Today is my 43rd birthday. For those of you that know a little bit about me, I have some peculiar things that help make me, me. One of those is that I really only celebrate my prime number birthdays.
Today is one of those. (For the non-math inclined, prime numbers are ones that can only be divided by themselves and one. 43 is one of those numbers). Not sure why I like the primes so much, perhaps there is just a bit of mathematical purity that I like, not that I am remotely math inclined at this point in my life. In any case, the primes are big for me.
I started my RTW journey on my 41st birthday, which was my last prime Bday. My next won’t be until I am 47. Unlike my last one, this birthday snuck up on me completely. Until one of my ex-girlfriends emailed me a few days ago to ask what my plans were, I’d totally forgotten that it was only a few days away.
So, I’m feeling a bit melancholy about this one. I don’t really have any plans. No one I know from home is down here to celebrate with me. My last one was a great black tie optional, goodbye party to kick off my trip.
Not sure what I am going to do for this one, but as I write this, I am headed to a little town I like, San Gil. There is a little local cigar maker there with some pretty good smokes. Think I’ll buy a box, check into one of my favorite hostels (Sam’s Hostel), sit out on the balcony overlooking the square, smoke a couple, have more than my fair share of beers, and watch Casablanca for about the 150th time. Yea, that sounds pretty good.
Since I am in a bit of a reflective mood today, I shall now give you “The Things I Miss in Life,” at least the 2010 version. These are all things that I grew up with, some long, long ago, that I have fond memories of. Would love to hear some of yours in the comment section:
- Albums. I was in high school when albums suddenly disappeared. In my lifetime, it was the fastest large change I can remember. Almost literally overnight in the mid-80s, everyone changed from albums and tapes to CD’s. It happened in less than two years and at the end, you literally couldn’t find a album in the store almost anywhere. I still have a fairly large collection of vinyl in storage and I still love the feeling I get when I put a needle on an album.
- Related to that, I miss album art. While some artists still have interesting art on their CD covers, the album artwork (both on the front and back and also on the insides) of some of the albums from the mid-60s to the early 80s was amazing.
- I miss newspapers. Yes, I know that you can still buy them, but I, like most everyone else, just read online now. I do love that I can immediately get newspapers from all over the world, but there will always be a soft spot in my heart for Sunday mornings with reams of paper on my coffee table. And box scores. I miss box scores.
- New Orleans. Still there and still a great town, but not the same since Hurricane Katrina and the massive exodus of people.
- The redemptive power of a high school keg party.
- Men standing up when a woman gets up from the table.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan. I went to high school and college in Dallas and Austin, respectively. I could have seen him play dozens of time at venues large and small. Always put it off saying “I’ll catch him the next time.” Until there was no next time.
- Good ESPN commercials. A decade or two ago, they were really good.
- Another sports one — having all the big college football bowl games all happening on New Year’s Day.
- Fantasy Island. Totally cheesy show, but I grew up in the era when it was on network TV, right after the Love Boat, which I also miss. Speaking of which, in these days of remakes of everything — why haven’t those two been remade, either for TV or in movies?
- On a related note, Ricardo Montalbán must have been the inspiration for Dos Equis “most interesting man in the world” commercials and this cold commercial was in a series that I miss. The backstory is what I really like — there is no such thing as fine corinthian leather. I was just made it up, because it sounded so good. And Montalbán sure hits it out of the park.
- Encyclopedias. The internet is amazing, but I miss those damn books.
- Civility in politics.
- Hats. JFK was a pretty damn interesting guy, but I’ll never forgive him for making hats unfashionable. And ladies, hats look great on you. Wear them more often. Sophisticated sexiness.
- My recovery abilities from my early 20s, both in relation to alcohol and amour.
- Magic Johnson. No one made watching a basketball game more enjoyable.
- The value in having an exhaustive knowledge of stupid trivia, before everyone got smart phones and could look everything up on goggle.
- Championship heavyweight fights that people cared about — I’m not a boxing fan, but I do miss going to a big party where people would watch.
- The days when flying was special and not like being cattle transported from point A to point B.
- Days before the 24/7 news cycle and before parents used their kids in an attempt to latch onto a brief bit of fame… and money.
- Soon-to-be-missed…. books. I love my Kindle, but the days of printed books are coming to an end, just like albums before them.