Despite being miles from all but my newest friends, I managed to have a very nice birthday indeed! I decided to relax my boycott of Facebook's birthday notifications, and gratefully received cheery one-line greetings from people from every continent and every stage of my life (but for college). Nice to be reminded anew that these not-so-few years have been full ones... And there's one more if you're in China (I'm at the point where Confucius 而知天命 knew the will of heaven!). On the Chinese end I helped a friend who was moving pack some of his limitless hoard of ESL texts, and he hosted a little birthday celebration in his new place - where these "eight treasure rice" 八宝饭 appeared. Thanks, all!