14 September 2004

Annus Vicesimus Quartus

I really like September. Since I'm not in college any more it doesn't have the same air of excitement and novelty, but that just means I have a greater chance to enjoy the month. The crisp weather is always a refresher after the mugginess of summer; it's one of the nicest times of the year in New England. The middle of the month also brings my birthday, of which this Thursday is my 24th.

Since the WI retreat is all this weekend I've been fitting my birthday plans in this past weekend and this week. On Sunday we had a small family dinner with my parents, my siblings and our significant others. It was low-key, but nice. We had hors d'oeuvres in the yard since it was among the last of the warm days left in the year and then had dinner inside.

It's been a very baseball oriented birthday so far. My Dad gave me a $50 bet on the Sox to win the World Series (which pays a ridiculously bad 3-to-1, but insane Sox fans drive always drive down the odds, since every year is The Year) and Laurie gave me an autographed copy of RemDawg's new book, "Watching Baseball: Discovering the Game Within the Game". Pretty awesome. Jamie and Val told me my gift should've arrived via email. I went upstairs to check and couldn't find anything so I asked them what it was. Turns out they had sent me an iTunes Music Store gift certificate which I had, in fact, already received and promptly trashed as spam. Luckily I was able to dig it out and cash it in. I promptly used the first $0.99 to purchase a copy of Usher's "Yeah!" Everyone was subsequently annoyed.

Continuing the fun is THURSDAY NIGHT RAGE, this Thursday the 16th at Boston Billiards Club in the Fenway/Kenmore area. We'll be watching the Sox game (starts at 7) and drinking $1 drafts. All are encouraged to come. Many will enter, few will win.

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