YOU WANT TO WEAR OUT

NOT RUST OUT!

Keep moving forward!

About 30 years ago on the then WCAU 1210 am radio in Philadelphia there was a great commentator named Harry S. Gross. He had a show named something like Speaking of Your Money and would always tell us that you don’t want to retire and rust out, you want to keep doing something and wear out. Great advice.

Now that I’m near the traditional retirement age I’m heeding his advice closely.

I’m lucky to have a 24/7 gym in our apartment complex and try to use it regularly. On the treadmill I feel invigorated and can’t believe I can do 30 minutes on an incline without breaking a sweat.

OK. I do sweat but I’m not huffing and puffing. In fact, I breathe through my nose the whole time.

Then I use the machines to tone the muscles and hopefully lose 10 pounds.

The psychological satisfaction is as beneficial as the physical workout.

We just feel better!

My wife and I are blessed (by nature) to have good health at this time. The doctor just told me all my numbers are good and the blood pressure and cholesterol are under control.

I’m lucky enough to be able to run just about as fast as when I was in high school. Well, almost. I know what you’re thinking; he must have been pretty slow!

But all seriousness aside, I can still bolt!

So with that thought in mind I want to put this great talent to benefit society.

It’s time for me to give something back after going through the “me” generation and the “gimme” generation.

I want to “Bolt for the Cure!”

A fundraiser race for Multiple Sclerosis where I do the hundred yard dash against old and young.

Those that beat me pay nothing.

Those that lose must donate to the cause.

That gives me incentive to run as fast as I can.

I can see it now. Its Sunday, June 11, 2017 just one day before my 66th birthday. We are at a field in Moorestown, NJ with Action News cameras and hundreds of participants.

CAN YOU BEAT MR. PARKER?

So I am trying to make this happen. I just contacted the MS chapter in the area and we are working the details.

I only want to run 3 times against as many as 50 runners at a time. We can take my best time and other runners can try to beat that time.

Because I’m not as good as I once was but I’m good once as I ever was!