64 and beyond

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Today I am 64.

64 is the first whole number (after 0 and 1, of course) that is both a perfect square and perfect cube.

It is the only age commemorated in a Beatles song that is both a square and a cube, although “Eight Days a Week” glorifies a cube and “Revolution 9” references a square.

I have had the same family since 1967. It is full of really great people.

I have been married to the same woman for 32 years. That has been wonderful.

We raised two children to adulthood, and now they are incredible humans. Trippy, rewarding, and awesome.

I wrote (or cowrote, or ghostwrote) six books. Amazing experiences.

I worked on or contributed to 42 books with 43 different authors, on topics from artificial intelligence to medical innovation to the life story of a zen disruptor. Incredible.

We have lived in and invested in improving three terrific houses in two different states. Fun stuff.

I have been in the business of helping writers for 40 years. It has been my sole source of income for the last 7 years. That’s been an absolute blast.

I wrote over 2,000 blog posts. What a lot of fun that was!

I got to spend 20 years as a technology analyst, and 14 years as a startup guy. I’ve meet hundreds of fascinating, smart, and diverse people. As careers go, that was pretty cool.

Math has been a central part of who I am since forever. That has been endlessly entertaining.

I got this far into this post without writing the word “but.” Even though there were a few things along the way that weren’t fun, how would I even appreciate the fun without those things?

Enjoy life. I am.

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  1. Wishing you a wonderful birthday, Josh! I am proud to have known you for many chapters : as a client, reader, friend, author, and admirer.

  2. Wishing you a most happy birthday, Josh. I hope your upcoming year is one of fulfillment, good health, and continued success.

  3. Happy birthday! Thanks for all the interesting posts. Enjoy your day & your year. I’ll be 65 next month and this year’s project was to figure out Medicare. Not fast or easy, for me. I won’t be surprised if I see a post from you about it before you turn 65.

  4. Happy birthday Josh. You have also been generous with your time, thank you. And I will second the comment about navigating Medicare during the year you turn 65. As Nancy says, it is indeed a project. What a topic rife for better communication.

  5. Happy Birthday, Josh. No one does it quite like you. I have enjoyed and learned from your posts over many years and hope you keep it up. I am thrilled to know that you are enjoying your life, that is so inspiring to me. Enjoy your day and the new year ahead.

  6. Sounds to me like you should start celebrating anniversaries of your 21st birthday instead of your birthday as you sound much more like a 43-year-old in energy! Happy Birthday.