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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Birthday Ramblings

Today is my birthday. Number thirty-three. The Patrick Ewing birthday. I like to equate the birthday number to the jersey number of a favorite athlete. For example, 27 was the Alexei Kovalev birthday, 28 the Steve Larmer Birthday and 32 was the Jarrod Mustaf birthday. For those of you with poor memories, Mustaf was a lanky U of Maryland basketball star drafted with a high pick by the New York Knicks. Of course, he ended up being a huge bust, including being implicated in some sort of armed robbery/murder situation with his cousin.

Anyway, it’s B - day number 33 so onto the ramblings:

- It’s scary to me that a country whose leader publicly denies the Holocaust is on the verge of having nuclear capabilities. Why doesn’t the world see Iran as the Next Big Threat. These people are insane. Giving them access to nukes is like giving Hannibal Lechter a knife and access to a Curves gym. It’s just a bad idea. At least the United States seems to have a clue. Vice President “Shooter” Chaney has recently states that the US will not allow Iran to have “nucular” weapons (quoting the President). It’s frightening that insane people could soon have their hands in an instrument that could kill hundreds of thousands of people.

- The Lord should rest the soul of Edgar Stiles, brave computer analyst at the Counter Terrorist Unit, who saved the United States no less than three times last season on 24. His time on this Earth was way too short. And seriously, who wants to go as the victim of Syntox-V nerve gas? There has got to be a better way to go. At least he died with dignity, much like Ma Stiles did last season.

Maybe more later. But work is pouring in and I have to get some done…


  • I tried to leave this comment on your "second post" entry, but for some reason it wasn't posting, so I'm trying to do it here. This was the comment:
    I hope you get this comment. I know what you mean. I would love to either be writing or teaching, but neither of those have fallen into my lap, as you say, and as I myself have thought on many occasions. So where does that leave me besides jealous of those who do seem to get the breaks. Well, I guess I should realize that even if people get lucky breaks at one time or in one area of their life, it's not a constant thing. Good luck to you, and happy birthday.

    By Blogger SS, at 5:35 PM  

  • Happy birthday. You are getting to be an older fella like the rest of us. ;)

    By Blogger Jack's Shack, at 11:03 PM  

  • A million wishes for a very happy birthday.

    By Blogger Sara, at 11:12 PM  

  • Thank you all

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:39 AM  

  • Elser,

    You're the man. you are an eteemed member of a fairly tight knit blogging community. you have a family ho you provide for. You are an accomplished writer, yes, accomplished. Just because you are not publishd or getpaid to write doesn't make you any less gifted. You may hem and haw sometime about this and that and have struggles like the rest of us but you do't let it get in the way of you being a lawyer, a father, a husband and a writer. There is a lot to be said for people like you so rejoice on your birthday my friend, it is a rebirth, of sorts, to accomplish in a new year what you might have not in the previous one.

    If you want it badly enough, it will happen. Little Charlie bucket found that golden ticket and yours is out there too.

    By Blogger The Real Neo, at 1:31 PM  

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