i got this for my birthday from my mom and dad:
so thankfully i'm not 86 years old, but i am delighted to finally have a legitimate steelers jersey. for as big a fan as i am, i have only had the crappy wal-mart $16 knock-off version until now. i feel like i've finally arrived, and of course it couldn't be anyone's but hines ward's. as you may well know, he is my favorite all-time football player. i also got this hilarious t-shirt:
and shannon got me a voucher good for yankees tickets, so it was a good birthday in terms of wonderful gifts that i will enjoy (including the coasters that my sons made me for my coffee at work). but even more than the gifts i was amazed through the power of facebook at the sheer quantity of people who wished me a happy day; people from every chapter of my life so far. what a blessed man i am! and it's not just quantity, but quality, too! i lead such a rich life, having journeyed with so many wonderful people, and, through the power of technology, continuing to stay in touch with so many of you. i feel so full of joy here at the beginning of my 35th year. can you picture me? i'm the one in the hines ward jersey waving at you with a satisfied smile on his face. thank you.