Five years ago yesterday, I started keeping a journal online.

There were no images, just words. That first entry was particularly pondersome. It was a heavy year emotionally, economically.

The following April I would start including a photo for most days—formatted in an arbitrary rectangle so it would fit on the screen with some thoughts.

Thirty-six years ago today I was born.

The cast of characters is largely the same. Some folks have moved on, moved around, got hitched, started families. I closed up shop from the initial dot-boom and free-floated for a while, shacked up with a fella I adore, started a new company with friends that has a nice balance of pixels and elbow grease.

So things are good on this birthday.

Today at the studio, my friends presented me with this Charley Harper print that accompanied his definitive monograph.

It is number 036.


I like that there’s that leading zero in the print number. If life continues to be this rich, thanks to those around me far and near, I hope to use that extra character in my own numbering.

A hat tip to everyone reading this and following along. It’s time for cake.

Current music: Growing “In the Shadow of the Mountain”

15 responses to “036”

  1. Kate Foy Avatar

    Happy birthday! Cake time indeed.

  2. communicatrix Avatar

    Happy birthday! I will wear my new shirt to bed in your honor.
    Wait–that’s weird.
    Wait–so am I.

  3. Jeff Avatar

    You’ve got some quality folks around you to give a gift like that. Enjoy your day! 🙂

  4. fantasy weather league Avatar

    Happy birthday, Chris! Thanks for for all the work you put into this site.

  5. edbury Avatar

    Happy birthday, Chris. I stole your arbitrary rectangle about two months after I started reading. My gift is letting you know. 🙂

  6. Dean Avatar

    Happy Birthday Chris!

  7. Michelle Avatar

    Happy, happy birthday.

  8. beth Avatar

    Happy Birthday!

  9. Heather Avatar

    Happy Birthday Chris. Thank you for sharing bits of your life on this site.

  10. Bambam Avatar

    Happy birthday Chis! I follow you along via your delightful blog incognito – must be funny having all these strangers know you and you don’t know them. I don’t have a blog but my boyfriend has one at jesseonthebrink.com – he sometimes blogs about me there.

  11. Decio Avatar

    Buon compleanno, Chris.

  12. D R E W Avatar

    happy birthday, you…

  13. peg Avatar

    Many happy returns!

  14. dave p. Avatar

    Belated happy birthday, Chris. And best wishes for a peaceful, healthy, and art-filled new year.

  15. A.J. Avatar

    a very Happy New Year to you, and here’s wishing the next 036 are full of warmth and the wealth of health !!