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The Big Six-Oh

Yes, it's true. I was born on September 20, 1948. Which means that today I reach the big six-oh. I know, I know, sixty is the new forty. Somehow it still feels like the old sixty. Dare I eat a peach?

"It beats the alternative," I hear people saying. People always say that when one complains about aging and its indignities. These people lack imagination, I say. Clearly they can't be science fiction and fantasy fans. The only way getting old beats the alternative is if the alternative is dying... but after a lifetime of reading SF, I yearn for other alternatives, like eternal youth and health.

Inside, at least, I don't feel all that different than I did at twenty-five. Yesterday I was a young turk, today I seem to have become a grey eminence. That has its good points, of course. But so did being twenty-five.

Ah, well. I shouldn't complain. It's been an interesting ride so far, and I am hoping to continue for another sixty years at least. I've got my health, I'm financially secure, I love my work, I have more readers than I ever dreamed of having, I have great friends both old and new... and of course I have Parris. (I love you, honey). I'm a lucky guy. Hell, the Giants even won the Superbowl.

And now that I'm sixty, I am legally entitled to be a Cranky Old Phart. I've buying myself a cane to shake at people, and learning how to growl, "Hey, you kids, get out of my yard!"

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roflcopter_down
Sep. 22nd, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Sorry that I'm late on this, but happy birthday, sir! My friends and I would like to hold an office chair jousting tourney in your honor.
lolo_wilderkind
Sep. 22nd, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Happy Fucking Birthday!!!!!!!!
<3
montana_greg
Sep. 22nd, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Happy B-day man!
bookwormtammy
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
I hope to be as happy and secure as you sound to be when I am your age! I am a big fan of your Song of Ice and Fire series! Thanks for being you!
trebla1972
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
belated Happy B-day!!
Happy Birthday, good Ser!!! May your winters be short and your summers remain long :)
auspend
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
"Happy Birthday!" screams a young fellow standing on GRRM's lawn, blaring his loud hippity-hop.
grinola
Sep. 22nd, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Speaking of being 60
First I love your writing. I finished A Feast for Crows with deep regret becasue I had caught up with the series and have been patiently waiting for the release of the next installment of A Dance with Dragons. I am sure as you stated before you are painfully aware that it is LATE. Lol. Please dont pull a Robert Jordan on us and Croak before you finish.
thebluridr
Sep. 22nd, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I would like to claim I planned it, but I guess it was pure serendipity but I got married on the 20th. Despite my fears, it was no Red Wedding (thank the gods). I’ve got my lovely Stephanie to keep me company as I get old(er).
One of my first favorite SF/F writers was Piers Anthony. He knows how be a Cranky Old Phart, but he calls himself an Ogre. I love reading his newsletters. He always makes me smile just like your livejournal does.
I’m re-reading ASOIAF, just marveling at how good it is. I even finally got the 3 stooges part in AGOT! Thanks for making me smile. Thanks for keeping me up late at night trying to finish just one more chapter, no, make it just two more, no, well, you get the picture.
Thanks and Happy Birthday!
Eric
hebell
Sep. 22nd, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
A few days late as I don't have internet on the weekends, but a very very happy birthday to you... well I suppose at this time I should rephrase, a very very happy un-birthday to you!
celestio_evelyn
Sep. 22nd, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Happy belated Birthday! :-)
ellisar
Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Hope you had a fantastic birthday. Great weekend of football. Can there be any doubt the NFC east is the best division in professional football? I am a Redskins fan. You guys killed us week one. We're looking much better though. The next 2 weeks are going to be very tough for redskins fans. Please join me in rooting for the skins to beat the Cowgirls and the Eagles. Thanks! :D
devall2000
Sep. 22nd, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday
Congratulations on your 60th birthday. Here's hoping you have 60 more.

Cheers,
Jamie
bigmont
Sep. 23rd, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Happy B-Day
May you have many more. Thank you for your stories.
avalon_ski_69
Sep. 23rd, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Happy Name Day
Is it six tens, errr is it sixty.

P.S.---if you don't want the Damn kids playing in your yard.........stake it off with little wooden posts and twine. If that does not work, just run out there and retrieve their ball, and keep it for yourself. After all, it is your name day.
dgabbott
Sep. 23rd, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Late B-day wishes
Happy (belated) Birthday!!

I am sorry for jumping in late, I haven't had a chance in the last few days to swing by here and see what's new.

I hope that you had an enjoyable birthday with friends and family.

Wishing you at least another 60 years of health and happiness.

Cheers.
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