Flashback: My 40th Birthday

Good morning, everyone! Way back on my birthday in mid-October, I referred to a surprise my wife got me that was so fantastic it needed its own post.

I had been meaning to elaborate on what Haley did, but just haven’t had the time. Between being in and out of the hospital, I just haven’t had the time to go into detail. Well, now that I’m sitting in the hospital just waiting for test results, I finally have some time to tell you guys about the sick gift(s) she got me.

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Figured I’d throw in an older photo from back around my birthday. This appearance is no longer valid šŸ˜‰

To start off, it’s important to know about two things that I love to an unreasonable degree:

  1. Podcasts. Particularly comedy podcasts. Even more particularly, improv comedy podcasts.
  2. A certain gathering of improvisational comedians, including but not limited to Matt Gourley, Mark McConville, The Flop House, and Andy Daly.

So on the morning of October 11th, a couple of days before my birthday, Matt Gourley and Mark McConville had an episode of their improvised comedy podcast, Pistol Shrimp Radio. This podcast involves Matt and Mark simply watching a women’s recreational basketball game and pretending they understand enough to provide commentary about that night’s game.

What was so unique about that day’s episode? Here was the announcement:

Matt and Mark expressly dedicated that day’s episode to me! And they weren’t the only ones to dedicate their rantings!

Can you believe this? And even that wasn’t all! Matt Gourley somehow went back in time and brought back James Bond author Ian Fleming to wish me good health.


See, I told you I had a crazy great birthday. My wife, and my life, are both just absolutely unbelievable. Even at forty years old I’ve already fulfilled so many wishes that there’s not much left to do other than sit around and smile at my luck. What a great life I have.

Take care, everyone; See you next post šŸ™‚

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