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Birthday

Posted on December 11, 2008

Birthday



  Today, it’s my birthday.  It’s your birthday, too, yeah.



  Okay, well maybe it is not your birthday.  But it is mine. 



  Thanks to all those people who made my life possible:



  To my parents, who did the hard work of bringing me into this world.



  My grandparents, who did the hard work of bringing them into the world.



  Etc.



  And my wife, who did the hard work of actually marrying me, and then did the really hard work of bringing my son, Jack, into the world.  And Jack for being the little monster who makes me laugh so hard every day as he drive his mother crazy.  I love that part.



  My life, as compared to my parent’s lives or grandparent’s lives, has thus far been pretty great.



  I have had my fair share of ups and downs personally, but really, there hasn’t been that much privation.



  Nothing like the Great Depression or the Second World War.



  Sure, we have had some deep recessions, and few little wars here and there, but really, things have been pretty good for a long time.



  You wonder how long it can last.  How long can the good times continue?



  A lot of people are asking that question.  Most people my age haven’t really seen desperate times, except on television or in the history books.



  We are headed for a very deep recession, or worse.  And it could be bad.



  The world is still a very instable place.  Terrorists are still hunting for nuclear weapons.  Some say that some terrorist will probably be successful in blowing up a nuclear, biological or chemical device by 2013.  I don’t know how they come up with those stats, but it is not very reassuring.



  So, there are some storm clouds on the horizon. 



  But I am blessed with a positive attitude, so I choose not to dwell on the storm clouds.  I choose to dwell on the clear skies.



  My career is a testament of the wonders of America.  I do not come from a politically connected family.  I am not a Kennedy or a Rockefeller.  The Feeherys will never be confused with those folks.  But through luck and perseverance, I have had a pretty amazing run here in Washington D.C.



  I have had a chance to work for some cool people, I have seen the world, I have been an eyewitness to so much history.



  I am not a wealthy man when it comes to money, but I am a very rich man when comes to friends and family.  So I got that going for me.



  I count my blessings every day.  And you should too.