January 12, 2011

It's my birthday. I'm 60!

Don't worry, young people. The view looks great from here.

122 comments:

Charlie Martin said...

Happy birthday!

Leland said...

Congratulations!!!

Charlie Martin said...

I'm sorry I didn't have anything funnier to say, but it's not much of a straight line.

Laura said...

Happy Birthday!!! You look fabulous!

rdkraus said...

Happy Birthday !!!

No reason you shouldn't be happy.

You've got a job and a blog that you love. You're healthy (or else you're really faking it with the skating, skiing, etc), and you've got one big plus you did not expect two years ago - MeadeMan - out of the blue, love - yeah, you're pretty lucky.

Enjoy your day.

Revenant said...

Happy birthday!

PunditGeorge said...

And time truly does move faster...

michaele said...

As long as health stays good, age truly doesn't matter. You'll have fun being a vibrant, lively, beautiful woman in her 60's. You are a great ambassador for living life well.
Happy Birthday.
I have my 63rd coming up in 4 days and it amuses me to be as old as I am and not feel old at all.

Civil Sense said...

Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day.

Cedarford said...

Glad you reached 60 with a lot of accomplishments behind you and ahead of you, happy, and in good health.

Many more decades of the same.

Rdkraus covered the "landscape" pretty good, but I'll add the at times stunning photos you've done as something else to be very happy about.
(Something has to capture the "landscape" in memory, after all....pics+words is a good combo)

Karnival said...

You're my new standard for 60. I'm just behind you, slowly catching up.

vet66 said...

Happy Birthday! Been there done that. By the way, 60 is the new 39. Have fun and enjoy the view.

Roman said...

Happy Birthday! Turning 60, on you it looks great.

Mutnodjmet said...

Like yourself, both my mother and my mom-in-law still look incredibly beautiful post-50's. I think the mix of humor, with a desire to keep intellectually and physically engaged, is the real "Fountain of Youth". Thanks for being an inspiration to the nearly 50-year old, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Marylou said...

Happy Birthday!!

Salamandyr said...

Happy birthday!

ricpic said...

Ho hum, another sexy sexagenerian.

rhhardin said...

It must be Rush's birthday.

TosaGuy said...

HB AA!

Mr. Bingley said...

Happy Birthday fellow Januarian!

ElcubanitoKC said...

I saw it on Facebook (although we are not "friends"). Happy Birthday, professor!!

MikeR said...

In Yiddish, we say "Till a hundred and twenty (years)." So you're right in the middle! Congratulations.

By the way, what do you say to someone on his hundred-and-twentieth birthday? "Have a great day!:)"

TMink said...

Happy birthday! I was 51 on the 11th. Lets both have a great year!

Trey

Joe said...

(The Crypto Jew)
Happy Birthday, and may you and Meade celebrate many more together and happily...

Sasha Amorosa said...

Happy Birthday Annie Liebling !

deborah said...

Happy birthday, Althouse...here's to another 60!
~clink~

Scott M said...

The three stages of adulthood:

Young
Middle-age
"You look wonderful"

chickelit said...

C'est la plus belle des jeunesses: la jeunesse de l'esprit quand on n'est plus jeune.

-Paul LĂ©autaud

Trapper Townshend said...

Happy birthday!

Gahrie said...

Happy Birthday

Ignorance is Bliss said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!1!11!!

Bob_R said...

Happy Birthday! You're never too old to do something immature.

Tertium Quid said...
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Randy said...

Happy birthday! Enjoy your special day. Create a special memory.

Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) said...

Thanks to you and the Meadester for demonstrating to many on this blog that 60 really is the high summer of life.

With 60 barely visible in my rear-view mirror, I have only three suggestions beyond the usual hedonistic ones.

a) Find yourself a place and a coach where you can lift free weights, not machines. Even beginning now, weightlifting will at ten or fifteen quality years to your life. You may die at the same age, but you'll have squared off the curve of decline.

b) Begin to think of each decade in your life as a month in the year, and each three days of that month as one year. You are at the beginning of August. On the appropriate 'season of life' day each year, take some time to savor where you are, enjoying the delights of that day and reminding yourself to do the same with life.

c) Don't be shy about doing something allegedly outrageous for your age. I'm 62, and in a couple of weeks there's an adopted newborn coming into our lives. My school-age grandchildren are delighted. Find something equally out of the standard stodgy pattern for yourselves ... and dive into it.

I look forward to celebrating the Silver Anniversary of your 60th birthday.

ken in sc said...

Dittos to all above.

Badger Down Under said...

Happy Birthday from a fellow 1/12 er

fernstalbert said...

Happy Birthday to wonderful you! I hope you are surrounded by family and friends on this special day. cheers

Patrick said...

