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Random Birthday Data Dump

Pretending to work.

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday blah, blah, blah ....

Age: 53

Kids: 2

Lifetime total wives: 1

Current favorite song: "Into Action," by Tim Armstrong.

Good things about the last year: Sold a book series, lost 15 pounds, shaved my head, decided to move to Florence next year, drove in Italy and survived, daughter coped well with dyslexia, son developed a sense of humor about himself, got an iPhone.

Bad things about the last year: Sister died, still yelled too much at the kids.

Current favorite TV shows: Scrubs, 30 Rock, Battlestar Galactica, The Shield, The Wire, The Simpsons, Lost, Jon Stewart, Olbermann. (Sorry Colbert, you're on too late.)

Longest 12 hours of last year: Delta flight from Rome to RDU. With kids. In coach. Shitty domestic-use plane repurposed and with no entertainment.

Best evidence I'm an asshole: I didn't cut Italy short to make my sister's memorial service.

Best evidence I'm not a complete asshole: Creature Comfort, the mini-charity we run to provide companion animals to indigent handicapped people passes its tenth year.

Things I learned from my kids: Nutella's kind of good.

Signs of self-control: the goddamned pug's still alive, isn't he?

New vice: Cubans. I was fine with the Macanudo Golds and the Ashton Maduros, then along came the Cubans.

Best movies I saw during the year: Knocked Up and Hairspray. Bear in mind I see a lot of kid flicks.

Best movie news: the two guys from Hollywood trying to put together a movie deal for our old s-f series. Can you say "separate merchandise accounting stream?"

Best reason to wince: my lawyer/agent and I pressure an editor to make a yes/no decision, the negotiation ends on a pissy note, and a few weeks later the man dies of cancer. He'd always been a sweet guy and I ended it badly, not knowing what was going on.

Fun but exhausting: 12 day documentary shoot in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid and Barcelona. Overbook much?

Current health paranoia: stroke. No, I don't have high blood pressure. But since I have books due the Irony Gods would go with brain damage. Just to fuck with me. Hey, I've made no claims to sanity.

Best hotel of the year, domestic: Hotel 1000, Seattle.

Best hotel, foreign: San Clemente Palace, Venice.

Most disturbing thing I learned about myself: when I lost weight I purged some clothing. Turned out I owned 48 pairs of underwear. What the fuck is that about?

Pictures from my 52nd year:

The wife.


Doing 'research.'

Looking important.

Shiny head man.

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  1. Blogger amba Says:

    Happy birthday, baldy. May you shine on.

    (Wish I'd looked yesterday.)

    Current health paranoia: stroke. No, I don't have high blood pressure. But since I have books due the Irony Gods would go with brain damage. Just to fuck with me. Hey, I've made no claims to sanity.

    Just proves writers will do ANYTHING (well, fantasize anything) to get out of writing.

  2. Blogger Internet Ronin Says:

    A day late and a dollar shy once again, I see (not that I was planning on getting you a present or anything ;-). Hope you had a great day with the family. You certainly are going to have an interesting year - look forward to reading about itt.

  3. Blogger Richard Lawrence Cohen Says:

    A belated happy birthday, Junior. That lifetime total wives statistic is impressive -- keep it going!

  4. Blogger PatHMV Says:

    Happy birthday, Michael. You're living proof that a man can be an obnoxious ass and a decent fellow to spend time with all at once... ;-) Take care of yourself, 'cause we'd miss you if you were gone.

  5. Blogger Dyre42 Says:

    Happy belated birthday. May your noggin be shiny and your humidor full.

  6. Blogger Melinda Says:

    Happy Birthday, and thanks for another year of laughs.

  7. Blogger Objectivist Says:

    Happy Birthday, Reynolds!
    You rock!

  8. Blogger Transplanted Lawyer Says:

    Happy Birthday, shiny head man! Nice to have found you posting again.

  9. Blogger Meade Says:

    Beautiful wife. Lucky guy. Blow some of that second-hand smoke this way - I like it. 1954 - Year of the Horse, huh? Same. Many happy returns.

  10. Blogger Michael Reynolds Says:

    Thanks guys, you are all too kind.

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