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You say it's your birthday

Friday, February 26, 2010

Today is my birthday - I'm 50.

Apparently, many people attach some special significance to nice round numbers like this, but, to tell you the truth, if not for everyone else telling me how important this birthday is, I wouldn't have thought much of it.

Maybe that has something to do with the fact that when people ask me how old I am I have to stop and think about it a bit before answering - it should be much easier now, at least for the next year.

I received birthday wishes from two friends from highschool today who I haven't spoken with for more than 20 years. Weird!

Other notable birthdays on this day are John Harvey Kellogg (1852 - Kellog's cereal), Victor Hugo (1802), William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846), Johnny Cash (1932), Fats Domino (1928), and Robert Novak (1931).

Seventeen years ago on February 26th, 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed and, on this day in 1995, Barings PLC, Britain's oldest investment banking firm, collapsed after a securities dealer lost more than $1.4 billion by gambling on Tokyo stock prices.

That seemed like a big number at the time.

A year ago, just before the worst of the financial market decline in the beginning of March, the headlines read:

Not much has really changed since then, the notable exception being that the big banks that survived and the Wall Street firms who survived are much bigger, healthier, and more profitable than they were last year at this time.

Today, the headlines read:
Cue the music...



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13 comments:

Bob Crane said...

I just turned 60.
Seems unbelievable that I have been here 6 decades.
As long as your health is good, life is good.
Enjoy Bend.
Be interesting to see where you are a year from now.
Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday. 43 here and enjoy your blog very much. Keep it up!

donna said...

Happy Birthday!

Dan said...

Happy Birthday, ya old bastard! ; )

fish said...

Happy Birthday Tim! May their be many more!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Tim,

We wish you the best, health, wealth, and happiness! It looks like it will be a big year for all of us.

Erik and Angie U.

contango said...

Happy Birthday, Tim! Age is not important as long as you don't feel old inside. Thanks for all your blog work, it's a window into reality for many of your readers, myself included.
You have an impressive ability to see the future better than most of us. You should be proud of that rare quality.
Tim U., 47

Tim said...

Thanks everybody.

jmf said...

Herzlichen Gl├╝ckwunsch from Germany!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday.

fish said...

"their "....what the hell was I thinking?!

Ted S. said...

Happy Birthday old man!

ip said...

Happy Birthday, Tim!
Best wishes. I really enjoy reading your work.

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