Gilgamesh and life

Shiduri said, “Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find eternal life That you seek. When the gods created mankind, they also created death, and they held back eternal life for themselves alone. Humans are born, they live, then they die, this is the order that the gods have decreed. But until the end comes, enjoy your life, speed it in happiness, not despair. Savor your food, bathe and anoint yourself, wear bright clothes that are sparkling clean, let music and dance fill your house, love the child that holds you by the hand and give you wife pleasure in your embrace. That is the best way for a man to live.” (Gilgamesh, A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell)

Couple of great quotes.

“Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.” ~ Bill Vaughan
Age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)


So this past Saturday saw the passing of another year.  I am much closer to 40 now.  I had a great weekend planned with my wife and I spending the time together downtown in a hotel.  Unfortunately, fate had other ideas.  A good friend of hers had gotten sick and needed some help so my DW took two of the kiddos and headed out to help.  She is very caring and loving to her friends, so this was really no surprise.  I kept our oldest and we had daddy-daughter time.  She was smitten with the room and downtown, though for the most part we hung out in the room.  I had to endure a LOT of Spongebob Squarepants and some character called “Fred” which was just a hyper, annoying teen throwing fits.  I’m sure every generation says it, but what the hell are kids watching?  We don’t have cable, so we are pretty sheltered from this stuff.  I remember having great cartoons to watch when I was younger.

All-in-all, I had a great time.  I made sure the house was straight when everyone got back and prepared a dinner of vegetables since everyone had been eating really heavy over the week end.  Here’s to another year and hoping it just gets better.