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Monday, October 19, 2020

"That's the best birthday present you could have," my kid said today.

I had what I thought was a great phone interview for a newspaper job. I will talk with the editor again later this week.

Actually, I had many great birthday presents on this day I turn 55. (I just started getting unsolicited emails for burial insurance. Does that happen at this age? Or does someone know something I don't?)

First, any time I talk with the kid it's a present for me. She's brilliant, funny and her stories show she doesn't shy from a fight with someone who's fill of shit. One time, when I went to her high school in Pennsylvania to see her in a play, we were leaving when a school staff member stopped to praise her performance. As we continued down the hall and I pressed the door handle to leave, I asked who it was. She said the principal who wouldn't let her print some articles in her high school newspaper. I stopped dead and her little hands -- which are perpetually those of a 6-year-old in my head -- grasped my arm. "Father," she said, which she always calls me when being serious, "this is not your fight." She was 16 at the time. And she was right of course and I opened the door without a word.

I also had a bunch of friends shout out happy birthday wishes on Facebook. I'm not a huge fan of social media and what it's done to discourse in our country but has advantages as well. I am warmed by the response.

And also I'm having some beer right now -- that also warms me.

Yes, I've had my troubles but they pale in contrast to my blessings.

Peace and blessings to all of you my brothers and sisters.


  1. Happy Birthday to you! The world is a better place with you in it!
    Enjoy your beer!

  2. The redeeming quality of homo sapiens upgraded 55 years ago today.

    At 55, I noticed marketers no longer cared about my predilections. You will soon get solicitations from AARP.

    At 60, doctors started asking about my living will.

    At 67, I now fill out an annual survey stating that I can still see, hear, cook, drive, climb stairs and clean myself. I can still name and identify the expected colors on a traffic light.

    I am stoked about your interview. Break a leg.

    I have not had a martini since April 1973. I enjoyed it too much and never permitted myself another. I shall have one when your ship comes in.

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