Well, you are out of shopping days. This is it!!! It's MY day. Today I am 38 35!
I'd first like to thank my son John for coming into the bathroom while I was showering to wish me a happy birthday. Emma's amazing hug got the morning moving. I'd also like to thank my GF and the kids for the pile of presents I am not allowed to open yet. I'd like to thank the Phils and especially Chris Coste for the come-from-behind win last night that put the Phils in Phirst for my day.
This year has been a year where I have grudgingly had to admit that I am aging. My waist is thicker. My hair is thinner. The mornings after are harder. There is some gray in the whiskers. I notice myself struggling to remember things that I used to know right away.
But while the deterioration of the body has been something I notice regularly, reflection shows some real positives this year. It's been a year of strong professional growth for me. I've got new challenges at work that make the day fly by. My life at home is happy and very fulfilled (the waistline thing shows that to some extent). The last month especially has given me lots of great time with the kids and seeing them grow and experience life is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
No, I haven't written that book. There just never seems to be time. But in the last year I've read dozens of great ones, many on planes to some of the great places I get to go with my job or family. After 20 years of trying, I finally got to participate in a D3 Final Four, calling a game and doing analysis for the folks at D3Hoops.com. I saw Santa Fe, The Turquoise Trail, Sedona, and got back to so many places including Maine, DC, Phoenix, and Orlando.
I'd like to thank all of you who make my life special. Now go buy me something!