6.17.2008

To Dos Day

___ Item 1: WISH REDDISH68
YOM HULEDT SAMEAKH!

___ Item 2: WISH CRITICLASM
FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS!

___ Item 3: WISH PRINCESS
BON ANNIVERSAIRE!

___ Item 4: WISH GUNJILIGANGA
KUL SANA WA INTA TAYEB!

___ Item 5: WISH FAG YER IT
MALIGAYANG KAARAWAN!

___ Item 6: WISH BRAD A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Today is the birthday of a man you know (under some of the above aliases) as a reliably witty contributor to our Smackdowns. A good guy, totally talented in a dizzying array of ways, and a tall drink of water to boot, he also happens to be perhaps my most devoted, generous and enduring friend. I have been blessed to have his friendship as a core part of my life for more than two decades. And today's his birthday. As I reflect on the fact that I couldn't get it together to deliver his birthday present on time, I'm reminded of how frequently, frankly, I simply haven't deserved his kindness or his patience or his tolerance over the last 23 years. Yet, perhaps because one of his blessings/curses is a tenacity when it comes to friendship, I got lucky. He stuck by me through my extended bouts with severe chronic assholism and, today, when our friendship is the most dynamic, honest and emotionally rich it's ever been, I'm just astonished and grateful for all that he is. He is an essential presence in my life and, today, he marks a sorta scary but also pretty amazing birthday. So, lovely reader, if you are so inclined, do me a favor: stalk him with birthday joy. Send him a quick note or an e-card. Comment on his LJ or on his blog. Sing his praises in comments here. Buy the t-shirt. Start a scrabulous game. Send him some really sweet thoughts. Or find him the perfect boyfriend. Whatever's easiest. Let's just swarm this lovely, wondrous man with affection. He's among the best I've had the blessing to know and I'm grateful for his presence in my life. Happy birthday, sweetness...

Have at it, lovelies...

2 comments:

criticlasm said...

You just made me cry.

And ditto back to you....

XOXO

Pulp. It. said...

I concur! Brad is a gem and should be polished. Huh? on two levels there.

Happy Birthday, Brad, you Hunky Mensch! You Quizzical Wizard. You lover of Woodland Intellectuals.

Welcome to the other side. And I hope we have a few good years of it before I leave you. (rhymes with nifties.)

Big smoochie, Man.hat.in. dude.