I Have 51 - David Lebovitz

In French, if someone asks you how old you are, you respond, "J'ai 51 ans" , which translates to "I have 51 years." quirks of grammar between the languages, which do not always intersect. In English, we do say, "I own _" (fill in blank with something of which you have global, all-encompassing command of), which is a popular phrase, one that I have not been able to translate to French friends ... "Karen Carpenter owns the Christmas carols", which probably confused non-native English speakers, and perhaps a few English-speaking ones that are not wise enough to appreciate.

Karen's proprietorship of Christmas music as much as I do.)

Last year when I was 50 years old, I celebrated with a birthday bouillotte. But this year, I'm not going to get so crazy. When your birthday falls two days after Christmas-and an unspecified number of days after Hannukah, and during Kwanzaa, it's hard to rouse much enthusiasm amongst friends and family. And because it's a lot of people, it's a lot of people. Either that, or I've finally done it, and managed to offend everyone I know because they're returning my phone calls or emails. (And who says I have no talents?)

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In the past, Romain invited some folks and made a festive dinner at his place for all of us. However, I do not think it's a good idea to say that I'm going to have a good time. be spent engaging in low-key activities instead of revving up a big fête .

Speaking of gifts to myself, I never did get to Coconut Cake , which I've been waiting for 10 long years for, and now the opportunity has gone. So I've decided to give up hope and have all of it on December 27th.

But today I'll have apples, tangerines, and one mighty good spit-roasted chicken. And fifty-one years? I'll have some of those, too.

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