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May 10, 2006



Part of me feels young as ever. Part of me is not so sure. Part of me wants a pony.

All of me is 37 today.

And I'm off. You kids have fun with the rest of your day. I plan to.

Posted by john at May 10, 2006 09:30 AM

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Krissy, the wife | May 10, 2006 09:40 AM

Happy Birthday my love. Just wanted to remind you that my love for you burns with the hot white intensity of thousand suns.
See you tonight!

Stan | May 10, 2006 09:55 AM

Good thing to add "the wife" to the sig so no one thinks that you're a stalker.

Happy Birthday. Me, I like you ok but it's not even red hot. How about "I like you with the warmth of fresh toast."

John Scalzi | May 10, 2006 10:00 AM

Mmmm... fresh toast.

Bill Marcy | May 10, 2006 10:06 AM

Well, you are that much closer to living OMW.

37 was a good year, enjoy it like there won't be another.

Dave | May 10, 2006 10:09 AM

37? 37!

Try not to write any books going through the parking lot.

Ann Vallier | May 10, 2006 10:24 AM

Have a good birthday. Don't let the Scalzi clones hog all the cake and ice cream. Remember - they'll think it's their birtday today as well.

Jim Winter | May 10, 2006 10:28 AM

Happy birthday, John. And remember, 40's not so bad when you get to it.

Then again, I miss being 37.

darren | May 10, 2006 10:36 AM

Happy Happy John!

Mark Siegal | May 10, 2006 10:37 AM

Happy birthday! And by the way, The Ghost Brigades is an awesome book. Just so you know.

Nathan Von Junge | May 10, 2006 10:38 AM

Happy birthday and many happy returns John! I think I will give you a birthday present in the form of contributing to your royalties check by purchasing OMW today.

Tripp | May 10, 2006 10:42 AM


You should keep me around for no other reason than I can make you feel young! Thirtyseven ain't nothing. Watch what you eat and you'll be fit and healthy for many more years to come.

John Scalzi | May 10, 2006 10:44 AM


WizarDru | May 10, 2006 10:47 AM

John, since I'm sure you've discussed it before, could you or someone point me to where you explain how you do pictures like this? I'm assuming it's an SLR shutter speed thing, and not just photoshopping, right? Or is it just you combinging three separate photos using GIMP or Photoshop or the like?

John Scalzi | May 10, 2006 10:51 AM

No, it's just Photoshopping, and a camera on a tripod. When I do pictures like this, I tend to use my little Kodak digital camera and not the Nikon, because the Kodak is very light and won't move on the tripod as much, which is useful for putting three separate pictures together. Then just set the auto-timer and you're ready to go.

Chris S. | May 10, 2006 10:59 AM

Petey says Happy Birfday!

(which is pretty impressive, given his lack of lips)

the Other michael | May 10, 2006 11:02 AM

Thanks for making me feel young, Old Man! I just turned 36 two weeks ago...

'course, I can't turn cartwheels. :-(

Kevin Q | May 10, 2006 11:17 AM

Happy Birthday, John. Try to enjoy a little time away from the keyboard.


DJN | May 10, 2006 11:32 AM

Happy Birthday, Mr. Scalzi.

My own 34th was just a few days ago, which is yet another thing that we have in common.

The other being that we both love your books.


jason | May 10, 2006 11:43 AM

Have a good one, John - I'm coming up on 37 myself in a few months, and I intend to follow your example by writing a couple of best sellers and learning to do cartwheels before I get there. Guess I'd better get busy...

Wan Zafran | May 10, 2006 11:59 AM

Happy birthday, dude! Long live the Scalzi dynasty, and, uhh, empire.

As an aside, is it just me or is that photo's constrast high?

Liz | May 10, 2006 12:07 PM

Isn't it enough to know I ruined a pony making a gift for you?

Brandon | May 10, 2006 12:11 PM

Happy birthday! May 10th rocks!

cherie priest | May 10, 2006 12:20 PM

Happy birthday!
Ooh, and in a few weeks, I'll get to say it belatedly ... but in person :)

John Scalzi | May 10, 2006 12:22 PM

Can't wait!

