Stuff I Got for my Birthday

  • online gift certificate from the Powells (my perennially favorite gift but not this year), which I used to purchase:
    • A Different Kind Of Christmas : Various Artists (CD, 1994)
    • Sun Also Rises : Ernest Hemingway (Paperback, 1982)
    • Dune Messiah : Frank Herbert (Paperback, 1994)
    • The Areas of My Expertise : John Hodgman (Paperback, 2006)
    • Salem’s Lot : Stephen King (Paperback, 1976)
    • Quest for the Well of Souls : Jack L. Chalker (Paperback, 1995)
    • The Mix-Up : Beastie Boys (The) (CD)
  • Regal Cinemas gift card from the Bartons
  • Cash from Uncle Buddy (second favorite gift every year except this year)
  • Guitar Hero 3 for the Wii from Tina and the boys (second favorite all-time gift)
  • A killer party mostly organized and thrown by my lovely wife

All I Got For Christmas

  • Gift certificate to redeemed for:
    • Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
    • Pearl Jam by Pearl Jam
    • Letting Off The Happiness by Bright Eyes
    • Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen by various artists
  • Gift certificate to Borders redeemed for 7 Seconds Or Less by Jack McCallum
  • The best pressure washer
  • Sugar Free Creme Savers
  • Sugar Free Werther’s Originals
  • Sugar Free Lifesavers Butter Toffee
  • Corrine Bailey Rae by Corrine Bailey Rae
  • The Book of Totally Useless Information by Don Voorhees
  • 2107 Curious Word Origins, Sayings & Expressions by Charles Earl Funk
  • Foldable tool chest on wheels
  • New gloves
  • White LED head lamp
  • White LED best brightest flashlight

Update 1/4: Yesterday I got two books in the mail: Metal Cowboy and Momentum Is Your Friend. Both are by bike journalist Joe Kurmaskie.

Vital Statistics

Two more gift certificates arrived after my birthday. Here’s the rest of the stuff I bought:

Thanks a bunch to Tom & Jan and Tina, Graham & Thomas. As I mentioned earlier has become my favorite semi-annual ritual.

Bike odometer: 220 miles
Weight lost: 32 lbs.
Hours of sleep last night: 7.2
Current reading: I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe, The Prince by Machiavelli
Recent listening: Portrait: The Music of Dan Fogelberg by Dan Fogelberg, DrugMusic, Humpy’s Soul Show, It’s The Jump Off
Recent viewing: Without A Trace, Mystery of the Megavolcano, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report
Recent playing: Zuma
Recently accomplished: Installed memory in Graham’s computer
Imperative To Do: Finish old blog entries, rake, install new hard drive for Thomas, clean garage, return stuff to hardware store
Cool Link: Kittens: Pictures taken by a man in Taiwan who rescues street cats before the government collects and “disposes” of them.

Vital Statistics

Happy Birthday To Me!

Today I turned 40 years old. I’ll never be 30-something again. I guess I have to enjoy being in my 40s because the alternatives are worse.

One of the great pleasures of my birthday is the gift certificate that Tina’s sister, Michelle, and her family give me from This morning the email was waiting for me when I awoke. All I had to do was click a button in the email to redeem the certificate. Then I browsed through my Wishlist and picked everything that I really wanted at that moment. After selecting CDs and books worth about five times the amount of the gift certificate, I removed the items from my shopping cart that were less important. I ended up with three CDs and a book:

The past two nights I have slept very well and don’t remember any mouth-leaking episodes. Tina says that it’s still happening and has to use earplugs. I woke this morning with no alarm after eight hours of sleep. I hope this is a turning point.

Bike odometer: 201 miles
Current reading: I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe, The Prince by Machiavelli
Recent listening: Last week’s charts
Recent viewing: The Manchurian Candidate (remake), High Stakes Poker, World Series of Poker, Headline News
Recent playing: Zuma
Recently accomplished: Mowed lawn, cleaned office, finished birthday invites, cleaned up back yard and deck, stored air conditioner for the winter, setup music for party
Imperative To Do: Hair cut, new rear fender for bike, finish old blog entries, fix toilet
Cool Link: Marijuana Morals