Another year older, another year wiser and yet also not wiser, another year to
do stupid things and fun things.And another year to continue to tell people I am
29. So, why are you getting this email?
Do I have a communicable disease, and we held hands in the past few days? Nope =
but I wont say which part or if its both. I sent this to you because we have
spoken, emailed, IM’d, worked, played or BS’d in the past 24 hours.
And I remembered it when I started to put down the names on this email. No
journal, or looking in my inbox, outbox or trash can. You are on a short list of
people who as I sit here in awe that my birthday took me by surprise, I have
Not much has happened in that short period of time. But I have gotten 1 year
older. If you have read this far, you have spent 45 seconds contemplating my
birthday. That is more time then I did. Until a few moments ago when my playing
a video game at home was interrupted by a reminder that, of all things – Jim
Skamarakas’ Birthday had occurred.
I fill out Birthday and Anniversary dates on every person I can in Outlook’s
contact cards. But never have I seen my own pop up before. And never would I
have thought it would catch me by surprise.
I could wake the baby, Eilis – she wouldn’t understand
I could wake my wife, Anna – she would get mad
I could call you and tell you – you would get really ticked at my waking you at
So, after contemplating my birthday for 60 seconds,
If you are ticked at me for something, please accept my apology.
If you are sitting in that video game staring at my unmoving character, now you
know what I was doing.
if you are thinking of sending me a reply marked Happy Birthday, I’ll thank you
But beyond that, I wanted to thank you for having the pleasure of knowing you
for all this time, but also in the past 24 hours, the start of my birthday.