The most lavish party this town has ever seen

Some months ago I didn’t think there was going to be a birthday party for me this year — my 40th. The truth is, I wasn’t sure I wanted a birthday party what with everything that was going on in our lives. Andrea insisted she would arrange a party for me.

Imagine that. While going through chemotherapy, Andrea was committed to arranging a party for me. And she did.

Then came last week — the week from hell. Without going into details, our family situation and stress level was such that neither Andrea nor I felt much like celebrating. In fact, my actual birthday was a real bust. We canceled party-time care for our two daughters… twice.

Then, things turned around. Andrea, Lucy, Bayla and I escaped Ottawa for the day yesterday. We had a fantastic time being together away from our troubles and away from our usual surroundings. During lunch, Andrea suggested we bring Lucy and Bayla along to the party.

It was a perfect suggestion.

And… my party ended up being better than I could have ever expected. I was reminded how great my friends are and my family had a chance to meet others who are important to me: Rick Claus and his wife Kelli, Bob Goyetche, Jay West and his wife Ann, Bob Ledrew (OtherBob) and his wife Cat, Jamie O’Farrell, Julien Smith, Robert Farrell, Maurizio Ortolani and his wife Jacinthe, and Franc Epton and his wife Lisa. Thank you for being a part of my life, being at my party and for the incredible gifts!!!

I’m an amazingly lucky guy!

  • steve

    YAAAAY! I am so glad it turned out to be a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mark.
    And many, many happy returns.

  • I'm glad to hear you had a great birthday, Mark! See you soon at PAB.


  • Morrie

    Mark, Very many Happy and belated birthday wishes for your 40th. I'm glad you had a great time. PAB is just around the corner (but you didn't need me to tell you that. Hope that's wonderful for you all, as well. You know of course that 40 is the new 30. I'm raising my own glass of Western Australian Shiraz to you and yours. Happy Birthday mate. Coo'ee cobber.

  • Thank you very much, Morrie. You'll be missed at PAB this year where, I hope, the celebrations will continue.

    I'm a huge shiraz fan. We should meet on Skype and share a glass sometime.

  • Thank you, Connie!

  • Thanks, Steve!

  • Thank you, Kelly! The watch you bought me has been getting a lot of comments, lately, including at my celebration.

    Looking forward to spending time with you guys this summer. Best to IJ&L!

  • Kelly

    HAPPY BELATED 40TH BIRTHDAY TO YOU,rnHAPPY BELATED 40TH BIRTHDAY TO YOU,rnHAPPY BELATED 40TH BIRTHDAY DEAR MARK!!!!rnHAPPY BELATED 40TH BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!rnAND MANY MORE!!!rnI’m so happy to hear that you had a wonderful Birthday celebration!!!!rnSorry my Birthday Wish is so late.rnI love you lots now and always, Kelly x0x0x0x0x0x0rnrn

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