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March 21, 2006

Happy birthday
Posted by Patrick at 12:01 AM * 238 comments

tnh1.jpg Teresa Nielsen Hayden, born 21 March 1956, in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

Happy fiftieth birthday, my love, my collaborator, my co-conspirator in all things. May your flag fly for decades to come.

Comments on Happy birthday:
#1 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:15 AM:

Woe! I'm fifty! I'll never get into trouble again!

(Thank you, love. You da one.)

#2 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:26 AM:

Hippo bathday!!! :D

#3 ::: protected static ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:31 AM:

And many more...

#4 ::: Adrian Bedford ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:40 AM:

Many happy returns from far-off Western Australia! :)

#6 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:54 AM:

Best wishes from rainy Hawai'i!

#7 ::: Will "scifantasy" Frank ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:58 AM:

And many, many more.

#8 ::: Carl Dershem ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:04 AM:

Many happy returns.

#9 ::: Dan Blum ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:06 AM:

Happy birthday! And who says you can't get into trouble after 50?

#10 ::: nina armstrong ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:17 AM:

Happy birthday....
I think you'll just get into better trouble....

#11 ::: Rob Hansen ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:57 AM:

Many happy returns, Teresa! And welcome to that second half-century from someone who got here fifteen months ago. Geez, where did all that time go?

#12 ::: elise ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:58 AM:

Happy happy happy birthday! May you achieve an ever more satisfying grade of trouble, with excellent fringe benefits. (And the photograph there is excellent. So is your photo of architectural detail on Patrick's Flikr page. Nice!)

#13 ::: Marna ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:01 AM:

*ices confetti* *throws cake*

Many Happy Returns of the Day!

#14 ::: dan ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:05 AM:

Happy Birthday, Teresa! ...and may you generate gloriously fun trouble in the years ahead!

#15 ::: candle ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:24 AM:

Yes, happy birthday. And thank you for looking after us.

#16 ::: Randolph Fritz ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:33 AM:

Hippo birdie two ewes...

or is that...

oh, never mind...

happy birthday, anyway

#17 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:48 AM:

Happy birthday - may it be a good one!

#18 ::: bryan ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 03:13 AM:

Happy birthday, and since I got this email recently and it seems relevant I'll pass it on

"Salutations on this glorious day, from Mr. Pumblethrait Thoop (late son of the Emperor of Thoop)
As you no doubt are aware thereof, our tiny island nation of Thoop is the primare resource of triple tier birthday cakes, now due to evolution of the government I sit in possession of the 10,000 cakes of various flavors and munificense. Without recourse to sales because of import restriction.
I am making to you on this auspicious occasion a devious proposition, okay? Now, I am making it: You being in possession of birthday request transfer of birthday cakes posthaste and share out slices 50/50. This is best deal ever!

Signed,
Pumblethrait Thoop."

I don't no though, it seems suspicious.

#19 ::: Cory Doctorow ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 03:15 AM:

Many happies, Teresa!

#20 ::: Karen Babcock ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 03:17 AM:

Happy birthday from your one-time stomping grounds of Seattle!

#21 ::: bryan ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 03:19 AM:

hey, you share a birthday with Jen http://stevegilliard.blogspot.com/2006/03/happy-birthday-jen.html

#22 ::: Christina Schulman ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 03:28 AM:

Happy birthday! I hope the birthday loot is sparkly and piled high.

#23 ::: Dave Langford ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 03:54 AM:

Gosh! Happy birthday from me too. You young whippersnappers. Harrumph!

Dave [53 next month]

#24 ::: Eve ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 04:13 AM:

Harpy Bifday from lovely Prague.

#25 ::: Andrew Brown ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 04:21 AM:

Many Happy Returns from North Essex!

#26 ::: Jonathan Shaw ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 04:50 AM:

Happy birthday, Teresa. I'm 9 years and 10 days older than you. I hope your life goes on getting better, as mine has.

#27 ::: Terry Karney ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 05:00 AM:

Felicitations from Korea.

#28 ::: Francis ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 05:44 AM:

Happy Birthday!

#29 ::: chibent ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 05:48 AM:

Happy Birthday!

I missed sharing your birthday by one day (my 30th was yesterday). Still, March is a great month to be born. :)

*sending thanks to TNH's parents, wherever they may be*

#30 ::: Fiendish Writer ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 06:42 AM:

And I wish you a hatful of fiendish delight!

Many cheers for the birthday that is yours today.

#31 ::: rhandir ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 06:45 AM:

Happy Birthday!
-r.

#32 ::: Dan Guy ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 06:50 AM:

Hippo birdy two ewe!

#33 ::: Soli ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 06:50 AM:

Happy Birthday!

#34 ::: elizabeth bear ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 06:50 AM:

toga! toga! toga!

#35 ::: jane ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:01 AM:

Gee--I could have babysat you. Changed your diapers.

Hell, I could have GiVEN BIRTH to you. (Except not in South Dakota.)

