December 5, 2005


According to a quick search of the wonder that is the Internetwebosphere...

...Boston boasts a well thought of restaurant called 33...a mysterious and unexplained 33 appears on each bottle of Rolling Rock...prohibition was repealed in 33 in Youngstown considers itself "straight to the point"...the Khyber Pass is exactly 33 miles long...the lowest temperature at which liquid stays liquid is, duh, 33 degrees...the pressure of sea water doubles every 33 feet of depth...the animal kingdom contains 33 phyla...a raven produces exactly 33 different sounds...the human spine contains 33 vertabrae...arsenic has an atomic number of 33...33% of the Earth's surface is desert...the Leonid meteor shower takes place at peak intensity ever 33 years...the space shuttle lands on runway 33 at the Kennedy Space Center...Pope John Paul I held his popeship for exactly 33 days...the united States Army has 33 combat brigades...and Elvis Presley appeared in 33 movies.

Now, why am I so obsessed with the number 33 today?

Posted by Chris at December 5, 2005 7:46 AM

Mmmm. Happy Birthday?

Posted by: Alison at December 5, 2005 7:51 AM

Happy Birthday! :)

Posted by: Michelle at December 5, 2005 8:05 AM

Happy Birthday, Chris. May the snow not create too many traffic hassles on your way home today.

Posted by: goodsnake at December 5, 2005 8:09 AM

Happy Birthday, Chris! Ya Young 'Un!

Posted by: jen at December 5, 2005 8:10 AM

Happy Birthday! and many more! Your still younger than me.

And If I am wrong, Happy Birthday anyway Dude!

Posted by: Angelia at December 5, 2005 8:12 AM

Oh good. Finally someone who is older than me. Not by much grant you but still, it's something. Lately it seems that everyone is freaking younger than me, even people who I would have sworn aren't. It's almost enough to make one feel old.

But enough about me, Feliz Cumpleaños! I hope it's a good one for you and that they just keep getting better!

On the off chance that it isn't your birthday, happy un-birthday to you! And happy Monday! ♥

Posted by: patricia at December 5, 2005 8:24 AM

happy birthday to you :)

Posted by: suze at December 5, 2005 8:45 AM

happy birthday!

Posted by: penguintarts at December 5, 2005 8:49 AM

Happy Birthday you ol' fart :) *grin* Seriously... Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Corinne at December 5, 2005 8:58 AM

Happy Birthday Chris!! Enjoy :)

Posted by: Starlite at December 5, 2005 9:01 AM

oh, and didn't Jesus die when he was 33? Hope it's not a trend in the other great men of the world!!


Posted by: Amber at December 5, 2005 9:03 AM

Happy 33rd. I hope the birthday fairy brings you lots of good stuff!

Posted by: C at December 5, 2005 9:13 AM


Shēng r kui l!! (Happy B-day in mandarin). I gotta clarify your 33 vertebrae statement, if I may. According to Moore's Clinically Oriented Anatomy, 4th ed., Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy, there are actually 27 vertebrae. 33 is if you count the 5 segments of the sacrum which are fused as 1 bone, and the 4 segments of the coccyx which are also fused as 1 bone. The 33 also doesn't include the occiput, the magical bone at the base of the skull that often can lead to migraines and other uncomfortable things if it's out of alignment. So, 27: 1 occiput, 7 cervical vertebrae (on ALL mammals, including giraffes), 12 thoracics, 5 lumbar, 1 sacrum, 1 coccyx. Sorry to geek out on ya...I'm in finals mode ;-)

Posted by: Dolly at December 5, 2005 9:16 AM

Happy Birthday! :) I hope you have a wonderful day!

Posted by: Jenny at December 5, 2005 9:20 AM

Happy Birthday! Wishing you a super celebration! (Maybe even a babysitter?)

Posted by: Sheryl at December 5, 2005 9:27 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! ( I so wouldnt have gotten the clues had I not seen the comments!) You must be very special because you share a birthday with my mother!

Posted by: alfredsmom at December 5, 2005 9:40 AM

Thirty three are you
Half way to retirement
But dad forever

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Krista at December 5, 2005 9:45 AM

Birthday birthday birthday!

Have a good one!

Posted by: Dawnie at December 5, 2005 9:46 AM

Happy B-day Cactus, another memorable year in the books.

Posted by: E at December 5, 2005 9:49 AM

I totally didn't get it until everyone else did. But happy birthday! I'm going to go work on my inference skills.

Posted by: ~L. at December 5, 2005 9:50 AM

Happy Birthday to you!! Happy Birthday to you!! Happy Birthday dear Chriiiihiiisssss!! Happy Birthday to you!!

