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A Most Excellent Day

December 1, 2006

The best birthdays are a combination of simple pleasures and concentrated extravagances.

Mine started with a priceless gift: sweet slumber, more-or-less uninterrupted, from 6am to 9:30. At which point I got up to make coffee and play with the girlie for a couple of hours before she got sleepy again. I put her to bed, worked on a couple of projects, then went for a run. Since the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit was twice my age, I dressed sans shirt, and perfectly paired a hilly run with Incubus’ Make Yourself.

I returned to a distinctive box on the doorstep, drank two cups of it, read a lovely card from my dear Gram, reveled in several voicemails (the best was from my loving brother: “one step closer to forty!”), and opened a couple of presents.

A shower and a few phone calls, and we were out the door to my favorite Mexican restaurant for a Pacifico and fish tacos. Plus the perfect appetizer: how could you improve chorizo? Why, by submerging it in melted cheese, of course! Then, cake from Tivoli, some Scotch that’s half my age, a smooth cigar from a certain island nation, and School of Rock on TV, makes Mike a very happy boy.

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10 Responses to “A Most Excellent Day”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Happy B-lated B-day. Sorry about not calling to tell you in person, but I’m glad to here you had a good one.

    Billy

  2. Greta says:

    Happy birthday, Mike! Glad you had such a nice one!
    Love,
    Greta

  3. WMS says:

    WOW… it’s like you’re a dad… I’m not ready for that… I mean for you to be a dad. Am I?

  4. WMS says:

    happy birthday Mike!

  5. Dottie says:

    Happy birthday! I wish you many occasions for gladness in the coming year.

  6. Craig Bob says:

    A perfectly optimized day of celebration … Happy Birthday my friend.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday, Mike!!! (Could you give a girl a heads up??) :)

    Shonda

  8. Ken says:

    Aw, my favorite – fish tacos! Mexican food is non-existent in Singapore, so your post has me craving!

    Ken

  9. brett says:

    happy birthday mike…can you come throw that partyy for me when my day comes up?
    at least i will try to duplicate it on my end ’cause that sounds wonderful…in fact i might not wait!
    peace in your years

  10. kate says:

    Happy birthday, man! I thank God indeed for the day in which the earth was blessed with your presence. I’m glad to hear it was a good one. It’s the small, simple things, is it not?

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