Happy birthday, T.

Jane

#36 ::: Ken MacLeod ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:04 AM:

Happy birthday!

#37 ::: Mris ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:04 AM:

And many more happy ones!

#38 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:05 AM:

Thank you. Thank you all. Especially the ones who are older than I am.

#39 ::: Michael Weholt ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:14 AM:

Many happy returns to a very gracious woman.

Well, gracious to anybody who doesn't absolutely deserve to have their ass kicked, I mean. :)

#40 ::: JennR ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:15 AM:

Hippo Birdies!

#41 ::: Mac ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:20 AM:

A very happy birthday to you. :)

#42 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:43 AM:

Happy birthday!! And many, many more.

#43 ::: Elayne Riggs ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:47 AM:

Happy birthday, Teresa!

#44 ::: Graydon ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:56 AM:

Many happy returns of the day!

#45 ::: JKRichard ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:56 AM:

Yes, happy fifteenth birthday! (let the fifteenth stet!)

;)
-=Jeff=-

#46 ::: Sam Kelly ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:56 AM:

Happy birthday from *checks* grey-and-sunny London!

#47 ::: Sisuile ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:58 AM:

A little birthday dirge

It's your Birthday! Happy Birthday!
May the candles on your cake
Burn like cities in your wake.
On your Birthday! Happy Birthday!

It's your Birthday! Happy Birthday!
Burn the castle and storm the keep
Kill the women, but save the sheep
For your Birthday! Happy Birthday!

It's your Birthday! Happy Birthday!
While you eat your birthday stew
We will loot the town for you,
On your Birthday! Happy Birthday!

#48 ::: PZ Myers ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:04 AM:

As someone who has just turned 49 himself, all I can say is...

Wow.

Fifty is really old.

Anyway, welcome to the second half of your first century!

#49 ::: Raw Data ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:06 AM:

All the best, young ’un.

#50 ::: Petter Hesselberg ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:07 AM:

By a (not all that) curious coincidence, my #1 son turns 15 today. Since I'm already in a celebratory mood, let me add my felicitations. (Even though I don't get to be older than you for almost three years...)

#51 ::: Laina ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:08 AM:

Happy Birthday from Heidelberg, Teresa! I turned 50 just before I moved here in 2004 - and I keep forgetting to add the time since then, so I'm always surprised when I realize that I'll be 52 in just 72 more days.

#52 ::: Sandra McDonald ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:09 AM:

Happy happy birthday! It's a marvelous day!

#53 ::: Harry Connolly ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:11 AM:

HBD and many returns!

#54 ::: James Goodman ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:12 AM:

Wow! Happy Birthday! May all your birthday wishes come true...

#55 ::: Joe Crow ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:18 AM:

Please accept my wishes for a green and pleasant De-Wombing Anniversary, from the rather chilly north. Dang, it's cold out there.

#56 ::: Tim Kyger ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:20 AM:

Happy birthday.

50 sucks. (Turned 50 October 29th, and I've been having a traditional mid-life crisis ever since.)

Well, someone had to be the curmudgeon here...

#57 ::: Tim Kyger ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:22 AM:

Oh, almost forgot.

It's my wedding anniversary too.

I'd best buy something...

#58 ::: Bruce Arthurs ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:26 AM:

About this "trouble" business...

Before age fifty, you have to work to stay out of trouble.

After age fifty, you have to work to get into trouble.

(Despite my best efforts, I seem to be doomed to a future of staid respectability. Dammit.)

#59 ::: Bruce Arthurs ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:29 AM:

Oh, and an early congrats on the upcoming 27th.

#60 ::: Jon Hansen ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:38 AM:

Happy birthday!

#61 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:39 AM:

hippo birdies two ewes again.

Dammit, you're younger than I. By five days. Hope your birthday celebrations are as good as mine were!

Hugs across the eways!

#62 ::: Cassandra ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:44 AM:

Happy birthday.

#63 ::: Hilary Hertzoff ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:48 AM:

Hippy Hoppy Birthday

#64 ::: Bob Oldendorf ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:50 AM:

Well, let me add to the pile-on:

Happy Birthday!

And, as always, thank you for your hospitality.

(P.S.: '50' is a good one: it lets one move into the 'Wise Elder' role.)

#66 ::: Jo Walton ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:55 AM:

Happy Birthday!

#67 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:11 AM:

Happy birthday! Here is a virtual pot of hunny and a beautiful blue balloon.

#68 ::: Bond ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:26 AM:

Heppy birthday!
I found nice site to see peoples from all world.
Faces of countries with poeople's portreaits ;)
It's realy cool ;)

www.areaface.com

#69 ::: Paul ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:31 AM:

There are lots of inventive comments, but I think I'm going to stick with a classic - happy birthday. :)

(And as someone else said, that's a good photo - you look suitably mischievous!)

#70 ::: Lin Daniel ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:35 AM:

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

I'm so glad I came by today. I've been out and about, working my ... Anyway, I'm glad I came by today.

