Today I turn 63

It happens every year about this time, this anniversary of my entering upon this mortal coil.

It occurred me to reverse the numbers, (63) to 36, and find out what was happening in the world when I was at that tender age.

Fasten your seatbelts and come with me down the slippery slope of time, to the year 1994

The Scream, by Edvard Munch is stolen from the National Gallery, in Oslo, Norway. (it happened again in 2004)

The Channel Tunnel, the underground tunnel between England and France opened.

Amazon opens its virtual doors for the first time. (twenty-seven years ago … scary, no?)

‘Forest Gump’, and ‘The Lion King’, win big at the Oscars.

‘Stargate’, the movie that launched a thousand TV series, premiered.

‘Star Trek: Generations’, wherein Jean Luc Picard and James Kirk team up to save the galaxy, also premiered.

Looking over the list of movies on the ‘1996 films’ page, I see a lot of movies that I remember fondly.

Here’s the funny thing though, I’ve never remembered a lot of my personal history. The big things stand out, but dates and events, and people, slip away the further away in time I get from them. This apparently is somewhat unusual. Most people tell me they can remember far more detail about their life’s passage.

So if you are from my past, and you see me walking down a street somewhere in the world and I ignore you, it’s not personal. Just stop and say, “Remember me?”… and regale me with tall tales of the adventures we shared.

52 comments on “Today I turn 63

  1. quiall says:

    I am a lot like you. People and events are fading. I still have flashes of memory but if somebody asked me to recall an event chances are good I wouldn’t be able to. I wonder if perhaps they just weren’t as important as I thought they were. Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And just think of it this way: some strange man slapped you on the behind 63 years ago and you haven’t looked back. Well done my friend, well done.

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  2. Carmen says:

    Happy birthday! I will be 64 in Nov. . And Forrest Gump does not seem that long in the past. ..
    Hope you have one terrific day!

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  3. Tish Farrell says:

    All the very best of birthday good wishes, Widders.

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  4. Heather von Hugo says:

    Happy Birthday to You!!πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  5. I’m about your age and I can’t remember a thing that happened in my personal life 36 years ago… other than getting divorced. That was definitely a reason for celebration. πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday! I hope you have a memorable day!

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  6. My 65th is at the end of November. I’m like you,I remember only the major things but everything else is a mixed up blur.
    Wishing you great health because that’s what really matters!

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  7. Roadtirement says:

    What an interesting idea. Mine at my next birthday will be a look back to when I was 17. Not sure I even want to look back at the teenage years… Have a wonderful and happy Birthday!

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  8. Olga Godim says:

    Happy birthday!

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  9. I’m older than you (OK, not much). I have more to remember, and forget. Happy birthday! Hope its memorable, in a good way!

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  10. Best wishes for a special day!!

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  11. Happy Birthday. have a good day and best wishes for the coming year. I am not going to reverse my age and look into the future!

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  12. Ian Hutson says:

    I can’t relate to any of this; I am too young to have been born yet.

    Happy birthday to you, squashed tomatoes and stew, bread and butt-er in the gutt-er, happy birthday to you!

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  13. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Hope you have a great one!
    (In the middle of Last Dragon in London. Getting HUGE kick out of it!) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  14. Happy birthday, you youngster πŸ˜Šβ€οΈπŸ€—πŸŽ‚πŸ·πŸ’•

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  15. I’ll bet you pounds to peanuts that some map index exists that identifies where all your personal Archives are.

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  16. bone&silver says:

    Wishing you the happiest of Earth Days, and a smooth, interesting, and creative next journey around the sun, from G in Oz (who in 1994 was living in Darlinghurst Sydney, working at Betty’s Soup Kitchen off Oxford St, going to uni part time, and partying a lot!) ❀

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  17. cagedunn says:

    Happy Birthday to another person born in the Year of the Earth Dog!

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  18. Happy birthday! I did the 63 thing a couple of months ago. Feels weird to be something like a senior …

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  19. πŸ§β€β™€οΈRarenwiseπŸ§β€β™€οΈ says:

    Happy belated

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  20. Jay says:

    Happy birthday xo

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  21. Lee McAulay says:

    (Belated) Happy Birthday! Those things you mention – can’t possibly be 25 years ago, surely? Time dilates…

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  22. A belated happy birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day πŸ™‚

    I didn’t have a good time when I was 36 and would very much like to forget those memories. 1996 seemed a good year though!

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  23. acflory says:

    Happy Birthday, Widds! I’m sure I read somewhere that the human brain stores long term memories as generic components and then recomposites them when/if required. Memories that are revisited often gain dendritic? connections. Others don’t. Just remember how good Mrs Widds cake tastes and you’ll be fine. πŸ™‚

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