In the wide range of anecdotal weapons that Katie has against me, one of her favorites to trot out around her birthday is the fact that on her 23rd birthday, I ended up singing Older by They Might Be Giants instead of a traditional birthday song.
Now, this is largely because I’d rather sing TMBG instead of any Time-Warner owned birthday song, but also to alleviate her fears that she had hit some new landmark day in her life. The point of the song, at least as I’ve always taken it, is that every second of every day, you’re a little bit older – time is marching along and there’s nothing you can do to stem the flow of time. I don’t think it’s a malicious song, it’s just a statement of fact more than anything else.
So yes, I’m older than I’ve ever been, and now I’m even older. And sure, now I can rent a car in all 50 states without a problem, but that’s not something I was particularly looking to do. It’s really just another day in my life (especially given the circumstances of where I am and what I’m doing today), so I’m not going to spend time getting bent out of shape over things.
I do have a little time to reflect on the last year, so I’d like to just say thanks to everyone who’s become a part of my life in the last year – Jen, Jay, Tien, Youngna, Jake, Laren, Adam K, Suw, Amber, and all the new friends I’ve made at work over the last year. I also need to give much love to the people who have been there who continue to be there to help keep me steady – Jenn V, Nastassya, Gil, Peter, Thom, Neil, Paul, and practically everyone I talk to on a regular basis. I love you all.
And of course, no giving of props would be complete without a huge cross-country hug to the love of my life, Katie, who loves me like no one else ever could. I love you, baby.
And now, for the benefit of you waiting for keynote coverage, I’ll cut the shmaltz and head over to Moscone. See you all in a few hours.