Lisa | May 10, 2006 01:20 PM

I'll give you a 9.75 on your cartwheel. Good form and extension.

For some reason, I thought we were the same age, but I'm only going to be 36 this year, so neener neener.

Happy Birthday!

Leann, your wife's co-worker | May 10, 2006 01:21 PM

Happy Birthday!!!!!!
You still have many more years of not knowing how you feel from one moment to the next.
Hope you have a great day.

jess | May 10, 2006 02:10 PM

Impressive leg extension considering you are wearing jeans. But you have to point your toes!

chris. | May 10, 2006 02:10 PM

Happy birthday!! Hope you get a pony.

John Scalzi | May 10, 2006 02:11 PM

Everyone's a critic!

Stephen G | May 10, 2006 02:12 PM

Happy birthday!

RooK | May 10, 2006 02:33 PM

Happy birthday John.

Jeez, what can a fan say after the thread starts off with burning love the intensity of a thousand suns? The warm toast comment seemed too crummy. How about something like: May extremely few sick camels vomit in your sock drawer today.

John Scalzi | May 10, 2006 02:34 PM

I appreciate the sentiment behind that sentiment, RooK.

Liz Shefbuch | May 10, 2006 02:45 PM



John H | May 10, 2006 03:15 PM

Happy Birthday!

May the next 37 be better than the last!

MAB | May 10, 2006 03:55 PM

Hey, Happy Birthday! :)

claire | May 10, 2006 03:57 PM

happy birthday, john! i'm SOOO glad that you're older than me! you old guy! happy happy!

iain | May 10, 2006 04:04 PM

I believe 37 entitles you to go & yell at kids to get off your damn lawn.

Beware the ear hair.

Jeff Porten | May 10, 2006 04:10 PM

Huh. Don't think I ever knew before that you're exactly seven months older than I am.

You did that just to watch the moon landing, didn't you?

Leigh | May 10, 2006 04:30 PM

Happy Birthday, John! Hope it is a good one.

Eliani | May 10, 2006 04:31 PM

Happy birthday to you!

(I'll be catching up soon: 32 on 5/12.)

Mris | May 10, 2006 04:46 PM

Happy birthday! I wish you something good and cold. Ice cream, sorbet, beer, whatever.

Jon | May 10, 2006 05:29 PM

You make me feel very old. All of my 5 children are older than you. Oh well, enjoy it while you can!

Magenta Griffith | May 10, 2006 05:34 PM

Happy Birthday!

Chris Billett | May 10, 2006 06:56 PM

Happy birthday, John!

CoolBlue | May 10, 2006 07:10 PM

Happy Birthday, old man.

You sign up for the Army yet?

I hear it'll make you young and randy.

Gillian Polack | May 10, 2006 08:26 PM

Happy Birthday! Life doesn't really get good till you hit your forties. Just so you know tehre is something to look forward to...

beard5 | May 10, 2006 08:47 PM

Happy Birthday! And to celebrate, I just ordered Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War was great reading, thank you)

Kelsey | May 10, 2006 09:31 PM

Happy b-day John. The photo was cracking me up. Kind of reminds me of Will Ferrell as Craig the cheerleader on SNL.

I think a survey should be conducted acroos all genres of writers (SF, YA, Romance, memoir, erotica, self-help etc.) to find the percentage of memebers of each group who can do cartwheels. This survey would be groundbreaking in that it would show us absolutely nothing, but would be lots 'o fun.

Let's begin:

SF writers - 100% (n=1)

John Scalzi | May 10, 2006 09:34 PM

Yes, we SF writers are a flexible group.

Jody the Librarian | May 10, 2006 09:47 PM

To comfort the aging, friends keep telling me "but 40s the new 30!". Congratulations on the start of your journey toward the "new 30". As I creep closer to 40 myself a full year ahead of you, I'll let you know if that statement holds any truth.

Jim | May 10, 2006 09:58 PM

Happy birthday!

Today is my daughter's 24th birthday.


My oldest kid is 37 -- in fact he'll be 38 in September. Somehow he managed to pass me a few years ago because I'm sure that I'm only in my early thirties. (Even though I celebrated my 63rd birthday a week and a half ago, I'm really sure that I can only be in my early thirties because surely I can't be getting old...)