Have a great ay and a restfull night!

Posted by: Nynke at December 5, 2005 10:01 AM

Habt Zum Geberstag Viel Gluck!! (Happy Birthday in German!!!) You get snow for your birthday present! Have a good one, and watch out for those idiots in their SUVs who think they are God's gift to the roads! They're not! They're asshats!!

Posted by: Michelle at December 5, 2005 10:04 AM

Happy Birthday, Chris! I hope you have a wonderful day.

Posted by: bad penguin at December 5, 2005 10:14 AM

Happy Birthday Chris!!! So next year we get to find out the wonders of 34?!?!

Posted by: Sunshine at December 5, 2005 10:24 AM

You're soooo old!

Happy birthday. Maybe your gift will be another night of sleep. Let's hope!

Posted by: shannon at December 5, 2005 10:25 AM

Happy Birthday, Chris! Now that you have Mia you have one more person to help blow out the candles. Enjoy your day!

Posted by: SpaceCase at December 5, 2005 10:25 AM

Happy birthday! Love the picture at Beth's site. :)

Posted by: Julie at December 5, 2005 10:27 AM

Have a great birthday, Chris!

Posted by: Michelle at December 5, 2005 10:34 AM

Happy Birthday! Hope it is awesome.

Posted by: Adi at December 5, 2005 10:40 AM

Happy Birthday Chris! I hope you have a great day!

Posted by: dragonlady474 at December 5, 2005 10:45 AM

Is it your 33rd birthday perhaps? If it is, then I wish you a happy birthday!

How is life on the sleeping front from Mia bean?

Posted by: Colleen at December 5, 2005 10:47 AM

Happy birthday?

Happy birthday!!!! :)

Posted by: nina at December 5, 2005 10:48 AM

I'm going with the majority here--Happy Birthday!

Posted by: christina at December 5, 2005 10:52 AM

happy birthday!! i wish you all the best. well, you already have Mia and Beth, but you know what i mean. :) hope this snowy monday is good to you!

Posted by: Judy at December 5, 2005 10:52 AM

happy birthday to you
happy birthday to you
you look like a monkey
and you smell like one too :)

all the best for another rocking year!

Posted by: stinkerbell at December 5, 2005 10:55 AM

Sounds like a conspiracy to me.... Happy Birthday...

Posted by: Cher at December 5, 2005 10:55 AM

Happy Birthday Cactus! :)
33 is fabulous and you wear it well, but I'm sure I don't need to tell you that.

Snow today? Let's hope not 33"!

Posted by: VJ at December 5, 2005 10:56 AM

duh, it's your birthday. Which makes want to say "go shorty..." and sing a little 50 Cent for you. But then again, you are 33 so....50 who?


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Posted by: Heather B. at December 5, 2005 10:59 AM

Happy Birthday to you! Hope it is a good as you want it to be!

Posted by: Anna Banana at December 5, 2005 11:07 AM

hmmmmmm... could it possibly be your birthday? :)

happy birthday!

Posted by: Denise at December 5, 2005 11:09 AM

Wh...Wh...What???? No way, that is lovely! Happy Birthday to you mister man. Hope you have a great day, don't eat too much cake. I'm home now (no more leaving for work) so it works out. Think of it as a gift...more Kate! The gift that keeps on giving. Have a good one.

Posted by: Kate at December 5, 2005 11:09 AM

Happy Birthday, Chris!

I'm assuming that comment #1 was correct. Maybe they were totally wrong and we all just followed their lead like the lemmings that we are.

Happy Birthday anyway. :)

Posted by: Jon in Michigan at December 5, 2005 11:15 AM

Hmmm...let's see...could it be that it's your BIRTHDAY?

Hope you have a lovely, calm, quiet, daughter-sleeping-through-the-night kind of day!

Posted by: Doula Amy at December 5, 2005 11:15 AM

Yay! Birthdays! Happy Birthday :-)

Posted by: Jessica at December 5, 2005 11:19 AM


Posted by: Theresa at December 5, 2005 11:21 AM

Happy Birthday, et Joyeux Anniversaire, to add to the international flavour. Have a good one :)

(PS. It'd be hilarious if we were all wrong :))

Posted by: at December 5, 2005 11:28 AM

hope you have a good birthday! :)

Posted by: tiffanie at December 5, 2005 11:41 AM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: donna at December 5, 2005 11:42 AM


I didn't know today was the big day. Now you are as old as ME!!!

