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Young Geoffrey No More? [Feb. 6th, 2005|12:49 pm]
Young Geoffrey
Forty. The big four-oh. Four-zero.

40.

Birthdays have seldom meant much to me since I turn 12 and found out that the transition from 11 to 12 did not mean I woke up to find myself an entirely different, cooler person. I was still Geoffrey Dow, not Pete Hollister, nor was I romantically entangled with his brilliant sister, Pam.

Still, as Friday ground on, the thought - "My Christ, how can it be? Forty ...?" - continued to recur.

The sound of the new decade belies any possible claim I might still have had to being, er, youthful if not truly young. So, yes, this birthday provided some food for thought, if not intense self-reflection. Young Geoffrey? I'm torn about the already ironic appelation. But I digress.

I had a frustrating day at the office on Friday and was both amused and enraged when I hoped on my bike and had the gear-shift cable snap as I started to peddal across Spadina. Motherfucker was stuck in top (or is the bottom? The hardest-to-peddal) gear and, worse, the salt and slush have got into the mechanism, so it k-chunks, jarring my knees and making it even more difficult to pick up speed.

Long story short, my normal joy in seing Laura settled on the couch when I got home was doubled or trebled. So happy was I to see her, to hold her, that I barely noticed she'd indulgent one of my sadly typical fantasies and worn her old private-school uniform to honour my official entrance to the geriatric ward of life.

Thanks to Laura, I also got out of the apartment. We found our way to the Rex, where the music wasn't that good, the waitress was snarky and where we were soon joined by Vern and Helen and by sck, who stole a glass for me and who, by the way ladies is single and possibly available. Quirky, sardonic and generous in a strange way, the one-eyed troll is new to Hogtown and weary of explaining Objectivism to the drug dealers and prostitutes who argue and fight below the window of his Parkdale apartment. Tell him Young Geoffrey sent you, but if things don't work out, save your complaints for your journal, not mine.

The digressions just keep coming, don't they?

I'm now only a couple of hours away from being smoke-free for 2 weeks. Last night I spent with Vern and Helen, drank far too much until far too late, while both puffed guiltily away but I felt almost now cravings for the noxious weed. I'm on step 2 of the patch, meaning my nicotine intake is down to 14 rather than 21 mgs a day. Tuesday, I move to step 3 for a week and then ... well, we'll see. One day at a time and all that.

This is the first time I've used the patch more or less as directed. It certainly seems to have taken the edge of the worst of the mood swings and cravings, but on the other hand, making the transition from step 1 to 2 last Monday found me going through withdrawal all over again, so it seems to prolong the process.

One try being about as far from a double-blind experiment I can only say that this time it seems to be helping me.

Finally, I've actually been working on my site and am confident (confident! I tells ya!) I'll be announcing the launch of version two before the week is out. And after that, I'll be updating as often as I do this - er, well, more often than once every 3 years.

That's it. I need some breakfast. Or something.

I'll leave you with a gratuitous photo of Laura, just because.


Laura, back in January

Laura, back in January

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[User Picture]From: sck5000
2005-02-06 08:44 pm (UTC)
I stole you a second Stella glass so that you would have a pair, but now that I have discovered what an excellent milk glass it is, I may not give it to you. You may have to wait until you're 50.

Anyway, I was planning to steal you six of them but you left too early. I now kind of hope you will spend the next ten years fuming over your lost opportunity to have a whole set of Stella Artois embossed glassware, slowly going mad like an obsessed pirate over the missing doubloons from his treasure chest. You wouldn't have left so early if you weren't 40.

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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-02-08 01:28 am (UTC)
Don't worry about it. I've quit my job and tomorrow will max out my credit cards. I've decided the money is in bootlegging brand-name glasses.

Next time you're at Mitzi's sister, look for the short young man siddling up to your table offering you something much better than those fucking generic pint glasses.
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[User Picture]From: miyyu
2005-02-06 08:51 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!

Congratulations on quitting smoking. I hope that you can stick with it and stay smoke-free for the next 40 birthdays.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-02-08 01:27 am (UTC)
Thanks. I hope to hell I can manage another 40 smoke-free birthdays as well. Though 60 would be even better.
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[User Picture]From: sooguy
2005-02-06 11:59 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday man. I'm not far behind you. I celebrate #37 tomorrow - Feb 7th. Not sure what turning 40 is going to do to me in a couple years.

Good luck with kicking the habit. I hope it takes for you. Have you noticed the food tasting any better yet? I hear a lot of smokers say their taste buds start to actually come back after a few weeks of not smoking.

