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The Antepenultimate Marcus Aurelius Post

March 4, 2022

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
– Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius is a car. Oh sure, he was a roman emperor, but he’s been dead for a very long time. He did say some really useful things. But, Marcus Aurelius is also a car. And old car; 1994. And it has a lot of miles. Like A LOT. 298,000.

Marcus Aurelius hit the triple zeroes a couple of days a go. I was coming back from a very significant meeting. The final meeting for Masonic Story Lodge #4 in the lodge building we had been in for 50 years. Story Lodge #4 will continue, just not in that building.

Marcus Aurelius was stuffed to the roof with bins and boxes. The ledgers, Tyler registries, membership lists, and correspondence from 150 years. I’m on the historic committee the lodge decided the records should come to my house. It will find a spot in my basement in some custom built bookshelves.

The exact spot that I crossed the 298,000 milestone was northbound on State Street in Orem, Utah. It was about 10:30 pm.

Every spin of the odometer is a unique milestone. A number that will never be repeated. And it seemed somewhat fitting that on this night I was also leaving another place and event never to be repeated.

This is picture of the lodge room.

Ultimate: The last one
Penultimate: The one before the last one
Antepenultimate: The one before the one before the last one.

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Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. Order Miscellany II, an anthology including his latest short story, “The Mercy System” here

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