48 … Just an “Irrelevant Integer”

VT Cake

With this cake, you can have your starship and eat it too!

It’s that time again.  Though today is actually the birthday, I celebrated two days earlier with Dad at the nursing home.

The plan was to buy a generic birthday cake but you can imagine how alluring the Star Trek cake was.  The “Live Long and Prosper” mantra seemed appropriate.  So, why is there no age on the cake?  An integer would be irrelevant!  By the time the 23rd century rolls around, I’ll have been dead for many decades.  No milepost is needed.   🙂

Dad and Sherrie

Dad and Sherrie

Much of the cake did not make it past the nursing home – Dad and Sherrie, as well as the staff, were happy to assist with the effort.  Sherrie, by the way, is an outgoing lady who is always trying to hug or kiss me.  She’s a doll!  It was a fun time… I love visiting the folks at Manor Care!


A birthday card from Dad

Later on Thursday, it was off to deliver more cake to friends at the favorite hangout – the local HyVee grocery store deli.  Treats were shared with buddies; even some random strangers from the neighborhood indulged.  It was a blast!  Card2

Friday night was the evening to cash in on the Riverside Casino’s free birthday buffet, though to a much lesser degree than in years past.  I’ve had a recent string of diabetic complications – even losing sight intermittently in the left eye.  The doc put me back on insulin and the plan is to get things under control again, hopefully making the “live long” thing more likely to happen.  One bright note – I made $20 in five minutes on the casino’s penny slots.  That’s two days’ camping fees!  The door didn’t hit me in the a$$ on the way out of the casino!

Card3So now the plan is to find something entertaining to do the rest of the birthday and on into tomorrow.  The van is full of gas and ready to go.  It is just a matter of which direction to go and what new adventure awaits.  Stay tuned.  🙂



Thanks for stopping by and have a pleasant weekend!

Bradford, the “Van Trekker”

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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10 Responses to 48 … Just an “Irrelevant Integer”

  1. Happy Birthday, Brad…and many more! I’ll bring you up to date with a PM, probably tomorrow evening. It’s been busy around here, but very productive! Stay well and travel safe!

  2. Steven says:

    Happy Birthday Brad!

  3. Meg says:

    Happy Birthday, Brad! and

    Peace and Long Life

    (did I get that right? It’s been a while)

  4. Pleinguy says:

    Congratulations for making another year. Hope you have many more.
    Take care.

  5. Dazar says:

    Happy bday! That cake is so awesome 😀

  6. Tinycamper says:

    Happy Birthday, Brad! That’s an awesome cake!

    Please take care of that diabetes!

    As soon as we get home, I must go on a low carb diet, too. So you will not be the only one skipping the potatoes, rice, sweets and all the great gooey stuff!

    Hope that helps — a little! 🙂