Today the anniversary of my birth.
I used to be a huge baby about my birthday–it had to be my day and my
day only. For example even though my niece’s birthday is July 6th, and
my daughter’s the 5th, at my insistence family celebrations were on
three different days (because I didn’t want to share my day– the 8th).
My brother still insists the reason I broke up with a former girlfriend
was because her birthday was the 7th (not true–OK maybe a little true).
Over the past few years I went to the other extreme, not caring about my
birthday at all. Perhaps it was because of my previous place of
Two jobs ago they insisted on throwing a birthday party for each
employee. My direct boss was very passive-aggressive. She made me so
miserable that I didn’t want her to soil my big day. In fact I used to
beg Peggy our office manager to keep the day a secret. Peggy had the
responsibility of telling management who’s day was coming up.
My last year at that company Peg and I managed to keep July 8th day
private for an entire month. In mid-August (three weeks before I was
let go) management discovered my secret. Peggy and I were both scolded
and I was given a party whether I liked it or not. Trying to show the
world how nice they were, I received a “nice” presents. A windbreaker
jacket 4 sizes too small and a set of dessert bowls. Dessert Bowls????
Why didn’t they just take their cue from Alec Baldwin’s famous speech in Glengarry Glen Ross and give me steak knives?
Every year since then, at my insistence the day my birth was treated
just like any other day at work (thankfully my new job doesn’t insist on
parties). At home my wife insists on a special meal with her and the
kids and cards (but thankfully doesn’t make me go through cake and
In the days since I have been reflecting on my years on this earth to
see what I have learned so far and put them into a list I wanted to
Things I learned on my 57th Birthday:
- My arms are shrinking–even though I move reading material
as far away as possible it is still difficult to read. It must be that
my arms are shrinking and I cant hold papers as far away as I used to.
- My ears are playing tricks on me–I hear sounds– not ringing
or anything like that, but every time I move there is cracking coming
from the moving joint. There must be some sort of aural-cartilage
- Medicine—you know how airplanes have a 50 pound limit on
luggage? This morning as I took my AM pills it became very clear that on
my next excursion that limit will be passed with my pills alone.
- Naps- Are very much wasted on the young.
- Doctors—like any Jewish boy who did not go into medicine, I
disappointed my parents with my career choice. My trips to different
doctors are so frequent I believe I could pass the medical exams just
through what I learned via osmosis.
- Girls–When I was younger I enjoyed looking at magazines
showing scantily-clad or even naked women. The other day I found myself
thumbing though a copy of Maxim. All I
could think of was how creepy I felt–my daughter is older than most of
those girls. Do their fathers know how they were posing?
- Coolness–I never really ran with the cool crowd but the
other day at dinner when my son made a joke about me not being cool it
kind of stung. But then when I stood up and pulled up my sagging pants, I
realized that I wore my pants all the way up to my arm-pits and my son
is right. But hey these days being a nerd is a good thing right?
- I don’t care! Kurt Schlichter
is famous for using the twitter hashtag #caring as an indication he
doesn’t care. I now know how he feels there are so many things that
bore me. You may notice
that I skip many of the most scandalous stories for example all of the updates about the Mississippi Senate race fight. I find myself echoing my father, “stop fighting already you are family” #caring.
Since my 56th birthday, I have had constant pain in a shoulder which eventually needed an operation. It was so bad at times I couldn’t type. I also lost my job when my company hired that passive-aggressive lady above to run my division. On her first day at work I didn’t make it till 9am.
But my shoulder is finally feeling a little better, and on the same day I got fired Ben Shapiro offered me a job at TruthRevolt, so I learned that saying about God closing one door and opening another is 100% true.
Perhaps the most important thing I learned on my 57th birthday is that
none of the above matters. I have good friends, many of whom I met via my work here exposing the truth. I have a 70 pound lapdog, two wonderful kids and a wife I love
more every day than the day before and that is more important than
anything else–no matter how anything else get you down.