Today marks the end of a whirlwind 4 days, well, week really, including prep. Mark turns 50 today - yesterday really since he was born on the other side of the international date line. The big party to celebrate this occasion was Friday night. And, even though circumstances kept some of our closest friends from attending, we still managed to ring in the next 50 years in style.
Then a weekend on the water at a fun and funky beach cabin owned by the family of a friend, here on our island. Going away w/out going anywhere was the goal and I think we achieved that. One of us could run home and take care of the animals and pets, without the hassle and stress of trying to find, arrange, instruct, and pay someone to do it for us. The weather even cooperated for the most part, so that was an unexpected bonus.
March through June marks many milestones for our family - Dylan's birthday, then Mark's, then our anniversary, and finally my birthday. And summer on our island is nothing short of packed with conflicting events, festivals, parties, and other goings-on. But, taking time to mark a half-century on the planet was important, I think, even though the best laid plans mostly went awry.
Now it's time to take stock of what the next 50 might look like and continue building on the foundation of these first five decades. One thing for sure - it's going to include an expanded role for music and performing. If you're interested in getting a taste of what that sounds like, visit and listen for yourself at his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/markwellsmusic
Enjoy. I do! Happy birthday, Mark!