Have a great day, and if you want to read some great stuff about how much people adore you and Beth, go to


Posted by: Meghan at December 5, 2005 11:42 AM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Krush at December 5, 2005 11:43 AM


Posted by: ava at December 5, 2005 11:47 AM

Happy, happy birthday! Hee, you're a year older than me. :)

Posted by: Heather at December 5, 2005 11:47 AM

Happy Birthday to you!!

Posted by: Stacey at December 5, 2005 11:48 AM

Happy Birthday, I assume!!

As I am not 33...YET, I can not speak of my own wisdom. But my hubby is 33 and he is at his prime. Seriously, does life get any better??

Hope your day is filled with lots and lots of good things.

Posted by: Isabel at December 5, 2005 11:53 AM

Yeay Chris! Happy Birthday. Your honey put up the cutest photo of you on her site.

I didn't realize we're the same age. I turned 33 less than a week ago. Hope you have a great day and that it turns out to be a wonderful year for you!

Posted by: Lisa B at December 5, 2005 12:02 PM

Happy birthday, you old coot!

Posted by: Rhonda at December 5, 2005 12:12 PM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: amy at December 5, 2005 12:21 PM

Happy Birthday! Have a fantastic day. I hope Mia got you something really special :)

Posted by: laura at December 5, 2005 12:32 PM

happy 33rd. enjoy.

Posted by: ali at December 5, 2005 12:37 PM

Happy Birthday :) Sorry to be so late to the party!

Posted by: JuJuBee at December 5, 2005 12:41 PM

Go Cactus, it's your birthday.

Hope you're having a great day, in spite of it being Monday :)

Posted by: Mel at December 5, 2005 1:20 PM

happy birthday! hope it's a great one :)

Posted by: kate at December 5, 2005 1:34 PM

Hey... is it your birthday or something? ;)

Posted by: jodi at December 5, 2005 1:43 PM

I'm gonna have to go with the birthday guess too. Have a wonderful day!

Posted by: Heather at December 5, 2005 1:53 PM

Happy 33rd!

Posted by: Kelly at December 5, 2005 1:59 PM


All the best for 33... you young pup.


Posted by: Nat at December 5, 2005 2:04 PM

happy berfday my friend.

Posted by: speckledpup at December 5, 2005 2:18 PM

Jeez, I have socks older than you. Just kidding! Sort of.


Posted by: Karen at December 5, 2005 2:22 PM

Happy, happy birthday, Chris! Hope you do something wonderful to celebrate!

Bon Anniversaire!

Posted by: at December 5, 2005 2:42 PM

Happy Birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday, dear Chris! Happy birthday to you!

Posted by: Queen of Ass at December 5, 2005 2:43 PM

HAPPY 33rd!!! You are only 31 days older than me! Thanks for all of the "33" info. :)

Posted by: RazDreams at December 5, 2005 2:45 PM

Dude, if it's NOT your birthday, you're gonna get 33 swift kicks on the ass!

Happy, happy -- here's to a great year!

Posted by: Pammer at December 5, 2005 2:54 PM

Happy Birthday, Chris! You missed one important fact. My favorite numbers? Are 3 and 11. Therefore, 33 is a veddy veddy good number indeed!

By the way, if you were in Hawaii, they'd say Hau'oli La Hanau.

Enjoy your day! I, for one, am glad you were born.

Posted by: Ms. Q at December 5, 2005 3:11 PM

Happy Birthday Chris! I figure this was the case after reading your post, then I really thought it after seeing all the other comments, but I still went and double checked on your wifes site. :) So I can now say with total assurance, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Posted by: Emily at December 5, 2005 3:26 PM

I wanted to be the 75th person to wish you a Happy 33rd B-Day on your blog, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHRIS, and many happy returns of the day!

Posted by: shelley at December 5, 2005 3:34 PM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Karen at December 5, 2005 3:43 PM

Happy Birthday. It's my daughters 2nd birthday today as well... Did you know it's also Walt Disney's birthday? Mine is coming in a couple of weeks (the 22nd) Not this many people read my blog, so hopefully not as many people will know if my decrepidness...Hehehehe

Posted by: melissasunshine at December 5, 2005 4:29 PM

I'm late to this party, but Happy Birthday, old man!

(I'm totally kidding. You're not old. But hopefully, you *are* happy ;)

Posted by: Daria at December 5, 2005 4:43 PM

happy birthday old man! kidding you're not old. you're only one year older then my suisse but he thinks he's old too. 40 is the new 30 my friend. you're still a pup! *yeah this coming from a 26 yr old :P*

Posted by: angel at December 5, 2005 4:47 PM

As the 79 people ahead of me put it, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHRIS!!!" Wishing you all the best and hope you had a great day!

