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February 20, 2014

Anderson: Birthday thoughts, from Bode to Barack

Here’s a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.

— Richard Bach, “Illusions”

My birthday this year fell on the official celebration of Presidents Day. First thing I did on my birthday morning was put out my American flag. Later, someone on Facebook told me that “On this day in 1801, Thomas Jefferson is elected the third president of the United States. The election constitutes the first peaceful transfer of power from one political party to another in the United States.”

Add to this the fact that Ronald Reagan, born on Feb. 6, is also an Aquarian like me, and Presidents Day is covered.

Avi Nelson, filling in from 7 to 10 a.m. on WRKO, led a discussion about who exactly is honored on Presidents Day: Opinions range from the traditional “only Washington” to combining Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays to including all the presidents of the United States. I grew up with “only Washington,” am happy to include Lincoln, Jefferson and Reagan, but that flag on my porch wasn’t honoring Obama.

If it’s true that my mission on earth isn’t finished, then I hope to last long enough to help banish the Obama influence on my country. The typical Aquarian traits of friendliness and tolerance shouldn’t trump the Aquarian love of freedom.

In the afternoon, Chip took me to Peabody Essex Museum to see the final day of the “Impressionists on the Water” exhibit, followed by Mexican food in the mall. Later, we watched the beginning of the second season of “House of Cards” — we got the Netflix free trial to watch the “Mitt” documentary, then quickly became hooked on the Kevin Spacey political series, catching up with the first season in a few evenings.

I was watching the Olympic ice dancing when I officially turned 71, while eating my traditional chocolate cookie/Cool Whip refrigerator cake.

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