Friday Open Thread: Another Birthday

Yesterday, Google turned 14, Lil' Wayne turned 30, Gwynneth Paltrow turned 40 and Meatloaf turned 65.

Today, it's my turn.

I'm taking the day off from blogging, so here's an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Happy Birthday!!! (5.00 / 6) (#1)
    by nycstray on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 02:05:20 AM EST
    Enjoy, enjoy, ENJOY!!!

    When the moon sets on yours, I'll start celebrating mine :)

    Libras' ROCK ;)

    Happy Birthday, Jeralyn! (5.00 / 2) (#18)
    by Robot Porter on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 09:23:09 AM EST
    And here's some more "Happy" from the Rolling Stones.

    Happy Birthday, J! (none / 0) (#2)
    by caseyOR on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 02:20:33 AM EST
    Have great day.

    Plus no graphic of (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 03:19:24 AM EST
    kimdatcom for 24 hours. Bliss.  

    And now you are hating on Kim? (none / 0) (#15)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 08:30:31 AM EST
    What are we to do with you?

    Just that horrible pic. (none / 0) (#23)
    by oculus on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 10:36:56 AM EST
    is kim dot com (none / 0) (#25)
    by CoralGables on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 10:42:20 AM EST
    distantly related to TL's Dot the Dog?

    Happy Birthday to Jeralyn and nycstray too! (none / 0) (#49)
    by ruffian on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 09:10:38 PM EST
    Best to you both!

    Happy birthday, Jeralyn! (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 04:30:27 AM EST
    Middle age is really a special time in life -- we're old enough to clearly know better, but still young enough to occasionally say "Oh, what the f***! Who cares what people think?"

    Enjoy the day.

    Isn't middle age... (none / 0) (#36)
    by unitron on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 12:51:15 PM EST
    ...always supposed to be 20 years older than whatever age you are right now?

    Actually, if you're going to lie about ... (5.00 / 1) (#42)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 05:23:13 PM EST
    ... how old you are, then please take my late grandmother's advice and tell people that you're older than you really are, so that other people will compliment you on how wonderful you look for your age.

    I'm going to be 52 next February. I found that turning 50 was actually liberating for me personally, because the pretentions of youth fell away and I could just be myself. From an emotional standpoint, my teens and young adulthood were trying times for me, and in retrospect, I had a helluva lot of growing up to do. I love being middle aged, and wouldn't be in my 20s again for all the world.


    Happy Birthday! (5.00 / 5) (#5)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 05:13:35 AM EST
    I'm not sure I like birthdays too much anymore but it beats the alternative.

    Following our friend on Wall Street ... (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by Robot Porter on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 09:38:58 AM EST
    and in the banking sector, I'm applying "creative math" to my Birthdays.  I reappraise my age every birthday and (surprise, surprise) I find I'm actually younger than I originally projected.

    It's quite encouraging.


    Happy Birthday! (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by observed on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 06:21:02 AM EST
    Many happy returns!

    Happy Birthday (5.00 / 4) (#7)
    by fishcamp on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 06:22:13 AM EST
    don't forget to stop by the office for a second...

    Somebody sent something nice!!!!!!! (none / 0) (#14)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 08:29:27 AM EST
    thanks, Fishcamp (none / 0) (#45)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 06:20:26 PM EST
    Beautiful flowers! So many great colors in them and a really pretty arrangement.

    Happy Birthday, Jeralyn... (5.00 / 6) (#8)
    by Anne on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 06:30:06 AM EST
    As I inch closer to 60, birthdays have become, for me, about acknowledging the many blessings - family, health, maybe a little more wisdom - I've somehow been able to accumulate on this journey.  This year, I looked around the dinner table and thanked my husband for putting up with me for 32 years, thanked my daughters for becoming such fine young women and bringing two wonderful young men into our family, thanked those young men for loving my daughters, and thanked God - and the expectant parents! - for the new life that one of my daughters and her husband are bringing into the world in December.

    "Stuff?" I've got more of that than one person could ever need or want; the love of family, and friends - that really is priceless, and I wish you an embarrassment of riches on that front this year and every year.


