Thursday, July 03, 2008

Birfday Thanx

Today's Boston Globe Birthday Horoscope: You have a lot to contend with this year. Step up and take responsibility for whatever situation you find yourself in. This is not the year to complain, overreact or put the blame elsewhere. Deal with any dilemma or situation you face so you can let go of the past and move into the future. Your numbers are 11, 16, 23, 30, 44, 49.

Today's Boston Herald Birthday Horoscope: You have all you need to move into this beautiful new phase of your life. The magic that happens in July is that you're embraced by the very person you want most to accept you. A golden goal is in hand in December. Capricorn and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are 11, 19, 45, 28 and 13.

I knew there was a reason I'd read the Herald all these years. What can I say? They're a sensationalist, 3rd grade level tabloid style publication that borders on yellow journalism, but I like the book style layout with the single fold down the middle as opposed to gatefold the Globe has. That, and they have better horoscopes. What? You expected I'd read a newspaper for the actual news? Please.

So, yes, it's my birthday today. Feel free to send presents. Although, truth be told, I just felt like writing a little something because it's been a while and I'm in a grateful sort of mood. Now, I'll try not to get all sappy on you. It's just that this particular birthday - 33 - is, for whatever reason, one I've been looking forward to. Alright... that's not exactly true. It isn't "whatever" reason. It's actually a really stupid one. You see, 3 is my lucky number. In fact, if you believe Schoolhouse Rock (and later Blind Melon) it's actually a magic number! I was lucky enough to have been born on the 3rd (as was my sister, albeit six years ahead of me. Happy Birthday, M!) and so lucky number it became. Now, when I was 3 years old, I couldn't really comprehend all this. Further, I think the chances of my living to 333 are pretty remote. Therefore, if there was ever a time to celebrate good luck, this year would be it.

It got off to a great start, even before the actual day (ignore the obvious error in that last sentence. You know what I mean.) I came home to my apartment last Wednesday to find a bevy of friends, family and girlfriend all waiting for me - surprises at the ready. Turns out Goof, completely unbeknownst to me, had planned the whole soiree a good month or so beforehand. Let me tell you, there are few things better than coming home to lots of loving smiles, Blue Ribbon BBQ, and Blue Frog birthday cake. Think she's something special? Well, yes. Yes, she is.

And, really, that's what it's all about. Horoscopes, as fun as they are to try and find meaning in, are largely bullshit, and it doesn't matter whether I'm turning 33, 12, or 84. Birthday's come with an inevitable dose of self-reflection and this year, not only can I do so without regret or angst, but, more importantly with hope and love. That's due largely to those people I mentioned before. The people, incidentally, who read this blog. In other words, you folks - which brings me back to the real reason for this post. Mainly, that I'm a very lucky and grateful dude who owes you all a huge amount of thanks. And, who knows? 33 may turn out to be fairly kick-ass like the Herald says, or it may be more challenging, if you believe the Globe. I've had both types of years, and really, that's just the ups and downs and cyclical nature of life in general. Either way, it winds up a whole lot better with people like you around. So, thanks everybody!

Now, anyone care to join me in playing some Wii? I got TWO games in this years haul. Man, I'm lucky...

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