Published August 1, 2009 by jean cohen

The very first person to wish me ‘Happy Birthday’ on the actual day was the Stepson Formerly Known as Prince.  When my phone rang at 8:00 in the morning, I expected it to be Boo or Pinkie.  I was a bit farmisht at the time.  I was pondering what to wear to Syn.  (‘Farmisht’ means confused; don’t confuse it with ‘meshuge’, which means crazy ‘cause I’m generally not.  Meshuge, I mean.  However, I am frequently farmisht.  I’m glad we cleared that up.)   Anyhow, I was farklemt trying to select an outfit that screamed “Special Occasion/Birthday!”, ‘JAP!”, “But not fucking Old” all at the very same time.


It was 3:00 in the morning across the Pond and for one terrifying second I thought it was Jerry calling to discuss that teensy little problem going on at the moment with the Internal Revenue Service.  


Adonai Wept!  It was Stuart serenading me with a rousing chorus of the birthday song.  “It’s the middle of the night there” I said after I’d thanked him.  “I wanted to be the first person to wish you ‘happy birthday’ on the actual day” he told me.  “I figured you were up by now freaking over what to wear to Shul.”  I guess Stuart knows me pretty well.  That was so sweet.  And very much appreciated.  I love you, Princie.


And there was an email waiting in my inbox from License to Injure Slightly and Blood Relative:  ‘Happy 40th Birthday…. (That was your birthday present.)   Thank you!  I love you old folks, too.


And the guys at Sam gave me a card with this cool analysis of a Leo.  I’m not much into horoscopes as a rule, but I must admit a lot of it was so me.


v    This dramatic, creative, and outgoing sign has the keyword ‘magnetism’.


v    Leos make loyal and giving friends.


v    Unassuming and gracious, they love to host parties and events.


v    They are ambitious, creative and committed.


v    Leos love to surround themselves with the things they fancy. ‘Money is meant to be spent’ as far as this sign is concerned.


v    This fiery sign is passionate.  Mates must allow the Leo to take the lead, shine brightly and be independent.  A mate needs to be an intellectual equal to cut the mustard.


It went on to say that Leo’s likes include being admired, fun with friends, expensive things, and bright colors.  Dislikes: being ignored, not being the queen.  Strengths are warmth, humor, pride, creativity, passion, and generosity, while weaknesses include arrogance, stubbornness, inflexibility, and self-centeredness.


The choice of color for a Leo is gold, pretty appropriate and lucky if one is a Warm Autumn.  Cool Winters are stuck with boring black and white.  Their best travel destination is Italy. 


And finally, since it’s my birthday, the Perfect Gift is ‘a status symbol item like a designer watch or Louis Vuitton purse’.


In case you were wondering…









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