July 3rd, 2007


Many birthday thanks to all

Many thanks to all who've responded so far to the surprise birthday party post. (I think that's the most replies I've ever had to a post.) I really do have a great group of friends and a wonderful wife who knows just the right things to do.

My actual birthday was relatively uneventful, as I had to work (I finally finished cataloging the batch of Rosetta Stone language kits that's been hanging over my head for a couple of weeks) and we'd already celebrated with my family on Saturday by going to see a matinee of Ratatouille, followed by lunch at the Millrose Restaurant. (Both are highly recommended.)

I stopped expecting to get birthday gifts back when I was in high school and everyone around me decided I was either old enough to only send cards, so when I do get any, they're a pleasant surprise. This year I was surprised. Since I've gotten back into playing music, my family chipped in together to get me a real Manhasset music stand (so that my music won't always be falling off the folding stand I've been using), and ordered a trumpet stand, and a euphonium stand (so that I can switch between the two instruments without having to lay one down on the floor). My father found an electronic (scanned & indexed) copy of a 2400-page, 1902 Muret-Sanders German-English dictionary, which should come in very useful for translating 19th-century genealogical documents. And kateshort picked up a copy of Weird Al: Straight outta Lynwood.

And then last night after work, kateshort and I went through the drive-through at Steak-n-Shake for some fattening comfort food, most importantly including the always-delicious chocolate/peanut butter milk shake (though that flavor is not listed on their website).

Once again, thank you all for the kind words & wishes; you helped brighten my day.

Feudalism: Serf & Turf