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Forty-Nine

July 27th, 2013

Today is my birthday. Yet it’s also not my birthday. It depends upon one’s perspective.

If you’re reading this on July 27th, then it is indeed my birthday, and a happy one to me! From where I sit, however, it’s only July 23rd.

I’m composing my annual natal day post early as I’ll be on the road when the joyous occasion arrives. Assuming that all goes to plan, I’ll be in Vermont, most likely visiting the Shelburne Museum. It’s not as if I said, “Ooo, I want to spend my 49th birthday at the Shelburne Museum;” it’s just that that’s where I’ll happen to be as Vicky and I make a sweep of Northern New England. (Specifically, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.) We’ll be adding three new stars to our Map* of States We’ve Visited.

There’s not much new to say about turning forty-nine that didn’t come up when I was forty-eight or forty-seven. The days ahead are much, much fewer than those left behind. The gears are still grinding away, but they’re slowing. Almost imperceptibly, of course, but slowing nonetheless.

In this past year, I was promoted to Content Director over all three of the WILL stations. I’ve always liked radio, and am happy to be working that side of our operation as well as TV. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m getting there.

In hobby news, my Dungeons & Dragons campaign imploded. I couldn’t give it the attention it needed, and it was hard to maintain a viable group of players. I’ve subsequently attempted to launch a Dungeon World game, but the role-players at the local game store seem to have little interest in a dungeon crawl that isn’t Pathfinder. I’ve still got the RPG bug, and I’ve been looking at the new edition of Fate. Anyone up for a bit of adventuring?

I’m in my second year as the president of the board of directors for the Art Theater Co-op. We successfully launched the co-op last fall, and next month we’ll at long last upgrade to a digital projection system.

Let’s see, who else has a birthday today? (Today the 27th, not the 23rd.) Well, there’s Jerry Van Dyke. There’s always Jerry Van Dyke. He turns 82, unless he died in the four days since I wrote this. In which case, my condolences.

And Princess Mafalda-Cecilia Preslavska of Bulgaria turns 19. Happy birthday, MC! You’re my favorite Bulgarian princess!

*Actually, it’s a kids’ placemat.

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