January 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    No, Snoopy, no cowlick that I knew of. I did have curly hair back then. Today, I have... Well, never mind.

    Yes, there are a few more wrinkles, but I can't complain. I do know some people who are younger than me with far more lines, but they spent a lot more time in the sun here in Florida.

    You know, everything you said about me works both ways, so I feel just as blessed. As a matter of fact, I think we all are because we've had the opportunity to get to know each other, and by now, we should all be comfortable in our skin. None of us are strangers.

    Tweezers? Not yet. But I do clip my eyebrows now, but my ears don't need shaving.

    Thanks, my friend!

    January 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    I like that older man whose picture you put up.

    January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNew Puppy

    Yeah, New Puppy... Who is that guy? I guess it's easier and safer to trust old dudes. We're harmless.

    Thank you! There, I said it for him.

    January 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Dave - Shave the beard and your old stud muffin look will shine through!

    January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatti O

    I have given that some thought, Patti, but it's kind of grown on me, so to speak. Stud muffin? That's funny!!! Thanks.

    January 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Dave, I think you look quite debonair with your chin whiskers and you are soooooooo handsome. Thank goodness I do not have a pacemaker because it would short circuit every time I look at your pic. It doesn't take much to get an old lady turned on ya know.

    Since you turned down my marriage proposal last night I cancelled the limo and trip to Maui. I hope I did not cause you too many nightmares by springing that question on you at such a late hour. How come Eliz Taylor and Demi Moore can snag the young ones and not me?

    Now if you take any of the above seriously, you are as crazy as I am... Toodle e doo, Sonny..

    January 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    How could Elizabeth Taylor, now deceased, and Demi Moore, almost deceased, snag the young ones and you can't? Simple. I'm not young. You're going after the wrong age bracket.

    January 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Dave~ ~you poor old thing with all your aches and pains. You are beginning to sound like an old codger. Maybe Eliz Taylor would be more your speed. Demi Moore got herself a young fella so she would keep her youth and he up and fooled around on her. If I ever snagged you, Dave, I would never have to worry about you chasing young women and cheating on me. I don't think you could make much speed with a walker rigged up with a GPS and the batteries dead in your hearing aid.

    I only proposed so you would not feel so left out... by the way, it is leap year. Now go and curl up somewhere and pat Lucy and Gus. Have a swig of Geritol... I wonder what Brad Pitt is doing today.... I must go and check on him...

    January 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    And look what happened... She aged herself by dating a younger man. It almost killed her, so watch out!

    January 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Oh no, I got married in a Leap Year...not a good thing. Don't do it Dave ~ Snoop, wait a year!

    I think your handsome. Hope you still live in Florida in 2 years. I am planning on driving the highway/bridge over water to Key West. I have always wanted to do that.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Where is Tiffany?

    January 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercali paatti

    Hi, cali - I was born in a leap year. So was my sister, so I don't think you have anything to worry about.

    You think I'm handsome? Amazing! Thank you for thinking so. I do plan on living here in 2 years, so I hope we will meet. Something tells me we will. As for Tiffany, something also tells me she's been very busy lately. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    January 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Cali~ ~ I will stop picking on Dave so he will still be alive in two years. If I can't get the SOB to accept my proposal, I would definitely nominate you to be my proxy. Sorry, I hope that is not inflicting punishment on you in a 'backwards sort of way.' LOL

    If you think Dave is handsome, there must be some ugly dudes in CA..... I think that I may be in trouble. Right?

    January 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    Dave should title his blog...."Harem Scare Em"

    Well, I have put it off as long as I could... off to the new post I go....

    January 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    Remember the saying, "Handsome is as handsome does?" Well, with age I now understand that saying. The best looking men can be such a**es. There are many good looking men out here, physically fit and educated. Many are nice, most think they are more than what they really are. I have noticed, HONESTLY, Men seem to think they are better at (pick anything) and deserve better than what is offered. They seem hypercritical of women yet fail to see the same in themselves. I have not put myself out there but watched as men/women interact. Been very educational and sad.
    I am certain the owner of this blog is an exceprtional man and does not behave in above mention manner. LOL, Snoop would swoop down and swat him a good one.

    January 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercali patti

    Thank you, cali patti. I think George Clooney is an exception to the rule. I've only seen and read good things about his character. But you're right, they are few and far between. Women, on the other hand...

    January 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    ... are perfect.

    January 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Well it looks like my obedience training may be working...

    January 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    Did George Clooney ever marry? I heard he had a pet pig.

    January 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    No, but I think he's got a steady girlfriend now, but I'm not a star stalker. He seems like a good guy.

    January 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    George is handsome on the outside and beautiful on the inside. I have never heard anyone ever say a negative thing about him.

    I did hear awhile back that he had a pet pig. They make wonderful pets and are intelligent.

