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The day I’ve been dreading has finally arrived.

My 40th birthday. Yippee.

Really, I’m just a day older then yesterday, so why the big deal? Humans just have this big obsession when you get a bunch of zero’s at the end of the count: 40 years, 0 months, 0 days. When you’re less then 10, you count the years in halves. (I’m four and a half years old!) Up until about 25, you count the individual years. Beyond that, the 5 and ten year divisions are the significant ones.

So why the big significance with 40 years? When life expectancy was around 80 years, 40 was the halfway point. With the advances in medical technology, people are living closer to 100 now, so 50 is starting to become the old 40, but still… I was half-expecting to come into work and have my desk decorated in the traditional black streamers and balloons courtesy of one of the resident jokesters. Luckily, I was spared.

I guess what’s bugging me the most is with the divorce and financial & medical issues I’ve been through lately, it feels like my life is half over and I have nothing to show for it. But on the bright side, things are looking up some for the second half. The truck is paid off, so that’s an extra $400 a month to spend on other things… like an attorney to actually get the divorce underway and pay back my parents some. And I’m finally getting my medical issues taken care of. Hope I get that CPAP machine, soon. I haven’t been sleeping well.

Looks like its going to be a gloomy day out. They’re predicting 14 inches of slow by tomorrow morning, and its going to be coming down slow all day. My parents were going to take me out to dinner for my birthday, but we may need to postpone it. Could be worse. Archteryx got buried under 2 ½ feet of snow in DC and they’re predicting another foot for them.

I’ve gotten completely burned out on playing EVE and Warcraft. Haven’t played either in months. I should probably suspend my accounts and save myself some money. Warcraft was just turning into the same grind over and over. The bugs and “updates” in EVE pretty much killed my desire to play that – the devs admitted to my CEO that there were bugs that made out billion ISK ships disappear without a trace and they wouldn’t replace them, and the last patch REALLY screwed up the rules on how you held onto territory – last I checked, I was docked in whats now the middle of enemy territory. Would be a royal pain to get out of there in one piece if I ever did decide to play it again.

So I started playing Dragon Age: Origns and Star Trek Online. DA:O is a pretty nice adventure game, though I set the combat level to “easy”. I enjoy solving all the puzzles and exploring every nook and cranny, not having to reload the game 15 times to figure out the right tactics to get through a particular battle. STO is a nice mix of solo space and ground missions, and PVP between the Federation and Klingons. It just came out so is a bit full of bugs, but its pretty nice. Its got options to put in your login info for social networks like LJ – I think it will post character achievements. Oh… and I’ve been warned about tribbles – if you leave one in your inventory with a stack of food, you’ll wake up the next day to a bunch of tribbles and no food.


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