Over the Hill?

September 6th, 2006 | Posted in General

Last May I turned the big 4-0. I can’t say I was too broken up about it. In fact I had no problem with it at all. I like being 40. I’ve got a wonderful family, a career I love, and I’ve got my health. I got lucky with the first one but had to work hard for the last two. Can anyone ask for more than that? I also had a birthday bash for the ages, at a trendy downtown Minneapolis restaurant with about 70 of my friends and family. Well, I really don’t have any friends and my family doesn’t like me much, but I’m smart enough to know if I offer free food and booze all night I’ll get a lot of people to show up! I even did a little artwork for my invitation:


Like I said, turning 40 was a non-issue for me. I know a lot of people talk about men having a mid-life crisis, but I don’t see it happening to me. True, I do have a little convertible sports car, a classic sign of the mid-life crisis. Yes, I spend a lot of time in the gym pumping iron and working out with a trainer, another common sign of the mid-life crisis. I even recently had another neighbor, who has a hair salon in her basement, cut and color my hair to reduce the gray, a SURE sign of a mid-life crisis…. hmmmmm…. wait a minute. Maybe I’d better think about this. NAAAAHHHH! Except for the color job I was doing all those things way before I started getting old. When I start seriously considering some of the two dozen “Viagra” spams I get a day with advertising pitches like: “Take the blue pill, and we’ll show you how deep the rabbit hole goes!”, then I’ll start getting concerned. Until then, 40 is the new 39!

Now it’s my lovely wife Anna’s turn to have her 40th Birthday. One of her good friends and neighbor Kim Gerkin??ᬨ‚Ćis also turning 40 about two weeks earlier than Anna, so we are having a joint birthday party for the two of them on September 30th. I worked this little doodle up for their invite on Monday (Anna on the left):


Of course, plenty of people like Kim and Anna, so they don’t really need to supply the food and booze to have a big party, but we will anyway just because. When she saw the art, Kim commented on the voluptuously sexy body I gave my wife, to which I replied: “do I LOOK stupid???” I have a penchant for sleeping in my bed and not the dog house, which would be especially uncomfortable since we have a cat, not a dog. If you are a caricaturist, having to draw your relatives should trigger a red alert in your head, flashing “DANGER! DANGER!” in big bright letter across the inside of your eyeballs. Very complicated. Best to feign some illness like bubonic plague to get out of doing such a drawing. Anna fortunately has a wonderful sense of humor, and she knows that I really do see her that way whether she’s fitting into last year’s jeans or not.

40 is the prime of life. I’ll let you know about 50 in a decade or so. Don’t rush me.


  1. Lar says:

    Testify, Tom!! I turned 40 a couple years back and it was a non-event for me.

    However, this past summer as we were out jaunting as a family we got passed on the highway by a really sexy car. A Viper or Spider or whatever they are called. You know the type – sleek and fast, like a life sized Hot Wheels. My wife turned to me and said “When are you gonna have a mid-life crisis so we can buy a car like that?”


  2. SriniBhukya says:

    Great art work, Tom! What do you use to color your drawings?

  3. SteveH says:

    yep, 40 is OK and my 45th is coming closer but hey, I’m in total control….arghhhhhhh….. need to buy a sports car, need to buy a sports car, need to buy a sports car…LOL

  4. mengblom says:

    Great caricature of Anna, Tom! In the words of our enthusiastic 20 year-old selves “You totally NAILED her, man!”

    Yeah, 40 is no big whoop. I don’t plan on getting any sports cars, hair transplants, male pec implants or even color my hair (nothing weirder than an old guy with jet black hair). I’m fine with the whole thing. Well…most of the time.

    Wish Anna a happy birthday for me!

  5. cedricstudio says:

    Happy birthday Tom! Love the artwork. I had two quarter-life crises when I turned twenty so I’m good.

    Keep up the great blog!


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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