Happy my birthday, 2018! I’m giving you presents!

Happy my birthday, 2018! I’m giving you presents!

February 12th is my birthday, and continuing a tradition, I’m giving you presents!

This is to thank you for making another year of my life richer. I have a lot of fun writing this blog, and I sometimes get to help people…and what could be better than that?

Please check that a title is free for you before buying it.

I have asked Amazon to make them free on February 12, but I can’t say exactly when it will happen. I think they may also only be free to customers in the USA.

Some might be fun to give as a little Valentine’s Day present…for somebody on your account. I don’t think you can get them for people not on your account through this one-day promotion.

So, you can click on the titles before, but please make sure it is free when you click the 1-click buy button.

The Mind Boggles (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

When this one was first published in December of 2012, it was the number one bestselling book of quotations at Amazon…including paper! That didn’t last long, but it was fun while it did. :)

The Kindle Kollection: Three Early Books about the Kindle (at AmazonSmile*)

This one combines the three below into one volume:

* ILMK! (I Love My Kindle): Being an Appreciation of Amazon’s E-Book Reader, with Tips, Explanations, and Humor
* Free Books for Your Kindle
* Frequently Asked Kindle Questions

They are largely out of date now…think of it as a collector’s item. 😉

The Collected I Love My Kindle Blog Volume 1 (at AmazonSmile*)

This is the first 101 posts in this blog. :) I did 101 posts so I wouldn’t cut off Doctor Watson’s Blog: A Kindle Abandoned (which is a four-part story).

Feel free to spread the word on these freebies…there’s no limit, as far as I know, to the number I can give away on this day.

This one is a “big” birthday, so people have been asking me if I’m doing anything special. I’m not, really. 🙂 I’m not at all ashamed of my age…I always figure every of those years helped me become who I am. I don’t mention it on this blog, because I like people to feel like they can comment here with no need to identify themselves by intrinsic characteristics.

I did take the day off of my day job, and I am getting my annual check-up. I like to do that on the actual day when I can. It won’t be my best check-up…my chronic condition has deteriorated noticeably (I’m getting a disabled placard for the first time from the DMV…I won’t use it most of the time, but I can’t do stairs, and sometimes, the special parking places are the only ones without stairs). I’m just about recovered from that nasty virus, but I still have some symptoms. I’ve also gained maybe ten pounds of unhealthy weight, but I’m still in pretty good shape. I’ll lose that weight…I’ve been indulging myself a bit while sick (which for me means things like eating two apples in a day instead of one), and I’m having to rework my exercise regimen because of decreased capability. However, I do still exercise on average about 90 minutes a day.

I am more aware of my mortality, though, so we are doing something special…we are getting a Safe Deposit Box. Even though that’s sixty dollars a year and our income was recently reduced, I think it’s worth it. The big thing that will be in there will be a way to get into all of our accounts…our now adult kid will have access to that if we die. That’s what I figure will preserve my writing, and our Kindle library.

The tentative plan is that I work in my day job until just after May 31st, 2025. That will give me twenty years in the job before retiring…and then I expect to be writing a whole lot more. 🙂

I have a thing that I write on my own time, but I publish at work (I own it…I don’t do it for work), which has to do with celeb birthdays. People seem to like it, and after I have a solid year’s worth, I may do something else with it. For fun, though, here are some other people born on my birthday…how many can you identify?

Happy February 12th birthday to Radric Delantic “Gucci Mane” Davis, Tara Strong, Mike Posner, Bill Russell, Jennifer Stone, Charles Darwin, Christina Ricci, Jesse Spencer, Scott Menville, Josh Brolin, Aaron Sanchez, Arsenio Hall, Louis Renault, Anna Pavlova, Lincoln LaPaz, Wallace Ford, William Collier Jr., Ted Mack, Joseph Kearns, Gordon Lee “Tex” Beneke, Lorne Greene, Forrest Tucker, Franco Zeffirelli, Joe Garagiola Sr., Charles Van Doren, Vince Montana Jr., Costa-Gravas, Annette Crosbie, Gene McDaniels, Ray Manzarek, Ray Kurzweil, Michael Ironside, Simon MacCorkindale, Joanna Kerns, Joe Dever, Chynna Phillips, Darren Aronofsky, and Judy Blume!

I had somebody at work ask me why Abraham Lincoln isn’t on the list…it’s because it’s a work thing, so I try not to list people known primarily as politicians…it’s just less controversial that way.

Have a great day…happy my birthday!


You can be part of my next book, Because of the Kindle!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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4 Responses to “Happy my birthday, 2018! I’m giving you presents!”

  1. Zebras Says:

    Happy Birthday! I’m glad I’ve gotten to enjoy so many of your posts year after year.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Zebras!

      Thanks! I got quite a few books. 🙂 I’ve finished one already, and started two others.

  2. Joe Bowers Says:

    Happy birthday, Bufo!
    Thank you for informing and entertaining us so much, I enjoy and appreciate your work.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Joe!

      Thanks for the kind words! I appreciate you being a reader and look forward to your comments. 🙂

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