Old Geezer

America’s Most Common Birthday is October 5th?  This coincidentally happens to be my birthday.

Almost 1 million Americans will be blowing out birthday candles. Oct. 5 is the most common birthday in the United States, according to a survey conducted by AnyBirthday.com.  On any given day, an estimated 750,000 Americans celebrate a birthday, on the 5th, more than  960,000 will celebrate their special day, according to AnyBirthday.com

Among them are some famous faces, including Julie Andrews, Kate Winslet, Bernie Mac and Nicky Hilton.  And why is Oct. 5 such a popular day  for babies’ entering the world? One possible explanation is that the length of an average pregnancy is around 274 days. Counting backward, the date of conception for Oct. 5 babies would be New Year’s Eve.  Which should give you a pretty good idea as to what “good old mom and dad were doing that night, eh?”

Conversely, the website found that the most uncommon birthday is May 22, although it gave no explanation as to why.

Revelers will have a lot on their plates on Oct.  5th which is also Do Something Nice Day, World Teacher’s Day, Balloons Around the World Day and National Apple Betty Day — which offers a nice excuse to indulge in that savory fall staple of apple crumble or apple crisp, on top of the birthday cake.

That should just about sum it up, except for a few things more/.  One thing I really like about being older, is not having to explain everything that I say or do, that is nice.  For instance, “If I want to dress up in a spider costume and pretend I am a crime fighter, carousing the neighborhood after dark, I can do that now.”  So as you can see, growing old isn’t all it is cracked up to be, sometimes it is a hoot.  Just ask my grandchildren.

Having said all that, I will say this.  I have been sixty-four for a couple of weeks now.  I can assure you, I see no great change in my manner or my character.  I am still cantankerous, old, mean and cranky.  Sorry, for all of you that had held out desperately for some kind of visible change, I do not believe it is forthcoming.  They are going to love me at the home, and I continue down the road of life much the same as before.

Much like Howard Hughes, I planning on living forever (or as close to that as I possible can).  Might be time for more exercise, it is well documented that for every mile that you jog, you add one minute to your life.  This enable you at 85 years of age, to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $5,000 per month which at this stage in life, seems to be my only obtainable realistic goal. 

Man, the only reason I would take up joggin is to that I could hear heavy breathing again.

Here are a few more points on aging.  I think we are now going into the Bonus Round Alex, so I will continue.  My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60.  She is 94 now and we don’t know where in the world she might be … Somewhere outside of Amarillo, I suppose.