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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-06-06 05:19
Subject: [personal] Happy my birthday to you
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Tags:cancer, friends, health, personal, work
Today is my thirteenth 37th birthday. I am turning 49.

Hilariously, yesterday afternoon, when it was already today (yesterday's tomorrow) in New Zealand and Australia, friends over there began posting birthday wishes to my Facebook and Twitter. Folks here in the United States saw that and thought yesterday was my birthday. I find all this terribly cute, and a decidedly modern problem.

We're having a team lunch at work today, and tonight here in Omaha is my birthday dinner.

There's a lot of freight on this one. I happen to be here in Omaha on what is almost certainly my last trip ever to a city I have visited literally about one hundred different times. Chances are high I won't live to see my fiftieth birthday, and if somehow I do, I expect to be quite ill at that point. So, well, here we are. Time to have a party while we still can.

Thank you everyone for coming along for the ride. If you can make it to JayFest, JayCon or JayWake, please do. I appreciate your good wishes and your encouragement.

And hey, it's my birthday. Go do something nice for yourself today.

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liz_dejesus
User: liz_dejesus
Date: 2013-06-06 11:13 (UTC)
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*hugs* Happy Birthday!! <3
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ladyblue56
User: ladyblue56
Date: 2013-06-06 11:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy Birthday to you, dear Jay. Sending good thoughts and wishes your way.

Time to have a party while we still can is a good phrase and idea. We're hosting a special dinner for a pregnant friend of my daughter. Baby boy will be here very soon and life will change dramatically. But for tonight, good food and company, a movie or two, popcorn and ice cream, and pedicures.

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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2013-06-06 11:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I *am* doing something nice for myself today. I am attending your birthday party tonight! Thousands (well, dozens) will regale you with friendship, laughter, and food. Lots of food. (Did I mention food?)

Happy Birthday, my friend!
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scarlettina: Happy birthday cupcake!
User: scarlettina
Date: 2013-06-06 12:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Happy birthday cupcake!
Happy birthday, Jay--sounds like you're celebrating in the best way possible. Looking forward to helping you celebrate even more next weekend.

Edited at 2013-06-06 12:25 pm (UTC)
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Magenta: Witch's Hat
User: magentamn
Date: 2013-06-06 12:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Witch's Hat
Happy Birthday!! Wish there was more I could say.
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David Wilford
User: David Wilford
Date: 2013-06-06 13:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy Birthday! Tonight I'll celebrate by having dinner with my stepson at our favorite Greek restaurant, which is the one half a block from his apartment in St. Paul.

E.T.A. - it's not gift-wrapped, but I thought you would enjoy this essay by Charles Simic from the New York Review of Books:

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/jun/04/looking-it-face/

Edited at 2013-06-06 01:29 pm (UTC)
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MG Ellington
User: xjenavivex
Date: 2013-06-06 13:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy Birthday, Jay. Much love and happiness to you on this very special day. I know there is alot of weight attached to this one. I hope you have a blast and don't get dragged under by any of the things attached to it. ::hugs::
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-06-06 14:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Excellent on the scheduling! Take care of yourself.
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2013-06-06 13:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay:

Wish I could make one of your birthday events, but I am hoping you have a day(s) full of happy moments with your family, friends and loved ones for your birthday. I'll be celebrating my 47th tomorrow, and will blow out an extra candle for you.

Sean
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GirasoleAzzurra/The LadyHawk
User: girasole
Date: 2013-06-06 13:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy Birthday, Jay. It's my birthday, too. (66!) May you have as much joy as possible, every day that you have. We have never met, but you have enriched my life by every word you have written here.
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Jay Lake: happy-niece
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-06-06 14:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:happy-niece
Happy Birthday, birthday twin.
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zxhrue: nuisance
User: zxhrue
Date: 2013-06-06 13:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:nuisance
Hbty! Hbty! Hb! Hb! Hbty!

And of course it is one's "birthdate" for 48hrs, so party on!
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mlerules: Rinkidink Hat
User: mlerules
Date: 2013-06-06 14:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Rinkidink Hat
Wotta cute pic! *adding my voice to the chorus of Happy Bday wishes* So glad you're with a messa good folks (with bonus goodness of Lisa!) in Omaha aka OmNomNomaha to celebrate today! Looking forward to continued celebrations as the weeks extend...

ox
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Ramblin_Phyl
User: ramblin_phyl
Date: 2013-06-06 15:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy birthday. I'll save my hugs for 6/15!
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Scott Raun
User: sraun
Date: 2013-06-06 15:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy Birthday! I wish I could make one of the events.
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kellymccullough
User: kellymccullough
Date: 2013-06-06 16:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy Birthday, Jay!
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Queen of the Skies
User: queenoftheskies
Date: 2013-06-06 16:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy Birthday, Jay!
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Debbie
User: debmats
Date: 2013-06-06 16:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy Birthday, Jay!
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asakiyume: give me a call
User: asakiyume
Date: 2013-06-06 16:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:give me a call
Happy Birthday! You're a pleasure to know--you live up to your awesome name. (Seriously, "Jay Lake" is a great name.)

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User: flaming_ewok
Date: 2013-06-06 17:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy Birthday, Jay! Enjoy your party tonight. Sorry I can't be there.
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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2013-06-06 18:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am taking tomorrow off, as a mental-health day, and not, as one might suppose, to party like it's Nineeen-JayLake-Nine tonight.

but that might be a really good idea, too.
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User: lindadee
Date: 2013-06-06 19:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy birthday, Jay.
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Brian Blalock
User: blblalock
Date: 2013-06-06 22:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll just save the awkwardness of time zones by being definitively late in my birthday wishes. =)

Happy Birthday!
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R. Stuart
User: wood_dragon
Date: 2013-06-06 22:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy birthday, Jay! Enjoy the party. Enjoy everything.
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melissajm
User: melissajm
Date: 2013-06-06 23:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Have a wonderful birthday!
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The Warrior Queen of Awesomeland
User: porcelain72
Date: 2013-06-07 00:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy birthday from a stranger who is deeply touched by your story.
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Bella Morte: Raven Book
User: adarkjewel
Date: 2013-06-07 01:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Raven Book
A very happy birthday to you, jaylake. I hope the day is filled with love and much laughter.
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W. Lotus
User: wlotusopenid
Date: 2013-06-07 02:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy birthday, in spite of everything. I am glad you can enjoy this one!
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Agent Mimi
User: agent_mimi
Date: 2013-06-09 14:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy (belated) birthday! I'm glad to see it lead to random clowns.
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