Thursday, July 28, 2005

Will you still need me, will you still feed me . . . ?

Today is the blog's third anniversary. It also marks (approximately) the third year (not the three weeks it seems like) of my retirement from teaching. In fact, it seems more like three days. I could walk into a classroom right now and pick up as if only the weekend had passed.

And it's my birthday.

I remember the first time I ever heard the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album. I wasn't at the beach romancing a young woman or anything like that. I was sitting in the theater of the student union building at The University of Texas. Fred Williams and I were there to see whatever free movie was playing that day in the summer of 1967, and the Beatles were coming in on the speakers before the show began. For whatever reason, "When I'm 64" is the song I've always remembered from that afternoon. I was 26 years old, I'd been married two years, didn't have any kids, and couldn't even imagine that someday I'd actually be 64. It's just as well. I'd never have come close to the reality. As they said in a different context in Rolling Stone, what a long, strange trip it's been. Would I go back and do it all over? Sure. It would be worth it just to be 24 again for a while.

My father and I were both born on July 28, and my mother always tried to take a picture of the two of us together. I've posted a few of them on the photoblog.

14 comments:

James Reasoner said...

Happy birthday, Bill!

Dwyline from San Francisco said...

Bill, Best Wishes for a Wonderful Birthday and many more to come!

Aldo said...

Hey Bill,

Happy birthday and congrats on the 3 year anniversary. Time does fly when you have fun....

Ronn said...

Happy Birthday, Bill.

Ray said...

Happy birthday, Mr C!

Vince said...

Happy birthday, Bill!

Although in future, I'd try to avoid doing too much - like celebrating a birthday, starting a blog and retiring - on the same day. Who needs the stress?

Anonymous said...

Happy Double Birthday and Double Anniversary, Bill!

TL

Jeff Meyerson said...

Bill, you're OLD!

Just kidding. Have a great birthday. And you know you love being retired. Let's not hear any more of that "back to the classroom" crap.

Bill said...

Thanks to all for the good wishes. Jeff, I dreamed last night that I let them beg me into teaching four classes in the fall semester. Thank God I woke up.

Gerald So said...

Happy birthday, retirement, and blog, Bill. Keep busy :)

JD Rhoades said...

Congratulations, Bill, and Happy Birthday!

Banjo Jones said...

Glad you started the blog. Sorry I stumbled upon it rather late. Happy b-day, and keep on keepin' on.

Duane Swierczynski said...

According to my watch, I've got about 12 minutes left to wish you a Happy Birthday, Bill!

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Felice navidad and many happy reruns. Thoughtful gift enclosed.