“Please, don’t wake me, no, don’t shake me, leave me where I am,
I’m only sleeping. Asshole.”

I was awakened at 4:30 a.m. by Miss Mia Sopaipilla singing me “Happy Birthday.”

At least, I think it was “Happy Birthday.” It sounded a lot like “Mrow yowr rowr myowww erroww mrow yowr rowr meeeeeeeeeeeeeowwwwwwwww.” But I’m not much of a crooner myself and so who am I to be critical of another amateur’s warbling?

It goes without saying that when I woke her up a couple hours later, I was the bad guy.

Meanwhile, someone has promised me birthday pancakes. But she’s in her office yelling at NPR so I’m not holding my breath.

Still, I am on top of the earth and I don’t work for the government, as Thomas McGuane has said. So, later, the 66-minute birthday ride. Right after those hotcakes.

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24 Responses to “66(6)”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Happy birthday Patrick!

    In case you didn’t see it in the previous post, here it is again.

    • Herb from Michigan Says:

      POB that beats caterwallin all to hell. Smooth as silk. I could even stand to hear it at 4:30 am BEFORE going to bed. Some righteous horn work

  2. mike w. Says:

    Happy Birthday, Mr. O’Grady!

  3. JD Dallager Says:

    Happy, healthy B’Day, Mi Amigo! 🙂

  4. terribleclaws Says:

    Happy Birthday, PO’G! Now get out there and enjoy your special day!

    Oh, wait, right. Nevermind.

  5. Herb from Michigan Says:

    Above ground indeed and still slinging the needed comedy and snark for us. I will knock back a dram in your honor and even limp a little bit too since plantar faciitis has reared it’s head. Happy Birthday old bean.

  6. David McBride Says:

    Happy Birtbday!

  7. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    The Crypt-Keeper

    Thanks, all. Everybody says I don’t look a day over 666. But I fear my skin-care regimen has failed me.

    The little girls from next door just came over with their mom to sing me “Happy Birthday” from the bottom of the driveway. And then Hal and his family did likewise over the Innertubes. A fine pair of b-day gifts indeed.

  8. Chris Coursey Says:

    66! Count ‘em. But take your time, old feller. Don’t wear yourself out. Happy birthday. A friend in his 70s said he quit riding birthday “miles” several years back. Now he does birthday “units” – a unit being equal to whatever distance he travels divided by his age. Quite flexible – unlike you, old feller.



    • JD Dallager Says:

      Chris: Rimshot and chapeau!!!!! Well played!! 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ho, ho, etc., Señor Chris. I seem to recall that you have stacked a unit or two your own bad self.

      Meanwhile, now that you’re to be a commissioner, you should change your last name to Gordon. M-dogg can be Batman. I, of course, will be the Joker.

      The Joker

  9. khal spencer Says:

    Happy Birthday! You get 66 minutes of house arrest from the governor!

  10. Libby Says:

    Happy Birthday, Patrick!
    Enjoy those pancakes and your ride!

  11. Shawn in the Gorge Says:

    It’s a privilege to be part of a fine group and delight in your age progression. Are they using Carbon-14 yet to assess those bygone years? I hope your delightful “herself” was able to assist you with those pancakes. May you have a fine day !


  12. Hurben Says:

    Happy Birthday from Gods zone. At least we still have the interweb while the whole country ‘s under house arrest

  13. Dale E. Brigham Says:

    Happy Birthday, Patrick! May God(ess) smile upon You and Yours forever. Dale

  14. Stephen Newhall Says:

    Happy Birthday Patrick.

  15. SAO' Says:

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

  16. Patrick Fowler Says:

    Happy birthday! Keep having’em!

  17. carl duellman Says:

    Happy Birthday!

  18. R! Says:

    H’burfday, Patrick!
    I’m guessing that you’re definitely out-of-warranty now.

  19. DownhillBill Says:

    Congratulations on your new record. And if we’re going to wish, let’s wish big: have a particularly good year!

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