It’s my birthday, and I’ll blog if I want to

So far, I’ve had a pretty good birthday. Linette and Clementine made me panna cotta and presented me with a new, smaller, faster computer. Lots of friends and family called and wrote. And, most importantly, I haven’t been visited by the death bear.

Oh, and I had lunch with my friend Pete at my favorite lunch place, which was nice. We’d had plans to eat with one another today, but he called and canceled on me at the last minute, saying something about how he’d brought some tofu with him from home that he wanted to eat instead. I said OK, and set out to eat by myself, but, on the way, bumped into him. He was on his way to the comic book store. I guess it was fate. He’d already eaten his tofu, but, once he found out that it was my birthday, he wouldn’t let me eat alone. He went with with me to the Indian buffet, and just sat there, staring at me, while I shoveled in heaping fork-fulls of butter chicken into my mouth. I don’t remember if we talked. I suspect that we probably did. All I can remember, though, is his face, staring at me… Someday, I’ll tell you more about Pete. I think I met him in 1991, at a Laughing Hyenas / Jesus Lizard show. If I remember correctly, he was barefoot, shirtless, and wearing overalls. And I thought that he looked like a goat.

Anyway, I’m home now. And Linette’s too busy with work to help me celebrate, so I’m sitting here at the computer, watching an old episode of Spider Man that my father sent to me this morning. I don’t know if my dad will remember it, but I have a very vivid memory of asking him to draw Spider Man for me when I was a kid. I think we were living in Columbia, South Carolina at the time. I must have been about six years old. And I remembered being completely impressed by what he produced. I also remember staying up way too late with him one night, around that same time, watching Muhammad Ali fight.

Oh, and I realized today that Glenn Beck and I almost share a birthday… Check this out:

Glenn Beck – February 10
Mark Maynard – February 11
Charles Darwin – February 12
Jerry Springer – February 13

I like it… It’s like Darwin and I are the meat in some kind of crazy bread sandwich.

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10 Comments

  1. Birthday Fairy
    Posted February 11, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    I can only hope that on my birthday my loved ones open a tub of Cozy Shack rice pudding and plop it upside down on a plate for me as well.

    Happy Birthday.

    (Of course, in your scenario, Darwin is the fatty meat, you’re the mayonnaise or pickle, at best. Not that anyone wouldn’t love to be Darwin’s dill.)

  2. dragon
    Posted February 12, 2010 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    Sarah Louise Palin ; née Heath; born February 11, 1964

  3. Ed
    Posted February 12, 2010 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    What happens 9 months prior to February 10-11 that makes crazy people want to fuck?

    Happy Birthday, Mark.

  4. Oliva
    Posted February 12, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Wow, dragon–that is quite a startling discovery. Yikes. The sandwich has just changed shape, much drippier with the extra layer.

    Mark: Happy Birthday, belatedly.

  5. Kevin T
    Posted February 12, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    At least you’ve got Darwin. Some of us don’t have anyone.

  6. Meta
    Posted February 12, 2010 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Making it even weirder, Feb 11 is also the day, 4 years ago. that VP Dick Cheney shot his friend in the face.

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2010/02/11/four_years_ago.html

  7. Peter Larson
    Posted February 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Mark’s face is still etched in my brain after yesterday’s lunch.

  8. Suzie
    Posted February 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    happy bday!

  9. Paul
    Posted February 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    I believe I know this Pete Larson, and I would eat his face for lunch.

  10. Posted February 13, 2010 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday, Mark! I’m glad you found a friend to watch you while you ate.

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