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Forty-Five

July 27th, 2009

It’s another milestone birthday for me today. Forty-five is clearly too old. Please, I’d like to stop now. (Aging, that is.)

Let’s see how I stand up against other notable people born on July 27. Well, I’m doing better than E. Gary Gygax, co-designer of Dungeons & Dragons, who died last year at age 69. Also actor Keenan Wynn, frequent Disney bad guy, who died in 1986 at age 70. And I’m way ahead of Alexandre Dumas (not the Three Musketeers one, but the other one), who died 113 years ago and is almost certainly not looking good.

On the other hand, Jerry Van Dyke–one of several celebs born in nearby Danville, Illinois–is still ticking at age 78. However, he will always have to live with the knowledge that of the Van Dyke brothers, he is the one that sucks.

Other celebrity birthdays: TV producer Norman Lear is 87. Figure skater Peggy Fleming is 61, and is still hot. British actor Simon Jones–who played Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy–is 59, and is still a hoopy frood. Yahoo Serious is 56, and is, unfortunately, still Yahoo Serious.

On the other side of 45 are Maya Rudolph (37) and A-Rod (34). Also, according to Wikipedia, today is the 31st birthday of Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Cork Hurler. Apparently, that means he participates in the sport of Hurling and is from Cork, not that he is some manner of angry wine aficionado. Finally, turning 14 today is Princess Mafalda-Cecilia Preslavska of Bulgaria. Happy birthday, M.C.!

I plan to spend the day lying like a grotesque hump of flesh in my basement papasan chair, watching some favorite flicks. Go, Speed Racer, go!

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