Another birthday entry. This year I broke my "rule" about celebrating Birthday out of the United States. As we recall, 2000 was celebrated at the boardroom at Alliance Bank in Germany, 2001 was celebrated in a restaurent in Tokyo. I almost arranged 2002 to be in London, but all the flight connections was getting a little crazy due to the late planning. So I just took a "me" day. Indulge myself in doing pointless fun things for the day. Local weather turned out to be beautiful 80+ degrees and sunny. I aways wonder whether one should take these special days that seriously. I think they mean more to one's friends and family then to one self. Maybe I just feel guilty to take advantage of these special days. Susan B. Anthony has a more profound way of saying this:

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these --Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) American reformer