Looking forward to turning 80
By Dave Hughes
79 today. Dull birthday, my 79th. I'll have to make my 80th more memorable.
Skydive onto the West Point Parade ground during 2008 Graduation Parade.
Drive off the top of Pikes Peak in Louis Unser's jalopy he raced up in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Race in 1928, the year I was born.
Accept the invitation Tsering Sherpa tendered me last week, via wireless VOIP, to trek back up to the Sherpa village of Namche at 15,000 feet on Mt. Everest
where I helped him get rich and not just famous back in 2004.
Set my laptop to ring up about 5 million Skype numbers at once and transmit a Happy Birthday IM, while I party.
Publicly tear up on YouTube our 30-year house mortgage which was just paid off.
Take my latest Great Grandson to Iraq when he is out of diapers.
Hold an Ipod close to my pacemaker and see if I can get it to give me a buzz.
Hold off until 2009 when Patsy and I can celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary. Neater number.
Test out a casket and tombstone where I hope to have a solar-powered laptop (no screen) with heuristic software, and a wi-fi rig interactively argue my convictions
until the end of time, or at least until the sun burns out.
Just tell the city and the state of Colorado to go to
h--- on the interminable grant application, personally donate $15,000, hire the architect myself and go ahead with the design guidelines before I am dead and buried.
Told my family last week at one of our endless round of birthday parties my wife likes to hold for our kids and their spouses, their kids - our grandkids - and our great
grandkids, not to observe my dull 79th birthday, but hold off until my 80th. But to no avail. They will all show up at 5:30 this evening. I'm open to suggestions.
Longtime Westside leader Hughes turned 79 May 18.