Happy Birthday, and many more.

David said...

Happy birthday. You are in the good part of aging. The bad part does not come for quite a while yet.

Lincolntf said...

Happy Birthday, have a great day.

MayBee said...

Happy happy day!

The Crack Emcee said...

Happy Birthday, Ann!

Believe it or not, I appreciate you greatly.

Enjoy your day.

Ann said...

I suppose you'll be asking us to buy your birthday gifts through your Amazon link . . .

magpie said...

Many happy returns...

ironrailsironweights said...

Look at the bright side: you're already a decade past the WAYSA stage on Roissy's dating market value test, so there's nothing more left to lose.

Happy birthday.

Peter

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Happy birthday, Professor, and many more. I'm right behind you!

Chip Ahoy said...

Flappy Birdsday two Jews.

c3 said...

Happy Birthday.

Have some beer and some of those mushrooms from last summer (after a good day of ice skating of course)

Progressively Defensive said...

I'm a new daily "subscriber" to your blog, but have been familiar with you through Instapundit. You seem like a lovely lady. Happy Birthday and thanks for brightening my day with your information, insights, and humor.

Paul Worthington said...

Happy birthday!

E.M. Davis said...

Happy Birthday, make it a good one.

Jessica said...

You share a birthday with Rush, and my husband! Happy Birthday to my favorite blogger.

Robert said...

What ricpic said.

Meade's a lucky guy.

Many happy returns!

edutcher said...

Tertium Quid said...

I'm glad the view is good, but as you've said before, always mind the rearview.

From what we've seen, the rear view is pretty good, as well, although Meade is the ultimate authority.

The Crack Emcee said...

Happy Birthday, Ann!

Believe it or not, I appreciate you greatly.

Enjoy your day.


Hey, Crack, put up a picture of Ann as an antidote.

rsb said...

Bonne Anniversaire !

Sam said...

Happy birthday!

wv: idareda, the new triple dog dare app for your iphone.

PETER V. BELLA said...

Bet wishes.

Hazy Dave said...

Actually, 57 is the new 39, but 64 is the new 40. 60 is 3C, but people unfamiliar with hexadecimal won't really get it, so, let's say it's somewhere between 39 and 40. I trust that's all the computer engineering blather you need for today. Happy Day!

sunsong said...

Happy Birthday! May this be your best year ever.

t-man said...

Happy Birthday!

The view probably looks great because your eyes are going.

Richard Dolan said...

Welcome to the club. Not so bad, even if it might have been fun to linger on the outside for a little while longer.

TWM said...

Happy Birthday! But go easy on the ice skating. A broken hip is bad on older folks.

At least that's what my doctor tells me now that I'm an older folk.

Sergio said...

haha! As simple as it is, this posting taps on most people's fear of aging. Thanks for the insight!

Best wishes

Pastafarian said...

Happy birthday. Have a shot of really good expensive whisky for me. Or tequila -- that's great for birthdays.

t-man said...

Has anyone actually seen Althouse and Limbaugh in the same room at the same time????

This all seems very fishy.

Bob said...

Happy birthday, Ann.

Terrye said...

Happy Birthday.

Beldar said...

Happy birthday, Professor Althouse -- and thank you for the entertainment and enlightenment I've found here.

PatCA said...

Happy birthday!

I like to sit down on my birthday and recall all I can from each decade of my life. It's a nice antidote to "it's all going by so fast."

Scott M said...

You look wonderfull, AA. Happy Birthday!!!

But for the mediating Meade influence, would you have gone rogue cougar by now?

kent said...

Happy Birthday, Professor!!! ;)

Bruce Hayden said...

Happy Birthday! And many more in the future.

peter hoh said...

Happy Birthday!

Keep walking. Briskly. They say it's a good thing.

nina said...

Happy Birthday! Isn't it a blogging anniversary as well? Or did I miss that?

Just Lurking said...

Happy Birthday!

I don't need to tell you to enjoy yourself. You've turn enjoyment into an art form (with your photography of course). Just keep doin' what your doin'.

Jenner said...

Happy Birthday!

Freeman Hunt said...

Happy birthday! It's a great day to be sixty.

Matt Brown said...

Happy birthday! Here's to 60 more!

Coketown said...

Happy birthday! Here's to another 60 years! Oh wait. Here's to a fruitful twenty or thirty!

FWBuff said...

Happy Birthday, Professor!

Lee Merrick said...

Happy Birthday, Ann. I second rdkraus.

Roux said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

James Wigderson said...

Happy Birthday Ann. It's my son's birthday today, too. He's ten.

I hope you both get as much cake as you want.

JAL said...

Hey Professor and lucky Meade --

Our view of you is pretty good from here, too.

Happy Day! Happy Year!