I like the Rex, but find that the music sometimes overwhelms the whole bar when you are trying to have a conversation.

Great gratuituous pic of Laura.

Hope the coming year is a good one for you.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-02-08 01:26 am (UTC)
And a happy birthday to you. Now that the day itself is past, I seem to have integrated the fact into my continuum of self.

I haven't noticed any change in the taste of food, but I like the idea that I might. But if not, I really enjoyed eating as a smoker anyway.

As for the Rex, I find that if you sit at the back you've got a nice medium - the music's loud enough to pay attention to if you want, quiet enough to ignore if you don't.
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[User Picture]From: stolen_identity
2005-02-07 12:35 am (UTC)
happy birthday geoff! :)
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-02-08 01:21 am (UTC)
Thank you, my dear.

Now, what the hell happened to your eye?
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[User Picture]From: stolen_identity
2005-02-08 02:01 am (UTC)
LOL good fucking question!
everyone thinks i must've been dreaming about dave. and that caused me to lash out at myself and scratch my cornea. LOL
it's an amusing theory. but really, i have no idea what i was dreaming about. i just woke up around 2am with this unbearable pain.
and it hasn't really gone away very much, even after wearing this ugly patch all day, and keeping my eyes fairly rested (though, i know i'm completely addicted to the internet, because even though i was ordered strict bedrest all day... my computer has also been on all day, and i've been coming in here every couple of hours to check for new emails LOL)
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-02-18 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the answer; sorry about taking so long to acknowledge it - this not smoking thing has done terrible things to my lj-ing.

I presume the patch is now ancient history.
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From: 10021
2005-02-07 01:01 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! This is my year, too, to enter "the geriatric ward of life". I'm glad to see I'll have some good company there.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-02-08 01:20 am (UTC)
It's not so bad, is it? Anyone who says that "age is just a number" is either lying to you or to theirself, but - presuming one's health is okay - there's an awful lot riding on what's in one's head.
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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2005-02-07 01:47 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, (still) Young Geoffrey. I suppose this sort of occasion calls for celebratory beers...?
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-02-08 01:19 am (UTC)
Well Jesus, some kind of beers. It's been almost a year since we had a one-on-one.
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[User Picture]From: fadefromnothing
2005-02-07 03:06 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, man. Hope you have a great year, and years after - s'well a smoke-free life. Seriously, cut the cigs and stick to marijuana.

Take care ^_^
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-02-08 01:18 am (UTC)
Thank you, my friend; I'm trying - both, as it happens.
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[User Picture]From: queenofdemons
2005-02-07 04:58 am (UTC)

will it work?

OK - Happy Returns of the day young'un!!

sorry I had about three really great emails ranging from satyre to the human mind but as LJ is prone to do - I kept getting these error messages! This time I'm being brilliant and 'copy/pasting' so HA!

My cousin turns thirty tomorrow and I know she's going through similar thoughts and if she isn't - she ought to be. You are so far ahead in life for your youth it's really quite admirable. It's natural to get momentarily hesitant but feh - good times always change that and I'm glad you had one!

Have another tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that and the day after that.

Pssst - think you guys can orchestrate nickin' one of those nifty light-up beer signs!! I've been hangin to get a Heinie one for ages!!
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-02-08 01:18 am (UTC)

Re: will it work?

Every time I get one of those error I vow to live by copy-paste as well. But it happens (to me) so infrequently that I always forget it.

As for pondering the fact of my ancientness, I try to keep my sense of humour about it by considering that getting to be this old - no matter the downsides - is better than the alternative (as someone once put it).

You'll have to talk to sck about stealing signs; he's the expert in that field.
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[User Picture]From: ellie_elephant
2005-02-07 11:35 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, old man! :)
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-02-08 01:14 am (UTC)
Thanks, youngster. Stay away from owning a car and you too may enjoy yours. :)
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[User Picture]From: thefuriouscynic
2005-02-08 07:17 pm (UTC)
Just scrolled through my friends list and realized that I'd missed this post. Whoops! Happy belated birthday!
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-03-02 12:25 pm (UTC)
And even more belated thank-ee kindly. We should drink (different kinds of) beer the next time you blow into ol' Hogtown.
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[User Picture]From: offermeescape
2005-02-08 10:46 pm (UTC)
I'm too tired to think of anything witty to say, so I'll just say happy birthday. :P
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-03-02 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you sir: it was.
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