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Will you come to my birthday party next year, when I turn 50?

#71 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:35 AM:

Happy Birthday, and Happy Springtime!

#72 ::: Sandy B. ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:40 AM:

Cheers!

#73 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:42 AM:

Happy Birthday!

Love the photo too, by the way.
You look like your devious plans
are working out as expected.

Makes me think of a certain,
unforgetable, game of Thing.

;)

Anyway, many more to come...

#74 ::: Chris Quinones ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:45 AM:

HIPY PAPY BTHUTHDTH THUTHDA BTHUTHDY, Teresa!

#75 ::: James ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:45 AM:

Hipy papy bthdth bthdtha bthddday.

OWTTE.

#76 ::: suzanne ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:47 AM:

A most happy birthday to you, and best wishes for a wonderful, joyous, deeply interesting, and light-filled year ahead!

And don't let the soon-to-be Dr. Jane give you a hard time 'bout the age thing (-:

#77 ::: Andrew Willett ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:58 AM:

Many, many happy returns of the day.

#78 ::: JBWoodford ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:03 AM:

Happy Birthday from a mostly-lurker and infrequent poster. So now that you'll never get in trouble again, does that mean that Patrick will have to pick up the slack and get into twice as much?

#79 ::: Patrick Anderson ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:04 AM:

Happy birthday!

I hope you continue to have fun.

#80 ::: Harriet ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:10 AM:

And another chorus of "Hippo Birdie two ewes"

[I'm so glad somebody quoted the Birthday Dirge command to "save the sheep" since, now that you have all these nice new ewes, you can simply preserve them (possibly in a big jar, steeped in high-proof spirits with the merest soupçon of jalapeño) until you need their fibery goodness for more of that luminous knitting stuff :-)]

#81 ::: Rose White ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:13 AM:

Hppy Brthdy to everyone's favorite disemvoweler! Yay!

#82 ::: Janice in GA ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:17 AM:

No matter how old you get, I'll always be older. :)

Many happy returns!

#84 ::: Skwid ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:26 AM:

I see Sisuile got things started (should be sung to the tune of "The Volga Boatmen," for the unfamiliar)...

It's your Birthday! Happy Birthday!
Now you've aged another year,
Now you know that Death is near,
It's your Birthday! Happy Birthday!

It's your Birthday! Happy Birthday!
Death, destruction, and despair,
People dying everywhere,
It's your Birthday! Happy Birthday!

It's your Birthday! Happy Birthday!
I'm a leper, can't you see,
Have a Birthday kiss from me,
It's your Birthday! Happy Birthday!

(To add to the Dirge, pick your favorites...or write a new one!)

#85 ::: Connie H. ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:27 AM:

Hippo birdies two ewe, Teresa!

#86 ::: Electric Landlady ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:29 AM:

Happy Birthday! Looking forward to the next fifty!

#87 ::: Daniel Klein ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:33 AM:

Happy birthday! And many, many reruns! No wait, no reruns at all--returns! Yes. To many more interesting years (and I don't mean this as a Chinese curse ;))

#88 ::: Richard Brandt ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:40 AM:

Hey, many happy returns of the day! (Although I really wrote to note that my birthday is March 23, 1957, so hey, we're practically twins.)

#89 ::: Darice Moore ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:40 AM:

Many happy returns from Florida!

#90 ::: Mary Aileen Buss ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:42 AM:

Hippo birdie two sheep!

And March is indeed a very good month to be born.

--Mary Aileen

#91 ::: torie ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:43 AM:

happy birthday!! :)

#92 ::: Beth Meacham ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:43 AM:

Happy birthday, you child.

#93 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:53 AM:

Birthday joy, along with cake and ice-cream of your choice!

#94 ::: Magenta Griffith ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:54 AM:

Happy birthday!

Remember, age is only a number...

#95 ::: Alex ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:57 AM:

Happy B-Day. Best Wishes.

Alex

#96 ::: Tina ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:58 AM:

Happy birthday!

I see someone else has provided the obligatory birthday song, so I'll just be over here singing along.

#97 ::: Georgiana ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:58 AM:

Many happy returns of the day! And here I thought you were the physical incarnation of trouble.

(chibent - my birthday was yesterday also, happy late birthday to a fellow first day of Springer.)

#98 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 11:02 AM:

Teresa, my favorite boss and occasional partner in crime, you will never be so old that you cannot be the epicenter of fireworks and creation. It's in your DNA. I've been looking for a coffee cup like the one my mother used to own, that says "If you're looking for trouble, I can offer you a wide variety."

Happy Birthday, young'un. Wish I was there to say so in person.

#99 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 11:07 AM:

Indeed many congratulations and much felicity on your equinotical anniversary.
It's rather early on the 22nd here, but, like the saying (more or less) goes "somewhere in the world, the sun is over the yardarm", so I toast your semi-centenary across the hemiblogosphere.

