23 May, 2006

May 23rd

Today I am thirty-six years old. (Three Dozen for all you egg fans...)

According to Wikipedia, there are 222 days left in the year after today.

In 1995, this was the day that the Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City was bombed. According to Wikipedia nothing else of note really happened on this day for the last 2000 years. Okay, I take that back. In 1911, the New York Public Library was dedicated. I don't know what that entails, but I envision someone smashing a bottle of champaign over the head of one of the lions. Probably not how it went down, but that seems festive enough so I'm going with it.

Many notable people share my birthday. Libertarian comedian Drew Carey (good) and multi-talented poet and van-dweller Jewel Kilcher. (not good) Joan Collins was born on May 23rd, but I never say she "shares" my birthday, because she doesn't seem like the sharing type. Famous know-it-all Ken Jennings was also born on May 23rd. Come to think of it, so was Betty Garrett. You know her best as Laverne's Dad's Girlfriend from Laverne & Shirley.

There IS a famous writer born on my birthday, but I feel cheated. Aunt B. gets Arthur Conan Doyle and I get Mitch Albom--the Tuesdays With Morrie guy. Could be worse. I could have gotten Dr. Phil.

I will be spending this day enjoying my favourite pastime. Passing a kidney stone. It's not so bad, really, considering that this is a Tuesday birthday. Having your birthday fall on a Tuesday--as all birthdays occasionally do--is generally an off year for the Birthday Holiday. Tuesday is a rather monastic day. There's never a decent excuse for a long enough weekend to absorb the Tuesday. The world is going about its business. Tuesday is the one day a week that everyone buckles down and feels like working. Monday is recovering from the weekend. Wednesday is "Hump Day". Thursday is almost-Friday. But Tuesday is "let's meet on the San Diego shipment" day. So as birthdays go spending my Tuesday birthday on hydrocodone, phenergan and grape soda is .... better than nothing. I think maybe I'll watch Empire Strikes Back. Yoda makes more sense when you're on the drugs.

34 Comments:

At 6:01 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger newscoma said...

Happy Birthday, Kat. The blogosphere is proud to have you a part of it.
Eek about the kidney stone.

 
At 6:17 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

I second the the happy birthday...and then I second the eek. I hope you have a great birthday, great drugs, and the best Tuesday one could ever hope to have.

Drew Carey isn't bad. I get Matt Damon and Jesse Jackson.

 
At 6:21 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger John said...

Happy birthday!

 
At 6:53 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Aunt B said...

Happy Birthday, Kat! Do you get to keep the kidney stones? It might be a treat to have them in a jar someplace where you can throw them at obnoxious neighbor kids.

 
At 7:32 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Short and Fat said...

Happy B-day.

My gift: I need to cut through Hermitage today around 3. I will stop by the library and pull any book you want off of the holdshelf and put your name on it.

Screw the library's "rules".

 
At 7:48 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Amy said...

happy birthday!!

 
At 8:04 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Cheryl said...

Hope you have a fantastic birthday!!

 
At 8:13 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger grandefille said...

Happy happy, ma'am. And pain-free, pain-free.

I'm glad to know somebody else thinks Drew Carey is funny. Or he used to be, until he started buying all the strippers. (Seriously, those show intros they used to do to "Five o' Clock World" and "What is Hip" were excellent.)

Good wishes for a pleasant and peaceful day -- and year!

 
At 8:16 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger grandefille said...

P.S. -- Now "Moon over Parma" is stuck in my head. Complete with a visual of that little stick-drawing Drew Carey. Ha!

 
At 8:46 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger dolphin said...

Happy Birthday!

A Tuesday birthday isn't that bad, of all the ones to fall on such a day my 21st(!) was on the Monday of an exam week!

 
At 8:51 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Kathy T. said...

Happy Birthday! Ew... a kidney stone? Does not sound at all fun. My birthday is shared with Julius Caeser (100 BC), Harrison Ford, Cheech (of Cheech & Chong), and my favorite Captain Picard (aka Patrick Stewart). I've also got Bob Crane (the Hogan's Heroes sex fiend).

I hope your birthday is better than the kidney stone! You also share yours with Carl Linnaeus, the father of Taxonomy. Whatever the heck that is... can't decide if it's a disease or a math equation.

 
At 9:09 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Kat Coble said...

