Monday, April 25, 2011


It's Birthday Week.

Would you believe, that I have a friend with a birthday every last day of this week?  I do.  Maybe some of you can't believe that I have enough friends to fill up any five days in a year, let alone have enough to fill up the last week of April.  But it is true.  I have: 1) That many friends, and 2) enough to fill up this week.

Incidentally, and speaking of friends, I just stumbled upon a facebook personality, one with a "page" who has 23,483 "likes."  And here's the holy-crap part:  I see her periodically at the gymnasium that I go to.  She's a normal gal to me.  Normal, normal.  Yet somehow that girl has 23,482 people telling her how awesome she is.  I say 23,482 not 23,483 because I have yet to tell her that she's awesome.  Maybe she is awesome, who knows.  I'll keep an open mind on that one.  In fact, here's what I'll do.  The next time I see her, I'm going to smile.  And not just with any smile, I'm going to **smile**.  If she **smiles** back, then she's prolly as awesome as everyone says!  Think that's a good test?

You can tell a lot about a person and their smile, yes?

Take Vera.  Vera, has a great smile.  Her smile says, "Fun!  Mischief!  Mayhem!  Smart!  Clever!  Humor up the wazoo!"  I sure love Vera.  She's done so much for me.  She single-handedly saved me (twice) from the post-partum depression (it's really, real, folks), exposed a dimension of fun I didn't know existed (drug-free even), and more importantly, she's told me a hundred or more times to "knock it off" -- where "knock it off" means: quit whining, stop your complaining, get over it, move on, it's not important, forget about it.

She does all that smiling too.  She'll say, "Rabid.  Knock It Off."  Smiling.

Everyone needs a Vera.  If you don't have yourself a Vera, either go out and find one, or let one of your current friends tell you to "Knock It Off" every now and again.  Trust me, it'll add years to your life and yards to your swing.

Today is Vera's birthday.  So, join me in a toast to Vera, on the celebratory date of her birthing.







Ski Bike Junkie said...

Happy Birthday, Vera. I think you picked the most awesome day of the year for a birthday, but I may be biased in that regard.

Lynnie said...

To Vera!

Ellvie said...

I heart Vera!

rabidrunner said...

Junkie, is today your birthday too?! Holy smokes! That's one more friend with a birthday this week. Happy birthday!

Ski Bike Junkie said...

Thanks. Maybe Vera and I should have cocktails to celebrate.

Lars said...

Happy Birthday to Vera and thank you for all the clever departed playlists that kick ass!

Happy Birthday to SBJ as well!

radracer said...

Happy Birthday to Vera and SBJ. You guys must be awesome.

I Heart Hummus said...

Happy Birthday Vera from a long but not lost friend who has seen you kiss a dog and a woman (Baker), who has been with you to a honkey tonk restaurant and a gallery walk, who shares your love of serial killers, and who has a bladder the same size as yours. Cheers and a big fat hug from me with love. =)

Aubrey said...

I am a big fan of Vera...especially her smile.