Sunday, May 28, 2006

Insert cliche here

Today I am forty-five years old. Which is halfway to ninety, a number I do not even remotely expect to see. I am acutely aware that I don't have all the time in the world.

This year is "shit or get off the pot year." (I just typed "shit or get off the poet" which may be painfully apropos.)

Driving up to my mom's this afternoon, I counted fifteen turkey vultures before I gave up and stopped counting. They were everywhere, soaring over woods and fields and roadkill, soaking up the hot sun on their broad black fingery wings.

23 comments:

Robert said...

Happy birthday!

LitByFire said...

Happy Birthday!

(I LOVE "shit or get off the poet." I may have it embroidered on something.)

Suzanne said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!!

Pamela said...

Happy birthday! Fear the Poet!

Laine said...

Happy birthday, Anne! Travel safe!

the machinist said...

happy birthday, anne, & drive safely! I'll have a drink for ya tonight!

Eduardo C. Corral said...

Happy B-Day! Kiss a sexy girl for me!

jenni said...

Happy happy happy birthday Anne!

Peter said...

Happy Birthday! You are a fine wine.

Collin said...

Happy belated B-day, Anne. You're still a young thing. Get off that pot (or poet) and pick up that pen. :)

Radish King said...

Happy birthday, Anniecakes.
xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Sheryl said...

Happy Birthday!!!

William said...

Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday to you!!!

I too love the "shit or get off the pot/poet" line!!!

William

Garbo said...

Happy Birthday, Anne! Raymond Chandler began taking himself seriously as a writer at age 45, and he did all right.

I hope you got a nice cake, some presents and a spanking if you wanted one. No need to disclose either way.

Anne said...

Thanks, all! I had a nice weekend with my mom (not much in the way of pretty girls or spankings, but them's the breaks -- at least there was cake). :)

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz said...

Happy Birthday to you!

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz said...

P. S. -- My word-verification was noosp. This is, of course, the Japanese Fighting/Relaxing Cow's preferred method of information extraction.

Trista said...

Happy Birthday!

I think you're in the process of shitting, don't you? I mean, it's really coming out of there, right?

Oh, god, well, it's your fault, you started it...

Anne said...

AJPL: Information extraction, eh? Dang, I guess I missed my Noosp 101 class in library school. ;)

Trista: Um. Uh. Something like that. *snerk* Hey, welcome back!

Diane K. Martin said...

Oh a happy belated b-day from me too (you young thing)!

Emily Lloyd said...

Vultures circling above on your bday?--good lord. Happy, happy belated birthday, Anne. I hope it was a good one.

Erin B. said...

The birds were an augury, Anne. Not you as carrion, you as focal point. I'm a few days late, but the drink's still in hand for you, and ready to be enjoyed. By the way, re: your CP post, who's the other workshopper? Just curious.

Anne said...

Diane, Emily, Erin, thanks. The vultures were actually on the day before my birthday, which seems a little less ominous somehow. ;)

Erin - I'll email you (do I have your current email? I think so, but if you don't hear from me, drop me a note) re: other workshoppers. I always worry that other people might not want their names and whereabouts plastered all over the internet for any old googler to find!