You Stop Having Birthdays When You Die

Today would have been Elvis Presley’s birthday, if he hadn’t died. 


Now…as many of you know, I’m an admirer of Elvis.  I think he did some great work and turned the entire genre in which he worked on its ear, indeed CROSSING genres to have a very significant and prolific career.  But, as much as I appreciate him…


ELVIS IS DEAD.  Therefore we no longer have to celebrate his birthday.  He died, on a toilet, before I was even born.  I really don’t care how old he would have been if he’d lived.  He didn’t live.  I’m guessing he doesn’t really care how old he’d have been today either.


I kind of get why people still mark the date of his death…though I think we’re at the point where we really only have to care about the years ending in “0” now.  Let’s all agree it was sad back in 77, and we’ll do something big for the 40th, but until then we’ll just keep the news-channels free for actual news.  But it mystifies me that people continue to celebrate (or in some way memorialize) the birthdays of people who’ve died, no matter their stature.  I can see if it’s a family member or friend saying, “This would’ve been _____’s birthday” in the first couple of years after their death, but still…life goes on.  Other people have birthdays.  Celebrate those.


In that spirit, I’d like to wish David Bowie a happy 62nd birthday.  It’s HIS birthday today (since he’s still alive).  Hope it was a good one.  Also, he’s the same age as my dad.  And they both had their heart attacks in the same year, receiving the same surgery to correct the problem.  And both have the initials “DB.”  …had Dad been born in England, it could’ve been a quite different musical scene…and my mom might’ve been Iman.  Near miss…


George W. Bush Picture of the Day (11 days remaining in term):


(Also, just a note.  My work schedule changes beginning on Jan 13, and I’ll be opening the Library.  I’ve been posting these blogs after midnight every day so they’re up at the first moment of the day…but I’m not too likely to do that henceforth, since I’ll hopefully be going to bed a little earlier.  So look for updates daily…but not necessarily at the START of the day.)

Things That Bugged Me Today

Here’s a brief list of things that bugged me today…

  1. My bank apparently doesn’t have one of those machines that counts your change for you.  That made cashing in the $300 of Library change I had to take care of this morning difficult.
  2. If I wanted to use MS Outlook’s calendar function, I’d use it.  Sending me calendar updates that I’m supposed to then put on my Outlook calendar doesn’t do much for me, since I don’t use that.  In fact, I find it a little presumptuous.
  3. Facebook shouldn’t tell you which people are NOT attending the event you posted.  It just gets depressing once it starts getting into the double digits.
  4. I’m not going to buy your book just because you called my office.  So, Greyhouse Publishers, please stop asking me if I want a “free preview” of your new titles.  I don’t.
  5. I like Jesus as much as the next guy…but if I didn’t TAKE a photograph that appears on a magazine, it’s not my job to determine it necessary to be censored after the fact, just because Jesus is apparently telling YOU it’s too sexy.
  6. Why wouldn’t the stamps at the library go to 2009???  Why would they stop at 2008, then have like five blank spaces?  That’s ridiculous.  Now I’ve got to find out not only where to buy those, but how much they cost.
  7. I thought having a mailbox entitled me to have my mail DELIVERED…but I guess not.
  8. Just because I’m feeling better, that doesn’t mean I don’t feel under the weather.  I still need a day or two to be fully functional.
  9. Heartburn…
  10. I had something handed to me today that should have been taken care of WEEKS ago, and it was handed back to me in the same form as when I sent it out…which means no one did ANYTHING with it…including the person in charge, whose desk it was definitely on.
  11. My back hurts.
  12. Columbo had absolutely NO evidence in that episode with the chess players.
  13. Now I’ve got to sleep so I can go to work again…and I’d much rather stay up watching DVDs.

Maybe tomorrow, I’ll do a list of stuff that went WELL in the day…but that doesn’t seem likely, given my history on this blog.  🙂


George W. Bush Picture of the Day (12 days remaining in term):

“Say whaaaaaat?”