Sorry for the lack of posting thus far.

Today’s my birthday (I’m 40, officially old enough than I can no longer eschew the label “middle aged”) and I had related festivities that precluded doing my “blog job” with my usual early morning zeal.

Less pleasantly, I arrived at my actual job this morning to find that the geniuses in tech support had locked down the hard drive as part of a plan to prevent non-existent system problems and have spent the last three hours undoing the damage they caused. I’m up and running now but three hours behind in my work so will likely not get anything written for OTB until later.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. McGehee says:

    I’m 40


  2. elgato says:

    Happy Birthday! Let me know how 40 treats you; I’m not quite there yet. 🙂

  3. Steven Plunk says:

    Haven’t you heard that 40 is the new 30? Besides it’s all upstairs.

    My birth certificate says I’m 45 but my control tower says college was just few years ago.

  4. Mark says:

    Happy birthday.

    So at what age do all you old farts start getting AARP mailings?

  5. steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) says:

    AARP starts bugging you at 50.

  6. Oceanguy says:

    Happy Birthday… a mere child you are

  7. DL says:

    My God, I’ve children older than you! May you also live to enjoy the same situation. As they say in Poland, stolat!

  8. Rodney Dill says:

    Happy Birthday El Capitan

  9. Elmo says:

    Happy Birthday Sir.

    Forty? I was still howlin at the moon, and tomcatting around at thirty nine. You’re middle aged if/when you start referring to yourself as such. Me I’ve only done it once (now 47 y.o.).

    If it’s any consolation ….. my beige box died yesterdee. Reloaded the o.s …… (no backup/save).
    Yesterday was tough …… I feel better today.

    It may just be enough for me to give Linux a try?

  10. Lisa Antonio says:

    Happy Belated Birthday, now turning 34 does not seem quite so bad.