#100 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 11:27 AM:

Woe! I'm fifty! I'll never get into trouble again!

I should add that Danny, who will be fifty in October, read this and said, "Uh huh. Fat chance." He sends birthday greetings in his toonish way.

#101 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 11:27 AM:

Happy birthday!!

#102 ::: John ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 11:31 AM:

Hppy Brthdy

(Srry, smn hd t d t)

From a regular lurker - long may your reign continue.

#103 ::: Gag Halfrunt ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 11:34 AM:

Happy birthday!

#104 ::: PiscusFiche ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 11:39 AM:

Many happy returns! (Oh, wait. Is that a bad thing to wish upon somebody who works at a publishing house? Sorry. Happy birthday!)

I hope you have lots and lots more happy birthdays.

#105 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 11:45 AM:

Congrats on the half-century! Though I sometimes agree with the Stones' line "what a drag it is to get old," all fretting aside, over-50 is turning out to be a good, creative time for me -- and I know it will be so for you!

My (slightly younger) husband turns 53 in another five days, so March does seem like a particularly fine month to be born.

#106 ::: Bill Hooker ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 11:50 AM:

Happy Birthday, and many happy returns!

#107 ::: nerdycellist ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 11:53 AM:

I think that turning 50 automatically means that "Teresa" is to "Trouble" as "W" is to "Illegal"; As Teresa is a respectable 50-year-old, you must be confused and mistaken about the nature of the "trouble" or "mischief" she has caused and/or participated in. Going out in her barefeet to light fireworks or other assorted incendiary devices (for example) has been elevated by Teresa's participation in it. Who says this is "trouble"? Why do you hate America?

Happy Birthday, Teresa!

#108 ::: Laurie Mann ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 11:57 AM:

Happy birthday, and I hope it doesn't snow on your day!

#109 ::: Michael Walsh ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:02 PM:

"Woe! I'm fifty! I'll never get into trouble again!"

Yeah, right....and you have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell too...

Happy Birthday, kiddo!

#110 ::: Janni ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:07 PM:

Hippo birdies, with as many ewes as you'd like!

#111 ::: Phil Lee ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:07 PM:

"Well it's time to celebrate your birthday, it happens every year; we'll eat a lot of broccoli and drink a lot of beer!"

Many happy returns!

#112 ::: Charlie Stross ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:15 PM:

Happy birthday!

#113 ::: cmk ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:18 PM:

Well, since you specifically recognized the older contingent, I can't but join in: Happy birthday.

#114 ::: Zeynep ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:19 PM:

Raising a coffee cup to you: Many happy returns.

#115 ::: Tiger Spot ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:19 PM:

You can get into much better trouble now, because you can sneak up on it and no one will suspect -- Oh. I'll just keep quiet about that, shall I?

Happy birthday!

#116 ::: Rodrigo Webler ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:20 PM:

Feliz Aniversário do Brasil!

#117 ::: Lois Fundis ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:20 PM:

Happy birthday, Teresa!

#118 ::: Rebecca ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:26 PM:

an equinox baby! yay! much happiness of many kinds with it!

#119 ::: Niall McAuley ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:37 PM:

Many happy returns!

#120 ::: bryan ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:50 PM:

well since we're singing, Danish birthday song:

I dag er Teresa's fødselsdag!
Hurra! Hurra! Hurra!
Hun sikkert sig en gave får
som hun har ønsket sig i år
og dejlig chokolade med kage til.

Hvor smiler hun, hvor er hun glad
Hurra! Hurra! Hurra!
Men denne dag er også rar,
for hjemme venter mor og far
med dejlig chokolade med kage til.

Og når hun hjem fra skolen går,
Hurra! Hurra! Hurra!
Så skal hun hjem og holde fest,
og hvem der kommer med som gæst,
får dejlig chokolade med kage til.

Til slut vi råber højt i kor.
Hurra! Hurra! Hurra!
Gid Teresa længe leve må
og sine ønsker opfyldt få -
og dejlig chokolade med kage til.

#121 ::: Mary Dell ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:52 PM:

Here's to your next 50!

#122 ::: Pamela Dean ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:52 PM:

Hey, turning fifty doesn't remove your ability to get into trouble, it merely confirms you as an expert.

Happy, happy birthday!

P.

#123 ::: Emma ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:53 PM:

And I'll be there in October...Muchas Felicidades. Or as my dad likes to say apio verde to you...

#124 ::: Jennifer Pelland ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:54 PM:

Happy half-century! May you have many more ;)

#125 ::: Trip the Space Parasite ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:55 PM:

Happy birthday!

(My, what an auspicious day to be born on! :)

#126 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 12:55 PM:

Bon anniversaire,
Mes voeux les plus sinceres!

#127 ::: Janet Croft ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:02 PM:

Just remember, when you get up to give your speech, be careful about that ring in your pocket ...

Happy birthday!

#128 ::: jennie ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:05 PM:

No! You can't stop getting into trouble! You have all these years of wonderful practice!

