Aloha Friday: A Birthday Midlife Crisis


Today is my birthday.  I’m thirty-seven today.  It seems like just yesterday that I was feeling depressed over leaving my 20’s behind and turning 30.  Now, I’m dreading the rapidly approaching big Four Zero.

Lately, I’ve been feeling quite old.  The eighties, my formative years, started over thirty years ago.  The nineties, when I went to high school and college, began over twenty years ago.  Songs that I grew up listening to have begun playing on the oldies station.  I’ve even caught myself referring to teenagers and college students as "kids nowadays."  There are times when I feel like I should just grab a cane to shake at `kids as I yell at them to get off my lawn.

I’ll be honest.  I think I feel a midlife crisis coming on.  No, I’m not going to buy a convertible sportscar.  I regard cars solely as tools to get from one place to another.  I’m much too frugal to buy one that isn’t practical.  I’m thinking of a bit of a geekier midlife crisis.  Perhaps I’ll set up a home video network so we can stream all of our videos, music, and photos to any TV in the house.  Maybe I’ll try my hand at making something out of duct tape.  I might even buy a Dremel and some supplies and see if I can replicate an Epbot-inspired project.

First, though, I’m going to buy a few of these:


Ok, that particular tie clip was from The Lovely Teaspoon.  I love that one and the USB tie clip that I also bought from her, but it has got me itching to try making a few of my own.  Not to sell, mind you.  For my own use.  (If you want to buy a tie clip, or earrings or cufflinks, check out The Lovely Teaspoon’s Etsy shop.  She’s got lots of cool stuff.)  I wear a tie five times a week and it would be cool if I could alternate out geeky tie clips to go with my geeky ties.

I’m thinking Lego bricks (facing up so I can attach different minifigs) on some and perhaps a USB thumb drive on another (situated so you can plug it in).  I was even thinking of taking a Disney Vinylmation pin, removing the "pin" part (Dremel?) and attaching it to the clip.  I *am* a Disney Geek, after all.

My Aloha Friday question for today is: What geeky item would you attach to a tie clip?

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Aloha Friday by Kailani at An Island Life

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