Yes, today is the Big Day for me. The Big 5-0. My Birthday. It has started well. For those of you interested in what my gift-swag haul has been, here is what I have received so far (In addition to the awesome autographed Witchiepoo photo I mentioned in the previous post):
(WARNING: Yes, I am aware that most of these gifts seem like they would be more appropriate for an eight-year-old than a grown man, but please reserve your snarky comments. It's my Birthday!)
• From my dear Epal Andrea, I got an exclusive "Young Amy Pond" figure that she picked up for me when she visited the Doctor Who Experience in London. It really isn't that great a figure, but it is an "exclusive" that most fans here in the States won't be able to get their hands on (at least not at a reasonable price), so I am thrilled with it. The fact that it arrived a few days ago at the end of a particularly unpleasant day made it that much more appreciated.
• From Perfect Wifey: A Bamboo™ Wacom tablet. This is another of those gifts I didn't know I wanted till I got it. Soon I will be goin' all crazy-digital with my cartoons (don't hold your breath).
• Also from Perfect Wifey: The Mamma-Jamma of gifts: A Star Wars AT-AT Imperial Walker! For those of you out of the loop that have no idea what this is, it is a toy, but WHAT a toy! It is HUGE! It towers over Rocco the Wonder Dog (Who is afraid of it. I think he thinks we got some weird new dog to replace him!), it make all kinds of noisy, obnoxious sounds, and overall just thrills me to death!
I have no idea how PW knew I wanted this, but maybe all the Amazon links to it I sent to her about it gave her a clue.
One unexpected "gift" I received, just in time for my Birthday, was a severe case of Heat/Sun stroke! I have been spending way more time than I usually do outdoors this Summer. Yes, I know that as a pasty person of European descent, I am supposed to be kept in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight, but recent circumstances have required me to be outdoors a lot lately. The result is an unnatural, random "Farmer's Tan", and the aforementioned case of Heat/Sun stroke. Before you say anything, yes, I have been using sunscreen, and drinking plenty of fluids, but the fact of the matter is that I am unaccustomed to "outdoor life". Hopefully, I will acclimate before the Summer is over.
BTW, the illustration here is a pretty accurate description of what I look like right now. Enjoy.
Enough rambling! It is my Birthday, and I must celebrate! Surely more gifts and pleasures await me!
Or at least a new Judge Judy is on...