Have a fantastic birthday and many, many more years of exactly as much trouble as you want to get into.

#129 ::: Edward Oleander ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:06 PM:

***Happy Birthday!!!***

#130 ::: Richard Anderson ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:06 PM:

HBD from a newcomer to the Making Light community. It's an impressive creation.

#132 ::: Christopher Davis ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:24 PM:

Most happy birthday wishes to you, for this day and many more to come.

#133 ::: Cynthia Gonsalves ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:29 PM:

Happy birthday, here's to fifty orbits around the Sun!

#134 ::: julia ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:34 PM:

Oh dear. The beleaguered husband just turned fifty. How exactly does this no trouble thing work?

Happy birthday.

#135 ::: John Farrell ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:49 PM:

Cheers and happy birthday, Teresa!

#136 ::: Captain Slack ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:50 PM:

Happy birthday, [lj user="tnh"]!

#137 ::: Juli Thompson ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 01:54 PM:

Happy Birthday!

#138 ::: Vanessa ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:03 PM:

Happy birthday, and thanks for all the Particles!

#139 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:10 PM:

Felicitations on another Solar Return. When the Sun reaches the same point in the Zodiac where it was when the person was born, this is called their SunReturn, or, more colloquially, 'birthday'. For some it is a trying, even traumatic time. For others it is a joyous transition into a new phase of life. May the latter be your case! And may the Sun transit your natal Sun many, many more times!

Well, gracious to anybody who doesn't absolutely deserve to have their ass kicked, I mean.

Oh, she's gracious to them too. More gracious than they deserve! We have yet to see Teresa be ungracious...and I shudder to think.

#140 ::: katster ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:12 PM:

Happy birthday, Teresa! Hope it's a good one, and may there be many more to come.

-kat

#141 ::: Avram ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:13 PM:

Happy birthday, T! I'm sure you could still get into trouble if you tried.

#142 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:24 PM:

Happy birthday, and many happy returns!

#143 ::: Leigh Butler ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:29 PM:

Felicitations on this your natal day. We have confidence that, as in the past, you will laisse le bon temps roule for the foreseeable future. This is acceptable to Us. Carry on.

*nod*

#144 ::: Michelle K ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:30 PM:

Happy Birthday!

#145 ::: Jean ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:33 PM:

Many happies, from another of the older-than-thou brigade. Let there be parties!

#146 ::: will shetterly ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:38 PM:

Yay, Teresa!

#147 ::: Bob Devney ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 02:56 PM:

Happy birthday, Teresa!

It’s not everybody who gets to share a natal day -- as well as many personality traits, obviously -- with Johann S. Bach, Charlotte Bronte, Modest Mussorgsky, Florenz Ziegfeld, Harold Robbins, Son House, Gary Oldman, and Rosie O’Donnell.

And while we’re believing everything the net tells us, let’s not forget that on your day in history, the Hatfield-McCoy feud ended with a kiss, C. M. Kornbluth died, Alcatraz freed its last jailbirds, C.S. Lewis found Joy, Dr. King marched from Selma, the Supremes declared “Fanny Hill” unobscene, JR got shot, and TIME magazine recalled all copies of that publication’s only known cover typo: “contol” for “control.”

#148 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 03:02 PM:

A birthday present for Teresa!
Cold War bunker found in Brooklyn Bridge

NEW YORK (CNN) -- New York workers have discovered a trove of Cold War-era supplies within the masonry of the Brooklyn Bridge, a cache meant to aid in survival efforts in the event of nuclear attack.

City Department of Transportation employees were conducting maintenance on the structure Wednesday when they found the cache on the top floor of a three-floor space inside the bridge's base, agency spokeswoman Kay Salin said.

It looks like they found this last week, actually - today is still Tuesday, yes?

#149 ::: Rachel (VR) ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 03:22 PM:

You say it's your birthday? It's my birthday too!

Happy birthday, Teresa. I'm delighted to share my natal day with such a luminary.

#150 ::: Dan Layman-Kennedy ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 03:24 PM:

March on! March on! And lift up a glass,
Ye geeks who know your gentry:
The queen of skiffy editrices
Has reached her first half-cent'ry.

Come set the teetering slushpiles alight
And toss the smoking pages!
And pray the judgment weighing their end
Will long be TNH's.

Fear not the wingnut's idiot rants,
Nor trolls' incessant howling -
For these, and all deficient in grace,
A swift sure disemvowelling.

Let all deceivers cower in fear,
Their hearts filled with foreboding,
As shout we waes thu Teresa hael
To the sound of things exploding.

March on! (And if these verses offend,
As dull and thick as cordwood,
Forgive; they were set hastily down
For fear that first Mike Ford would.)

#151 ::: melissa ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 03:35 PM:

Happy Birthday...and may you have many more.

#152 ::: Gary ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 03:43 PM:

Cool! Another March baby! :D Happy birthday!

Mine's on the 27th.

