Wednesday, July 18, 2007


I’ve been thinking about numbers quite a bit lately. I grant you that working with numbers is a big part of my job but this is something altogether different.

I’ve been reflecting on the number “Thirty” mainly because my thirtieth birthday occurs later this month. I’ve also spent time contemplating the number “Eighty-One" which is the number of days until Baby M's due date.

I regret to report that my ponderings have yielded no significant mathematical findings.

“Thirty” and “Eighty-One" do however represent major turning points in my life. Turning “Thirty” seems more of a societal turning point, or in other words, an age at which one should act like an adult. This arbitrary line is becoming more blurred and less relevant, particularly in major urban areas like New York City but it does, nonetheless, exist.

“Eighty-One" on the other hand is a point in which I probably should begin acting like an adult. There is after all a brand new life on the way. A life that will be utterly dependent on me and his/her mother... for everything. Yikes! That is a sobering thought! Not that I’m a slacker but being entirely responsible for another human is a pretty major task.

Will we be good parents? Yes, of course.

Will we screw up? Yes, of course.

Will we figure it out? Yes, of course.

Will we love this little person who needs to eat every two hours (just like Papa!)? Undoubtedly!

Here’s a few additional numbers: Yesterday I ran about 9.5 miles in 1 hour 12 minutes – a pace of about 7:35/mile.

I also hammered out some 1600 meter repeats over the weekend and squeezed in a 30 mile ride, a 1 mile swim and a core + upper body strength training session.

"Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them."
-Dr. Seuss


Deene said...

you're still a baby. i'm waaayyy past 30 but i've yet to feel like a grown up except for those times when my kid gets sick or when the mortgage is due. if you're lucky you're child might be one of those with an old soul and you'll always feel like the kid.

Dying Water Buffalo said...

Nice usage of the Dr. Seuss quote!

Anonymous said...

You will be a great PAPA!!! If Matt can do it, you can. Actually seeing Matt in action is such a wonderful sight to see. He's a great PAPA!!
Nice swim this morning.

TriSaraTops said...

Hey--TOTALLY relating to this post--just turned 30...and how exciting that your wife and I are due on the same day!

Sounds like an exciting year for you guys, too!

Man, that's gonna be one fast kid.

13akbal said...

I'm pretty sure I've been reverse-aging since turning 30.. 30 is the new 20 after all.

81 days will go by in a blur. Before you know it Baby M will be 6, and you will look at old photo's of you feeding and changing diapers with absolutely no recollection of it ever happening. I think it's natures way of tricking you into more kids :-)

Ginger Breadman said...

Great fast run, and I love your counter. You can become an adult, but for your child's sake, remember that you never really have to grow up.

Just12Finish said...

You seem to have done quote a bit so far. Many others, including me, pretty much burned a hole in the sofa working our way towards 30.