I turned 37 last Friday. (And yes, I DID get the ham you sent, thank you.) It feels OK. I mean, I’ve never been 37 before, so I’m not sure what it’s supposed to feel like. I actually thought I’d be taller. To tell you the truth, when I was a kid, I could never really visualize my life after age 30. I probably figured I’d be killed in a hover-car accident at a Millennial Celebration. I consider myself lucky in that I’ve always been comfortable with my age, no matter what it is. OK, like most people, I did feel awkward as a teenager. Here, take a look:
but I’ve never felt like, “well, I’m getting older. Better learn how escrow works.” The only slightly weird thing is, I am the same age as my dad when I was born. (OK, now I feel a little old!)
It’s different for me, though. Mom & Dad had two kids before me, whereas Patty & I have two neurotic cats and two dogs that like to eat dental floss if given the opportunity. Unlike my dad at 37, I’m probably several years away from telling a child, “Hey don’t touch that!” and “Hey, that’s a felony!” (can’t wait, though.)
Unfortunately, dad died before he got to see what a fine, upstanding citizen I’ve become. (Seriously, I’m standing while writing this.) I learned a lot from him in the 18 too-short years I knew him: Always be nice to women, Always work hard at something you love, and treat people the way you’d like to be treated (although, I think he stole that last one.) Hopefully, I can live up to that.
I actually took the day off on my birthday. I don’t know why I never thought of doing that before, but trust me, it’s the only way to go. Patty & I spent the whole day together, I did some recording, and of course, cake was involved. And not just any cake, Patty made a perfect German Chocolate cake with a coconut-frostingy-type frosting thing. I think it was frosting. Oh, she also got me the new Futurama movie, which by the way was freakin’ awesome! I’ll bet the geeks at Best Buy were intrigued by the woman buying a Futurama DVD. Back off, Poindexter; she’s already got a geek!
Best. Birthday. Ever.