#153 ::: Karen Williams ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 03:57 PM:

Happy birthday! It's my birthday today, too, and, oddly enough, I'm of the opinion that anyone born on March 21 must be exceptionally wise and beautiful.

#154 ::: Jason ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 04:01 PM:

Happy birthday!

#155 ::: Chryss ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 04:05 PM:

May your birthday be filled with light, love, and sodomizing dinosaurs!

#156 ::: Lis Carey ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 04:08 PM:

Happy birthday!

#157 ::: Caryn Cameron ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 04:22 PM:

Happy Birthday!

#158 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 04:27 PM:

I'm not yet prepared to describe what got handed to me when I arrived at the office this morning. I'll only say this: my friends have my number.

#159 ::: Henry ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 04:34 PM:

Happy birthday!

#160 ::: Bunny ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 04:37 PM:

Happy Birthday! It's about time you got here!
You're card's in the mail, and since I've known you All Your Life let me say here and now that there's no way on the face of _od's green earth you'll stay out of trouble, you baby-bottle thief, you!
BYW, thanks for 50 years of entertainment. I couldn't have asked for a better sister!

#161 ::: Jack Womack ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 04:44 PM:

Turned 50 myself in January, so far so good.

Happy birthday!!

#162 ::: Pat Greene ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 04:53 PM:

De-lurking...

Happ Birthday Teresa!!

#163 ::: Barbara ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 05:08 PM:

Ah, yes, I remember it well. Happy two score and ten, love of my life. Spell bizarre.

#164 ::: Adina ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 05:10 PM:

Happy birthday, Teresa!

#165 ::: elise ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 05:14 PM:

I'm not yet prepared to describe what got handed to me when I arrived at the office this morning. I'll only say this: my friends have my number.

Ah, it worked!

*dancing about gleefully and throwing multicolored confetti that explodes harmlessly and turns into tiny, bizarre, lighter-than-air citrus fruits*

#166 ::: Melissa Mead ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 05:28 PM:

Happy Birthday!

#167 ::: Geri Sullivan ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 05:50 PM:

Huzzah!

That's two milestones already this year. Much as we missed formally celebrating the first milestone, Boskone marked the 20th anniversary of our meeting. Yes, really. No, I don't know how it can be 20 years already, either. Any more than I know how you can possibly be 50, or I even older. But, my, life's held so many fine adventures getting here, surely there are many more ahead.

See you on the Funway, always and evermore.

#168 ::: a kate ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 05:58 PM:

I admit to curiousity about What Lurked In The Office Today.

But I can live without knowing.

(And happy birthday!)

#169 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 06:04 PM:

Awww, that was so sweet I'm getting all teary and sentimental.

Happy happy happy birthday! (and many more...)

#170 ::: JonathanMoeller ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 06:17 PM:

Not *everybody* gets to have their birthday on the same day Thomas Cranmer was burned at the stake in 1556.

Happy birthday!

#171 ::: Keith Thompson ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 06:21 PM:

Happy birthday!

I don't have the exact reference, but somebody (I think it was an SF editor), on reaching his 50th birthday, said (inexact quote follows), "It's sobering to realize that nearly a quarter of my life may now be over."

#172 ::: Renee ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 06:26 PM:

Happy birthday, Teresa. Please reconsider the 'no more trouble' thing; too many people who frequent this place are counting on you. ;)

#173 ::: gracelandwest ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 06:50 PM:

Happy birthday!!

#174 ::: CHip ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:04 PM:

I knew about Phoenix, Seattle, and Toronto(?) preceding NYC, but ... South Dakota?

In your next fifty, may you move as much as you will. Happy Birthday.

#175 ::: Michael I ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:04 PM:

Happy Birthday!

#176 ::: Patrick Connors ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:12 PM:

And a nearly-belated happy birthday from somewhat-rainy Phoenix.

#177 ::: Julie L. ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:15 PM:

Vivat!

#178 ::: Nancy C ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:21 PM:

Happy Birthday!

#179 ::: Tasker ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 07:48 PM:

Congrats! I turned 40 on my last one so you have a decade on me.

My first time responding on your site but I've been an admirer for quite some time. Having one of your two names on a book has always been a bonus for me in deciding if I wanted to read it.

White collar conservative flashin’ down the street
Pointin’ their plastic finger at me, ha !
They’re hopin’ soon my kind will drop and die but uh
I’m gonna wave my freak flag high, high !

#180 ::: Lenny Bailes ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:09 PM:

Happy Birthday, Teresa. And a wish for many more happy ones.

Yours, hoping to see more eclectic essays and whimsy from you, as well as the exposes that rattle the cages of the clueless.

#181 ::: Glenn Hauman ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:10 PM:

Mazel tov, shana punim! (Wait, are goyim allowed to say that?)

#182 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:33 PM:

Happy Birthday! Since I'm a year and 11 days older than you are, I can tell you that 51 is fine!

#183 ::: Alex Cohen ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:39 PM:

Happy birthday!

