On this 8th Day of January, 2015, it is my Birthday

Yes. Today, I have achieved 44 successful years of staying alive on this planet. Why stop now? Let’s keep this bus moving for another 44 years because going through this life with you (my husband, family, friends, acquaintances, mortal enemies, and general rabble) has been an honor and a pleasure. You guys make life worth living, and every day with you is a gift.

I know. I know. I sound a little soft and mushy hearted, but my 44 years is a lot more than many people receive. So, I’m just really glad to be here. It’s a good day.

When I was younger, I would have been looking forward to the presents, the shiny objects, a road trip, a grand dinner, or something along those lines. Now, I really can’t think of a single thing I need or want for my birthday. Sure, maybe it’d be great to have my bills paid or something like that, but presents really aren’t my thing. However, people are my thing. You, the person reading this post, are my thing. What I want for my birthday is for you to have a good day because a good life is built one day at a time.

While I have you here, I might also mention that should you be in the Boston area between February 13-15, 2015, it would be great to see you at Boskone–New England’s longest running science fiction & fantasy convention. Normally, I wouldn’t include a pitch for a convention in my birthday message, but I’m head of programming this year and what’s the sense in throwing a party if you can’t have your friends there to celebrate! 🙂

So, in closing and in honor of Marie Antoinette, I say, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!” In other words, and with my own special twist, “Let us eat cake!” — just make mine gluten free.


Thank you for sharing my birthday with me,
and I wish a very happy unbirthday to you!


About Erin Underwood

BIO: Erin Underwood is the senior event content producer for MIT Technology Review’s emerging technology events. On the side, she reads, writes, and edits SF.
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4 Responses to On this 8th Day of January, 2015, it is my Birthday

  1. davidprosser says:

    Penblwydd Hapus i chwi Erin. Mine soon and I have a good 20 years on you. I hope you’re having a Great Day. I agree it’s people that make the day but I’m still hoping for a prezzie. A new fish for my tank.
    Since you didn’t mention the great unwashed, I promoted myself to general rabble to be included in your welcome.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • David! You are always welcome to join the ranks of the general rabble because that’s where all of the fun stuff happens! 🙂 Still, you’re definitely more than rabble to me. Thanks for the well wishes, and I hope you get a prezzie! I came to work to find a bunch of gummie bears at my desk. They have since been consumed with great birthday glee!

  2. Happy birthday, my wonderful partner in crime! I’m looking forward to seeing you at Boskone. I bought my membership last night!

    • I cannot wait to see you! Last night, I dreamt about you guys…or really I dreamt about your house. I know… bizarre! 🙂 See you soon!

      Did you guys make your hotel reservation yet?

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