Horoscope for July 2, 2002 - Taken from the St. Petersburg Times

You born today You have a vivid imagination. Everyday you wake up curious about the world. You see life as being full of exciting possibilities. You are responsible and reliable to others. This year, you will find it unusually easy to build, construct, and otherwise create structures that are valuable in your life.

Today it is far too easy to take the gloomy viewpoint on matters. Remind yourself that this is a temporary black cloud that will be gone in two days.

Ready for the rant? Here it comes!

I woke up this morning knowing that a full 1/3 of my life was over. Maybe more, due to cigarettes. I was determined to have as good a day as I could, even thought I felt for sure that I was going to fall through the cracks at work and be the only person forgotten about. Xerox does cube decoration and other happy stuff when it comes to birthdays, I was positive I'd walk in to an empty seat.

I slapped my alarm clock around a bit and then decided I couldn't put it off any longer. Getting up and coming out of my room, my mother's voice came wafting through the hallway. Well, if wafting means, "At a pitch and volume that should be punishable by death when directed at someone who has just tumbled out of bed." I hope she realizes that I have little to no idea what we were talking about, except that she had a funny anecdote about going to the store that same morning. Something about not remembering what the date was when she went to write a check.

Sigh. I reminded her that her right to complain about 22 hours of labor had officially been revoked and resumed trying to remember what it was I did in the morning before work. Ah, yes ... shower and clothing.

I shall skip those activities and go right to driving to work. I got in the car, turned on the radio and was treated to one of the last phrases I wanted to hear. "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen was playing. Great. Something about dying ... as though me being a quarter of a century old wasn't bad enough, now I was listening to an upbeat rhythm with downbeat lyrics about death. Where was a good Gospel station when you needed one?

I arrive at work and was startled to see that I had indeed been attacked by the "Cheery Birthday Decorator"tm. As happy as I was to have not been forgotten, I was blushing, almost embarrassed. Coming around to my chair, I saw a card and a baggie of various sweets. The card had a fluffy white cat on it ... lucky it was there, I was feeling a certain void in my life that a white fluffy cat was needed to fill ... no, wait. I was wrong. But the card was very nice. I think they ran out of time to get the card signed because not even half of the people at work, and none of my friends, signed it. The goodie bag did have Hershey's sweets, so that was quite uplifting.

This afternoon, my mother and I are going out to dinner and then shopping. I wonder if she will remember why? *evil laugh* I'll have to keep you updated on how that goes.

Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to me, Happy Birthday dear Lisa, You've wasted your life! Funny how it fits right into the song, huh? Oh well ...

Oh! I do have one cool thing to look forward to. My friend Rome and I, and possibly his roommate also, are going to go see Men In Black II tomorrow. It is an odd coincidence that all of Will Smith's movies, save 'Ali', have come out on July 3rd. So it has become a tradition for me to go and see them as a "Day After my Birthday" type event. It should be a good movie, but I'll let you know how it goes.