Today I am 44 years old.

I’ve mentioned before that as a kid I used to think there would be a point in time at which I would truly feel like an adult and that I knew what I was doing in this thing called life. That day has yet to come and today is not that day. That said, I do recognize that I am a bit wiser than I was in days gone by. I may not always know what the hell I’m doing, but I’m at least wise enough to realize when I’m about to do something stupid. At least most of the time. So there’s that.

Forty-four isn’t a particularly momentous year, I’ve already had the Over The Hill birthday (40) and I’m not quite half-way to 50 yet, so I suppose it’ll pass like most any other day. One difference comes from living in the age of Facebook and Twitter. Before I left the house this morning I had already had nearly a dozen Happy Birthdays to answer on Facebook thanks to the fact that the service tells all your friends that you’re having a birthday today. I’m not a huge Facebook fan, but that is pretty nifty. While Twitter doesn’t broadcast your birthday to all who follow you, the mere mention of it in a tweet provokes a cavalcade of good wishes from persons known and unknown that’s sure to make you feel at least a little special on your special day. But I must say that Google’s new attempt at social networking — Google+ — has both of those social networks beat with this:

My very own Google doodle! Click to embiggen!

You will probably have to click on it for the full-size version to see it, but the tool-tip on the doodle says “Happy Birthday Les!” and when I click on it it takes me to my Google+ profile page. Granted, this doodle shows to anyone on their birthday so long as they’ve input their birth date into their Google profile page, but it threw me for a loop when I first noticed it. “Huh,” I thought, “Google’s doing something about birthdays today. What a coincidence.” It wasn’t until I moused over it and it showed the salutation addressed to me that my mind was blown. Apparently if you don’t have a Google+ account, but do still have a Google Profile then that page will be dressed up with animated party streamers and a Happy Birthday message. Still, it’s pretty cool to pretend Google thinks I’m important enough to make a doodle for.

Which just goes to show that one thing I haven’t lost with age is my ability to be easily impressed.

18 thoughts on “Today I am 44 years old.

  1. Happy Birthday! Makes me wonder how else Google can use my info for the sake of my entertainment. They should send a cupcake too.

  2. All the best Les. Hope it’s going to be a great year, and hope you also get a lot of cupcakes in it!

  3. Happy Birthday! And that feeling-like-an-adult thing? That kicks in at retirement age, you just don’t care any more at that point.

  4. A good freind of mine – regular drinking partner and wargame opponent – has lots of interesting jobs instead of just one. One of these is is providing colour for National Trust properties/events, such as at Clivedin House he and some other dress in 30’s clothing, and interact with visitors in the character of one of the more influential society circles (I forget who he lays, but the original group includes TE Lawrence). He also runs educational workshops etc. He described (over a pint) how he had been negotiating a contract of some financial worth (unfortunately not for him) with NT in a meeting – I’ve a feeling it may have been one of the larger expenditures for the year for them. He admitted to me that he was waiting for someone to realise that they were negotiating with a 19 year old who just happened to be in the body of a middle age man.

    I said I was glad someone else had admitted that – I thought it was just me.

  5. Happy Birthday, Les, from a complete stranger in California who, after reading your blog for 5 years or so, finally feels completely comfortable calling you by your first name and wishing you a happy birthday! This “internet” thingy…it’s pretty cool…

    Also…at 38 I still feel like a 17 year old inside- and it feels pretty good, so I have no plans to start “growing up” anytime soon…I’ve always suspected that “growing up” was just code for “Get lazy”, “Stop growing”, “Stop caring”, “Stop learning”, “Be smugly satisfied with the limits of your current knowledge”, “Act superior to others”, “Be bitter and cynical”, etc. None for me, thanks, but I will take some ice cream.

  6. ¯`•´¯)……………。☆。*。☆。
    `•.,(¯`•´¯)……….★。\|/。★
    (¯`•´¯).•´(¯`•´¯).♥ Happy Birthday Les! ♥
    ..` •.•´(¯`•´¯)…..★。/|\。★
    …`•.,(¯`•´¯)……..。☆。*。☆

    •Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ•♫♪♥♥[̲̅̅H̲̅][̲̅̅A̲̅][̲̅̅P̲̅][̲̅̅P̲̅][̲̅̅Y̲̅]…[̲̅̅B̲̅][̲̅̅I̲̅][̲̅̅R̲̅][̲̅̅T̲̅][̲̅̅H̲̅][̲̅̅D̲̅][̲̅̅A̲̅][̲̅̅Y̲̅]♥♥♫♪Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ•
    _./’._¸.¸.•¤**¤•^.,.•¤**¤•^.,.•¤**¤•.,.•¤**¤•^.***~*~~
    *•. .•** May you enjoy many more trips around the sun!!~ /.•*•.\¸..•¤*

    You are at the happiness nadir– it’s onwards and upwards from here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-01-30/happiness-curve-bottoms-out-at-44-study/1028218

    Just remember to respect your elders. (I’m 47) 🙂

  7. Thank you everyone for the salutations. Makes growing old worthwhile.

    And holy crap, Articulett, I hope you had a program help you with that bit o’ ASCII art. That was wicked cool.

  8. Happy Birthday, Les.
    Hope you had a wonderful day.
    And now the jealous part: how did you get a google+ invite?
    You must be even more special than we already thought you were!
    [not sure why I want one: I deleted my facebook ID because it took much time away from reading and knitting. I’m just a google-holic.]

  9. Susan wrote:

    And now the jealous part: how did you get a google+ invite?

    Oh I had one withing a couple hours of it going live. I know a few folks.

    You want one? I have 150 I can hand out to anyone who asks. I’ll drop one to the email address in your comment.

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