#184 ::: Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 08:43 PM:

Happy birthday!

From my own experience, 50 is much easier to take than 40, and fewer people think you need black balloons taped all over your office.

Not that I would ever admit to actually doing it myself . . .

#185 ::: Mike ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:07 PM:

This thread is only 2 comments away from the number of bloglines subscribers Making light has.

Happy birthday.

#186 ::: John M. Ford ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:20 PM:

Sorry I'm late; the day turned rather busy. Circumstances beyond, oo-er, oo-er yeah, ting tang yadda yadda bing bang.

Today we mark a demi-century
Nativity, on just the cusp of spring,
It’s time to rhyme on she who’s known as t,
Editor, hostess, friend -- that sort of thing
Light in the making, light on which to dine,
Slogging through slush for diamonds in the smoke
Exploring how the mind-yarns intertwine,
Never too proud to topple at a joke;
Holding on to the stuff that does endure,
And living on the faith that hope increases,
Yearning for better nations to mature
Dissenting in the way of editrices.
Enough already. She’s not finished yet;
No change in our affection. Mark it stet.

#187 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:22 PM:

Oh, when you can describe it, please do. I'm dying to know what all the other bits are (since I know my own).

#188 ::: Andrew Sigel ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 09:45 PM:

Many happy returns of the day, Teresa, and for many, many years to come.

I take it that the number was not 50...though you must enjoy having the Countdown Birthdate for your very own. Did no one get you a rocketship?

#189 ::: Joe J ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:08 PM:

Happy Birthday!

#190 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:10 PM:

Since "Hipy Papy..." has been taken, I'll just say

Happy Happy, Joy Joy!

and mention that I'm finally employed. Yay!

#191 ::: Don Fitch ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:15 PM:

In the thirty-some years you've been in my ken, you seem to have gotten into trouble less often, and less seriously, than most people. Your specialty is in causing trouble for others -- mostly by making people think, and by giving them wild ideas. This is Good (or so I Pronounce from the age of 77) and I hope you continue it for another fifty years, or as long as you enjoy doing it.

#192 ::: J Austin ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:29 PM:

Happy Birthday from an almost everyday visitor! So many fond wishes speak of how you've spent your first fifty, and how truly wealthy it's made you. Congratulations on all points.

#193 ::: MikeB ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 10:47 PM:

Happy Birthday!

#194 ::: Rikibeth ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 11:11 PM:

Happy Birthday! I hope it was wonderful!

#195 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2006, 11:22 PM:

A fashionably late happy birthday!

#196 ::: Allen J. Baum ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 12:10 AM:

Definitely Happy Birthday.
Yor life is far from over;
next year, you'll still be one short of a full deck, though.
But three years hence you'll have that joker, too.

#197 ::: Scott Lemieux ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 12:13 AM:

Wow, happy birthday! Hope the next year will be happy and productive. :)

#198 ::: Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 12:17 AM:

It's still 21 March here, so happy birthday from a place that's practically made of Particles!

#199 ::: Shawn M Bilodeau ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 12:19 AM:

Happy 25th Anniversary of your 25th Birthday!

And may you be around to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of your 50th Birthday, and still making, er, Not-Trouble (or whatever it is you make that makes this site such a wonderful, homey, thought-provoking, laughter-inducing, must-visit-daily site.)

#200 ::: Karen Funk Blocher ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 12:27 AM:

It's still your birthday in AZ too, so Happy Birthday. A friend of mine, exactly 20 years behind you, celebrated turning 30 by finishing her first novel last night. My husband, turning 55 in a few hours, has no such accomplishments planned.

Whether your day was as ambitious as Sara's or as laid-back as John's will be, I hope it as a good one!

Karen

#201 ::: Anne Sheller ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 01:02 AM:

Hi, ho, the big 5-0! Welcome to the over-the-hill gang! (Me, I'm a mere thirty something - will be thirty-twentythree in a couple months (Yes! I share my birth year with the illustrious Dave Langford! (Trapped again in a layrinth of little twisty parentheses....(and the dread waste of ellipses..........))))

#202 ::: Anne Sheller ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 01:04 AM:

Labyrinth. Evidently my fingers work faster than my brain at this time of night.

#203 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 01:15 AM:

Happy birthday! For fifty years now the world has been the richer for having you in it.

As it happens, you have the same birthday that my sister used to.

#204 ::: RuTemple ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 01:48 AM:

Happy Birthday, and thank you for all you are, and do, and for hosting this salon-of-comments.

Here's to the start of another free trip around the Sun!

#205 ::: Paula Lieberman ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 03:16 AM:

And showing up dilatorily....

I hope that lots of good things happened for TNH on her 50th, and are going to -continue- to happen!

#206 ::: John Dallman ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 05:30 AM:

Happy day-after birthday!

#207 ::: Dora K. ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 07:02 AM:

Ooh! Mazal tov from another loyal lurker. :)

#208 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 08:26 AM:

I hope it was a happy birthday, and that fifty has fewer (far fewer) unpleasant shocks than the forty-nine did.

