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May 20, 2005: 40

WARNING: narcissism ahead

Happy round-numbered birthday to me. It doesn't feel like anything more than an arbirtrary milestone, though I imagine I should feel fortunate about surviving life on earth this long. (Median lifespan in Botswana, according to the CIA World Fact Book: 34.) I'm definitely grateful for family, friends, and health. And having a toddler keeps you too busy to bother with midlife crises. Really, 40 seems about the right age to be a father to a one year-old: old enough to afford family health insurance and know a thing or two about the world, but young enough to chase Iris up and down the sidewalk.

Another enjoyable aspect of my late 30s has been blogging, the 1484 reader comments as much as the 341 entries. Hard to picture myself as a blogger in ten years though. Will I still be firing up some form of Movable Type? Will blogging be seen as a passe activity of the narcissistic 50-something generation? Maybe Generalissimo Frist will have banned blogs by then, or energy prices will have snuffed out luxuries like this. We'll have to wait and see; in the meantime, my heartfelt thanks to all of you for reading and especially for commenting.

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Comment: helge (May 20, 2005)

happy birthday!

Comment: maish nichani (May 20, 2005)

happy birthday Lou! wish you all the very best.

Comment: Matteo Penzo (May 20, 2005)

Buon compleanno!

Comment: vanderwal (May 20, 2005)

Happy birthday Lou!!! Oh, and welcome to the club.

Comment: Peter Boersma (May 20, 2005)

Happy Birthday!
(And watch your back, I'm trying to catch up ;-))

Comment: Lawrence Lipkin (May 20, 2005)

Happy Birthday Lou - you are a wonderful guy, with a beautiful family.

(p.s. I am exactly one month older than you..)

Comment: Edward Vielmetti (May 21, 2005)

Happy birthday Lou! And many returns of the day. 40 is a good age, from my recent experiences with it.

Comment: Nick Finck (May 21, 2005)

Happy birthday Lou!

Comment: Donna Maurer (May 21, 2005)

Happy, happy birthday!

Comment: Lou (May 22, 2005)

Thanks all for the birthday wishes! (sniff)

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