Today Egyptian voters head off to the polling places to determine if they can take another run at making Egypt a modern nation. I wish them well.
For me, the day is a bit more personal. I will mark the passing of one year less I will have on this fascinating orb zooming through space at 43,200 MPH.
And a great year it has been. On days like this, I am glad I write this blog. I just glanced through the posts during the past 365 days. If I had not written the essays, I suspect I would have forgotten about 80% of them.
I hope that is not due to an age-related failing memory, but to my new-found ability to live in each given moment. That has perhaps been Mexico's best gift to me.
So, what am I doing for my birthday? I am heading to Manzanillo to draw a line under my root canal treatments. I have an appointment. I think. It is either today. Or on Thursday. Or on Friday. The messages on my telephone have been a bit sketchy.
A couple of readers have also been very helpful in giving me leads on where I might find a computer monitor. Radio Shack. Walmart. Office Max.
I may even head back to Office Depot to ensure I properly understood the shelf stocker last week. It seems odd that a company that sells computers would not sell stand-alone monitors.
When I return, I need to start finishing up my talk on Thursday. I have a list of things to do -- and most of the materials I will need. The hard part is sitting down and doing what needs to be done -- instead of frittering away my time enjoying my life in the tropics.
So, happy maybe birthday to Egypt. And happy birthday to me. This song is just for us.