I’m not sure what my parents were thinking when they had sex 50 years and 9 months ago.
Actually I guess I do, and well… Ewwww.
Anyway, if they had stopped just long enough to glance at a calander for 2016, they would’ve CLEARLY seen that my 50th birthday would probably fall on a work day. And a deadline day no less! Not that they could’ve know that. But why even take the chance?
With a little planning, and some restraint for God’s sake, they could’ve avoided putting me in this situation.
Even our local doughnut shop got in on the act by making this…
That’s right. A black doughnut. I mean, I don’t even know how you’d make that without witchcraft or a terrible accident. But hey, there’s bacon on it so who cares?
Would this be happening if my birthday was on a weekend? I don’t think so. Will this keep me from having a stiff drink before 5 p.m.? Again, I don’t think so.
The one upside is that, being reporters, we don’t do math very well. As a result, my official youth death certificate is actually 10 years off…
I was born in 1966. And yes, I plan to start using this as my official birth certificate. Unless there’s a senior discount involved.
All joking aside, I’m lucky to work with — and live in a town with — so many truly terrific people. I may be 50 today (or 40, depending on your source), but thanks to the people in my life I never think of my age in terms of a number. I’m blessed with a family that allows me to be who I am. Even when we leave the house together.
Looking back on my 40s, it was by far the best decade of my life.
So far, anyway.
I have every reason to believe the next 10 will be even better. Especially since, unlike my 40s, this decade will actually have some good Star Wars movies.
I guess what I’m saying is: Thanks, Mom and Dad. Your timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
I also want to thank all of you for being part of the community that means so much to me. You are part of the reason I wake each day inspired and living each moment young in spirit. Especially if you’re actually older than me…
69 thoughts on “When you celebrate your 50th birthday at work”
Happy birthday Ned, have a good one 🙂
Thanks, Julie! That’s my plan! 😉
Happy birthday Ned. I remember my 50th fell on a weekday and I had a fabulous day.
Ten years on, my birthday (and our silver anniversary 2 days before) was again terrific. I had to blindfold the rubber duck as I luxuriated in the bubble baths of all bubble baths in a hotel. Then draped myself in a huge white fluffy towel and flopped on the bed to eat strawberries.
Have a great day…….. doughnuts and bacon? New one on me. Enjoy!!
Bacon doughnuts just goes to show how classy I am 😉 And thanks for the birthday wishes!
Happy birthday, Ned! Having a bacon-topped donut and a stiff drink sounds like a great way to celebrate.
I’m on it! Probably twice.
Happy Birthday Ned! When I turned 50 I sat down with a bottle of 12 year old Glenfiddich single malt and decided what I would do with the next 50 years. 😀
Grey Goose will be my beverage. Not to split grey hairs…
Well, if you are going to repeat your 40’s, I am okay with that. Especially with our 10 year anniversary of when we met is on the horizon this year. 😉
This means that I am older than you …
I am a cougar.
I’ve never understood that use of “cougar” – they are sleek and dangerous;
That’s your answer
Yes, and? 😉
Hahaha! I can live with that, Sweetheart. Besides, everyone always thinks your much younger than I am anyway. Maybe I’ll stop being looked at as a cradle robber 😉 Not that I mind… XOXOXO
Had I not held on tightly for an additional 6 hours, I would have been an April Fool’s Baby. According to my Mother, Cod Liver Oil was the only thing to make me let go. One: I don’t like to be rushed. Two: I had never thought to hold them accountable for my unfortunate date of birth. I think I’ll send them an email. :o)
Haha! My son was almost a 9-9-99 baby, but missed it by about an hour (9-10-99). Unlike you, he’s always been in a hurry 😉
9-9-99 would be a very cool birth date. April 1st isn’t. Unless you want to be a Clown. A Clown born on April Fools Day seems pre-ordained. And if I ended up in the Clown Industry I would be complaining that Mom didn’t try hard enough. Don’t show your son this.
Ha! It’ll be our little secret. Unless he becomes a clown.
Happy birthday. Your column has given me many smiles on bad days, so I am happy to wish you a good one. I don’t know you well enough to give you a present. I would write you a poem because that is what I do but I really didn’t have any advanced notice. So my present is this. You look more like 40 than 50. Oh, and I am older than you.
Your words are very appreciated and a wonderful present in themselves. Although knowing you’ll always be older than me is pretty good too 😉
Thank you so much for the kindness.
Happy birthday. Looks like it’s going great. Black donut and bacon,yummy!
Exactly! And thank you so much 😉
you’re welcome , hope it was great and a great ahead.
Isn’t 50 the new 40?
Until I turn 60 at least..
My parents were not thinking either, or they would have never had me on 8/26/66- that is right the last three numbers 666-
Some things are just out of our control.
