March 19, 2013
Yesterday was the day that most people celebrate the anniversary of my birth by simply going about their routines in normal fashion. Yeah, March 18th is my birthday.
Since my fight with cancer back in my 30s, I don’t get too worked up about a birthday. They definitely don’t bug me even as they, inevitably, count off the passing years. The truth is that I still sort of feel like I faked out the Grim Reaper, so each birthday is like a new trophy for a pretty big victory.
Even so, this year felt a little weird. Apparently, there’s some central calendar that lobbyists use to keep up with legislators’ birthdays. That way, a lobbyist can act like he or she remembered the special day and send a note, email or text saying “Happy Birthday!” with great sincerity and affection.
I know this because someone must have fouled up the calendar and listed my birthday as the 8th instead of the 18th. I started getting birthday greetings about 10 days ago.
At first, I thought some lobbyists were simply showing their love early and demonstrating they care about me so much that they just couldn’t wait. So I finally asked one (who’s a friend) and he spilled the beans.
Anyway, the mistake spread to Facebook – when I saw an early greeting there, even I questioned the true date of my birth. After all, if it’s on Facebook, it must be true.
And I wasn’t the only one. As I entered the office last week for a too-early-in-the-morning committee meeting, a long-time staffer who’d seen the Facebook greetings cheerily exclaimed “Happy Birthday!”
Seriously, though, it’s been nice that everyone has been so anxious to celebrate the day. And for those lobbyists who weren’t in there early, don’t worry about your bills. Only those who are reading this and just now figuring out that they missed yesterday should be concerned.
We’ve got a big vote on the Senate floor tomorrow – we’ll be weighing in on the draft budget for 2014-15. I hope to have more to say on that critical issue later this week, so keep an eye out for a special Watson Wire in the next couple of days.