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    The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the
    quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's
    the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first
    few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

    A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a steaming cup
    of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as
    a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life
    seems to hand you from time to time.

    Let me tell you about it.

    I turned the dial up on my ham radio
    in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way,

    I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a
    golden voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the
    broadcasting business. He was telling whomever he was talking with
    something about 'a thousand marbles.' I was intrigued and stopped to
    listen to what he had to say.

    'Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure
    they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and
    your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work
    sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. It's too bad you
    missed your daughter's dance recital' he continued. 'Let me tell you
    something that has helped me keep my own priorities.' And that's when
    he began to explain his theory of a 'thousand marbles.'

    'You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average
    person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some
    live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.'

    'Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is
    the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire
    lifetime. Now, stick with me, Tom, I'm getting to the important part.
    It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in
    any detail', he went on, 'and by that time I had lived through over
    twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be
    seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I
    went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up
    having to visit three toy stores to round up 1000 marbles. I took them
    home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right here in
    the shack next to my gear.'

    'Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it
    away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on
    the really important things in life.'

    'There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to
    help get your priorities straight.'

    'Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take
    my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last
    marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it until next
    Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing
    we can all use is a little more time.'

    'It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your
    family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. This is a 75
    Year old Man, K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!'

    You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off.
    I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on
    the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few
    hams to work on the next club newsletter.

    Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. 'C'mon honey,
    I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast.' 'What brought this on' she
    asked with a smile.' 'Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time
    since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we stop
    at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles.'


    He had a radio made from ham!!:w00t:


    He had a radio made from ham!!:w00t:

    That just made me have coffee coming out of my nose!!!

    I do find it a lovely story, but ever so slightly depressing. I wouldn't want to be able to see my time left on this earth go down every week. How scary is that!! I think if I ever got down to 100 marbles or so, I'd go to the toy store and buy some more ones :w00t:

    Top stuff skusey, im only 33 and have found that outlook on life already, i make every week count and very rarely miss an opportunity to do something special with my boy (i dont see him everyday see, but almost every saturday) (and of course my lovely GF) as it is his day as much as it is mine, were off to the MPH show tomoro, and week after next its a special trip to london for him on the train to harrods to see santa (a freebie from the guys on here!!!)
    dont get me wrong, we do stop to catch our breath some weeks but those days are never wasted,

    live every day like its your last!!! its not a dress rehearsal!!!

    good luck with the marbles mate

    Nice thread skusey, repped.
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