This photo was taken 29 years ago.  I turned three years old and got a delicious cake made from a box (yellow cake, chocolate frosting – still a favorite!), a faux fur coat and a musical teddy bear.  (My mom gave all three of us the same haircut for many years, until that one time I got hold of some craft scissors.)  Three was among the great birthdays of my life and while 32 isn’t mind-blowing – I didn’t get my driver’s license (16) or throw up on my sister’s face at a bar (21) – I did get to spend it with the people I love the most.  Also, I got a stove top smoker from my beautiful and loving wife, awesome gifts from my sister, brother-in-law and parents, a message from my friend Carrie, delivered by her 10 year old son, holiday cookies baked by Leah at daily piglet and delivered by UPS, and a voice mail from my heterosexual walking life partner, Dana, which included a song made from scratch by the joy in her heart.  Also, I didn’t get shot.  Today was a good day.


  1. December 30, 2008

    Happy Birthday!!!! How cute are you at 3, blowing out your candles! I hope 32 is your best year ever.

  2. December 30, 2008

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!

    And yes, yellow cake with chocolate frosting is awesome!

  3. Robin O
    December 30, 2008

    Happy Birthday!

    (and that pic is hella cute)

  4. E's Mom
    December 30, 2008

    Hot DAMN you are so cute in that picture. For the record, I too had yellow cake with chocolate frosting this year. I never actually heard what Birthday Greetings E left for you on my behalf, so if he told you to kiss off or anything like that I’m sorry. Hopefully it was full of the well wishes that were meant to go your way. LOVE YOU LADY!!!

  5. December 30, 2008

    happy birthday, love that pic. is your brother in witness protection?

    my god i’m glad you got the cookies, and the mail person didn’t eat them. you know, neil thinks i sent him cookies b/c i wanted to sleep with him, hopefully you know i sent you cookies b/c i think you are so cool.

    i’m glad that you finally made developed a name for people like me, “heterosexual walking life partner”.

  6. heathen
    December 31, 2008

    thanks for the happy b-day wishes ya’ll!

    oh, leah. i know why you sent those cookies. i think we both know why.

  7. December 31, 2008

    Happy Birthday! Glad you had a good day. The not getting shot thing can make all the difference!

    That is one cute birthday pic. 3 looks like it agreed with you!

  8. Sherahahahahaha
    January 1, 2009

    Happy belated birthday. My missing this momentous occasion is a bullshit.

  9. January 3, 2009

    ok, so my “cover” is blown but can you blame me? you are awesome :)!

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