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Is that a birthday? 'tis, alas! too clear;
'Tis but the funeral of the former year.
~ Alexander Pope, To Mrs. M. B, line 9

Technically, today isn't my birthday, as 1964 was a leap year. But then, more technically, tomorrow isn't my birthday, either. Do the math. Anyway, isn't it peculiar that we cheer the anniversary of births and mourn deaths, when the accumulation of birthdate anniversaries merely marks off the approach of death, which we mourn? Yes, it is most peculiar.

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Cold and windy here in Providence. Cold. On my goddamn birthday. On May 26th. Cold. Currently 57˚F, sunny, wide carnivorous sky® blue as murder, with winds at 19-28 mph.

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Last night, for reasons known only to....well, no one...we actually paid Amazon $4.99 to watch Richard LaGravenese's atrocious Beautiful Creatures (2013). Here's a film without even the balls to be bad. It's just dull. One hundred and twenty-four minutes of dull. There are many ways that a bad movie can redeem itself. Beautiful Creatures can't even manage, for example, camp...though Jeremy "I recently lost my bloody mind" Irons and Emma Thompson clearly, wisely, refuse to take their roles seriously. I have no idea if Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's novel on which this is based (and its three sequels) are any good, but based on the box-office figures from this bomb, they'll never be adapted for the big screen. I kept thinking what other directors could have done with the material. John Hughes, for example. John Hughes – ca. Some Kind of Wonderful and Sixteen Candles – could have made a poignant and funny coming-of-age movie out of that mess. Ah, well.

We also finished Season Seven of Dexter, which didn't suck.

More later. Maybe.

It Came From 1964,
Aunt Beast

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sovay
May. 26th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Technically, today isn't my birthday, as 1964 was a leap year. But then, more technically, tomorrow isn't my birthday, either. Do the math.

I had planned to say it tomorrow, but happy birthday today nonetheless. Even if it's cold, which it is here in Boston, too, and I don't know what the fuck. You are one of the people I am very, very glad are in this world.
martianmooncrab
May. 26th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
may there be cake and frosting nevertheless...
grinkat
May. 26th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and/or condolences on your day of hatching, Aunt Beast.
setsuled
May. 26th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
Technically, today isn't my birthday, as 1964 was a leap year. But then, more technically, tomorrow isn't my birthday, either.

So neither your birthday or your unbirthday. The eye of the birth maelstrom maybe? Happy birth maelstrom. I can drink to it, anyway.
styggian
May. 26th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday :)
ulffriend
May. 26th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
A very merry un-birthday!
everville340
May. 26th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
Serendipitous observance of your viviparous entry into the world.

(I was trying to be a bit more creative than "Happy Birthday".)
ladyblue56
May. 26th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
It's been unseasonably cool and damp but the last two days turned hot as hell, just in time to make Memorial Day weekend miserable and sweaty.

Wishing you a nice couple of days and a good tasting cake w. plenty of good icing. One day is never long enough to celebrate birth, maybe more considering it's a journey to death. I've been celebrating since March, my last gift is tickets for me and my daughter to see Neil Gaiman in Nashville.





Edited at 2013-05-26 11:52 pm (UTC)
thimbleofrain
May. 27th, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Many happy returns!
corucia
May. 27th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)

Enjoy the day, whichever one it is that you decide upon.

There'll be something in the mail at some point, but since it hasn't shown up here yet, it won't show up there for a bit...
harrietbrown
May. 27th, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
Happy unbirthday! Or as Siouxsie Sioux put it, in The Creatures song, "Untied and Undone":

"Un-pop the cork
Let's toast the unknown
It's my un-birthday
Untied and undone."
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girfan
May. 27th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
Sorry I'm late-happy birthday!
kiki60
May. 29th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
Late also. Hope you had great birthday and here's to many more.
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