I know I haven’t blogged very much lately — things have been a bit busy. In fact, this blog entry was supposed to be done yesterday. My apologies for getting it in a day late.
Today (well, yesterday) is (was) a special day. For May 16 has been a day of celebration. It was the day that my brother — whom I’ve so affectionately nicknamed Captain Awesome, turned 40.
Happy birthday, Captain Awesome!
(This picture was taken in 1984 – approximately 25 years ago this coming fall. Captain Awesome is the guy on the right.)
What can I say about my big brother that hasn’t been said before? He’s a great guy all around. Very dedicated to our family. As well as to his wife and three daughters. And his friends. And colleagues at work. And students — he’s been teaching formally and informally for years now. He’s someone who truly makes an “outside the box” learning experience for all.
He’s also an incredible musician. Composer. Arranger. He’s pretty amazing at writing. And his vacuuming skills? Second to none.
Most of all, though — he’s my big brother. One who, right now, is probably turning an uncomfortable shade of pink for seeing that I used that picture up top. There’s an interesting story behind it, actually: he was invited by a friend to be in this photo op with the president. But he was also a strong supporter of the guy who was running against the president at the time. Montague or something. All I remember is that he was the presidential candidate who said “Where’s the Beef?” Or maybe I’m remembering that wrong. But anyway — he was the only one there who decided not to wear a Reagan button for that very reason! You might not think of that as an interesting story nowadays, but by 1980s standards it was.
Happy 40th, CA. Hope it was a wonderful one for you…