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Jorma’s 78th Birthday Message To Himself

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The moon at 0600 12/23/2018

The moon at 0600 12/23/2018

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Jorma’s 78th Birthday Message To Himself
Sunday, December 23, 2018

Well, I had to give this one some thought. Birthday’s come and birthdays go and why should this one be any more important than the last, or perhaps the next. I guess in the spirit of living in the moment, it is today and here I am, the youngest I’ll ever be and the oldest I’ve ever been. It is a nice dream to think that at birth you are gifted with infinite possibilities and from a philosophical standpoint one might argue this. In reality, however, I fear this is not the case. I was born into a very middle class family of white collar aspiring intellectuals in the first half of the last century. As the children of immigrants they certainly had their struggles in their quest to find themselves an identity here in America. Being an immigrant or the children or grandchildren of immigrants brings its own set of obstacles to the table, but that is a discussion for another time. All this being said, taken as a whole with some notable detours my life has always steered me back to the upward path.

For most of us, whether we realize it or not by the time we are in our forties our life is half over. I often get asked, ‘Did you ever think you would get this old?’ Of course not. It was an inconceivable concept to me back then. It is truly difficult to imagine virgin territory. I find myself living one day at a time in a landscape that changes almost every day. I am so grateful to be blessed with mental and physical capabilities that still allow me to meet the standards I set for myself. As time passes I pray for the ability to accept and adapt to the changes that life will deal me. It is a chilly day here in Southeast Ohio. Winter is upon us and the coldest days are yet to come. It is warm in my heart and in my house. My wife prepared an amazing birthday breakfast spread for me, my daughter welcomed me into the day with love and thoughts and my son texted me a birthday greeting from work in Virginia. I could not want for anything.

78… the RPM of the first records I listened to back in the 1940’s. I have been given the opportunity to try, fail and succeed, not necessarily in that order. G_d has never given me more than I could handle or adapt to, at least not so far. Indeed, my cup runneth over.

I am more than grateful!

A man and his dog at birthday breakfast

A man and his dog at birthday breakfast

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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  1. carlo pagliano
    December 29th, 2018 at 21:49 | #1

    Rock Them All High Tonight Jorma!

  2. johno
    December 30th, 2018 at 13:59 | #2

    They want to put on a Golden 50th Anniversary Woodstock in Bethel NY in July. It would be a 3 day event and be on the same big sloping meadow where it was in 1969. 1969-2019, I can’t believe it’s been 50 years. Names that I heard so far is Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones. Electric Hot Tuna should be there. They belong there.

  3. Sweetbac Jr.
    December 30th, 2018 at 15:57 | #3

    I think the Rolling Stones are booked to perform at the 50th anniversary of Altamont at the new Monsanto Race Track in Vallejo!

  4. neil
    December 31st, 2018 at 11:11 | #4

    Happy Birthday and thank you for the thoughts shared…musts say, the Birthday boy and dog have a similar look….at least of contentment if not more…

  5. John B
    December 31st, 2018 at 11:45 | #5

    Springsteen ?@johno

  6. johno
    December 31st, 2018 at 11:46 | #6

    They are the bands that were mentioned who may appear at the 50th Anniversary Concert at Woodstock in July.
    @Sweetbac Jr.

  7. John B
    December 31st, 2018 at 11:54 | #7

    Tuna will be in the area Johno…Would be great to hear Electric Hot Tuna fire that place up wouldn’t it ? Keep us posted…..

  8. johno
    December 31st, 2018 at 11:57 | #8

    Yup that’s what the article mentioned. I think he’d be great. I’d like to see Electric Hot Tuna also be at the concert. John Fogarty and Steve Miller would be great too.
    @John B

  9. December 31st, 2018 at 12:02 | #9

    A belated happy birthday. I don’t know about you, but the period AFTER forty has for the most part been more fruitful for myself. I have a feeling we’ll be sharing the same planet for quite a while to come. Onward to the future.

  10. John B
    December 31st, 2018 at 16:49 | #10

    I wonder if they would be prevented from appearing by promoters of other shows like the Cap and Asbury Park ? @johno

  11. Paul W
    December 31st, 2018 at 17:06 | #11

    So glad that we are still around.

  12. John B
    January 1st, 2019 at 12:03 | #12

    Any RV friendly campgrounds that you can suggest in the area that are close to the concert site johno?@johno

  13. Jim
    January 3rd, 2019 at 10:19 | #13

    HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY JORMA – with many more to come – we all love you –

  14. Carol R. Adler
    January 27th, 2019 at 17:44 | #14

    Dear Jorma, I just finished reading the ‘book’ Audrey Dobkin Brett wrote and am looking for family who should have this amazing look back at early times with Leon, Reb, Adler, Izanne, the grandparents and extended family. My father, Abbey Adler, was Leon’s partner in the tobacco business. Dad too is gone which made these writings even more precious. I, like you, am turning 78 on February 2nd, and for my birthday would love to hear from you. You have my email address. Carol

  15. wes garrett
    February 17th, 2019 at 00:32 | #15

    Hey Buddy (if I may be so bold),

    I’m listening to the 11-20-15 Beacon Theatre recording (Wade in the Water is playing at the moment) and loving every minute of it. I have been trying to get my wife up to speed about your career path, times with Airplane, times with Hot Tuna etc and finding old photos of you on the internet. I was trying to find some of the pics of you in the old 57 Chevy and finally came across them and noticed one was in a blog post of yours back in 2015 about cars you have loved. Too bad you don’t have that old classic still. Here’s a pic of my favorite new ride purchased in October of last year. OK I guess I can’t post a pic here, but if you can imagine a Ruby Red 2018 Mustang GT, that would be it. Happy Birthday my friend. Will you be coming to the Ram’s Head in Annapolis MD anytime soon? We caught your show there last year and would love to see you perform again.


  16. February 21st, 2019 at 11:39 | #16

    ’55 Chevy my brother. Full House 327. Muncie Tranny. Holley 850 Double Pumper, Crane 20/20 Cam… etc etc Cool car… yours too! Driving a Titan Cummins Turbo Diesel these days. That and a Wrangler Unlimited. LIie is good!

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