Sunday, December 27, 2009


I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
--G.K. Chesterton

So far I've taken two approaches to turning 40: apprehension, as befits what they call the mid-life crisis; and levity, because humor seemed the best way to deal with the anxieties. In that hustle and bustle, I think I may have left out gratitude.

Forty marks a major milestone, and I have many things to be thankful for:

  • Good health.
  • A complete family, also in good health.
  • Friends, lots of good friends.
  • A multifarious and storied career in IT and literature.
  • Time.
  • Traveling adventures.
  • A full head of hair, still mostly black.
  • Improving vision.
  • Books.
  • Comics.
  • Games.
  • A grand toy collection.
  • Continuous learning.
  • Christian philosophy.
  • Teaching. And being cool about it.
  • A healthy and egalitarian skepticism of humans in general.
  • Being able to laugh heartily.
  • Being single and unattached (though that situation may change soon ;-)
  • Surprise.
For all these things, I'm mighty thankful. There may have been occasions for regret here and there, but otherwise I'm happy at how I'm turning out so far.


  1. "Being single and unattached (though that situation may change soon ;-)" - Go Dom! Happy birthday again.

    "Improving vision" - literally? figuratively or both?

  2. "Our little boy is growing up...Sniff." You're finishing well, Sir Dom, finishing well indeed. :)

  3. "Being single and unattached (though that situation may change soon ;-)Surprise."
    I have a huge feeling this has something to do with you "liking tea". Refer to most recent phone call. Is this the "secret" you were talking about?? Tell me or risk FO! :) :) :) anyway, I feel super giddy for you. YOU. WILL. TELL. ALL. Happy super duper birthday, Master!

  4. maybe you can combine #s 5 and 6.......time traveling adventures :)


    Hahah joke. I really wish the best for you dom, you're one of the few great men I know.

    As for midlife crisis, well I hope it won't be as dramatic. I hope you don't wake up one day and go buy a screaming red ferrari.