A birthday sunset


Nothing, per se, remarkable about this — another one of my blurry shots — but it was a lovely end to the birthday day, the wind was rising and the feeling was of warmth and soon to come spring and summer. It’s always how I think of my birthday, I suppose — that dividing line between winter and spring, and with daylight savings kicking in in a couple of days, well, I can’t wait.

More tomorrow, about primaries and other odd things that go bump in the night…

“I’ve got a bastard behind the eyes.”

Suffice to say last night was great, I’m surprised I am at work, and I have a headache.

Thanks again to everyone. More soon!

And indeed yay, it is my birthday…

…hooray! Or something.

I’ve always liked birthdays, I know for some they aren’t the happiest of things to celebrate — ‘One year older, closer to death!’ — but for me the memories are good and the future always seems bright. Perhaps it’s just the way I am.

Many good wishes have already come in, and I’ll be catching up with folks tonight and throughout the week, so for now, thanks to everyone for all your kinds thoughts, and I hope the best for you in turn! (And maybe more posting later today but I’m kinda taking this weekend a bit easy…)

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A rare moment of composure from last night


So, the big secret I’ve been maintaining most of the past few weeks has involved the huge birthday party for my good friend Stripey, which I plotted along with a couple of other friends, along with Stripey’s sis and mom. This is at her sister’s house, that’s the big spread for the dinner guests, mostly courtesy of the geniuses at the Avanti Cafe, and this photo was taken when her sister insisted there had to be at least one photo with me in it.

The whole night was a blast — the surprise held through right when she got in the door — and the mix of friends and family and more made it a treasure of an evening, as did all the gifts and goodwill and more besides. Wonderful times and I can’t give enough credit to everyone who was part of it. Thanks to everyone.

(And to top it all off, as Stripey told everyone, it was a perfect day in general because: it was a Friday, it was a Leap Day (her real birthday — so officially she’s only ten), and she just got offered a new job she had really been pulling for. Couldn’t be better! May she have many more such great days in the future!)

It’s my sister’s birthday

She kinda hates the Internet so the likelihood of her seeing this might be low, but I was going to call tonight and give my best wishes like a good brother should, darn it, so this can serve as an extra public announcement. Happy birthday to the good person who survived growing up with me for the first years of her life and who was probably very happy when I went away to college so she could have four years of high school all to herself. And all that other stuff! Seeya in two days!

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