25 May 2011

It's official

As of today I am now closer to 50 than 40. That's such a disconnect I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it.

How did this kid in 1969


turn into this guy in 2011 and where the hell did the last 46 years go?


I keep reminding myself that I enjoy getting older but it's a hard sell today.

At least 50's an event.




But this late 40s stuff is a strange holding pattern. I'm glad to be here, it's just odd.

27 comments:

  1. Happiest of Birthdays, my friend!

    (All of the best people are born in May.)

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  2. Yes, Raina, May people rock! Happy birthday , Paul. They all kinda suck but, as they say, it's better than the alternative. Oh and I think you can still legally say "mid-forties", at least one more year. ;)

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  3. In the month prior to my recent 47th birthday I received my temporary AARP membership card, an ad for the Scooter Store, and an offer for the senior citizens' discount on Time magazine.

    Kept waiting for the ad for the stairlift or I will never be able to get up to my 3rd floor apartment to read Time on my Scooter!

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  4. Welcome to the Geezers Club! I meant to say Happy Birthday, but my paws just started typing :-) I'm with Spout on this.. that AARP membership card is the point of no return. That's when you officially hit that "too old to fail" demographic. When your body starts falling apart, at least you can still teach....

    I think you may also be the last generation to have a B&W childhood.

    All kidding aside, Happy Birthday, Paul. Here's to many, many, many more.

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  5. Happy Birthday! I hope you ride around on a big tricycle today like in your first picture... ; )

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  6. In the land of the giant tricycles (as MS noted), dwelt a super dude - a veritable SoMe superhero to some, corvid acolyte to others, but always one of the most genuine and insightful people I have ever had the pleasure to meet - IRL too! Happy day to you, Paul.

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  7. Happy Birhtday, Paul! Age is just a number! I say that especially since my number is a little higher than yours... It's ok, I never act my age and nether should you! I hope that you have a great day, giant tricycle or not!

    Brenda Lynn

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  8. Yay! Paul . . . Wait. . . ahhh just another day of awesomeness w/ tea! and maybe a cake... with 4 candles. enjoy!

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  9. I love that picture of you on your bike! In charge but taking time out from your many duties to pose for the people…It’s just you

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  10. Happy Birthday! I'm heading out this evening to celebrate my dad's birthday too, so I'll have some extra cake in honor of your birthday too!

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  11. Have a wonderful celebration - everyday!

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  12. Thanks for all the well wishes gang!

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  13. Actually, my man, I’m a full two decades ahead of you, which means I’m knock, knock, knocking on seventy’s door! That’s a cool kid’s picture. I have one of my brother and I at about the same age. He’s 17 months younger, and in September he turns 65, so we’re both having trouble with that concept. Actually, I don’t think I really felt old until last year when I turned 65. It just seemed so… retired, I guess, although, truth to tell, I’m busier now then I have ever been! And the way you’re going, by the time you’re my age, you will have probably covered the world dozens of times over! Happy birthday, man. I hope you have a glorious day.

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  14. Happy birthday, Paul! I'm ready for the Hover-round instead of the trike myself!

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  15. happy birthday, paul! closer to 50 ain't so different than closer to 40- it's still all a blur that goes *waaaaaaaaaaaaay* too fast!

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  16. Christian: It is a blur. Wow. Why didn't anyone tell me that time speeds up the older you get?

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  17. Paul, in event you didn't get my email just want to wish you a belated HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    Hope your day was a good one.
    -Brenda mrsben-

    P.S: Tried yesterday to leave a comment but Google Blogger has a glitch. Just discovered posting as 'anonymous' works.

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  18. Happiest of birthdays and best of years, Paul! I'm a few months ahead of you, as painful as the admission is -- and it's not so bad. Now my goal is to live as fully and as youngly as you!
    Leah

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  19. Thanks Brenda!

    And thank you Leah.

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  20. Actually you look pretty much exactly the same as you do in 1969! Amazing!
    But you have my felicitations and commiserations. I'm 42. I can see 46 coming...

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  21. PS another excellent person born in may. but of the taurean persuasion. (high fives raina)

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  22. Thanks Melissa, it'll be here sooner than you can imagine. Why didn't anyone warn me that time would speed up as I got older?

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  23. And yes, many high fives Raina!

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  24. Really old people in their forties used to tell me that when I was a kid. I thought they were (a) annoying and (b) senile. Ah, the arrogance of youth...

    What's that saying? "When I was 20 I thought my parents knew nothing. When I turned 30 I was amazed how much they'd learnt."

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  25. And by the time I hit 40 I was downright shocked by their growing brilliance.

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