Happy Birthiday *

September 6

* Why yes, my birthday often does fall on the Labor Day holiday, hence it’s a ‘birthiday’ . . .

From our birthday, until we die, / Is but the winking of an eye. ~ Willliam Butler Yeats

You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime. ~ John P. Grier

September 3

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. ~ Wlliam Shakespeare

[The Music Club of Alexandria and Ashby took a 37-mile road to trip to Battle Lake to hear our friend Anthony Miltich perform at Stella’s, one of his favorite haunts (photo credit above to Deb Trumm) . . .

[Battle Lake is widely known to Jess Lourey fans as the locale for her murder-by-month mystery novels . . . ]

What’s so wrong with admiring from a distance? Mira’s quirky puppy love for Chief Wenonga, a well-muscled fiberglass statue in her Minnesota small town, might be a safer love pursuit than online dating. But when the 23-foot Chief goes missing from his cement base, Mira’s not the only citizen to be crushed. The town of Battle Lake is celebrating their statue’s 25th anniversary and no amount of blue, sugar-soaked popcorn balls at Wenonga Days can uplift their gloomy mood. (jessicalourey.com)

[The Super and Deb making their arrival on Battle Lake’s main street . . . ]

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age. ~ Robert Frost

[Both here and next, the performer photographed his audience. From the left around: The Super, Birthday boy, John and Helen Etnier, Karin and Dave Berg, and Paul and Deb Trumm . . . ]

At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgement.  ~ Benjamin Franklin (Editor’s note: At seventy, the bathroom . . . )

[Anthony visits with the Super . . . ]

[While Deb captures the moment . . . ]

At twenty-one, so many things appear solid, permanent, untenable. ~ Orson Welles (Editor’s note: At 74, the rage against incontinence . . . ]

[Helen, Anthony, and Karin; oft mistaken for Tony Orlando and Dawn . . . ]


I intend to live forever — so far, so good! ~ Steven Wright

I remember when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing ‘Happy Birthday.’  ~ Steven Wright

It takes a long time to grow young. ~ Pablo Picasso

[The Super’s Reuben . . . ]

[My pasta primavera . . . ]

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Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. ~ Truman Capote

Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.  ~ The Beatles

Live long and prosper. ~ Mr. Spock

The first hundred years are the hardest.  ~ Wilson Mizner

[When his spotlights came on, it was almost a Biblical experience . . . ]

The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything. ~ Oscar Wildxe

There is still no cure for the common birthday.  ~ John Glenn

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. ~ Groucho Marx

Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow. ~ Margaret Fuller

What light through yonder window breaks?

[‘Yonder window’ on the back wall . . . ]

[Say goodnight, Stella . . . ]

[An artsy from Deb . . . ]

September 4

[Laddie joined me on my birthday morning to watch a replay of the Cardinals volleyball game. We won, in straight sets, to go to 4 – 0 on the season . . . ]

[The afternoon was spent at Carlos Creek Winery with Julie and Bruce as Patchouli . . . ]

Why party like it is 1999 when you can party like it is your birthday?  ~ Prince

Women deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty eight and forty. ~ James Thurber

Why is a birthday cake the only food you can blow on and spit on and everybody rushes to get a piece? ~ Bobby Kelton

I think all this talk about age is foolish. Every time I’m one year older, everyone else is too. ~ Glorida Swanson

Put candles in a cake, it’s a birthday cake. Put candles in a pie, and somebody’s drunk in the kitchen. ~ Jim Gaffigan (Editor’s note: I prefer birthday pie . . . )

Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons. ~ Eli Cass

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words. ~ Plautus

My policy on cake is pro having it and pro eating it. ~ Boris Johnson

[After a set, the mechandise stand is the place to catch up on things . . . ]

[Attempting to “cover” Deb’s photo from the previous night . . . ]

The way I see it, you should live everyday like its your birthday. ~ Paris Hilton (Editor’s note: Who am I to disagree with Paris Hilton?)

What’s a soup kitchen? ~ Paris Hilton (Editor’s note: Well, there’s always that . . . )

You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, ‘See if you can blow this out.’ ~ Jerry Seinfeld

Like many women my age, I am 28 years old. ~ Mary Smich

It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.’ ~ Sam Levenson

For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier… I put them in the same room and let them fight it out. ~ Steven Wright

I binge when I’m happy. When everything is going really well, every day is like I’m at a birthday party. ~ Kirstie Alley (Editor’s note: Far be it from me to disagree with Kirstie Alley . . . )

[At the next break, a commingling of the music and book clubs . . . ]

[It’s kinda like the 7th inning stretch . . . ]

[So, I thought I’d wander around and see what the view was like from the mezzanine . . . ]

This is a wonderful way to celebrate an 80th birthday… I wanted to be 65 again, but they wouldn’t let me – Homeland Security. ~ Art Buchwald

We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date. ~ Beyonce (Editor’s note: She obviously knew I was born on a 4th . . . )

I have given myself a Tesla for my 60th birthday. ~ Stanley Druckenmiller (Editor’s note: Yo, Stanley! Over here! . . . )

I can put my legs behind my head and sing ‘Happy Birthday.’ ~ Emma Rossum (Editor’s note: I’d rather have a Tesla . . . )

Nobody is going to pretend that I am younger than I am. Apart from anything else, it is in the papers all the damn time – every time I have a birthday. ~ Laurence Olivier

[Thanks to Julie and Bruce for their birthday gift of three hours of great music . . . ]

[And then it was home for the unveiling of my birthday cards and presents . . . ]

[This was a present from my sister. Now I forgot where I put it . . . ]

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. ~  Tom Wilson

I’m most comfortable in my birthday suit. ~ Amanda Seyfried

[The Super promoting a healthy diet . . . ]

September 5

[OK, Labor Day actually didn’t occur until the next day, but by then we were ready for a day of rest . . . ]

[We were eating lunch at the Alexandria Golf Club with Uncle Tom & Aunt Mary Kay from Scottsdale, and with their daughter Beth and my brother Cam from The Cities . . . ]

[We started on the patio as it was a beautiful day. But the club was down to one server (the summer help has all gone back to school) who had been worn to a nub the day before, so we moved up on to the deck. But after we got our food, the bees discovered that too. So we had to move inside where a good time was had by all . . . ]

Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not. ~ William James

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays. ~ Henny Youngman

[Our four out of town guests toured the golf course. Everything is lush and green after 5 1/2 inches of rain in the last week . . . ]

[Mary Kay and Tom . . . ]

[Tom’s winning a Resorters flight 70 years ago was enough to garner access to the golf carts . . . ]

[It’s family photo time . . . ]

Being part of a family means smiling for photos. ~ Harry Morgan

I looked up my family tree and found out I was the sap. ~ Rodney Dangerfield

All the men in my family were bearded, and most of the women. ~ W.C. Fields

[Cam is a Gopher fan. His bubble is also slightly off center . . . ]

[This time we didn’t use Dave’s designated parking spot . . . ]

[But we couldn’t pass up the photo op . . . ]

[After lunch at the club, home to the shores of Lake H2Obert . . . ]

Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch. ~ John Stewart

If you don’t believe in ghosts, you’ve never been to a family reunion. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. ~ George Burns

[Bon voyage, as off they go in the rental Hoosier mobile . . . ]

Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it. ~ Brigitte Bardot

I realized my family was funny, because nobody ever wanted to leave our house. ~ Anthony Anderson

Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home. ~ Phyllis Diller

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