An outing to the yearly On The Waterfront festival holds some harrowing twists and turns for a middle-aged dad.


Jack looked at his fifty-four-year-old body in the steamy bathroom mirror. In his younger days he’d wrestled in high school, been a brown belt in Tae Kwon-Do, and played Class A softball three nights a week. Being fit came naturally back then. But then those twelve-hour days on the construction crew gave way to long days sitting in the office, frequent-flyer Gold cards, and way too many expense-account appetizers. The receding hairline and gray hair were bad enough. Getting reading glasses last year just about killed him.
Even he had to admit that he was “past almost gone” now, as his wife Karen liked to put it. What’s a guy gonna do? Might have to think about doing something about all that one of these days, he mused in the mirror. Getting old ain’t for sissies.

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