In Which We had a Happy Birthday

The Parents came to stay for the week, which is always a blessing to us. Over the course of the day I was sung to no less than 7 times (and received one impromptu recorder serenade), which is flattering I suppose, but honestly: Who came up with that song? And what are you supposed to do while people are singing it to you? Smile like an idiot? Try to keep a straight face like an idiot? Sing along?

You don’t care about that, do you? OK, here’s the list:

Birthday Loot

1. Tobias Froberg “Somewhere in the City”
2. Gidon Kremer “Silencio” (“Tabula Rasa” by Arvo Part, “Company” by Philip Glass, “Come In!” by
Vladimir Martynov, and “Darfich…” by Arvo Part)

1. “Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose” by Flannery O’Connor
2. “Laughing Gas” (first edition) by P.G. Wodehouse
3. “Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body” by John Paul II
4. “Men and Women are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body” by Mary Healy
5. “Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution” by Hawken, Lovins, and Lovins (not a law firm)
6. “Deep Comedy: Trinity, Tragedy, and Hope in Western Literature” by Peter Leithart

1. “The Burbs” (finally)
2. “Planet Earth” (most amazing nature program ever)

And of course, lots of clothes including (but not limited to) several rockin’ paisley ties . That’s right, paisley. I can currently do about a week and a half in nothing but paisley, and I’m shooting for declaring the month of my birth “Paisley Month” some day. It will happen, and it will be awesome.

Thank you to everyone who said it, sang it, or put their money where there mouth is and bought me food, gifts, or a beverage (but especially my wife and parents). Let’s do it again next year.

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8 comments on “In Which We had a Happy Birthday

  1. Theology of the Body is excellent.

    Happy Birthday

  2. hey, don’t you have a birthday around this time?

  3. no…mine’s October 8. But thanks.

  4. oh. ok, hold that thought…

  5. kyriosity says:

    Believe it or not, the happy birthday song is actually still under copyright. Next time you hear it sung in a movie, watch the credits. Of course I share your perplexity over why anyone would want to take credit for the thing.

    Oh, and happy belated birthday!

  6. Well…because they get royalties of course!

  7. But there are some things for which not even money should be a sufficient inducement. But I suppose you will have hitmen, telemarketers, writers of copyrighted happy birthday songs, and the like in this fallen world!

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