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Thursday, December 4, 2008

40

I turned 40 today. I guess it's supposed to be some kind of watershed moment, but it feels like any other day. There were kids to feed, messes to clean, chores to do and pages to write, a class to teach later on tonight. Maybe I just haven't had time to get depressed about it.

12 comments:

Gerald So said...

Happy Birthday, Patrick. You'll always be 19 years younger than Jeff Bridges.

Randy Johnson said...

Forty is only a watershed moment when you're under twenty. In my fifty-nine years, I've learned that you keep pushing those "moments" further into the future as you age.
They mean something until you get there and then you realize, as you demonstrated, that they really mean nothing in the scheme of things.
By the way, Happy Birthday!

Bill Crider said...

Happy birthday, and believe me, you're just getting started.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Try 60 on for size. It doesn't feel like any other day. The happiest of days to you.

Bill Cameron said...

Happy Birthday, Patrick!

For me, the only birthday that felt different was 25. 40 was just the day that I got to, um, what? Oh, drink as much as I wanted because I wasn't driving.

Well, that was different. Of course, I had only two drinks, but that's one more than usual!

Have a good one!

Word Verification, what the cow does to prepare for vocalization: premoo

sandra seamans said...

Happy Birthday, Patrick!! The older you get the more your birthday feels just like any other day. But that doesn't mean you can't treat yourself to something special.

Bryon said...

Ha, you old fart. Oh my knees...

Jen said...

Happy birthday, P! I hope that 80's hair comes back for your birthday. (Oh, wait, that's *my* wish... sorry...)

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

That 80s hair isn't coming back without plugs or some of that Ronco spray-on hair.

Thanks to everyone for the happy birthday wishes.

And Gerald, no matter how old he gets, Jeff Bridges will always be the Dude.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Happy birthday! Forty. Wow. That's old.

I only like saying that because I'm 39.

Scott Parker said...

What a coincidence. I turn 40 tomorrow, on the 6th. Happy B-day! I concur with you not really feeling old. Having an elementary-age boy around keeps me young. At best, I'm probably 9 or so (the way I act). ;-)

Christa M. Miller said...

Happy Belated, Patrick (and Scott). Hope you got to do something nice!