William said...

Happy birthday. Now you know for certain that you will not die young. You look lovely and alive. It's no big thing to reach the age of sixty, but to reach that age with a sense that the possibilities of life and love have not been exhausted is something special. Congratulations to you and Meade for writing an episodic chapter instead of an epilogue or a footnote to your lives.

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks, everyone!

Ann Althouse said...

"I suppose you'll be asking us to buy your birthday gifts through your Amazon link . . ."

Just buy yourself something! (Using the box in the sidebar... and I'll get a cut.)

Clyde said...

Happy birthday, Ann, and may you have many more to come.

In my family, we've developed a tradition. A local Mexican restaurant offers people a free meal on their birthday, and part of the festivities is getting your picture taken wearing a big sombrero while eating a dish of fried ice cream. In recent years, we celebrated Dad's 70th birthday there and last year, my 50th. One time a few years back my kid brother got to wear the sombrero while visiting from New York. It looks silly, of course, but of such things are memories made.

caplight said...

Take good notes, Professor. I will meet you at 60 in July. Congratulations!

tree hugging sister said...

Happy Burfday from me, major da and the whole of the Swilling crew!

vnjagvet said...

One of my daughters is 31 today and my grenddaughter turned 9 months.

The Hall of Fame NBA player Dominique Wilkins is 51 today. When he found out twenty years ago that my daughter shared his birthday he gave her his autograph

A bunch of things to celebrate today.

Have many more great birthdays.

howzerdo said...

Happy Birthday & Many More! Same day as my mother (she's 78). When I was a kid, we made homemade ice cream to celebrate her day, keeping up a tradition that her mother started. We used snow to chill the cannister in the ice cream maker.

Matt said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks for the entertaining and thought provoking posts.

kate said...

happy, happy day ann! <3

jp said...

Sorry Ann.

The Democrates took your birthday cake!

They sliced it up and gave it to people who aren't fortunate enough to have a birthday today.

Methadras said...

Happy Birthday!!! The sun is the same, in a relative way, but your older. Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Sally said...

Have a wonderful day, Ann! I feel like I live vicariously through you and Meade. I love raising my children, but I also look forward to the adventures that await my husband and me in a decade or so. Your love story is magical. Thank you for sharing bits with us! And thank you for this site - one of only two I check every day and throughout the day.

t-man said...

Methadras,

That reminds me of the birthday song from college:

(sung like a funeral dirge)

Happy Birthday (stomp)
Oh, Happy Birthday (stomp)
People dying everywhere
Sickness, sorrow and despair
On your Birthday (stomp)
Oh, Happy Birthday (stomp)
One day closer to your death

MamaM said...

Vitality: The capacity to live, grow, or develop; physical or intellectual vigor; energy; power to survive.

Celebrating your 60 years of vitality today. May you be blessed with many and much more.

Nora said...

Happy birthday, Ann!!!
May your look be good forever.
May your interest in all things near and far never dry.
May you continue shearing your curiosity and thirst for living with us for many years to come

opfor311 said...

Happy Birthday,

May the road rise up to meet you, may the sun shine upon your face, and may you be in heaven for a half an hour before the Devil knows you've died.

Thanks for scouting out the country ahead of us.

BJM said...

Any birthday surprises?

Happy Birthday Althouse, I wish you and Meade many, many more.

Don said...

Happy Birthday!

Trooper York said...

You know old farts are the best farts.

Happy birthday.

1jpb said...

Happy B-day!

Keep full of piss and vinegar!!

[I'm not sure what piss and vinegar means, it's a pre-me term, but I'm sure that it's a good thing, as any hexagenarian will tell you.]

aronamos said...

Happy birthday, professor.

Mary said...

Happy Birthday Ann! Hope you have many, many, many more!

joated said...

Happy Birthday!

Joan said...

Many happy returns of the day! :)

Christy said...

Happy Birthday! You certainly set the standard for aging well. Many happy returns of the day!

HKatz said...

Happy Birthday, Professor.

NotYourTypicalNewYorker said...

Happy birthday!

I enjoy your blog very much Professor.

Charlie Eklund said...

Happy birthday!

Elliott A said...

Happy Birthday! Althouses are special!

Steve Pierson said...

Happy Birthday, Miss Ann.

Lyle said...

Happy birthday!!!

S said...

Happy birthday!

Brian O'Connell said...

Happy Birthday, Ann!

Marcia said...

Happy birthday, Althouse!

John A. said...

We turn not older with years, but newer every day. ~Emily Dickinson

Happy Birthday. Thanks for helping us be newer every day...

Frank said...

And no wiser and ever more in love with your own uninformed opinions.

Lawyers and law professors should have expiration dates after which they should retire or change professions.