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Still going strong (well almost).

Posted by Big John on February 10, 2012

Tomorrow is my 73rd birthday. Yes, I’m ahead of my allotted “three score years and ten”, but according to these “ever longer lives” statistics I should have snuffed it 12 years ago, as I was born in 1939.

To celebrate beating the odds and surviving all these years I have decided to brave the freezing weather and head for the pub for a pint or two and a pre-birthday lunch. Tomorrow, if the delivery man can avoid the ice and snow, I will be enjoying a Chinese feast and a couple of bottles of bubbly, and Sunday (weather permitting) will see me at my daughter’s home for a traditional roast lunch, and as for Monday ? … Well …

… I’ll probably feel like shit.    🙂


7 Responses to “Still going strong (well almost).”

  1. Happy birthday, John! I think anything past the big 7-0 is worth several visits to the pub. I made one yesterday. Now, I’ll have to do another to lift a glass to your milestone.

  2. Red Baron said

    Dunno about old git but git certainly, it’s people like you that we “youngsters” are having to provide services and pensions for. “You’ve never had it so good”

    Happy birthday mate.

  3. Betty said

    Happy Birthday, John. I’ll drink to that. I’ll drink to anything. lol

  4. Ginnie said

    Well this explains why I can relate so well to your ramblings, John. We are both Aquarians and just 4 days apart, my birthday being the 15th. HOWEVER I’m six years older !! NOT heading to the Pub has been my life saver … Ha, ha.
    All the best on your big day .

  5. Rummuser said

    A belated birthday greeting to you John. I was away gallivanting the weekend and missed your post and hence the delay. Here is wishing you many happy returns and hopes that you will be able to read this on Monday.

  6. creepylesbo said

    Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a lovely weekend doing all the things you like to do.

  7. Grannymar said

    A very belated birthday greeting John, I do hope that you have recovered from all the celebrations and are ready for plenty more years blogging.

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