    Happy Birthday..... (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by samsguy18 on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 09:10:20 AM EST
    The years have gone by too quickly
    In my 20's I aspired to be something
    In my 30's I started to acquire stuff
    In my 40's I had to maintain my stuff
    In my 50's I realized how much time I had wasted on such stupid stuff
    It doesn't matter what you do or what material stuff you acquire .....our lasting legacy is really about how we lived our lives and cared for those we loved .

    I've just entered my 50's (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by observed on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 12:18:03 PM EST
    Never had much stuff or a lot of desire for stuff, but I wish I had tried harder to develop relationships.
    These days I really appreciate the chance to teach and mentor some really excellent students where I am now. I'm also very glad to have more time for my own research, and to work on music.
    Still, like many of us, I can say I spent time pursuing many things which were not worth it, and not enough time on people.

    Happy Birthday Jeralyn (5.00 / 4) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 07:48:49 AM EST
    Have a great day

    Happy Birthday, J!! (5.00 / 3) (#10)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 08:04:07 AM EST
    And thanks for providing the playground!

    May you stay forever young, J (5.00 / 4) (#11)
    by Mr Natural on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 08:11:02 AM EST
    Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders ... (none / 0) (#43)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 05:30:35 PM EST
    ... also gave Mr. Dylan a prime tutorial on Forever Young. Call me a lunatic and heretic, but I prefer their cover to all other versions.

    Happy Birthday (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by lentinel on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 08:15:58 AM EST
    and thank you for this unique online magazine.

    Welcome to another milestone year (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by Towanda on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 10:40:37 AM EST
    as you and I edge ever closer to collecting on our decades of investment in our "entitlement" -- and to continuing to work, anyway, as we cannot plan on what the heck the payoff on our investment will be.  (Just another way, Jeralyn, of saying that I appreciate a site where the host is another woman of our certain age so takes a stand on this uncertainty . . . and also shares so many memories, such as marking with me the anniversary each year of the Kent State killings.)

    I echo all the good wishes, (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Zorba on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 12:15:26 PM EST
    Jeralyn.  Have a great birthday!

    Happy Birthday (5.00 / 2) (#35)
    by Sweet Sue on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 12:47:52 PM EST
    Jeralyn, we share a birthday.
    I'm sixty two,today, and I can't quite process that fact.
    Have a wonderful day, whippersnapper.

    Happy birthday to both of you!! (5.00 / 1) (#39)
    by lilburro on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 01:41:46 PM EST
    Sue, happy birthday to you too (none / 0) (#46)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 06:22:09 PM EST
    Here's a really cute Beatles Happy Birthday video my sister sent me.

    Thank You (none / 0) (#50)
    by Sweet Sue on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 12:07:56 AM EST
    That was terrific.
    Paul was beautiful, but John was my fantasy main squeeze.
    Librans rule!

    Guantanamo:Omar Khadr returns to Canada (5.00 / 0) (#51)
    by Politalkix on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 09:55:30 AM EST
    Oh Dear (none / 0) (#13)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 08:28:15 AM EST
    Did you see Bibi's cartoon bomb?  You can't do something that cheap after little glass vials dude!  Today he is speaking to both Obama and Romney.  He is almost a three ring circus.  Someone explain to that fool that he is making Ahmadinejad look mildly sane.

    More bad economic news! (none / 0) (#17)
    by Robot Porter on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 09:18:01 AM EST
    First, they got the second quarter way wrong:

    In a surprise, the Commerce Department on Thursday marked down second-quarter U.S. growth to 1.3% from 1.7% in its third and final review of the April-to-June period. The third revision rarely involves such a big change.

    Um ... oops.  Second, job projections for September don't look good:

    economists expect job growth in September to average about 100,000, perhaps slightly more. That's not even enough to keep up with the natural increase in the working-age population, never mind sharply cut into an 8.1% unemployment rate.

    Read more here.

    Okay turn the news off (none / 0) (#19)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 09:37:46 AM EST
    All they can talk about are the debates.  They debate the debates and then they debate the debating of the debates.  It's just all bating.

