A birthday wish across Facebook is the worst of all possibilities. Any e-card available online, no matter how cute or well done, is second worst to that. Because both of those require no thought or no real feeling at all on the part of the sender, so they are void of anything personal, an automated reminder and electronic response doesn't cut it. They're actually offensive, they prove the sender is not thinking at all. Not one bit.
I nearly missed my brothers birthday. No time to send anything hardcopy. This birthday greeting must be electronic. What a bummer.
c/p greeting and immediate response to it follows.
Subject: my hair stood up
And I’m all, what? What? What?
And a beautiful woman’s disembodied voice said directly into my ear,
IT’S YOUR BROTHER’S BIRTHDAY !!!!!
Oh. I know that.
Happy birthday, James.
Happy birthday to you.
You smell like a monkey
And you look like one too.
THAT’S THE WRONG SONG, YOU DOPE!
Happy birthday to you Jim.
Rose are red and violets are blue
You’re a great husband
And fantastic father too.
Remember I love you
And God loves you too.
Man, that disembodied beautiful woman’s voice sure is loud.
Thanks great birthday wishing
I would say ever but just this morning my wife gave me a deep felt happy birthday greeting. Then at 4:30 am our 6 year old Daniel gave me a happy birthday and a kiss on the lips with a have a good day today wishing . Then amazingly our 4 year old Nathaniel came to the living room wiping the sleep from his eyes wishing the same happy birthday daddy have a good day. Surely it will be a good day with 4 super cool wishing before 5Am. Thanks.
Likewise, another friend said that he would get back to me in a week about a project we considered doing together. But there was no getting back. This is typical. He is a difficult person even on good days. One never knows what exactly goes on inside his uniquely troubled mind.
subject: Perseids meteor shower
Are you in town?
Is everything okay?
Are you well?
Apparently the Perseid meteor shower is an annual thing in August. Expected to be greater this year. Because, reasons.
From Washington Post:
This year, the International Meteor Organization thinks that number may increase to about 150 meteors an hour. Other astronomers are calling for up to 200 meteors an hour.
That seems like a lot. Best viewing, according to them is Thursday and Friday.
Oh, just now, checking the spelling of Perseid I saw this:
Jupiter's Effect Will Make Perseid Meteor Shower One to Remember
[That is my oblique way of asking why he didn't return in accordance with his stated intention. It's not a fair thing to do. SNAP OUT OF IT!]
It's interesting that you asked me if I'm okay. I have been in a deep dark hole for the last week or so. Just down. Sleeping late and no energy. Not good.
But, I'm on the rebound and starting to function in a positive way.
I'll be in touch soon.