February 19, 2005
The thirty-nine steps

Today is my thirty-ninth birthday. Looks like I just missed sharing a birthday with Atrios, though he's a whippersnapper compared to me. Last year at this time, the Feds celebrated for me by busting Jeff Skilling. They may have a hard time topping that. Other highlights from history are here. And of course it wouldn't be my birthday if I didn't mention that I'm exactly as old as Justine Bateman and exactly one day older than Cindy Crawford.

Before anyone asks, the answer is no, I'm not at all unhappy about being on the verge of 40. My thirties have been very good to me. If my forties are to my thirties as my thirties are to my twenties, I'm in for a hell of a decade. Bring it on, I say.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 19, 2005 to See, I do have a life! | TrackBack

Happy Birthday, Chuck. I know I'm not going to be as happy on my 39th in June as will be when I turn 40 in June of 2006 (I hope to be in Germany next June for World Cup 2006).

Anyway, I'll say what I did last year about you're being as old as Justine Bateman and Cindy Crawford:

Justine Bateman: Hot babe
Cindy Crawford: Hot babe
You: Well, your wife thinks you're hot. :-)

Posted by: William Hughes on February 19, 2005 9:58 AM

Feliz cumpleanos.

My husband tells me 39 is a good year. Of course, I wouldn't know that yet. ;)

Posted by: hope on February 19, 2005 10:29 AM

39? As Jack Benny was 39? ;) Happy Birthday no matter which.

Posted by: Linkmeister on February 19, 2005 12:14 PM

Happy b-day, Kuff!

Posted by: Beldar on February 19, 2005 12:46 PM

Congrats, old man!

Posted by: Greg Wythe on February 19, 2005 1:32 PM

39? Damn you're old.

Happy birthday,

Posted by: Rob Booth (Slightly Rough) on February 19, 2005 2:28 PM

the hell you say.

Happy birthday, whippersnapper.

Posted by: julia on February 19, 2005 3:48 PM

Happy Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Jim D on February 19, 2005 5:44 PM

Happy birtday, you (slightly) old(er than me) bastard.

Posted by: Pete on February 19, 2005 9:43 PM

Happy Birthday!

The only things I can see that are good about turning 37 later this year are 1) it beats the alternative, and 2) I'll get a whole year of using a Monty Python line: "I'm 37. I'm not old."

Posted by: Sue on February 19, 2005 10:09 PM

The only things I can see that are good about turning 37 later this year are 1) it beats the alternative, and 2) I'll get a whole year of using a Monty Python line: "I'm 37. I'm not old."

You might as well since I got mileage out of that line two years ago.

As someone who will turn 40 later this year, I suppose the number itself will be a little more of a shock than 30 just because of the social connotations of not being "young" any more in some sense. But I'm mostly with Chuck -- I think -- in that for the most part, our lives have mostly been getting better each year lately (with some exceptions in 2003, that was a weird year with some high highs and some very low lows), and I don't see much reason why that should change just because I could be receiving a delivery of black balloons in October.

Posted by: Tim on February 20, 2005 8:36 AM

Happy birthday! The forties are even more fun.

Posted by: Susie from Philly on February 20, 2005 8:48 AM

enjoy your youth!

Posted by: Greg Moses on February 20, 2005 10:59 AM

You have the same birthday as the State of Texas! We declared our independence from Mexico on March 2, 1863, but the Republic's flag was lowered and the American flag raised to mark the culmination of the state's annexation on February 19, 1846. Congrats!

Posted by: Andrew Dobbs on February 21, 2005 4:50 PM

Happy belated birthday!

Posted by: Abigail on February 21, 2005 6:26 PM