Saturday, August 15, 2009

Birthdays. . .Yeah.

So, I'm turning thirty-three this weekend. WooHoo! Nothing too spectacular, but 33 nonetheless. For this post I thought that I would talk a little about my birthday, but then focus on the number thirty-three itself. I've done a little research (okay, I looked it up on Wikipedia too), and found some interesting facts.

First of all, I love birthdays. I just think it's cool to have a day to celebrate the blessings and life that the Lord has provided. Last night my friends from work put together a little last minute party for me. We went out to eat, then some other friends joined us and we spent the evening on my deck just hanging out, chatting, and enjoying a very nice evening. Rachel made cupcakes, Krista brought a cookie-cake, and Shannon provided ice cream WHEW!!! I gained a few pounds on dessert, but I guess it's okay to splurge on your birthday! Mmmm Mmmmm. Anyway, it was a nice way to end a long day at work and celebrate my 33rd. (I'm sorry I didn't take any pics. . .I'll try to remember next time.)

As for the number itself. . .well, check this out:

--In sports 33 was the NBA jersey number of Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Patrick Ewing and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
--On most occasions, the traditional number of racers in the Indianapolis 500 is 33.
--33 was the number of innings played in the longest baseball game in history (a 1981 minor league game between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox in Pawtucket, Rhode Island).

--33 is a significant number in modern numerology, one of the master numbers along with 11 and 22 (which was my number playing basketball in college).

--For those of you who speak other languages: In French, Italian, Romanian, Spanish and Portuguese, 33 is the word a patient is usually asked to say when a doctor is listening to his or her lungs with a stethoscope (Trente-Trois, Trentatrè, Treizeci şi trei, Treinta y Tres and Trinta e Três) --Why? Well, I have no idea.

--Dante wrote the Divine Comedy in 3 canticas - each consisting of 33 cantos.

--The United Nations symbol has 33 segments.

--And, most important to me, thirty-three was Jesus's age when he was crucified for our sins in 33 A.D. Awesome to ponder what was accomplished in just 33 short years on earth.

So, that's the number 33. . . .and now, I think I'll go eat another cupcake! :)

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