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Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday and my first full day of work in two weeks.  I had my blow-out party last week at the Denver Hyatt Regency.  I had a Rocky Mountain size hangover that would have made the HotelChatter journalista ladies proud.  Thanks to Kristin at the Hyatt Regency.  A good portion of my joy and sorrow was attributed to your great drinking establishment recommendation. 

Happy Birthday, baby, to me

I’m feeling thankful for the small things today,

I’m feeling thankful for the small things today,

Happy Birthday, baby, to me.

“Happy Birthday to Me” – Cracker

Ten years ago I sat in a school board meeting and said to myself,

“Five year plan – See the world.”

I survived as a tourist in South America, lived better than most locals around Europe, swam in the South Pacific, and sweated out Southeast Asia.  Africa and Central Asia are still dreams away.

Five years to see the world and in the meantime I ended up living back on the Monterey Peninsula, the place I was born.

“Five year plan – Make a living through travel.”

Certainly not getting rich, but the experience is priceless.

Today, I am now truly a California 49er.


San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge, January 3, 2009

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