Jon | May 10, 2006 10:15 PM

Happy birthday, man! Ooh, just squeezed in on time.

sam young | May 10, 2006 10:42 PM

hoopy birfday, john.

i send you 37 virtual spankings

Cassie | May 10, 2006 11:54 PM


Happy Birthday. I hope it's been a good one.

Naomi Kritzer | May 11, 2006 12:20 AM

Happy birthday!

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(Er, I can't tell from preview if that's going to post right. But, um, it's a pony.)

Anonymous | May 11, 2006 12:20 AM

Well, rats. Last time I try to put ASCII art into someone's blog comments. ::wanders off, looking embarrassed::

Anonymous | May 11, 2006 12:22 AM

Yes, indeed.. have a Happy Birthday.
Sorry so late- you know that time difference and all..

Bud Zeman | May 11, 2006 12:31 AM

Err..uh, yeah, but I'm not Anonymous..
Indeed. Anyway have a great birthday..


Jaye | May 11, 2006 01:39 AM

As I say every year in the May 10th comment thread....

You say its your birthday.....it's my birthday too!

Have a great 37th. I'm only 33 :)

Patrick | May 11, 2006 02:08 AM

Happy Birthday, John! I get to hit the big 37 in November.

I'd like to think that the whole "40 is the new 30" thing is true. I've also heard that 40 is where life begins. If the latter is true, we still have three more years to spend in "tryouts."

Robert L | May 11, 2006 02:40 AM

Happy Average Birthday John!

Stan | May 11, 2006 08:43 AM

That's alright Naomi.
The same thing happens to ponies when you try to ship them through the mail.

John Scalzi | May 11, 2006 09:04 AM

It's getting them through the slot at the post office that's the hard part.

Hugh Casey | May 11, 2006 10:28 AM

Have a very, very happy birthday, Mr. Scalzi, and many, many more!

I need to ask for a bit of a favor... if you could email to me your contact info (address/email/phone) to put into the Philcon (www.philcon.org) guest list, so that we can be sure that you get invited as a panelist for this year, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks!

Brian | May 11, 2006 11:25 AM

Test text timing wheelingly

Brian | May 11, 2006 11:26 AM

Oops. John, please delete that last post from me (and this one too, if you feel like it); I was testing to see if there was a way to get monotype font in the comments for that ASCII artist up there, and I accidentally posted instead of previewed. :-\

John Scalzi | May 11, 2006 11:29 AM

Nah, I'll keep them. That's a fun error.

Brian | May 11, 2006 11:40 AM

Interesting. MT is very draconian in which HTML tags it allows through. It's perfectly happy with <em> and <b>, but it just strips <code> and <tt> right out of the source. Looks like the Whatever is doomed to be forever devoid of monotype ASCII art.

John Scalzi | May 11, 2006 11:53 AM

Ah, well.

Anne C. | May 11, 2006 12:11 PM

"I'm 37!"
"I'm 37. I'm not old!"
"Well - I can't just say: "Hey, Man!"
"Well you could say: 'Dennis'"
"I didn't know you were called Dennis."
"You didn't bother to find out, did you?"

Happy belated birthday, John. I'm sure if Krissy and Athena had anything to say about it, you had a wonderful day.

Christoph | May 11, 2006 02:25 PM

Herzlichen Glueckwunsch zum Geburtstag !

John Scalzi | May 11, 2006 02:50 PM


Bret | May 11, 2006 03:18 PM

I celebrated your birthday by ordering a copies of "Questions for a Soldier" and "Agent to the Stars." Hurry up and write something else so I can get you some more royalties for Christmas.

doubt | May 11, 2006 05:34 PM

Otanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu

Mara | May 11, 2006 09:35 PM

Anyone who can easily do cartwheels at 37 has reason to celebrate. Belated happy happy!

Soni | May 12, 2006 01:19 AM

Welcome to the 3-7 club, my man. It's like the speedbump that lets you know 40's coming.

Janice in GA | May 12, 2006 03:21 PM

I'm late to the well-wishing, but anyway...

many happy returns! Live long and keep writing!

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