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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 04:13 am:   

OK, I'm back and, as promised, I'm 50.

I spent the last week in Raleigh, NC where, among other things, we held a Borders SF Night event.

Next London Borders night is tomorrow and is finally all settled, after several lapses in the Diva's memory--hey, guys, just because I'm 50 doesn't mean I'm not forgetting things as much as I used to. In fact, I'm forgetting them even faster than usual, especially when I shift time zones, months, and ages while away from my usual domain.

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Maureen McHugh
Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 06:44 am:   

Are you going to get a tattoo?
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Laura Anne
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2003 - 08:28 am:   

Since you are now over _there_ and I'm over _here_ ...


The Barbarian Birthday Dirge (selected verses)


It's your Birthday! (thud!) Happy Birthday! (thud!)
Doom and gloom and dark despair
People dying everywhere!
On your Birthday! (thud!) Happy Birthday! (thud!)

It's your Birthday! (thud!) Happy Birthday! (thud!)
May the candles on your cake
Burn like cities in your wake.
On your Birthday! (thud!) Happy Birthday! (thud!)

It's your Birthday! (thud!) Happy Birthday! (thud!)
May your deeds with sword and axe
Equal those with sheep and yaks
On your Birthday! (thud!) Happy Birthday! (thud!)

It's your Birthday! (thud!) Happy Birthday! (thud!)
Just be glad the friends you've got
Haven't found out you-know-what
On your Birthday! (thud!) Happy Birthday! (thud!)

It's your Birthday! (thud!) Happy Birthday! (thud!)
This one lesson you must learn
First you pillage, then you burn
On your Birthday! (thud!) Happy Birthday! (thud!)

It's your Birthday! (thud!) Happy Birthday! (thud!)
When you've reached this age you know
That the mind is first to go
On your Birthday! (thud!) Happy Birthday! (thud!)

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ellen
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2003 - 08:33 am:   

Happy Birthday Pat! Now you're one of us and you can join AAARP (don't know if there's a UK branch).
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Richard Parks
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2003 - 02:06 pm:   

Happy Belated, Pat.
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M. Bishop
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2003 - 04:15 pm:   

Fifty? Fifty! Yah, a mere whippersnapper. I've been hanging around this decade for seven, going on eight, years already. Grrmmbbble.

Anyway, happy birthday, Pat!

Mike
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 01:22 am:   

It's all to do with the time slippage. We have worked this out.
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 03:08 am:   

Aw, shucks.:-)

Maureen--I'm saving up for a tattoo, as it's turned out to be more expensive than I'd realized. Apparently the tattoos that don't come with hepatitis cost a lot more (at least, over here in the UK).

Laura Anne--that is the finest Birthday Dirge anyone has ever sung me. I'm impressed. Because it's true.:-)

Ellen--I don't think there's a UK branch of the American Association for Retired Persons. But there is an equivalent. I don't know what it's called, but they put out a magazine called SAGA. I think the title is supposed to refer to your life, but I can't help being suspicious that it's more a case of pun intended.

Mike--I noted in a different topic that 50 is the new 30, making 60 the new 40 and 70 the new 50. This really has nothing to do with the fact that I was in school when they taught the new math, and everything to do with the fact that we now have rock stars over 60. (PS: Happy Belated 30th. I've always felt guilty about missing yours, even though I was in the middle of a paradigm shift/apocalypse at the time.)

Jay--You are beneath my notice, wyrm.

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Andreas Black
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 05:12 am:   

A-ha! I found a message board for you, Pat.

Just wanted to let you know that it was nice to meet (briefly) you in Raleigh. Happy birthday, and I hope things are well.
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Mike
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 05:12 am:   

Pat, I think the British equivalent of the AARP is the CCSC, or Crotchety Crew of Superannuated Curmudgeons. Unless I've got that acronym mixed up with an in-joke self-designation for the "surviving" Rolling Stones.
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 07:55 am:   

Happy Birthday, Pat!

PS- The AARP magazine pays a dollar a word.
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Liz W
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 08:08 am:   

SAGA do holidays for those of a certain age. Before anyone dismisses this out of hand, all the reports I've had of these suggest that they are riotous.
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 10:42 am:   

I'll add my birthday wishes as well, Pat. It was very nice to see you in Raleigh, and it was fun getting to see you and John Kessel interview each other.
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Dario Ciriello
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 08:24 am:   

Happy very belated Birthday, Pat!

I just discovered your pages here (that's my story): what a hoot. But, 50?? Surely you jest! If it's true, I beat you into this amusement park by a year plus -- but you got the best hair!

All hail!
. . . D
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J. Thompson
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 08:44 am:   

My grandad was involved in the U3A- The university of the third age.

They were like an old person's club but with russian lessons and chess afternoons replacing bingo and tea mornings.

I plan to join them as soon as possible- they looked fun.

Only another 38 years to go...

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