The Final 40’s

marty 2012
Taken today – 8/6/2012 at my home in Utah

We interrupt Music Monday today for a special event.

Today starts my last year in the 40’s – a countdown to the big 5-0. I helped my wife celebrate her 50th on Friday. Let the planning begin for mine [yes, alcohol will be involved]

This isn’t the first time I’ve posted on my birthday. And with the 50th just 365 days away, I can promise it won’t be the last.

Google Me

google marty bday
Google remembers me (it cheats.. using my profile page)

For the second year in a row, Google greeted me this morning. So did over 50 of my Facebook friends [I’d like to know how many remembered without using the handy dandy birthday reminder?]


Mars rover first photo
the first photo from Curiosity on Mars

I can now add another historical event that happened on my birthday [at least according to the EDT time zone]. The Mars Rover “Curiosity” made it’s landing on the red planet at 1:32am EDT. While I didn’t watch the actual event happen, I did follow a large amount of people on Twitter that did and posted their up-to-the-minute coverage. Exciting stuff.

So as to try and include something music on what would normally be a Music Monday post, here’s the music video for David Bowie’s “Life On Mars”

And now with that, it’s back to trying to make this day a good one.

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  1. kapgar says:

    I actually have your birthday in my iPhone but hadn’t gotten around to wishing you a happy one yet. This forum works. Happy birthday!

  2. Sybil Law says:

    Happy Birthday (again), Marty! You look damn good! :)

  3. Sarah says:

    Happy birthday! I never remember birthdays. The first time Vahid’s birthday came around I got the date wrong and wished a happy birthday to him two days earlier.

    At least with the handy little reminder I get the day right now 😉

    1. martymankins says:

      Hey, at least you were early on the wishes. Thank you.

  4. B.E. Earl says:

    Happy birthday, dude!!!

    1. martymankins says:

      Thanks, Earl. Much appreciate.

  5. I hope you had a good day mate!

  6. Jo Turpin says:

    Excellent pic of the first day of the last year of the fab 40’s – you are so gonna rock 50

    1. martymankins says:

      Thank you, Jo. I can’t wait to be 50… well, I can… but you know what I mean.

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