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July 27th, 2013 No comments

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.


July 27th, 2009 No comments

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!