Happy Birthday to me!

I started celebrating about a week ago.  I’m 70 today.

Maybe the early start was just an excuse to abuse my body… more.  Had a cigar and an extra glass of wine last night, maybe two.  Or maybe it’s because I’ve begun to think about the number of birthdays yet ahead.  No sense wasting time.

Harry was 70 in March.  I remember his e-mail on that auspicious day… “I’ve entered my seventh decade.  Who’da thunk it.”  After counting on my fingers, I wrote “Harry, you’ve actually finished your seventh decade and started on your eighth…how does that make you feel?”

I stayed in bed a little bit longer this morning.  Sweetie was there too.  Nice.  I’d be there yet except for the first of a couple of phone calls from friends announcing my advancing age to the tune of Happy Birthday.

My niece, Sharon, sent me a YouTube link to some guy singing a song about getting older.  It’s been viewed nearly 4 million times.  I’m sure she didn’t know it was my birthday but the song sure fit.  I grinned, related to it and felt strangely happy.

As my old Rabbi used to say “Whenever I look in the mirror, I see a young man.”  And, except for the occasional unexplained body aches, and my increasing inability to rise gracefully from a sitting position, I feel pretty good.

It’s a beautiful day in the Upper Ojai.

Happy birthday, me.


30 Responses to “Happy Birthday to me!”

  1. 1 Al May 13, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Happy Birthday! And many Happy returns.


  2. 2 Ojaidon May 13, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Cold Comfort Dept.: You’re only as old as you feel.


  3. 3 Shed May 13, 2009 at 10:35 am

    ימי־שנותינו בהם שבעים שנה ואם בגבורת ׀ שמונים שנה ורהבם עמל ואון כי־גז חיש ונעפה׃

    This is the bible giving you three score plus ten – and if you are strong at least another ten.

    The days of our years are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty years;

    Happy Birthday youngster.



  4. 4 sidney cohn May 13, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Have a great day!!


  5. 5 judie May 13, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I always remember the date in advance with a constant reminder to call that person on the correct date and, of course, it comes and goes and then I remember again. But, in this case, it did not go yet, so a very happy and more importantly, healthy year and many more to come. I also remember how old you are because you are 8 months older than I.
    It is rainy here, but my beautiful, late Mom, used to say that rain on a special day was good luck, so I guess it’s a beautiful day here, too.


  6. 6 Gina May 13, 2009 at 10:42 am



  7. 7 Dick and Toni May 13, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Dear Fred:
    Happy Birthday from Toni and Dick. May you have many happy returns of the day.


  8. 8 Grampa George May 13, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Happy Birthday Fred, wow 70, I wish I was 70 again. I know what your saying, thinking about how many you have in fron of you. You feel like you can count them on your fingers. I hope Illa had a great Mother’s Day, we missed Mo, but he was where he shoud be on Mother Day.Just be Happy, you can’t catch up to me? Lve George.


    • 9 Grampa George May 13, 2009 at 11:10 am

      Forgive my spelling Fred, my fingers no longer work very good, something you have to look forward too at 75. I think the cut off age is 74, fred, everything go to (H) one at a time after 74. Love YA.


  9. 10 Jerry May 13, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Gencie and I send our very best on this milestone day, Fred. A few thoughts on your big day:

    “The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.” -Helen Hayes

    “Inside every older person is a younger person – wondering what the hell happened.” -Cora Harvey Armstrong

    And, finally:”Everyone is the age of their heart”

    Happy birthday to a wise, old soul, and an eternally young heart.


  10. 11 leo May 13, 2009 at 11:27 am

    We wish you a very happy birthday Fredila.

    Leo and Marsha


  11. 12 Michael May 13, 2009 at 11:30 am


    And to think I’ve know you since you were young (40s). I wonder how Ila feels waking up next to an old man??? 🙂

    Happy Birthday and a year ahead of good things!


  12. 13 Anne Shrage May 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    A very Happy Birthday Fred…..and many, many more…I beat you out by 7 1/2 years!!I actually feel better than I did at 70…Coco keeps me moving…so enjoy… Anne


  13. 14 Aryna May 13, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I’ll happily add my best wishes to you on this momentous day. What I notice now that Phil is also 70 is that 70 doesn’t seem so old anymore. Phil also tells me of one Ojai Retired Men’s Club member who turned 70 recently and is celebrating by doing a 70 mile bike ride on Memorial Day. Apparently he does that every year, one mile for each year. So what will 100 be like?? ( Despite what I said I also found myself, on Phil’s birthday, telling everyone that he is much OLDER than I!)
    Happy Birthday Fred!


  14. 15 Sally May 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Fred! I will always think of you as my cool cousin Freddy because my father repeatedly said, “that Freddy — he’s too young to have an air conditioned car.” Much love to you and Ila, ~Sally


  15. 16 Sheila and Sid May 13, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Funny-you don’t look it! Luv u-Sheila


  16. 17 Fred May 13, 2009 at 3:39 pm


    Happy Birthday.



  17. 18 Nita May 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Be well and continue to thrive for at least another 70 years. Happy birthday.


  18. 20 Willis Allen May 13, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Happy Birthday Fred. 70 sounds so young! Today is my birthday and I’m 73. What a coincidence!

    Willis and Joan


  19. 21 Maureen C May 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Ah, it seems like yesterday we celebrated your …65th…I guess it must have been…..at my all time favorite restaurant, Boccalli’s.
    Could 5 years really have flown past so quickly? I think it was only 3, and you’re just adding a couple to make us think how could someone who looks so young be 70!

    Wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous 8th decade. And don’t rush this one so much! Live all 10 years in order and at your leisure.
    the other Maureen


  20. 22 Margo May 13, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    All the best and wishing you many happy returns of the day!
    Allen and Margo


  21. 23 robert May 13, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    happy birthday!


  22. 24 Molly May 13, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Love you Fred. Glad you’re who you are. Happy 70th!


  23. 25 Karen & Jim May 14, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Happy Birthday to you for sure! We another dear friend whose birthday it is. We are celebrating you both in NYC. May you thrive!


  24. 26 Susannah May 14, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Many Happy Returns fellow Tauras, I’m only 1yr. 359 days behind you and rapidly catching up.
    Have a super day.


  25. 27 Alan Greenberg May 14, 2009 at 11:32 am

    You are just a young whippersnapper. I turned the big 7-0 exactly one week earlier than you.

    So……….Happy Birthday to US.


  26. 28 leila May 15, 2009 at 7:56 am


    Of course I do not know any old people but that is because I am just a kid at heart/////////////////////

    AND SO ARE YOU…….don’t let them tell you different.



  27. 29 Myrna cambianica May 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    congratulations fred! i am just a few years behind you … we were away visiting first (and only) grand baby … hummm, the circle of life continues … hope you had a great day

    hugs from myrna


  28. 30 Sharon May 16, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Happy Birthday! I didn’t know it was your birthday when I sent the song but am glad you enjoyed it! It does make us feel better knowing there are others who go through the same thing!


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