Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Missed it by that much.

At midnight last night, it stopped being John Moses Browning's birthday and started being mine. I almost had a really cool birthday co-celebrant.

However, I do share a birthday with Hadrianus Augustus, Frederick the Great, Edith Wharton, Ernst Heinkel, Generalfeldmarschall Model, Oral Roberts, Warren Zevon, John Belushi, and Natassja Kinski. (Oral Bob and Bluto Blutarsky on the same day? That should tell you everything you need to know about the predictive power of astrology.)

In this age of internet fora, you are reminded that it is your birthday when your email inbox explodes with birthday greetings from every VBulletin or UBB forum at which you have ever registered. I had forgotten some of those places still existed, but I would like to assure at least two of them that, yes, I was prepared for Y2K.

According to Wikipedia, on this date in 1986, Voyager 2 passed within 81,500 kilometers of Uranus. (God bless Bill Herschel for that.) Also, the first Mac went on sale in 1984. And on this date in 2011 2012*, I believe I'll have an omelet at Cafe Pretenchou for breakfast.

*Obviously we are still in the month of Nonuary, which is defined as that period of time between the first day of the new year and the last day you accidentally write the old year on a check.
Wanna drive someone with OCD crazy? Put a footnote down here without a referent in the body of text above.

75 comments:

Darrell said...

Happy birthday, Tam! Party 'til ya puke!

Will said...

" And on this date in 2011..."
Hmmm, still putting that on checks?

Les Jones said...

Happy birthday and a belated happy Life Day to my favorite Wookie.

Frank W. James said...

Happy Birthday! Just another testament to the fact YOU'RE A SURVIVOR!

And NOT the kind that's on a fake reality show...

All The Best,
Frank W. James

Art said...

Happy happy Tam. Free ice cream for everyone!

LeeAnn said...

Happy birthday!!

Anonymous said...

Best wishes. As a newcomer to this site, I want you to know that I really enjoy your insights regarding firearms, lfe, the universe and everything.

MAJ Mike

Bob said...

Happy Birthday, Tam. As your co-birthdayist Warren Zevon might say, "Enjoy Every Sandwich."

Turk Turon said...

Hippo birdy, Miss T!

Chris Byrne said...

And you are now a cool caliber

Mark Alger said...

Happy Birthday, Tam. Have a virtual shot-and-a-beer on me.

M

Anonymous said...

HAVE A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MISS TAM.

Todd said...

Happy birthday, and keep up the great writing!

Comrade Misfit said...

Happy birthday, Tam. To your health and happiness!

karrde said...

Many Happy Returns

Anonymous said...

Consider yourself fortunate with your birthday partners. Mine are Mussolini and Rasputin. Plus a bunch of presumed Hollywierd celebrities that I have never heard of.

Keads said...

Happy Birthday Tam!

Murphy's Law said...

Happy Birthday, Tam!

You don't look a day over (subtract ten years from actual figure)!

You really should go shooting today.

Robert said...

Have a good birthday Tam! My wife was born on the same day as Napolean, which explains a LOT.

Brigid said...

Happy Birthday!

Pakkinpoppa said...

Happy Birthday! You look good for a lady of (mumblesomething)nine years of age! May you enjoy until you're (mumblesomething)!

Seriously, anybody who reads as voraciously as you seem to, and enjoys blasters, is just the bee's knees!

fast richard said...

Happy Birthday!

Borepatch said...

Happy Birthday, Tam, and many happy returns of the day!

Jay G said...

Happy birthday Tam! Another birthday caliber - I get one this year, too, even if it is kind of an oddball.

the pawnbroker said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIZ TAM! BE CAREFUL ON THOSE SLIPPERY STREETS AND SIDEWALKS!

WHAT? Oh, you're not hard of hearing/reading? Sorry, natural mistake, considering. ;)

wv: munsa...the club of unsmart people, for which you are distinctly unqualified.

Themadlemming said...

Happy birthday, Tam!

sourmashed said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ma'am, really enjoy your insight(s)

rickn8or said...

Happy Birthday O Mistress of Snark!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday. I sincerely appreciate the presents you've given the rest of us every day of the year and hope you get a chance to enjoy yourself today.
BTW, I heard that it's also the birthday of Ray Stevens. The two of you've given me so many hearty laughs that you may have extended my life by several years.
May you enjoy many more.

Rob J

North said...

Happy Birthday!

Take care.

Garrett Lee said...

Yeah, that footnote is mean.

To quote Jonathan Swift: May you live all the days of your life.

taylor said...

Happy Birthday Tam!

And you totally got me with the footnote. I always find the reference first so I know what its related to. Scanned your whole post twice and was like "WTF?!?"

Joe said...

best wishes for the happiest of days

.45ACP+P said...

Thanks to time zones, you actually do share the day with JMB,PBUH. While it was still his birthday somewhere, yours was begining. Happy Birthday!

Heroditus Huxley said...

Happy birthday, Tam. I hope your day is wonderful.

SGB said...

Happy birthday. Who knew turning 21 would be so much fun....

ChrisJ said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Just celebrated mine on Sunday.

Mossyrock said...

Happy birthday!

Mr.B said...

Texted you a happy birthday greeting, but I doubt you checked....

So Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Let's drink to your birthday. Hell, let's drink to _EVERYBODIES_ birthday! I'll get the bottle, you bring the phonebook! (another increasingly rare artifact) ( ; ^ D)

Farmmom said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you!

Do they still give a punch for each year and a pinch to grow an inch?

Gerry

DirtCrashr said...

HBDTY!

Ken said...

Happy Birthday!

Stephen said...

Happy Birthday, Tam. Ah, to be 26 again.

RobertM said...

Happy Birthday!

Bubblehead Les. said...

Congratulations on making it through another year in our Declining Civilization! May you have many more!

So tell us how it feels to now be Legally able to drink Hard Likker.

Rev. Paul said...

Happy birthday, Tam! Sorry I'm late to the party. Danged time zones.

~Katherine~ said...

Happy, happy birthday! May it be filled with books, shooty goodness, deliciously free adult beverages, and cakecakeCAKE--in short, everything our nanny state would warn us about in Serious Tones.

RandyGC said...

Happy Birthday! Here's wishes for many more

Old NFO said...

Happy Birthday Lady! :-)

Cowboy Blob said...

Happy Birthday! PBUY!

DaddyBear said...

Happy Birthday! Wishing you many more happy years ahead!

Johnnyreb™ said...

Hae a wonderful dsy, Miss Tam ...

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! May God bless you...our first born.
mom and dad

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to the Queen of Snarkville!

Gmac

WV - reverse - what we all wish we could do to time.

Drang said...

Happy Birthday.

WV: heduding. Hopefully, that would describe how you feel tomorrow from celebrating.

Ancient Woodsman said...

A very Happy Birthday to you.

May you enjoy many, many more trips around the sun.

Robin said...

I hate January. I'm still writing "Year of the Rabbit" on my checks instead of "Year of the Dragon".

BGMiller said...

What caliber for birthday cake?

Hope you have a good birthday.

BGM

Larry said...

And, Correia 2.4 just missed having a birthday with you!
Happy Birthday!
(My caliber birthday was last year - actually the last 2 years if you want to be technical.)

DanH said...

Happy Birthday!
You are 3 days late to share mine and a day early to share my wife's ;p

StreamWalker said...

Happy Bday Tam...

MSgt B said...

Happy Birthday Tam.

blindshooter said...

Happy Birthday!

jetaz said...

Happy Birthday Tam. Thanks for all the free ice cream!

robl said...

Happy Birthday.

Montie said...

Even though I already contributed at "teh facebook", let me again wish you a happy birthday and thank you for VFTP. It makes me smile with every visit.

Marko said...

Hippo birdee two ewe! Been trying to call you, but your landline's been busy for the last three hours straight. I'll give you a buzz tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Tam. Thanks for the inspiration.

naturegirl

JoeWarrant said...

Happy Birthday to You...

When I come here to read, I get to smile, laugh, nod or learn...

JW

WV: Averso....A generic negative conditioning product? "Once I sprayed the couch with Averso, Huck wouldn't go near it..."

Brad K. said...

Happy Birthday!

rremington said...

Happy Birthday Kiddo!

libertyman said...

Hey Tam -- Happy Birthday! -- Have you seen this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmDhRvvs5Xw

Nowayoutbutup said...

I find it much more interesting that Herr Model, Mr Zevon (Unusual one that.) and Miss Tam share the same B-day!
Have a cold one or two for me.