Today is my 63rd birthday. No big deal; just thought you should know. The day has passed as this is being written, just prior to bedtime, not too early for a 63-year-old, but going to bed a little earlier seems to be a good thing, though sleeping through the night is not so easy. Going to bed later usually results in waking up later. The sleep time may be the same, but for some reason, starting the day at 6:30 a.m. is better than 3:30 a.m.
The day was to include a round of golf at Lonnie Poole Golf Course, trying to follow yesterday’s round of 77 from the Red Tees (course rating of 70.3/slope of 131) with something similar. But when told of the second aerating of the greens for the year was to start today meaning only nine holes were open and that a typical three hour 18 hole round would be extended to four and a half hours, the decision was made to skip it. So much of the morning was spent sending emails to customers.
Then, with my wife, Nancy, it was off to the seafood restaurant at the Farmer’s Market for the lunch portion of fried shrimp. You know those three-section Styrofoam to-go food containers with one large section and two small? The fried popcorn shrimp overflows from the large section. It’s enough for two people, especially with the hush puppies, fried potatoes and slaw. Delicious but not something to eat daily! After lunch, we strolled through the Farmer's Market, sampling strawberries and blueberries before buying some of the latter and a bunch of onions. We had purchased strawberries there on Saturday.
It was time to visit ManMur Barbershop on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, across from the NC State campus where there have been regular haircuts for me since the mid-1970s. The birthday special was requested. After Richard, my regular barber offered congratulations on my birthday, he cut my hair and then charged the standard $16.
We returned home for more work before we went to Pittsboro to have dinner with Nancy’s brother, Rusty, and his wife, Robin, and a table of several others at Bella Donna, a wonderful small Italian restaurant. The food was generous and scrumptious especially the cheesecake. By 10 p.m., it was lights out to get some sleep before possibly awakening at a too-early hour. It was a good birthday.
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quidnunc (noun) [kwid-nuhngk] a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody