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Happy Birthday Sue!

A happy birthday to sjhw_tolerance who is kind, considerate, caring, and writes some of the best Sam/Jack fiction out there, mature, thoughtful, in character, and delivered with a deceptively simple, lucid style. I hope there were family and friends, appropriate levels of fuss and attention, and joy all around.

Alas, I get to these things when I can, so I'm posting at (a little past) the last second here in the East, when I know you will be sound asleep, and I bear no fic as of yet, but I have been thinking of you, and hope that this will extend the holiday glow into the beginning of your next year!

Who me? Procrastinate? "Never!!!!" she asserts, employing the Jack O'Neill patented Denial of Great Unconvincingness and Red HandednessTM.

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bluewillowtree
May. 26th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
the Jack O'Neill patented Denial of Great Unconvincingness and Red HandednessTM

That's awesome! A fabulous description :)

And Happy Birthday, Sue!
thothmes
May. 26th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I try.

Icon is not that expression, but another I enjoy. The stare of Utter Disbelief.

It's one of the things I really dislike about some of the up and coming actors these days. They are handsome fellows, but so many of them don't have very expressive faces.

Clearly not a problem for RDA!
sjhw_tolerance
May. 26th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
Thank you! The day is just starting--very nicely--and there will be cake tonight and then good times with family and friends all weekend. Couldn't ask for anything more...except...maybe Jack O'Neill. ;-)
thothmes
May. 26th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
May is a busy month around here chock-a-block full of birthdays (son on the 3rd, marriage on the 13th, husband on the 18th, mother on the 24th, brother on the 26th, brother on the 28th), and somehow I'd gotten it stuck crosswise in my mind that your day fell between Mom's and brother # 1's, instead of on my brothers!

So YAY! Not late!

[whispers]: You wouldn't really want Jack O'Neill anyway. His persistance (and we all know how persistant the man can be!) in comparing you to Carter would get old fast. Much more fun to admire from afar, where you could ignore that inconvenient reality.
rdamel
May. 26th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Sue!
Hope it is/was a great one, as you deserve!

My 60th (yikes!) is coming up June 1, which is a bit daunting. But RDA has already passed that date, and is hanging in there, so I shall, too!

Melissa M.
thothmes
May. 26th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
The thing I've discovered about age is that it sure beats the alternative.

My dad was (and still at 75 is) movie-star handsome, and with every "big" birthday he practically donned deep mourning. He had real trouble with the idea of aging and not turning as many heads. Believe it or not, he's not a shallow guy either, it's just that he was used to it. It was an entitlement. After watching that act through the years, I discovered that, you know what? It happens all the same. Might as well get into the party spirit and embrace it!

Because no matter how long you make it, life's too short!
rdamel
May. 27th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
It's just the Idea of being 60, I guess, seems a little unbelievable.

I know I'm actually in quite good shape for my age. In fact, we were just doing some revisions on our life insurance and they had me take some tests and the results gave me a "select, preferred" rating and a life expectancy of 91 (which horrified me--having watched my mother die slowly of Alz., I truly do not want to live to be more than 80!).

I'm enjoying my life and glad I've made it this far and expect to enjoy many more good years--it's just those numbers can seem a big surprise, somehow or other! And I've already planned my fun stuff (no one else has bothered to do that for me since I quit working and my friends and coworkers would, so I soon learned to plan my own fun) so I'm looking forward to 2 different visits from friends and hope for a family get-together at some point, though my dad's more focused on my uncle's 90th birthday coming soon after mine, than he is on his daughter's big day, I think.

Surely some chocolate is in my future, and chocolate's always good for my spirits!

Melissa M.
thothmes
May. 27th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
I have a grandfather who made it to 93 (the other one died of a skull fracture, so who knows) and two grandmothers who made it to 97. I'm pretty much planning for my mid-90's. I figure up to 95 will be pretty good, judging by family history. After that, I'm gonna be getting a little vague...
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