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July 27th, 2014

And here we are at fifty.

I’d thought that I might make one of my grand gestures for my 50th birthday–renting a movie theater, perhaps–but in the end I’ve got nothing much planned. Today is Sunday, which is board game day over at my favorite game store. At first, I thought, “Is that how I want to spend my big day, doing the same thing I do every Sunday?” Then I thought, “Well, that’s where your friends are, so why is this an issue?”

So, for my 50th I will participate in an X-Wing miniatures tournament by taking my new TIE Defender for a spin, and afterwards I’ll attempt to use my birthday as leverage to have one of my own board games hit the table for a change. Vicky is making cupcakes. It’ll be a nice time with good people, and what more does one need?

As I always do this time of year, I note that Jerry Van Dyke–my birthday-sharing nemesis–is still alive. I suppose that I oughta cut the old bastard some slack. I mean, it’s not as if I have a terribly good reason for despising him. You see, when I was a kid, I loved watching The Dick Van Dyke Show…but I couldn’t abide the two storylines in which he appeared as Rob Petrie’s brother Stacey. And the very worst thing about them was that they were both two-parters, which meant that next day’s episode would suck too. Still, are those crimes worthy of the bitterness I feel toward this lesser of the Van Dykes?

Yes. Yes they are. Suck it, Jerry.

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