I had a few of the "not long until 40 digs" - (well no - but lots can happen in two years so let me get to my 39th first) but I'm loving the idea of 40. Because birthdays that end in 0 mean you can legitimately organise a 'big party'. Like huge. You can have it fancy dress, out bush, in fine restaurants - whatever appeals. And people will come along and party like its 1999 just because your birthday ends in 0. It's genius.
I always organise my birthday in advance. Dad said to me years ago "Why don't you just leave it and see if somebody organises something for you?". Good point. But if they didn't my birthday would be ruined and that seems like an unnecessary risk when there is only one of them a year. I don't mind going with the flow on some things but birthdays are not one of them. The bigger the better.
And I am just as happy about your birthday as I am about mine. I love them for everybody. I love all opportunities to celebrate and be happy just because. Weddings. Babies. Birthdays. Promotions. New homes. You name it. But birthdays happen the most regularly.
My last huge bash was my 21st which is the one exception to the 0 rule and it was great fun. 30 was a little more low key so I'm basically going to have 19 years of HURRAH stored up to celebrate my 40th. So you can all start preparing now. And I can most guarantee it's going to be fancy dress because I love that shit. LOVE IT.
A birthday grinch said to me yesterday "I don't get why you enjoy getting older." You don't? Well if you think of the alternative it's pretty clear. You want as many as you can get - there is a lot to fit in to life and if you ran out of birthdays that would be a very sad thing indeed.
And that my friends is that. The Festival of Al is over for another year. Now your Christmas celebrations can begin in earnest. Mwa.