#209 ::: Scraps ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 09:03 AM:

Happy birthday, and congratulations.

And may we all have such birthday friends as Mike Ford.

#210 ::: mayakda ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 09:17 AM:

I hope you have a ridiculously happy 50th year!

#211 ::: Rob Rusick ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 09:58 AM:

Happy Birthday! I'm trailing you only by a few months...

Never met, but I was living in Toronto at the same time you and Patrick were there
( me: 1977-79 ), attending OCA and living in one of the Campus Co-op houses;
I wonder if we ever crossed paths.

#212 ::: Velma deSelby Bowen ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 11:42 AM:

Belated birthday wishes! May you have decades more of things to explore, cook, and blow up!

#213 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 11:55 AM:

The rest of us do our best.

Mike Ford writes an acrostic sonnet.

I hope you realize that, though he writes for you, he speaks for us.

#214 ::: James Veitch ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 12:06 PM:

Belated happy birthday wishes.

#215 ::: Anne KG Murphy ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 01:09 PM:

Belated wishes for a most excellent year. We will celebrate you throughout.

#216 ::: Erin ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 01:54 PM:

Chiming in belatedly to wish you a happy birthday and many returns of the day.

#217 ::: Emmet ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 02:25 PM:

Late. alas, but I wish you all joy of the years to come.

#218 ::: hrc ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 03:14 PM:

Belated best wishes for an important milestone. Your work both here and with your authors has brought me great joy. I hope some is reflected back to you.

#219 ::: Deborah Green ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 04:22 PM:

Happy belated birthday!

Deborah

#220 ::: Greg Machlin ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 05:52 PM:

Happy birthday, Teresa, from a longtime lurker, very rare poster. Wishing you another 50 as good as your first!

#221 ::: Robert L ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 06:07 PM:

Wasn't near a computer yesterday, so...happy belated birthday. And many more to come...

#222 ::: NelC ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 07:03 PM:

Late as usual, I raise a glass (of cranberry juice, alas) to wish you at least another fifty. And I hope you got a crateload of difficult-to-obtain pharmaceuticals for your birthday. ;)

#223 ::: j h woodyatt ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 07:34 PM:

a belated birthday happiness wish to you. sigh.

#224 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: March 22, 2006, 07:53 PM:

And a happy thing happened with your religion on your birthday: The Arlington Diocese has approved female altar servers!

#225 ::: Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little ::: (view all by) ::: March 23, 2006, 01:11 AM:

Hippy happy hurrah! Another lap around the sun! Halfway through the Century! Hip-hip-hooray!

#226 ::: Glenn Hauman ::: (view all by) ::: March 23, 2006, 01:40 AM:

Happy Birthday Wishes
Miss Teresa N-H
Here's some more verse, we hope
it makes you smile

We know it's late, which is
anathema to thee;
can't find a gift that beats
a Ford freestyle.

#227 ::: Vera Nazarian ::: (view all by) ::: March 23, 2006, 03:25 PM:

Happy Happy Happy Belated Birthday, Teresa!!! :-)

#228 ::: Mez ::: (view all by) ::: March 24, 2006, 09:04 AM:

Alas! Regrets;
To post so late
So cold and stale.

But be assured
My wish for you
Is fresh and warm
Like morning loaves:
A Happy Birthday.

(Blame the doctors.)

#229 ::: eRobin ::: (view all by) ::: March 24, 2006, 02:53 PM:

I've de-lurked to wish you a happy birthday :)

#230 ::: Dave Levin ::: (view all by) ::: March 26, 2006, 12:21 PM:

A birthday anagram:

YEN. SENSE. LEARN. EDIT. AH!

#231 ::: Julia ::: (view all by) ::: March 29, 2006, 10:05 AM:

My, my, a birthdate sister! Hope the entire year is grand. I was born the very same date in Dallas, Texas.

#232 ::: Helen ::: (view all by) ::: March 31, 2006, 06:01 AM:

As a wise owl said, HIPY PAPY BTHUTHDTH THUTHDA
BTHUTHDY..

Theresa, you'll always be on my Must Read list.

#233 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: March 31, 2006, 10:54 AM:

Might one now be told
As your eloquence returns
What struck you dumb? Please?

#234 ::: P J evans sees comment spam ::: (view all by) ::: April 04, 2006, 02:13 PM:

Leading us astray, or trying to.

#235 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: April 04, 2006, 02:21 PM:

Internet Bingo, fah!

It's just not Bingo without the clouds of tobacco smoke and half-crazed old ladies surrounded by good luck charms.

#236 ::: Dave Levin ::: (view all by) ::: April 05, 2006, 07:49 PM:

In case my previous post was baffling, "YEN. SENSE. LEARN. EDIT. AH!" is an anagram of "TERESA NIELSEN HAYDEN".

#237 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2006, 05:34 AM:

Well, I for one got it at a glance.

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