Hi. It is past 9pm. I have had a busy day. After all, it was my birthday today.
It was a busy day. I got up around 10:30. Patricia prepared breakfast. After lunch, we headed out to someone's home there to pick up a pc tv tuner card that someone was giving away. I am not sure if it will work, but I will have some fun finding out. I figure if it doesn't work, I can just throw it out and not be out any money.
From there, we drove to Dartmouth Crossing. Patricia had agreed to take me to whatever movie I wanted to see, and I had chosen "Warm Bodies". It's the one about a zombie named R who falls in love with a human woman. It was by turns funny, and touching and gross. I loved it. I want to read the novel the film is based upon.
Afterward, we went to Woody's BarBQ, also in Dartmouth Crossing. I had won a $25 gift certificate from Live 105 a few weeks ago, and decided to save spending it until today.
Barbecue places sell meat. Lots of meat. More meat than is probably healthy. But my birthday comes but once a year and I wanted to indulge, so I ordered some chicken, sausage, beef brisket and turkey. A little of each. Plus mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. The leftovers are in my fridge.
We waddled to the car. Drove to Bayer's Lake to the European Farmer's Market place I mentioned a few days ago to buy some more citrus to replace the tons of it I had eaten over the last few days. Returned home. Fed the cats. And fired up this computer.
As I mentioned, this is my birthday. More than even New Year's, I see my b'day as an opportunity to take stock of my life and think about my future.
I think it is safe to say that I am well into the second half of my life. People in my family do not often live to be over the age of 80; my dad didn't even make it to 79. I may have another 30 years left. Not trying to be negative, just realistic. If I am ever to read "War and Peace", I had best get started.
I have regrets in my life, but most of them are not worth talking about. What is done is done. Dwelling on that stuff doesn't accomplish anything. What I am most grateful for now is having achieved another year of life, and having done so in such a way that I can still look at the face I have to shave on a regular basis. Life could be better, but it sure could be worse.
I will continue to enjoy my birthday weekend tomorrow. I will get that damned printer working with my linux machines. I will do laundry. I may finish watching season seven of Dexter.
Just let the old man do what he wants.
See you tomorrow.