Posted by: MetroDad at December 5, 2005 5:03 PM

Happy birthday, ancient ancient person. I hope it's wonderful, as all December birthdays should be. Have an awesome day!

Posted by: Éireann at December 5, 2005 5:07 PM

Late to the party as usual, but Happy Birthday!!!
I hope this year is even better for you!

Posted by: jen at December 5, 2005 5:09 PM

Happy Birthday to an oldie but a goodie! :)

Posted by: laura at December 5, 2005 5:10 PM

Guess it's too late to say "Let's get this party started!" I like to show up fashionably late anyway... Hope you have a Grrrreat day, Birthday Boy. BTW, my 33rd year was my very best to date.

Posted by: JuJu's Mom at December 5, 2005 5:12 PM

Happy Birthday! :-)

Posted by: Magnolia Mom at December 5, 2005 5:22 PM

I should go to 33. I'm right next to Boston!

I bet it's an expensive restaurant, though.

Posted by: Greg at December 5, 2005 5:25 PM

33? That makes me your "elder", you must respect me!

Happy birthday!

Posted by: Y at December 5, 2005 5:26 PM

Oh, yes, and happy birthday :). I planned on writing that in my last comment, but then I pressed send and it was too late.

Everything moves too fast.

Posted by: Greg at December 5, 2005 5:26 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I'm sure your 34th year is going to kick ass....:-)

Posted by: carrster at December 5, 2005 5:48 PM

Happy birthday!!!

Posted by: Polichick at December 5, 2005 6:06 PM

Boy aren't we all going to feel stupid if it's not your birthday. And if it is, have a happy one!

Posted by: Heather at December 5, 2005 6:16 PM

Happiest of Birthdays to you, may you have many more!!!!

Posted by: kelly M. at December 5, 2005 6:52 PM

Happy Birthday old man!

Posted by: wn at December 5, 2005 7:19 PM

I'm a little late, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Posted by: Dana at December 5, 2005 7:46 PM

Party on, my Sagittarian friend!

Posted by: Broad at December 5, 2005 7:50 PM

Happy birthday, Chris! You deserve it!

Posted by: catbird at December 5, 2005 8:33 PM

Happy birthday!

Posted by: Kris at December 5, 2005 8:45 PM

Enjoy it to the fullest!

Posted by: ironic1 at December 5, 2005 9:05 PM


Posted by: Jil at December 5, 2005 9:31 PM

happy birthday mr. cactus! here's a link so some other fun things about 33:

Posted by: monique at December 5, 2005 9:38 PM

Happy birthday!!! Welcome to the ranks of the 33 year olds. You'll love it.

Posted by: verucaamish at December 5, 2005 10:06 PM

Happy birthday cactus man! I hope you had a great day!

Posted by: Eulallia at December 5, 2005 10:30 PM

Dude, you are so me, when you get to where I am, you'll know why I say that. :) Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Marilyn at December 5, 2005 10:42 PM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Starfruit at December 5, 2005 10:45 PM

I love the idea with using all those 33s...very interesting! :)

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Posted by: jessica at December 6, 2005 5:34 AM

Jesus was 33 when he died. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: That Girl at December 6, 2005 5:55 AM

Happy (um ... belated) Birthday!!

Posted by: Fraulein N at December 6, 2005 9:09 AM

Happy Belated Birthday!

Posted by: Kestrel at December 6, 2005 9:42 AM

Better late than never - Happy Bellybutton Day Chris!

Posted by: Jen at December 6, 2005 3:43 PM

Happy Birthday!!

... And don't worry, we all get old some day!! ;)

Posted by: sara at December 6, 2005 6:05 PM

Happy Birthday to you!

Posted by: Janet at December 6, 2005 6:06 PM

are you 33? is one of your cats 33? does mia have 33 toes?

Posted by: lizabetty at December 6, 2005 7:52 PM

DOH!! The one post I miss!! A day late, a buck short... :-\

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: misi at December 6, 2005 9:43 PM

OH NO! I missed it!

Van harte gefeliciteerd, Chris! :) (Happy birthday Chris! )

I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

Posted by: Sweety at December 7, 2005 1:09 AM

Happy Belated Birthday!

Posted by: Jazzy at December 7, 2005 2:30 PM

So I am a little slow....and a little pre-occupied, but mostly a little slow.

Happy BELATED Birthday!!!!!

Posted by: ::c:: at December 7, 2005 10:05 PM

Whoa am I behind on my feeds... Happy Late Birthday!

Posted by: Carla at December 9, 2005 11:17 AM