This seems a little odd - I do not even know the guy.
However while reading "The Bleat" on Wednesday I figured (if my math is correct) that Mr. James Lileks and I are one day apart in age, I being born 8-11-58.
There were several people whom I know in real life who encouraged me in this endeavor and I'm grateful. But when I read "The Bleat" I get inspired and think, "That's what I want to be when I grow up!"
So, I just want to say, "Happy Birthday" and I never miss "The Bleat", and, incidentally, the thing Friday about the Sloe Gin Fizz was an absolute hoot and I'm thinking that Red Barf is a great name for a character.
Do I need to check with you before I use it?