Thanks all so much for the birthday wishes. Rex is haunting me last night and today as I see him in The Glenn Miller Story.

B, the stones are too small to keep. Or to throw. Besides, if you'd seen what you have to do to "harvest" them, you wouldn't want to keep them. Urgh. On the other hand, the neighbor kids ARE obnoxious. I should work on larger stones.

S&F, I have 3 books on hold already. It'd be great if you could grab them. I'd say to go ahead and take them, but they're nowhere near as enthralling as your lesbian comic book.

John, since your job has been teh sucketh lately, I imagine Tuesdays are the worst. I hope you have a good Tuesday.

Trust me, thanks to the miracles of modern chemistry I am as pain-free as it is possible to be. I also see giant purple owls.

 
At 9:14 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger grandefille said...

I also see giant purple owls.

See? *Everyone* is sending you good wishes! (Maybe Hedwig will show up. Please keep her, if she does. That Potter boy is neglectful.)

 
At 9:23 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger jag said...

Happy birthday!

Pretend I said something witty like everybody else above.

Good luck with the stone. Ouch...

 
At 9:26 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger SistaSmiff said...

Happy Birthday dear Kaaaaaaaaaat.....Happy Birthday to you.


Psst....OKC was April 19, 1995. Did I read that right? It said it was May 23????

 
At 9:37 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

Happy birthday!

Also, I hope you're feeling better soon.

 
At 9:40 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Ivy, the Great and Powerful said...

Pulling my head out of my, um, work to say:

Happy, happy birthday, my friend. :)

 
At 10:13 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Lee said...

Happy birthday Kat. Enjoy the grape soda.

 
At 10:26 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger ceeelcee said...

Wow,

I've been too busy working to blog OR wish you a happy birthday today. I'm multi-tasking at the moment, not really listening to the second half hour of the conference call I'm on while offering you birthday wishes.

Bob Marley died on my birthday, so your is already happier. Have a great one, Kat!

 
At 10:42 AM, May 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy bday kat!

 
At 11:14 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Pink Kitty said...

Oh yay! Happy birthday!

*huggles huggles*

 
At 11:34 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Busy Mom said...

Happy Birthday!

 
At 11:42 AM, May 23, 2006, Anonymous marci said...

Happy birthday! And thanks for the advice you left on my journal. It was appreciated. When I see the doctor I'll be sure to ask for something more for the pain than the normal NSAID.

I've never tried naproxen... I've heard some badness from family members, and have been hesitant to give it a go. I'll have to change my mind about it soon. :)

 
At 12:15 PM, May 23, 2006, Blogger TheKnithead said...

Happy birthday! I hope your interview went well.

 
At 12:18 PM, May 23, 2006, Blogger TheKnithead said...

Doh! Wrong Tuesday. Happy Birthday still.

 
At 2:32 PM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Patrick said...

Happy birthday from Patrick and Lydia!

 
At 3:56 PM, May 23, 2006, Blogger melusina said...

Happy Birthday!

Sorry to hear about the kidney stone. You are too much a veteran of those!

Mitch Albom isn't so bad. I really enjoyed Five People You Meet in Heaven. But no, he isn't Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

 
At 4:01 PM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Malia said...

Happy Birthday Kat! The last time my b-day was on a Tuesday, Sweetpea woke up at like 6:30 am, came into our bedroom and puked at the foot of our bed! Now that was a fun birthday. But since I've never had kidney stones, I don't know what else to compare it to!

 
At 12:03 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Ryan said...

Happy Birthday to you!

I empathize with your kidney issues--best to you on that!

Ryan

 
At 2:47 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Vol Abroad said...

Happy Birthday! You'll always be four days older than me.

 
At 12:14 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Heather said...

Happy belated birthday. I hope, umm, everything passed uneventfully.

 
At 12:30 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Jilly said...

happy birthday. you share a b-day with poet Jane Kenyon. Pretty cool I'd say. :)

 
At 3:55 PM, May 25, 2006, Blogger Les Jones said...

Buck up, Katherine. You may be thirty-six years old in decimal, but in binary, you're 00100100 years old. Or does that make it sound worse?

 
At 2:43 AM, June 20, 2006, Blogger XeviousTheGreat said...

Actually, the Oklahoma Bombing happned on April 19th. The final DEMOLITION happened may 23rd. I too share your bday :)

 

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