    January 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    Cute dimple. Wow Dave, very nice photo's. Thanks so much for sharing them. I am still here Cali Patti, it's like Dave said, I've been very busy. Selling up, packing up, work, trips to Brisbane, kids, floods, Australia Day, cane toads, snakes, crocs, broken dishwashers and broken hot water services - again!, accountants, obnoxious real estate agents, you name it, it's all been happening lol. Last week I averaged just 3-4 hours sleep a night and lost 6lbs. Not a diet I recommend. This week is worse but then things will settle down :)

    January 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterTiffany

    I heard he had a pet pig, too. I heard they're great to have.

    January 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Gee, Tiffany, thank you. I had forgotten all about my dimples, but other people used to tell me the same thing years ago.

    I hope you have time to relax soon.

    January 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Dave~~I double dare you to tell Tiffany about your other dimple.

    Hey Tiffany, good grief you need some R&R after all that. Strange how if one thing breaks, two more will follow suit.

    January 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    What other dimple, Snoopy? The one that's on the other side of my face? Yes, THAT cheek.

    January 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Ha ha Snoopy, you have piqued my curiosity about this other dimple now. Careful Dave, I may just come looking for it. Yep, things sure break down all at once. You should see what it looks like here from the floods, it's bringing out all the dangerous critters, including crocs, and stopping a lot of supplies being delivered. Worse in central Queensland. Thanks Dave, I will be able to relax again soon, bearing in mind that what I am aiming to achieve will make it all worthwhile.

    January 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterTiffany

    I would strongly encourage you to hone you investigative skills, Tiffany, by searching for the elusive "other dimple."

    It seems you have had more than your fair share of bad weather. I hope everything gets back to normal and that you will have time to relax and achieve precisely what you are aiming for. To that end, I wish you all the best and Godspeed.

    January 31, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    I don't need any encouragement Dave, lol. Would be my pleasure.

    The weather has brought out all the critters. A baby mouse was taking refuge in one of my shoes this morning. Gave me quite a fright. My daughter thought it was hilarious. If a snake gets in to the house I will die. All the money in the world would not be enough to entice me to live in this part of the country ever again.

    January 31, 2012 | Registered CommenterTiffany

    You know, Tiffany, I lived in Florida for years and years before I saw a gator in the wild, and that was on a river canoe trip. I don't think I've ever seen a mouse, and in the nearly 30 years I've lived here, I can count the snakes on less than one hand. Our deadliest predator is the car driving senior citizen. Well, them, drunk drivers and the occasional road rampaging redneck. After a heavy rain, we sure can hear the crickets and frogs, though.

    January 31, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    Dave~~what is the age limit in Florida to be classed as a senior citizen? Not to get the SS but to get the discounts at the store?

    If you give a little listen here, maybe you can see how many senior citizens are being hauled over for negligent and reckless driving. They are not at all if they run over a slippery alligator crossing the road. lol

    Click on the county in Florida and then Launch County Web Player... Orange is very active...Dave lives in Seminole

    Audio for the state of Florida-Police, Fire etc

    January 31, 2012 | Registered CommenterSnoopySleuth

    Florida sounds much safer Dave. I have had more snakes in my backyard here this past 4 months than I have encountered in my whole life. The Cane Toads are toxic and it is nothing to have 20 in the backyard every night. They get the shovel or 9 iron treatment. I know that sounds cruel but it's better than the kids or dogs ending up dead. The nearest decent hospital and vets is 6 hours away. Haven't encountered a croc in the backyard yet but it happens.

    February 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterTiffany

    I'm sure Florida is safer, Tiffany, and where I live, there are no Cane Toads. Also, there are 4 quality hospitals nearby, two of which are right around the corner. Alligators? Every once in a while I hear about a gator in someone's yard, but that's because someone fed it and they're no longer afraid of people. Gators aren't very bright and, for the most part, they fear people because of one thing. They look at eyes and that's about it. To them, we are very big; much bigger than them. That's why they don't usually attack us. When we're in water, though, we aren't so big because they can't see our eyes under water, and even if they could, we still wouldn't look big. Don't worry! When you come to Florida, you won't have to worry about alligators or Cane Toads.

    February 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

    I also had dealings with Australia's deadliest creature yesterday Dave, the Australian Taxation Office. Got my quarterly bill. Someone was saying that in the States the more money you earn the more you get to keep of your income. I can't wait to get over there. The crocs here sound a bit like your Gators. The salties are very nasty. The freshwater ones are typically less fearsome, can invade camp grounds and backyards but they truly don't worry me on land as much because they're a lot easier to spot than some snakes for example. At the moment people are being warned to stay away from boat ramps etc, the salties have come right into the Harbour. Not that you'd go near the water here either, it's that contaminated. Unesco is coming to Australia to investigate in March so the oil and gas company has halted dredging for a month and is probably relying on the rain to try to manipulate scientific results. Nothing is going to stand in the way of that multi billion dollar project. A politician suggested moving the world heritage listing zone to exclude the Harbour, lol. That would be fine if the Great Barrier reef could understand legal documents and somehow protect itself from the carry on effects of pollution. No critter in my shoe, off to a better start already today :)

    February 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterTiffany

    That was a big change. I would say I would be that young to on our 40th reunion. :)

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    March 13, 2012 | Unregistered

    What a difference 40 years makes! Just wait. It will be your turn before you know it.

    March 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterDave Knechel

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