A 49th Parallel

49 Canadian. 

Not 50…yet. 

This is a welcome achievement. Hard earned and revered, and not always visible over that distant horizon.

This life journey has been a roadtrip with quite a few detours, but nothing that I would change, could or should I.

Change, growth, learning, adaptation, and most of all, love and gratitude, have made me the man, husband, and father that I am.

Happy at 49. Satisfied at 49. Still hungry at 49.

Like the years before, hopefully like the years ahead.


Giving. Sharing. Helping. Gratitude has been a way of life.

What I’ve learnt is that every little gesture counts, every concious and subconcious action worth the positive energy in which it’s exerted. There is no expectation on the hand I extend, and nothing expected in return.

Simple philosophy, like adage.

My friends are family, and family are those between my four walls. 

Life really is that simple.

This being a few days, and a few random thoughts, after my 49th birthaversary, i am relieved to still be here walkin and talkin (so to speak).

  • I have life. 
  • I have love. 
  • I have family.
  • I have friends.
  • I have gratitude.

Life has been rich thus far, paralleling 48 other years.

I am thankful for those that have joined me in the journey, happy for those that will continue to, and grateful still for those that took the time to: call, write, drop a note, email and wish me a happy birthday. 

Fills the heart with #gratitude.




The 47th Parallel


Forty-seven is the fifteenth prime number, a safe prime, the thirteenth supersingular prime, and the sixth Lucas prime. It is an Eisenstein prime with no imaginary part and real part of the form .

It is a Lucas number because its digits appear as successive terms earlier in the series of Lucas numbers: 2, 1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 18, 29, 47… ; it is also a Keith number.

Forty-seven is a strictly non-palindromic number.

It’s representation in binary is 00101111; 47 is a prime Thabit number, and as such is related to the pair of amicable numbers {17296, 18416}.

Forty-seven is also a Carol number.

The atomic number of silver is 47.

The atomic mass of titanium is 47.

In the year 2014, it is also the number of years that this particular dinosaur has been walking the Earth, and living towards the happy ever after.


Not to mention, walking it primarily along our northern 47th parallel.

I am “grateful”, for every day, regardless of the seemingly obvious paradoxes of numbers that infiltrate our lives, even though I began writing this at 1:47pm.

This has been another great year, and a year very worth living. I’ve watched my sons become more like the men I envisioned them to be. They have impressed and surprised me in ways that only sons can, and that they have followed a path I took, is even more impressive. (Much as the same as I was with my father, and as he with his.) We all lead our “parallel lives”, even if they are so alike, yet so different at the same time.

Like a sine wave, that goes as positive as it does negative; it seems that this 47th year of mine has managed to balance every negative with a positive, every problem with a solution, and more often than not, every “down” with an “up”.


One of these “UP’s” that ended the old year and began my new “wiser” one, was the gift of a musical evening. A good friend and owner of a local watering hole put together a night of musical mirth that allowed me to get onstage and just be a musician for the evening.


Surrounded by friends and family, my “gift” was to enjoy playing the music that I so often listen to, with the friends that I so often listen to play.

The night flew by so quickly, that I barely noticed that I hadn’t left the stage, except when we all took a restful break. Switching from guitar to bass and back, the evening had me at and in a rhythm that I didn’t notice the quick passing of the night to early morning.

Music does that, especially when you’re having a great time.


It may have been the celebration of a 47th birthday, but it was a one of a kind evening.

Experience, achieved.

Gratitude, achieved.

Happiness, achieved.

Age, earned.

Thank You.