January 26, 2006

The Not-So-Big 4-1

Well, today happens to be my 41st birthday. Feeling at a loss for words about it, I checked the Tasty Bits Archives to see what I wrote about turning 40 last year. It all still seems pretty much applicable, except that I don't believe I've actually been carded by anybody this year. I reckon it'll probably be the same way for the next few years. I might have something to say when I hit 45 and more probably when I crack 50.

So there you are. I just don't get that excited - too busy with everything else to think on it too much.

Not so the Llama-ettes, however. Theyre all keyed up to help Mom fix a roast beef dinner for me tonight, with strawberry shortcake for dessert. They also claim that they are all planning to give me the appropriate number of birthday kisses. At 41 kisses per Llama-ette, I reckon that comes out to 123 altogether. Gonna be a looong evening, especially if they're slacking on brushing their teeth again.

I had the following conversation with the almost-eight year old this morning:

She: Daddy, what would you like for your birthday?

Self: What I'd like is for all of you girls to be very, very good.

She: Daddy! That's what you say all the time!

Self: You're right. What I'd really, really like is not to have to say it any more. So how about listening?

She: Nrrrrrgh!

I rank that wish right up there with the pony I never got from my parents. But a guy can dream.

Posted by Robert at January 26, 2006 10:23 AM | TrackBack

Youngster!! Congratulations and many happy returns!

Posted by: MCPO Airdale at January 26, 2006 10:56 AM

Happy birthday OLD pal!

Really you don't look that old, not a day over 40.

Posted by: phin at January 26, 2006 11:16 AM

Many happy returns, Robbo. I must say, though, that conversation with the Llama-ette sounded really, really parental. Why don't you surprise the kids and ask for something interesting like a Wham-O Water Wiggle, or a rocket powered bicycle?

Posted by: utron at January 26, 2006 11:34 AM

Happy birthday! :)

Hopefully you actually wanted socks and ties though - because with a conversation like that with the little ones, that's really all that's left.

Posted by: beth at January 26, 2006 11:58 AM

Happy Birthday to an honorary member of the Crack Soon-To-Be-Middle-Aged Staff!

Posted by: The Crack Young Staff at January 26, 2006 12:02 PM

Happy birthday, and as I try and tell myself 41 is the new 21. (Unfortunately my body doesn't agree).

Posted by: rbj at January 26, 2006 12:29 PM

Happy birthday, geezer.

Posted by: JohnL at January 26, 2006 01:08 PM

Happy happy, whipper-snapper...

Posted by: Rex Ferric at January 26, 2006 02:07 PM

Happy birthday.

Posted by: Rachel at January 26, 2006 02:15 PM

Huh. I had you figured for at least 70.

Posted by: Bill from INDC at January 26, 2006 02:19 PM

Happy birthday, Robert.

Posted by: jen at January 26, 2006 05:15 PM

Happy Birthday. There but for the grsce of God, and 3 1/2 years, go I.

Posted by: Brian B at January 26, 2006 05:23 PM

Have a Happy Happy! Have a drink on me!!

Posted by: GroovyVic at January 26, 2006 05:48 PM

Hope your birthday is better than you can imagine.

My last birthday wish for someone involved booze, motorcycles, and strippers. Maybe your kids got the message.

Posted by: owlish at January 26, 2006 06:40 PM

Happy Birthday, Robbo. IMHO Looking ahead: cholesterol meds, bifocals, aches and pains, etc...getting older has its drawbacks...

Posted by: KMR at January 26, 2006 07:46 PM


Posted by: sadie at January 27, 2006 12:04 AM

Happy birthday!

*adds to list of items to use for identity fraud of Robert*

Posted by: Digger at January 27, 2006 08:27 AM

Happy Birthday Robert! I didn't know llamas lived that long.
I have always told my children that I wanted peace on earth and good will to all men. Last year the reply was "Yeah Mom, socks and a planner refill, whatever."

Posted by: Babs at January 27, 2006 09:56 AM

i like your answers to the almost-eight Llama-ette

Posted by: amelie at January 27, 2006 10:18 AM

i like your answers to the almost-eight Llama-ette

.. and, happy birthday!

Posted by: amelie at January 27, 2006 10:18 AM

Belated birthday yips!

Posted by: tee bee at January 27, 2006 05:07 PM

Happy Bday, Robbo! I'll buy you a drink when I see you.

However, you'll have to buy your own Maalox.

Posted by: Gordon at January 29, 2006 08:34 PM

Sheesh, you're like ... almost an adult now.

Posted by: TC@LeatherPenguin at January 30, 2006 08:26 AM