I'm in the mood to buy me self a birthday present.
If any birthdays past the first one are significant, then this might be one of them. I've had loved ones reach this age, and managed to make them go all leaky eyed with a gift from the heart. Now I understand maybe a bit better.... it can be powerfully important to know there is someone in your life who truly cares about you.
Last night Princess got me... a surprise down at the pub, with friends, cakes, and all the free lager I could swill. Op-Sec prevents me from mentioning other details, but it was a good evening. She made me a piece of personal artwork, and it means a lot.
Another friend gave me a cigar, and it was good.
I think any birthday presents after that.... I'll have to take care of myself. So, my thoughts this morning... and perhaps a choice to make.
- A visit to the local butcher shop for a really, really good steak... and some primo bacon. Cost >$20.00, and some time spent fanning charcoal on the grill. It's a perfect day for it, even if it would be just me, a steak on the grill, and a good book.
- A visit to a local gun shop, and a new toy from same. I've had a hankering for a Ruger 22/45, or perhaps a S&W M+P .22 rifle. Cost ~ $500, and will surely lead to an hour or two redecorating the firewood pile out back. That much fun is sure to attract the neighbor boys, and it's a kewl thing to play guns with a rat pack of country boys. They are good kids.
- A visit to a friendly camera shop I like, and maybe a new Canon DSLR. I've been drooling over the 60D all year, and perhaps a birthday present is a good excuse to give myself one. The sticking point is.... cost < $1200. That's as much as I paid for my CAR. On the other hand.... no one is going to buy me one but me, so if it's ever going to happen I'll have to do it myself.