All right, already! You don't need to rub it in. But, yes, it is true. I have now reached the half century mark. I should have some profound observations to make, now that I have acquired a measure of antiquity and sagacity. But perhaps I'll save them for my hundredth. Check back here in 2055.
By the way, birthday greetings are also due to Mr. Eric Theodore Hogeterp, one of my esteemed protégés, with whom I share not only this day but a middle name as well.