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Thursday, July 28, 2011

The big 50

Yesterday was my 50th birthday! I worked from home during the day, and in the evening I went out with some friends and I had a nice steak for dinner. Some friends wanted to buy me drinks, but I had to turn them down since I had to work the next day. Turning down an offer for a free drink is sort of frowned upon here, but work is more important.

The other day I remembered that I had spent my 40th birthday in China. I had come to China with a group of about 20 people for vacation and some kungfu/taichi training. The day of my birthday we were in a little hotel in a town called Dengfeng, which is right outside the Shaolin temple in Henan province. The people in the restaurant at the hotel brought me a birthday cake during dinner, but they didn't have any forks so we used chopsticks to eat the cake.

My 30th birthday was in Oakton, Virginia. One of my neighbors was also having his birthday at about the same time, and we had a big cookout/party with about 40 or 50 people. I'm not sure where I was on my 20th birthday. I might have been at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, or was that in 1982? I forget. I have no idea about my 10th birthday... that was too long ago for me to remember.

Where will I be on my 60th birthday? I have no idea.


  • Been a long while mate, but from one one-time-Dalianer who also just celebrated a birthday to another -- happy birthday!

    By Anonymous Ryan, at 9:54 AM  

  • Hey Ryan! Thanks! Hope you had a great birthday too!

    By Blogger Steve Harms, at 4:36 PM  

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