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Happy Birthday, Dad--and Jesus, too!


Just born, with Grandpa.
Originally uploaded by finslippy.

Yesterday was my dad's 70th birthday. I celebrated it by calling and reminding him that he is extremely, extremely old. "HELLO, OLD MAN," I shouted, "IT'S YOUR DAUGHTER. ALICE CATHERINE."
"Eh?" he said, because he is as amused by my little joke as I am. And then I prattled on for a while about how old he is, why is he still working, shouldn't he be in a home now, etc. etc.
Really, he loves it. He wishes he could have a birthday more than once a year, just so he could enjoy my calls berating him for his advanced age.


Here is a picture of my dad with Henry, when Henry was three days old. As you can see, my father is incredibly old, but radiates vitality and joie de vivre. What, you can't see it? Look closely!

In other news, it will soon be the celebration of the birth of Jesus. This is a holiday that we Christians sometimes celebrate by draining our bank accounts. Accordingly, I have lost my mind, and have nothing to write about except WHY HASN'T THE STUFF I ORDERED SHOWN UP YET. In order to spare you this, I am taking a short vacation from Finslippy, and will return in the new year. 2006! I'll be writing this blog from the moon! This is the year, baby!

Reader Comments (31)

Happy birthday, Pops! Many happy returns!

I sympathize with the whole "oh-my-god-where-is-my-order" syndrome. That is until last night, when I received the e-mail that half of it is currently backordered in JAPAN. Thusly, I must wait until the entire nation of Japan restocks its supply of sushi-making kits and tiny katana swords (ordered for the boyfriend, of course) until the poor little American girl can get a few. I'm expecting the order sometime around St. Patrick's Day.

I'll miss you, Miss Alice!! Have a wonderful Xmas and very happy new year! :D
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaguya Hime
Your dad is a handsome dude! My dad is EXTREMELY OLD, too. I like to remind him that he shouldn't buy any green bananas. Can't wait 'til the New Year (and where is MY stuff, too?).
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMFA Mama
good like staying away for 17 days!
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMathew
Happy holidays to you and yours - or something equally cheesy and droll to that effect......

What's that you say? Jesus' Birthday wasn't invented by MasterCard?
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered Commentercagey
wow, baby henry looks so much like kid henry. it seems like a lot of babies look pretty generic, but i could pick that one out of a lineup. cute! :)
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJenn
Delurking to say...


I'll live. Maybe. Have a great Christmas and New Year!
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterVida
Happy Christmas to all the Finslippies! (yes, that is Finslippy, PLURAL!)

Enjoy your plandering! Etc!
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterEm
Merry Christmas :)
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJem
Normally I am an internet shopper/worrier. This year I vegged and had to go to...da da dum .... Toys R Us today. I left the store about 7 hours ago and my hands have finally stopped trembling.

The good news is that I got the LAST PSP Value Pack in the store. Normally I am the person behind the person who gets the last one. I am taking that as an omen for smooth sailing til the new year.
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterclickmom
Have a happy and all that.

Yeah, where's my order as well? You order one ostrich egg from England and it takes this long to show up? Grrrr.
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterDM
I'm pretty sure I saw you on 7th Ave. today. As you walked by, I said "Finslippy" loud enough for you to hear but, alas, no response.

I thought about chasing you down, gushing effusively about how I and my wife read your blog, blah, blah, blah, but I figured you would think you might have a stalker, so I didn't bother. But you are an official brooklyn celebrity in my book. Mention that to those companies and maybe your stuff would arrive in a more timely manner. Failing that, hire an assistant and berate them.
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterswarty
Merry Christmas, and Happy Birthday to Dad! Your posts about him earlier this year, when he was hospitalized, touched me deeply. You'll never know.

My mom's birthday was yesterday, and she turned 60. It's hard to believe.
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda
fabulous pic of your dad and henry. i love how his eyes are radiant with happiness, peering from behind that snoozy baby head.

have a great christmas and see you in the new year.
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterlizpenn
WHAT?! You can't abandon faithful followers for that long!!! Now I'm probably going to have to start reading some lesser, crappier blogs to fill the time...
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa
Argh. And, I thought it was because I'd moved from Bklyn to Maine. You know, they couldn't FIND me? Because, DAMN, some of the stuff I ordered in November still hasn't arrived. What is it with the internet retailers this year?

Oh, well. We'll miss you. Merry Christmas!
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered Commentermadge
That picture is precious. Happy birthday to your father!

And I hope you and yours have a lovely holiday vacation. If you charter a flight to the moon, I'd love to come along.
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
I'm dreaming of a plandery Christmas...

Have a very merry holiday. Here's wishing your father many happy returns! (And Jesus too, I suppose...)

See you in '06!
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterroo your dad single...looking??

Just kidding...please don't send me nasty emails :)

December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterCandy
Happy Birthday to your Dad and see you in the New Year! Have a finslippy-tastic holiday!!!!
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Rani
Happy Birthday to your Dad and see you in the New Year! Have a finslippy-tastic holiday!!!!
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Rani
from the moon, alice!
December 14, 2005 | Unregistered Commenteranne
Have a very plandery Christmas! And a ferschnickenbockin' New Year!
December 15, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Sabalos
have a happy happy schnerb free holiday!(oh, and come back before xmas!)Thanks. xxx
December 15, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Shipley
Spry old guys are great. My FIL is 78, and can run circles around men HALF his age. He so totally rocks.

Will miss you during your well-deserved break. Merry Christmas!
December 15, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterAngela
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours! God bless you and have a wonderful vacation.
December 15, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterShelli

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