On Birthdays


Yesterday was my birthday (it’s too late! don’t say it!). This year I turned 44. There are many interesting things about the number 44, but my favorite is that it is a “happy number.”

For those that don’t feel like they have time to follow the link, a happy number is defined as any positive integer, you replace the number by the sum of the the squares of its digits until you reach one, or until it loops cyclically without ever reaching one. ¬†In my case,

  • (4×4) + (4×4) = 32
  • (3×3) + (2×2) = 13
  • (1×1) + (3×3) = 10
  • (1×1) + (0x0) = 1

Pretty cool, huh? Also, it goes without saying that if your number does not follow these rules, it is defined as an unhappy number. So sad for you.

The picture, which I failed to mention until just now, is what the Google displays on your birthday, if Google knows it’s your birthday. In all likelihood, Google knows. But that’s a topic for another time. Another blog, even.

My goals as a 44 year old? Well, I am on my way to being in the best shape I have been in since high school, so I want to continue¬†that trend. I’m going to ride my first full century this year as well. I’m going to focus more of my time and energy into my close relationships. And I am going to finish up my much-needed work certifications. A big list, I know. But I think I can do it.

Have a great weekend. Mine will be spent…happily.

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