Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Party's Over


The title above might refer to a number of things--the end of the semester, the jolt in the celebration of the Democrats taking over the Senate, the last of the 125th anniversary of DSU, or, most importantly, the end of the first 50 years of yours truly.
All that's left of the birthday party now are the hats that the surprise travelers wore when they arrived, one of the arrivals looking oddly like a Dutch queen, with two hats jauntily jutting out at odd angles. Well, the hats and the bulging shirt-front on the birthday guy.
Birthday greetings came in from many sides, and it will end up being a week-long 50-fest, since it began on Saturday, continued through Wednesday, with more good will offered today, and Sunday my last gifts will be arriving. But best of all, no contest, was the festive appearance of the Minneapolis mob with their goofy smiling truck hats and silent blow-party unrolling do-dads (that really should squawk a barbaric yawp). The good will offered makes up partly for all the dumb stuff I did in the last 50 years to make people wonder if it's a good idea to be seen in my vicinity. Let's hope my next decade has me always making good choices. Like ending this entry here.

5 comments:

P. Block said...

Happy b-day. Another year older, or another year wiser? That is the question I always ask myself. I like the allusion to Whitman, even if I dislike Whitman as a rule...

JN said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes. I hope your semester went well. Now you know exactly what to expect from teaching those classes, so you might say your party's over too.

DW said...

I'd like to add one thing to this entry: my own best birthday wishes to you, dear friend.

April said...

The word jaunty when used to refer to a hat is one of my favorite ever--and what better to use that lovely combination than on Chester's Dutch queen hats? I chuckled a little to myself at your use of "most importantly" in this blog entry. But partly because it's true! I hope you had a good 50-week, Dad!

JN said...

Thank you, April and Dan, for adding your good wishes here. It's fun when I get to post such comments!