CONGRATULATIONS….Two of my favorites bloggers have birthdays today: Mark Kleiman is 52 and Matt Yglesias is 22. Matt also reports that he will be graduating magna cum laude, so special congratulations to him.

And in other May 18th news….it’s also my anniversary today: Marian and I have been married for 12 years. Don’t we look cute in our wedding picture? I think we’re planning to get each other a new refrigerator as an anniversary present. Gotta help out the ol’ economy by purchasing some new (and more energy efficient!) durable goods.

The two flower girls in the picture are now juniors in high school, of course, and I weighed 30 pounds less back then too. My how time flies….