Love, sex and interminable pop-culture references


It was my birthday yesterday, and as a result, I’m now officially in my late thirties. I’m feeling very old.

Last night I had a nice meal with my parents; tomorrow, there is a family thing in the afternoon. I got a book from my wife and I’m assuming there are more presents forthcoming.

Box art for the Nintendo 64 game "Paper Mario".
This is what I’ve been playing. I missed out on it first time around, so…

Is what I assume. What I’m also assuming is that I’m a relatively difficult person to buy for, insofar as I never really know what I want. Younger ILB never had this problem, as every Christmas and birthday was an opportunity to get a new Nintendo game. This is still a nice thing to get, but when one considers that I have five unfinished Switch games on the go and there are many more being added to the retro console emulator thingies, it’s more or less apparent that I don’t really need one right now.

I sometimes get things that I might use, but more often than not they become little more than ephemera. I’m more likely to use a stick of glue than I am my Stylophone, but then I like the fact that I own a Stylophone. I am a contrary boy.

I’ve decided, in these calm moments, that what I want the most is some quiet time. Time like this, with no distractions, no noise and no other responsibilities. The time to sit in silence and write my blog, or read a book, chatter on Twitter or play the aforementioned Switch.

Time, in short, to just be.

And, since you can’t package that and hand it over as a present, I’m having to find it for myself.

Or, if not, new porn is always welcome.


  1. Mrs Fever

    Happy birthday. (Belated, obvs.)

    Seeing that this is dated the 18th of March (which is MY birthday!) and it says that “yesterday” was your birthday, I can’t help but wonder if you ever wear green or receive bouquets of shamrocks on your special day. πŸ™‚

    Were there more/additional presents, as per your prediction?

    • Innocent Loverboy

      I’m not sure if any of me is Irish (I am a mix of English, Scottish and a little Welsh), but due to the date, people occasionally make the connection. My sister always gets me a St Patrick’s card, as opposed to a birthday one; I also once got given a Guinness hat despite the fact that I don’t drink Guinness.

      I got a few more presents, but it was mostly money, as I had expected. I got one more book too, and I used some of the money I got to buy two more books (the rest went on train tickets).

      I also got the Switch game I wanted, but I haven’t unwrapped it yet!

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