    "bating" (5.00 / 2) (#22)
    by Mr Natural on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 10:12:57 AM EST
    - at which they are masters.

    Well, (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by unitron on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 12:30:21 PM EST
    ...verbal masters.

    Don't worry ... (none / 0) (#21)
    by Robot Porter on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 09:45:30 AM EST
    about the election or the economy.

    Amazon may begin selling wine again!

    Happy Birthday (none / 0) (#26)
    by vicndabx on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 11:18:10 AM EST
    as always, enjoy your day.

    Happy B-day J!!! (none / 0) (#27)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 11:30:42 AM EST

    Maybe this is typical of medical (none / 0) (#30)
    by observed on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 12:27:35 PM EST
    procedures anywhere, but I'm getting tired of being told something won't hurt, and then screaming my lungs out in pain when they are wrong.
    Bandage change today, after minor surgery yesterday.
    "Will this hurt?"
    "Really? I'm a little concerned"
    "No, it won't hurt at all"
    "imprecations in Russian"....whew, done.
    "Oh, the surgeon left something in the incision  to inhibit infection. We had to take it out. That's what hurt"
    .. as if  the explanation really makes up for the
    loss of trust and blow to my dignity.

    Actually I don't care that much, because the pain was brief, and I'll be fine soon.
    However, I am definitely anxious about the bandage change tomorrow! I am considering trying a Russian solution and drinking half a bottle of vodka before I go to the hospital.

    there's 3 things they never tell you (5.00 / 2) (#33)
    by fishcamp on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 12:44:19 PM EST
    how much it's gonna hurt,                                                            how much it's gonna cost ,                                                             how long it's gonna take to heal.

    well I see I screwed that (none / 0) (#34)
    by fishcamp on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 12:46:00 PM EST
    one up...I'm never gonna try to link to something...

    Lol... (none / 0) (#37)
    by samsguy18 on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 12:54:11 PM EST
    At least You know how to do it....

    HB, JM, HB... (none / 0) (#32)
    by unitron on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 12:33:39 PM EST
    ...he said in his best Patrick Stewart voice. : - )

    "Stand up! Stand up!.... (none / 0) (#38)
    by kdog on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 12:57:25 PM EST
    Stand up and show us your face! Woo-Woo!"

    Our McArab traditional birthday ditty sung after "Happy Birthday" and before blowing out the candles...cuz you're family;)

    Enjoy your day J...hope the TL kid is springing for dinner!

    Back to the NFL refs returning: (none / 0) (#40)
    by Zorba on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 02:35:20 PM EST
    Son Zorba had a comment about the whole thing, with the professional refs now back:
    "Our long national nightmare is finally over."

    Yes, he was being extremely sarcastic.  I laughed my @ss off.  And, really, I have absolutely no idea where he could have possibly gotten his sarcasm or cynicism from.  Gee, I wonder.   ;-)

    LOL! (5.00 / 1) (#44)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 05:37:22 PM EST
    Reminds me of an episode of Maude, in which her frustrated young grandson uttered a cuss word and then ran upstairs, which prompted and incredulous Walter (Bill Macy) to ask aloud, "Where in the Hell did that little pisser ever learn language like that?" -- to which an equally stunned Maude (Bea Arthur) replied in all seriousness, "Damned if I know!"

    Hahaha! (none / 0) (#48)
    by Zorba on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 06:47:24 PM EST
    I have more than a little in common with Maude.  ;-)

    Have A Great One! (none / 0) (#41)
    by Jackson Hunter on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 03:02:30 PM EST
    I hope you have a great birthday and a very good year.

    Take care and thanks for the blog!


    Happy Birthday, J ! (none / 0) (#47)
    by Politalkix on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 06:34:10 PM EST
    Many happy returns of the day!

    Debate Season (none / 0) (#52)
    by Politalkix on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 02:17:26 PM EST
    The Prez debate season is upon us.
    Here is a transcript from one of the past Prez debates. Clinton Vs Dole. Debate # 1

    happy belated birthday,J... (none / 0) (#53)
    by nicdanger1 on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 11:00:59 AM EST
    but better late than never.hope you had great day.