Saturday, May 22, 2010


A couple days ago I looked at my phone and was caught by surprise at the date. May 20th. My birthday would be coming in 4 days. I think this may be the only time in my life that I was caught off guard by my own birthday. So many things have been happening.

In two days I will be 25. Twenty Five. One quarter of a century. XXV.

And I have no plans. Which! I'm not terribly upset about, but normally I am the kind of person who throws a big party. Last year two of my other friends shared the same birthday with me so the three of us had a big party. We ate food and drank and then we played capture the flag in the street with the added twist of water balloons. My team won!

It was a good time had by all!

This year will most definitely be different. Perhaps that is a good thing.

I have a very strange (read: boring) form of synesthesia in which I assign personalities to numbers. I have always done this, and never realized until a couple years ago that nobody else does and furthermore, there is a term for this odd thing I do.

The number 2 has always had a sheepish personality. A meek man, shy and complacent. The number 5 has always been named "Rita" and had a boisterous, loud, slightly obnoxious personality. She also tends to look down her belly at just about every other number except for 8 and 9 (nine because he's royalty and eight because he's rich and just as loud and boisterous as her). Yes I know I'm very strange. The two numbers together is kinda like the old Jack Sprat rhyme, "Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean, so betwixt the two of them they licked the platter clean".
So perhaps the age of a 25 is the age of finding balance?
Maybe this is the year where the extremes of my personality even out and congeal into a nice even pie?
My personal favorite is pumpkin. Not too sweet, with just a bit of spice. Mmmm...


  1. Hey long time no talk. I love your b day idea of drinking and playing capture the flag...haven't done that since I was in elementary school. Fun!

    Happy Birthday!

    Take care.


  2. The Pythagoreans of Ancient Greece had a similar concept to the version of synesthesia you describe. You may have heard of it, here's a link: