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I remember thirteen.

At thirteen I started to ride the subway alone. Thirteen was when I put away my Matchbox cars and picked up Rolling Stone. It was after-school peanut butter cups and cream soda from the deli on Bond Street. At thirteen I got to try a little of dad's beer, and at thirteen I swore I'd never drink that godawful stuff. Thirteen was tremulous fear and quaking desire. Thirteen was when childhood faded into the mist, and the future beckoned slyly from the car.

I remember thirteen well, but now I see it for what it really is:

make a wish

Thirteen is the time of angels.

Happy birthday, my mad, bad, sad, brilliant beautiful man.
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Today, before Quinn's birthday dinner, the boys and I went to the International Steampunk City festival in Waltham. Only for a few hours, sadly, so we only saw a few of you.

Lots of pictures on Flickr, but here are two standouts:

Mayor Grymm and his "right hand man," Emperor Justinian Stanislaus.
International Steampunk City Waltham
That hand was a work of genius. It was fully articulated and frankly kind of creepy.

Morgan, testing out hats:
International Steampunk City Waltham

Nine!

May. 8th, 2011 07:54 pm
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Nine!, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

turning 39

Nov. 13th, 2009 12:35 am
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So I had this birthday.  And a really, really lovely birthday it was, with highlights including:
  • Surprise visit and magnificent birthday cake from [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth in the morning
  • Surprise visit and gifts from [livejournal.com profile] chaiya in the morning
  • Long lunch and great conversation with [livejournal.com profile] ectophylla 
  • Surprise birthday dinner and magnificent birthday cake from [livejournal.com profile] keyne, Mom, Dad and the kids
  • Lots of post-dinner visits from the neighbors to help polish off as much of the cake as possible.
The funniest part:

The magnificent birthday cake from [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth was a chocolate layer cake with peanut butter frosting.

The magnificent birthday cake from [livejournal.com profile] keyne and [livejournal.com profile] npierce was.... a chocolate layer cake with peanut butter frosting and chocolate glaze.

I think I may be getting predictable.

But enough of that.  Here's what matters.  All day long, I ran into people at every turn who were conspiring to make sure I had a good day.  And wow, apparently I needed that more than anything.

Thanks and love to you all.  You are my rockstars.

eleven

Jul. 14th, 2009 01:38 am
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eleven, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

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happy birthday, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

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