Congratulating Myself on 26

2007.08.31 Birthday 26

Happy Independence Day to Kyrgyzstan (from Russia, 1991)!! Oh yeah, its also my 26th birthday. I thought I’d take a minute for a little retrospect.

About a third of my life is over if I live to the average age of 75.2 years of an American.

What would I say are some of the most memorable things I have done? Hmm. I think travel is generally the most memorable thing. I have been to about 16 countries and lived 4 months or more in France, Jamaica, and Japan. I ran with the bulls in Pamplona in 2001 and didn’t get gored (though I came close). I acted in a bit part in Bollywood in 2006 while in Mumbai. I competed in 3 National Taekwondo Championships while in college (our ISU team was at least top 5 every time, winning once). Won our high school football homecoming game in 1998, the first one in 17 years (yeah, we were good). In the late 80’s I ruined my entire Garbage Pail Kids collection by taking the stickers all off and putting them everywhere. At about the age of one, barely able to talk, I successfully ratted out my brother for watching Porky’s while the folks were out for the evening. That’s all I can think of.

Here are some cool and not so cool things that happened on August 31st:

  • 12. Caligula, the crazy third Roman emperor is born. Well, they made a messed up movie about it. I’m gonna say cool.
  • 1888. Mary Ann Nichols is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper’s known victims. That is not so cool. But interesting.
  • 1897. Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector. That is cool. I like movies.
  • 1939. Nazi Germany mounts a staged attack on Gleiwitz radio station, giving them an excuse to attack Poland the following day, starting World War II in Europe. Certainly not cool.
  • 1945. Van Morrison, Irish musician is born. Clearly cool.
  • 1973. Mighty Taco was founded in Buffalo, NY. Again, obviously cool. I love tacos.
  • 1997. Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in Paris. Gonna go with not cool.
  • 2006. Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream was recovered from a raid by Norwegian police (stolen August 22, 2004,). Cool. I like expressionism.

In the end, its just another day….

Did you know that in a group of 23 (or more) randomly chosen people, there is more than 50% probability that some pair of them will have the same birthday? Or that for 57 or more people, the probability is more than 99%, although it cannot be exactly 100% unless there are at least 366 people? It’s called the birthday paradox and it’s pretty cool.



One Comment

  1. anthony wrote:

    Congrats on your birthday! I like the design of your site. I found it while researching my upcoming visit to Japan. I used to live in Oita 20 years ago, I bet much has changed.