Happy Happy birthday NED! Hope your fifties are as good if not better than your forties.
Yikes! Have you checked your scalp?!?
Thanks for the kind wishesKristina, and I have to say it’s off to a really great start already 😉
Happy Birthday Ned your column always make me smile.
Thanks so much, Dyanna!
and here’s to 50 more!
(Only if it’s without Viagra…)
Happy Birthday….and thanks for today’s chuckle. 🙂
Thanks, Peabea! I’ll warn you right now to not get your expectations too high for tomorrow… 😉
Maybe they meant the artwork on that certificate was circa 1976.
You’re right. I’m pretty sure that was the artwork around Humphrey Bogart’s bar sign in “Casablanca.”
Happy Birthday Ned. But I have to say that the doughnut looked disgusting! hahaha! It looked like a black pudding (I think you call them blood puddings) with a shrivelled something that looked straight out of a witchdoctors bag shoved in it!! I hope it tasted a lot better than it looked :0)
It’s supposed to keep me young. At least until my heart gives out from the cholesterol…
Happy Birthday, Ned! Sorry you had to work on your birthday and eat a black donut. I hope by now you are enjoying an adult refreshment or two and surrounded by everyone who made your last decade wonderful.
Awwww, thank you so much Mary. I haven’t gotten to that beverage yet, but am now off deadline and will be making a beeline for one — with those who, as you so aptly put it, have made my last decade so wonderful. Cheers to that and to you 😉
My celebrating your 50th birthday at my work was less fun than I thought it would be. I hope your own birthday was way better.
Happy birthday, Ned!!
I’m already making plans for celebrating your 50th at my work, assuming I live that long.
And many thanks, Calahan!
Omg you’re hysterical!!!!!!!!!!!!! That doughnut looked a bit scary. I hope you only ate the bacon off it? 🙂
Lol! It was actually really delicious!
Wait… there was a doughnut?
Lol bacon! 🙂
Thank you so much!
You’ve made it this far, Ned and with all hair intact. You’ve never been more ebullient or bouffant …
Welcome to the club, my friend. This is the decade we realize we are the establishment and all the really good contacts are now our own peers! LOL.
Happy Birthday, Ned. It’s a grand one, as are you.
I already feel better knowing you’re part of the establishment, Robyn. Thanks for the good wishes and your constantly wonderful friendship 😉
Happy birthday, Ned. you deserve every happiness. Have a great day.
Thank you, Tez!
Your parents had sex? Eww. Mine didn’t. No, they didn’t. NO NO NO.
Maybe “having sex” in those days was different and didn’t involve any actual physical contact. You know, like airborne pregnancy. At least, that’s what I tell myself.
Did you parents have sex? Eeeewww.
I refuse to believe it.
Happy bday, Ned! If turning 50 means I get to have bacon on a black donut, then so be it. I was born on September 5, so my mom was only a few days off from having me on Labor Day. (ba dum ching)
Haha! Thanks, Darla. It’s hard to conceive a better birthday than Labor Day… (Ba dum wha?)
it is really an excitement when you are celebrating 50th birthday.
Especially if there are bacon donuts involved!
Ha! What a fine reflection. You’ve got a lot of spirit in you yet, I can tell.
Thanks! And cheers to you as well, HermitCrab! Thanks for reading 😉
Happy Birthday… late Ned! Sorry I missed this post on your day. I was traveling and a little distracted trying to unwind from the wedding over the weekend. AND my birthday was the next day! I knew there was something special about you! You are a Leo after all!! They say 50 is the new 30? I wish I had my 30 year old body back..LOL!
I hope you had a wonderful day and you are still celebrating! I know I am! Now I have to go and find a bacon/chocolate donut! What’s that about anyway?? 😀 ❤
Hahaha! Leos… That explains everything! Happy belated birthday to you as well, Courtney! And if I were you, I’d be looking for a maple/bacon bar instead 😉
No doubt!! I will be heading to a favorite winery tonight to do a little celebrating with good friends! And Leos totally ROCK!~ 😀 ❤
I thought you were barely legal!
First of all: Happy Belated Birthday
Secondly: May I use your birth certificate when 50 happens to me next year?
Third: Thank you for always making me laugh.
And, without further delay – I’m going to stalk and see what you’ve been writing about.
In closing, another visual regarding your parents. (This is from the birthday card I sent to my best friend)
“Happy-nine months before your mother seduced your father and called him Big Daddy-Day”
Hahahaha! I’ll need to find that card for my wife next year when she turns the big 5-0! For now, I’m learning to deal with being called a “cradle-robber” because she’s technically only 48 until October. In the meantime, I just keep calling her “Jail Bait.”
Happy belated birthday! Or… maybe…happy early birthday for next year…? I think if it’s less than a month I’m still under that line…*fingers crossed*
Lol! You’re good! And thank you!