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December 28, 2005


Happy Birthday to me. I'm 35 today. I'm not sure if that's the reason I didn't sleep well last night, but it didn't help that the chicken soup took forever to make. Not even Tylenol PM and a bowl of cereal helped much.

On the invite I sent out for cocktails at Halo at 8pm tonight I made a reference that I was 'entering a new statistical bracket' or something like that. I meant that I check a new box on the tax forms and stuff like that, as I think 35 is a cutoff point, but I didn't mean I was turning 40.

30 wasn't bad, and as far as I can tell I'm not freaking out about being 35, but I was told by someone that 35 sucks because it's a transitional age, like 25 and 15. Reading back in Ye Olde Hand-Written Journal, at 25 I was in Peace Corps in Kazakstan, trying to fit into the culture by making a birthday dinner for my coworkers. The tradition there is that you are the host of your own birthday party, and serve your guests:

Hosted a birthday party at work where I undercooked the beef and everyone ended up spitting it out on their plates (as I recall I didn't tenderize it either). Later that evening I had another party where my guests cleaned up my house (and my refrigerator!), while I was passed out. Got a big headache, but it was fun. 5 people slept over that night: Joel, Petra, Regina, Musau and Lara. What a social life I have!

I think at 15 I was probably worried about my drivers' license or something, but I can't remember back that far because I already have Alzheimer's.

Posted by jimbo at December 28, 2005 12:58 PM


Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Greg at December 28, 2005 1:37 PM

happy birthday jimbo!!!

Posted by: jeremy at December 28, 2005 2:41 PM

Well, at least at 25 you weren't serving horse sphincter....

Happy birhtday - see you tonight...


Posted by: zz at December 28, 2005 3:47 PM

Happy Birthday man! Thanks for the good blogreading!

Posted by: TOS at December 28, 2005 4:03 PM

WAIT!!! You're YOUNGER than ME?!?!?!?!? God, I am old.

Posted by: tim at December 28, 2005 4:40 PM

Finally old enough to run for President. I think it's the very last of the "finally old enough to ____" thingees until retirement. Now there's a thought...

Happy Day - and many more!

Posted by: Andy at December 28, 2005 4:43 PM

Happy Birthday jimbo!

Posted by: Michael at December 28, 2005 4:45 PM

As for the checkbox, I assumed you meant 30. My mistake I guess.

Happy Birthday Jimbo.

Posted by: copperred at December 28, 2005 7:17 PM

35 was harder for me than 30. I think it *was* that whole "new demographic" thing. Welcome to the 35-49 box!

Posted by: Scott at December 28, 2005 7:25 PM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: archerr at December 28, 2005 8:10 PM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Scott at December 28, 2005 8:59 PM

To the woof-a-licous head of the D.C. Homo Bloggerati, Happy Birthday!

Posted by: trey at December 28, 2005 9:54 PM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Dumbek at December 28, 2005 11:30 PM

Happy birthday!

Posted by: Lee at December 29, 2005 12:28 AM

Happy Birthday my fellow Capricorn...I'll be 29 on 12/31.

Hope you had a great birthday!

Posted by: Adam at December 29, 2005 10:23 AM

Feliz cumpleaños and hyvää synttäri!

Posted by: chris at December 29, 2005 10:50 AM

Pssst....here's the big secret....everything's better the older you get. You're just not allowed to say it.

Posted by: sean at December 29, 2005 10:52 AM

Happy birthday!

Posted by: Chip at December 29, 2005 10:56 AM

35? Life should just keep getting better and better. If it isn't, then a change of pace, career, scene or outlook is in order. You shouldn't be the same person you were at 25. Who would want to be? If you are measuring anything other than the mere passage of time by the number 35, I respectfully submit that you are using the wrong metric. We spend our teens and twenties (even parts of our thirties) training for life and career, making and learning from silly mistakes, and becoming the person we will be. By now, you probably are who you are going to be. If you like that person, 35 isn't scary; it may even be totally cool. Keep cultivating that person and look ahead at all the great things that are coming up rather than pining for what's already passed throught the hourglass. The happiest people I know are ones with few regrets and an attitude that life just gets better.

Happy birthday. Now, forget it's your birthday.

Posted by: On Second Thought at December 29, 2005 11:33 AM

You're just a few months younger than me. I hit the big 3-5 back in August. I guess it really didn't faze me at all. I don't feel like I'm 35. Maybe I'm in denial! Oh well, hope you had a great one!

Posted by: Bubala at December 29, 2005 12:04 PM

I can't even remember what I did for my 35th birthday!

Posted by: homer at December 29, 2005 12:46 PM

Sorry I missed it by one day. Happy Belated Birthday Jimbo!

Posted by: mark at December 29, 2005 3:11 PM

Happy Belated Birthday!

You already know everything I think about turning 35.

Posted by: eric at December 30, 2005 8:20 AM

Happy Belated B-day! Sorry I missed joining you at Halo. I hope someone spanked your ass 35 times. If not, I will.

Posted by: durban bud at December 30, 2005 4:14 PM

welcome to the club!!!!
Ditto on the spanking - was that your bathroom stall present?

Dreamy Ron? Who dat is?

Posted by: Dan at December 31, 2005 8:25 AM