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21 February 2011 @ 09:41 pm
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Today is my fiftieth birthday.

Spent the day at home, doing pleasant but ordinary things. Got a couple of nice presents, with one more on the way, and a call from my dad. Also, by coincidence, received some other good news, including a larger-than-expected check for the Italian translation of my Wild Cards story. In the evening we saw a fine documentary about cinematographer Jack Cardiff, followed by an excellent dinner at Nel Centro.

I'm okay with turning 50. I have been thinking lately about the benefits of maturity; I find that I am more likely to have the solutions to problems, or to have avoided the problem in the first place, which makes me calmer, happier, and more stable than I have ever been before. This has been a very good year so far and I have no reason to anticipate that the rest of the year will be any different. I have no money worries, I'm in excellent health, and I know that I am beloved.

I wish the same to all of my friends.

angharaanghara on February 22nd, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)
Happy birthday. Glad it was a good one.

Always good to see you and Radcon was a nice opportunity - I hadn't quite made the birthday link otherwise I would have offered to buy you that hemi-centennial drink that the occasion appeared to have called for...
Norilananorilana on February 22nd, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
A most wonderful happy birthday! Fifty is a glorious achievement! :-)
mikandramikandra on February 22nd, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
Happy birthday
Curtis C. Chensparckl on February 22nd, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
Many happy returns of the day!
alien3alien3 on February 22nd, 2011 06:33 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, David!
I wish you all the best. Thanks for the great story of MRDS.
You are inspired to repeat your "journey to Mars". :)
I dream about it.
kzmillerkzmiller on February 22nd, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! I hope you have many more wonderful birthdays to come.
Luke McGuffholyoutlaw on February 22nd, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
Happy 50th birthday!
Wolf Lahtiwolflahti on February 22nd, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)

There's a big difference between getting old and maturing.

Grats for choosing the right option. :)
M.K. Hobsonmkhobson on February 22nd, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
Happy (belated) birthday! Glad you had a good one.
Amylovelyangel on February 22nd, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! We're getting wise, not old!
elizaeffect on February 22nd, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! Wisdom is probably the best part about gettin' old.
beamjockeybeamjockey on February 22nd, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
I am so glad to have enthusiastic younger friends. I felt that way when we met in, what, seventy-nine? and I feel that way now. Happy birthday, dude.
Elizabeth Colemancriada on February 22nd, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Happy Hemicentury!
Matthew S. Rotundo: Typewritermatthewsrotundo on February 22nd, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, David!
Amy Sissonamysisson on February 22nd, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!!