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Two Billion Seconds and Counting

Story ID:7314
Written by:Charles Dishno (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Dillon Montana USA
Year:2011
Person:Chuck
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Two Billion Seconds and Counting

To date I been on this earth approximately 2,312,784,800 seconds. That breaks down to about 80 years. That’s a lot of seconds and when I think back on my seconds there are some that stand out more than others.

The first second of my life occurred on August 4, 1934 at about 2 o’clock in the afternoon. This event was at the Hillside Hospital in Klamath Falls, Oregon. About 3 seconds later I got my first view of the world as I was hanging upside down in the hands of Dr. Sharp. A second later I got my first feeling as he delivered a sharp smack on my backside. In those first few seconds I must have realized that things can only get better.

A few days later I went home to Bly, Oregon and was the toast of the town, or so I was told. I was doted on by my Mom and Dad and two half brothers.

My Dad, Ed, was well into his allotted seconds when I was born as he was almost 51 years old and he was ecstatic and his only child. I recently ran across and announcement that Pop sent out when I was born and he had written on it, “It’s a boy, and by all accounts, a dandy!”

My two half brothers were Francis “Frank” Meiser (I called him Shad) and Victor “Bud” Meiser. Frank and Bud were from my mom’s first marriage and were 10 and 12 years old at the time of my birth. They were delighted to have a little brother to play with. Of course I don’t remember any of this but it must have been great for all of us.

A lot of seconds have ticked by in the past 80 years and I am proud of all of them. Some of the ones that stand out are:

August 7, 1940: My house burned down.
December 7, 1941: WWII started.
March 1943: My two brothers went off to war and I thought I would never see them again.
May 5, 1945: Japanese Balloon Bomb explodes in Bly killing 5 of my school mates. See “A Mother’s Premonition”.
August 1945: WWII ends, my brothers are safe and return home soon.
September, 1949: Cut half of my ring finger.
August, 1950: Loose the sight in my left eye do to a violin string.
September 1950: Buy my first car, a 1929 Model A for $10.00
March 28, 1953: My girlfriend, Mary Ann dies in an auto accident. See “Remembering Mary Ann – Sixteen Forever”.
May 10, 1954: Finally graduate from High School after flunking 2 grades – (Fishing and hunting was just too good.)
January 1955: Enrolled in College at Reedley, California.
September 1955 transferred to Fresno Junior College
November 22, 1956: Married Marge Branum
May 10, 1957: Drafted into the Army
January 25, 1958: My daughter, Lura, was born at Fort Lee, Virginia. Best Christmas present ever!
March 28, 1958: My dear old Dad died and I was transferred to Fort Ord, California for discharge
May, 1960: Went to work for Fresno County where I learned the printing business.
May 2, 1962: My son Mike was born.
August 1968: Marge divorces me. She says she found something better and wanted me out of her life. I vowed that the kids would never suffer and had them every weekend.
September 1968: I met Roz for the first time. See “A Phone Call to Heaven”.
November 8, 1968: My first date with Roz – I was in love for the last time in my life.
March 2, 1970: Roz and I were married at Grace Lutheran Church in San Diego.
September 1970: Started my own printing business.
May 10, 1972: Moved to our horse ranch in Clovis, CA
May 1975: Mom breaks her hip and comes to live with us in Clovis.
May 1990: Moved to Dillon, Montana and brought Mom with us.
May 1993: Mom dies and is buried in the Dishno family plot in Dillon where Roz and I will join her in a few years.
October 1, 1995: Became governor of the Montana District of Kiwanis.
December 1996-2004: Spent 8 winters in Yuma, Arizona until deciding there were too many people and have been in Dillon ever since.
November 2013, Roz and I have been married for almost 45 years and loving every minute of it.
May 2, 2015 Celebrated my 45th wedding anniversary with the best wife a guy could have, Rosalind.

Just think, this all started with a droplet of sperm and ovum in the unique town of Bly, Oregon.

These are just a few of the many seconds I have had in my wonderful life. There are many more in between and I have written about many of them.

I don’t know how many more seconds I have left but you can be sure I will make the best of them.
Life has been very good to me.

I have been a story teller most of my life but just the last 20 years I have been writing them down. I will continue to write as long as my eyesight and fingers hold out.

Hopefully by that time I will have transferred to Heaven and started an entire new list of seconds. They will be Heavenly Seconds though and encouraged along by my loved ones. Watch for me on the Heavenly Edition of Our Echo. Maybe the address will be OurEcho.God.

Until then, this is, Chuck Dishno residing in the next best place to Heaven, Dillon, Montana