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Wednesday, June 17

Sometimes I get the cramps real hard

Sorry. I just couldn't think of a better way to start this post than one of the most brilliant lines ever written.

Today is my birthday... my fortieth birthday. To be honest I don't know what to say about that. A few years back I thought I would be going into my 41st birthday with no dependents (The Boy graduates in 2010), and my plan was to get a much more low key job that allowed me to travel and do stupid long self-supported events. Now I am the father of a wonderful seven year old girl, and I'm in for another tour of duty. Amazing.

What really sucks is that I selected the topic of my birthday for today's post, but my ambivalence about turning 40 has me sitting here staring into space (kinda like I'm at a pre-race riders' meeting). As per my request there will be no cake or ice cream tonight, and if I'm lucky my family will have acquiesced my request to receive no gifts this year.

I am fortunate to be in a better place than I ever woulda imagined a half life ago. I've got the job I would have never thought I could do well into adulthood (I went to college to be a teacher), I have a great family.... wait a second. This is getting all mushy and shit, and that's not how my birthday's going down either.

Damn...

I started to write some more, and it went the wrong direction again. Topics like Social Security, my late father, and all manner of gloom and doom that would seem inappropriate on this day of my birth. I'd better stop while I'm ahead.

To all my homophobic readers:
Sorry about the penis

So happy birthday to me. Drink one for me... better yet drink two so I don't have to. You know I'm watching my figure.

AYHSMBB
All You Haters Suck My Birthday Balls

24 comments:

allan said...

Happy Birthday Rich.

George said...

Happy B-Day, now go get your birthday ride on!

Blair said...

I'm wearing my birthday suit in your honor.

david said...

mornin dicky and happy birthday! 40 ain't shit, i'm 52 and still ridin SS. i'd been cool w/ the family sappy shit. i know people read your blog for bikin antics, but i think the pie must be a saint (to put up w/ your crap) and deserves any kudos you send her way.

df
raleigh

Luis G. said...

Happy Birthday Rich!

Boots said...

Happy BIrfday DicKy!!!

Kevin said...

Happy B-Day Dicky

Anonymous said...

Tea Bagged,
Love ya.......

Peter Keiller said...

a friday post on a wednesday?

“At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgement.”
b.franklin

keep resisting Dick!

Anonymous said...

Those people on "Logan's Run" had a pretty good thing going (besides Farrah Fawcett). At least I can still remember my 40th, barely.

Stabby

bentcrank said...

Happy B-day!

rob said...

Happy birthday.....old man. Ha!! I'm right behind you....go ahead, look.

DukePirate said...

Happy birthday! Thanks, as always for supplying my morning read. Hope you have a good day.

Fatty said...

happy birthday. i'm 3 years minus one day older than you. which explains why you are faster than me.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy the day, Dicky! I'm turning 30 shortly, and if 30 is truly the new 40, then we're both practically in the same boat. And if I were in a boat with you I'd probably jump overboard and swim until I found a sweet island to inhabit with a beautiful girl who is also stranded on the island. It'd be awesome, just lounging around, drinking cocoanut juice, rubbing suntan lotion on her, trying to convince her that I’m practically the last man on (her) earth and we need to do something to populate the island. Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, happy birthday.

CB2 said...

Happy Birthday!
I eat your cake and ice cream

Anonymous said...

I think "All you haters suck my birthday balls" is now the greatest line ever written.

Shon

LowCountry Joe said...

Happy Birthday Rich!

For your birthday gift, I will allow you to pass and place ahead of me this weekend at Cowbell!

Cheers!

Joel

Petersbike said...

Happy Birthday!

Try riding your bike breathing with a plastic bag over your head to simulate "high" altitude.
disclaimer : do not do this for extended periods of time!!!

Good luck in Breck.
Walt

the original big ring said...

Happy Birthday.

Mike said...

Happy Birthday. 40 rocks, don't sweat it.

I actually stopped reading your blog and pretty much anything MTB releated for nine months, but I'm back. I'm sure something felt a bit off and you just couldn't put your finger on it. Now you know what it was. Mystery solved. Mike, 41

Mike said...

Now that you're 40, I think we should refer to you as The Flying Fossil. :-)

Matt said...

Happy birthday. Hope you enjoyed your day.

-matt

Anonymous said...

happy b-day! or is that d-day?

jim m
51 & single(speed)