After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

If you are looking for my new posts, please go to www.haroldlshaw.com .

Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.



cropped-january-thaw-photo2.jpgThis is a personal blog written by Harold L. Shaw, Jr.

First of all, I don't take myself too seriously.

Believe it or not, I do have a life, that goes far beyond being on social media sites or pretending to be this or that. 

Hell, I have a hard enough time, just being me.

As a result I don't worry about living up to a carefully constructed online persona that doesn't resemble the person I really am, there are enough of those people and blogs out there. 

If you want to read about the perfect life and how we all can do anything you want, you better keep going.

That ain't reality and you won't find that heah. 

I screw-up, change my mind (sometimes for good reasons, sometimes just because I want to and sometimes for the wrong reasons). I love to have fun, laugh at myself and with others, and certainly don't always do things the way experts (whoever the hell they are), believe or recommend that I should.

On my blog I plan to write like I talk - so it will not be not a G-rated site. However, it will have certain standards, it is just that I get to choose them, not you - that is part of the deal.

However, be prepared I am not always politically correct, I have long-held opinions that may or may not be even close to yours. Just because I don't support or believe the same way as you, doesn't mean that I don't respect your choices, it might just mean that I choose to respectfully disagree with you or have chosen a different path in my life.

Which is a part of life - not everyone has the same opinions and many of mine might surprise you - if you get to know me.


I am starting to get old and am enjoying it!

I was born in 1957, you can do the math. So yes, I am getting old, damn near 60. However, the more I look at it I have a great life and I am enjoying most of the things about getting to be an old fart

There is a huge change in attitude that happened for me at right around 55 and I tend to see things from a different perspective than I did before. 

Running through the years
However, let's be totally honest, I am not too crazy about the physical changes that are happening to my body.

You know the obvious signs: gray hair, jowls forming, wrinkles in places wrinkles never were before, gravity working on things it shouldn't, loss of muscle tone and all the other outward appearances of aging.
Everything seems harder to do than it did before and yet my mind is telling me I can still do things the same way as I did when I was in my twenties, which is bullshit - I can't.

As a result of that, I sometimes, let's get real Harold I often do stupid stuff.

My doctor tells me this is a classic case of Aging Athlete Syndrome (AAS) notice that this is an extra "A" and not an "S" and that I have a really bad case of it.

Father Time is unbeaten as far as we know, but I have a feeling he enjoys a good laugh now and then, so I plan to keep tinkering with the gonna keep living for as long as I can idea and have fun while he chuckles at my lame efforts to stay half a step ahead of him.

I hope you enjoy reading my adventures, a bit of mischief and a few miscues that I will have as I keep moving towards having fun as a cantankerous old fart.