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July 27th, 2011

And here we go again. Another year down.

Jerry Van Dyke continues his attempt to outlive me; he turns 80 today. Tenacious bastard, that Van Dyke.

The last couple of times I went in for a doctor’s appointment, my blood pressure has been elevated. I don’t know that it’s serious cause for concern just yet, but it’s a reminder that it’s all downhill from here.

Ironically, I’ve had less to raise my blood pressure lately. While my job will always generate a certain amount of anxiety, crisis mode seems to be on hold for now. And I’ve been enjoying my new stint as producer of Illinois Gardener–relaunched last Thursday as Mid-American Gardener–much more than I anticipated.

I’m getting back into weekly boardgaming, and even resurrecting my Dungeons & Dragons campaign. I’m especially excited about the latter, as it’s an opportunity to use all of those maps and miniatures I’ve been stockpiling. All in all, life is beginning to feel a little less lonely than it had a few months ago.

I’ll be spending my birthday in Indianapolis shopping at the Lego store, eating at the Old Spaghetti Factory and enjoying a free downtown hotel stay courtesy of the Marriott Rewards program. Really, it all sounds pretty nice.

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