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A Pirate Looks at 50

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(Danville, California)

Okay, so I am stealing from Jimmy Buffet, who wrote a famous song, "A Pirate Looks at 40," about getting older. I would have lifted it ten years ago when I was turning 40, but there was no such thing as a blog back then.

I write this with a half-hour to go before midnight, and then I turn 50.

I was on KGO Radio the other night with my friend Brian Copeland, who co-starred as Morgan Freeman's son in "The Bucket List." It reminded me that I have my own "bucket list" and that I had as a goal to publish a book before I turned 50. Just made that one!

I was on my book tour in New York City in late April with my first cousin, Hugh Dugan, who is now a diplomat at the United Nations (shown above). Hugh and his twin sister Hannah were born eleven days before me, so I always referred to us as "Irish Triplets!" Their mom was my dad's only sibling. Anyway, Hugh and I were close growing up, went to Marquette High School together, and always shared a love of politics. While I was in New York, Hugh took me to the Metropolitan Club--one of the swankiest places in Manhattan--for my birthday. It should have been on my "bucket list!" Wow!

Anyway, we have a lot of living ahead of us! I hope to live another fifty years and write a few more books. Thanks to all of my family for always being there for me. I love you all!

If you know me at all, you know how much I love the water-- from growing up near Lake Michigan, to living right on the Gulf of Mexico for five years, and then living on both coasts. So, I will steal from my favorite "pirate" again as I head into the next fifty years

"Mother, Mother Ocean, I have heard you call,
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall.
You've seen it all, you've seen it all."

Alas, there is no ocean around here, but I am heading to my hot tub with a big glass of wine. That is where I will turn 50! Cheers to all my friends!

"Age of Obama" Book Tour Visits the Famed Oakland Rotary Club

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(Oakland, California)

I speak at a lot of Rotary Clubs, but Thursday's stop was a special treat. The Oakland Rotary Club is the third oldest in the world and has recently been celebrating its centennial year! They do amazing work and even donated a wheelchair, in my name, to a disabled child in Vietnam. God Bless them for the great work that they and the other Rotary Clubs do around the world.

I was the guest of U.S. Judge Ed Jellen, who is the current President of Oakland Rotary (seated at the right in the photo).

I have done over forty book-signing parties and speaking engagements since my book came out. Ten percent of all proceeds are being donated to various charities, including Rotary Clubs.

If you would like me to speak at your group and do a book sale and signing, just email me at Mark@MarkCurtisMedia.com.

To buy "Age of Obama: A Reporter's Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in the Making of the President 2008" just click on the blue book button on the right side of this screen.

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