Hey, I’m 43 as of today. I would like to offer that number, in addition to the following anecdote, as evidence that I am now well- and fullly-middle-aged.
Earlier this week, Susan asked me what I want for my birthday. This is not an easy question to answer for me, because generally when I want something, I don’t wait around to see if someone will buy it for me. I just go and get it.
So I thought for a few minutes. And then it hit me. There really is something I want. Something I don’t have.
“I want spoons,” I told Susan.
“Spoons?” she replied, not unreasonably, because it is not an answer she should be expected to expect.
“Spoons,” I affirmed. “Our family uses spoons a lot. We always run out of regular spoons before the day is over, and then everyone starts having to use improvisational spoons to eat with: big salad-serving spoons, wooden mixing spoons, butter knives. It is not easy to eat Jell-o with a butter knife.”
“Really? You want spoons for your birthday?”
And judging from the heft of the Amazon box that came in the mail yesterday, I’d say I’m about to have my Very Exciting Birthday Wish fulfilled.
Earlier this week, I gave a very positive review of the Arriva Shuffle headset. Well, Ben of Arriva emailed me and said that by way of thanks, he’d like to donate 5 of their headsets — any size, style, or color — for me to use to help raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
I’d like to combine that generous donation with the fact that it’s my birthday to ask you to do something for me — to buy me a present, essentially.
I want you to go to my San Jose LiveStrong Challenge page and donate $5.00.
No more, no less. Just $5.00.
And I want you to do it now. Because my birthday only lasts one day. Which is lucky for my Mom, I suppose.
Tonight at midnight, I will select five people at random to win the Arriva headset of their choice. I’ll notify you by email, and will list your names (first name, last initial) in my post tomorrow just in case my email goes in your spam folder.
Why This Would Be An Awesome Birthday Present For You To Give Me
There are several reasons I really, really want you to make a $5 donation to the LAF through my San Jose LiveStrong Challenge page today. Here are some of them.
- You might win a set of headphones you’ll really like.
- You’ll be telling me in a meaningful way that you like what I’m doing with this blog, and that your thoughts are with Susan. It would be a really great present for me if, at the end of the day I could tell Susan, “Hey, a thousand people said ‘happy birthday’ to me by joining us in the fight against cancer.”
- You’ll help Team Fatty-San Jose win in the second LiveStrong Challenge. I love the idea of Team Fatty winning the awards for most members and most funds raised in all four cities.
- Every time I get a donation, I get an email, which makes my phone — which I always keep in my front pocket — vibrate.
- I’m pretty sure I have plenty of spoons now, so this is a better present.
And now, I’m off to go make myself a cake. And then make a giant cake shake out of it.
Hey, it’s my birthday. I’ll eat my cake however I want.
(Now, go donate that $5.00.)