‘I’m not dead yet. …’

Sixty-four, Bog help us all. The lyric “When I get older, losing my hair / Many years from now” no longer applies.

I’m not that handy mending a fuse, and Herself doesn’t knit sweaters by the fireside. Still, just last Saturday we were doing the garden, digging the weeds. Who could ask for more?

The 64km birthday ride is going to have to wait, though. The weather appears to be taking a turn for the worse. If I’m lucky I may be able to manage 64 minutes of running before the rain comes.


32 Responses to “‘I’m not dead yet. …’”

  1. Carl Duellman Says:

    well, happy birthday!

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    Feliz cumpleanos!!!

  3. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Happy birthday Patrick!

  4. gary burnette Says:

    Happy birthday, young sprout – It seems we share the date (70 here today!) and a few attitudes as well!! Cheers!

  5. Sharon Says:

    Happy Birthday. Hope you have a wonderful day, week and upcoming year! And hope you get a ride in later after the weather passes.

  6. Libby Says:

    Happy Birthday! Damn Right! Enjoy!

  7. Libby Says:

    “Sip your lemonade.”
    “Rain”, so young!
    McCartney marched “for a friend” this past weekend.

  8. Ira Says:

    Happy birthday OG. Remember, age is only a number. In my case, I just wish it wasn’t such a damn big number.

  9. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Buoncompleanno from here in Sicily. Seems you’re one lap ahead of me as I wasn’t dropped until 1955.

  10. Charley Auer Says:

    Happy birthday, extremely young man!

  11. Esteban O’ Says:

    Congrats on yet another successful 365.256363 day, 583825190 mile, 66610 mph lap around the big ball of fire.

  12. Dale E Brigham Says:

    Happy Birthday, Patrick! Thanks for keeping your posse informed, entertained, and engulfed in laughter one more year.

  13. khal spencer Says:

    Feliz cumpleaños, Senor. And many more.

  14. khal spencer Says:

    Fortunately I had a nice day this year.

  15. John A Levy Says:

    happy birthday to you. Turned the 64 also on Mar 26 time fricking marching on

  16. Chris Coursey Says:

    Happy birthday, you old bastard!



  17. DownhillBill Says:

    Congrats, youngster! Remember, every day above ground is a good day!

  18. Hurben Says:

    Happy Birthday & have a great day.
    May you have many more trips around the Sun

  19. debby511 Says:

    Happy Birthday, Patrick! Enjoy your day. Mine was last week, another Aries baby.

  20. B Lester Says:

    Ain’t pushin’ up the posies, bro. Good on ya! We are what the Germans call “zeitgenosse”. The translation is “contemporaries”, but German is a simple language. It really translates as “time comrades”. Kinda cool, mein zeitgenosse, no?

  21. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Thanks, all. As long as we’re on the right side of the lawn it’s all good, que no?

    That lawn is all wet at the moment because it rained a good deal of yesterday, putting the kibosh on my birthday ride. But nobody who lives in a tinder-dry desert should complain about rain.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      If you complain about the rain in SE Arizona, especially during fire season, you are shunned.

      The weather is quickly improving here; my lower back injury is not. No riding for me the rest of the week. Now that I can complain about, but no one will listen save the folks here in Mad Dog’s house.

  22. Herb Says:

    Of concern to me is as you age the number of miles/km goes UP! Shouldn’t there be some form of a senior citizen discount or handicap formula applied like golf? I’m worried if I try to ride my age next August I’ll keel over dead.

    • Plat O’Brien Says:

      How about a 10% senior discount for every year starting at age 65?

    • Larry T Says:

      I made the switch from miles to kilometers awhile back so my rides average speed is about 25 and I go 40-60 most times. Just like when I was 30 years old – but of course that was using the antiquated (does any country other than the US use ’em anymore?) system of miles. Seems fair to me though I’ve never paid much attention to riding any set distance on my birthday.

      • Hurben Says:

        There was a wonderful Frazz cartoon a while back where the idea was floated for developing a cycle computer that measured in Furlongs, (1 Kilometer = 4.9 furlongs).

        • larryatcycleitalia Says:

          Gotta love Frazz. Jef featured CycleItalia in a color Sunday strip years ago and nicely sent us the original artwork, which is framed and hanging on our office wall.
          Geez, now I’m going to have to figure out how to haul that over to Italy…

        • khal spencer Says:

          Back in grad school, we wrote an acceleration conversion from metric to furlongs per fortnight squared.

  23. David Rees Says:

    It’s all downhill from here dude…

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