July 3rd, 2017

It's My Birthday

Well, today is my birthday. I'm not embarrassed about my age; I turn 62 years old today. No real motto for today, but I do feel that it's gotta be a better year than the previous one was. :) (But isn't that always the case?) In a lot of ways, the previous year was one that had some good times, bad times, and saw a few health problems crop up. But like I said, there were some great moments scattered among the rough patches. I like to think that I am a bit better of a person for it and all. The year saw various ups and downs in my life, but *that is life*. That's how it works.

So, what was 1955 like? Well, a lot of stuff happened in 1955.

The Wikipedia page on events in 1955 gives a good account of what happened during the year.

It was a terrific year for books as well, as evidenced by this list of Most Popular Books of 1955 found on the Goodreads site. So many great titles published during that year. No wonder I turned out to be an avid reader! :)

For some of the musical stuff that was going on back in 1955, check out this good link.

Some of the movies from that year include Bad Day at Black Rock directed by John Sturges, The Blackboard Jungle directed by Richard Brooks, East of Eden directed by Elia Kazan, one of my favourite films of all-time, Kiss Me Deadly directed by Robert Aldrich, Disney's Lady and the Tramp, The Night of the Hunter directed by Charles Laughton, Rebel Without a Cause directed by Nicholas Ray, The Rose Tattoo directed by Daniel Mann, The Seven Year Itch directed by Billy Wilder, and of course, To Catch a Thief directed by Alfred Hitchcock, to name but a few.

Lots of good stuff the year of my birth.

I'm not planning on doing anything special to celebrate my birthday this year, although I'll be spending some time (hopefully) with friends and family. I'll likely go out to dinner tonight somewhere, but the extent of my celebrating will involve a bit of Chinese food (maybe) and some (more) Black Forest cake. No Bailey's Irish Cream or other alcohol any more, sad to say. So I'm not going to indulge too much. (Besides, if I can't have a bit of cake or whatever on my birthday, when can I, I ask you?)

Anyway, I hope that I'm a better person in the coming year, and I hope that I get a bit of happiness, good health, peace and prosperity for the coming year as well. Oh, and some love or romance would be nice, too. :)

My LJ Anniversary

While today is my birthday, there's also something else...

Today, this LiveJournal is eleven years old. Yes, I started this LiveJournal on my birthday in 2006, and so it's got a bit of history to it now. To be honest, I never really thought that I would have all that much to say in the Journal, and yet, I guess things occur that one wants to write down for posterity, that one wants to be able to re-read at some time down the road, just to see how one has changed over time... hopefully for the better.

Frankly, I've never thought of myself as being a supremely interesting person, and feel myself to be quite mundane for the most part. As such, I never really expected folks to read the Journal, let alone comment on some of the entries (and to be truthful, there aren't a lot of comments on my Journal, at least not as many compared to some others I've seen), so it is good to know and see that someone actually reads the oft-times drivel that I write here. Add to that the fact that many folks who used to be on LJ have abandoned it for other blogging sites, and well...

So I want to take this time to thank everyone who reads these Musings and Ravings for doing so, for commenting sometimes on the thoughts that I jot down here, and for being my friends, even only in a virtual sense (although there are some of you that I know outside the virtual environment).

So on to the twelfth year's worth of journal entries....

Not Much to Do (Retirement)

Aside from it being my birthday, today has been a very strange day.

I woke up this morning, and realised it was late (around 8:30 am) but that I didn't have to go to work today. As of Saturday, July 1st, I'm retired.

I'm not going to say all that much here, other than to add that I'm going to take some time off thinking about working again (other than the freelance rpg editing that I do), but will see what I want to do with my life, maybe volunteer or go to work in a bookstore or something, after GenCon 2017 (assuming that I go, since no idea what will happen with my shoulder before then).

For now, just taking it easy.