Sunday, August 30, 2009

I Am A Fortunate Man

Just returned from an excellent weekend away. The plan was to go down to Virginia Beach yesterday for a housewarming party for our daughter Robyn. Plus, we'd get to see younger daughter Rachael and granddaughter Lorelei. Good times.

What happened was that a conspiracy was afoot to throw me a surprise birthday party (I'm turning 50). I was completely unaware, for a couple of reasons. 1. My birthday isn't for better than a week, and 2. I really don't care about my birthdays.

So we get to Virginia Beach, and Liz and I left to do some shopping. When we got back to the house, I walked right past the balloons and banners and ribbons without even noticing. I'm a jerk like that.

But they brought me back out and hollered surprise and I was, really and truly, and then came the gift giving.

I got an Amazon Kindle, a leather case for it, and a heap o' gift card bucks to load that thing with reading material. Sweet!!!

For the birthday/housewarming dinner, we had steak and steamed shrimp, and it was good, and I felt loved. And stuffed.


Mad William Flint said...

Ah, delightful. Happy Birthday.

Re Kindle:

There's an awful lot you can get for free. Start with this link and you can follow the "people who bought this also bought..." breadcrumb trail.

Also anything on Gutenberg, etc.

Most, if not all, kindle offerings (through the kindle itself) have a "preview" version that's a dozen or so pages. It might not be important for the content itself, but if there are multiple versions of something, pull a preview of each down. Formatting can be markedly different.

Bou said...

Happy early birthday, birthday sharer!! Only 8 more days until you turn 50! Woot!