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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

today is my 41st birthday…

…which means I’m actually entering my 42nd year.

I just want to know this: Can I expect the ultimate answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything anywhere, anytime along the road this coming year? Or do I have to wait till my actual 42nd birthday for the wisdom to be bestowed upon me?

I just don’t want to be holding my breath and getting all tingly with anticipation all year if there’s no point. That would be too exhausting to maintain.

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  • Isobel

    Happy Birthday!

  • S…O…R…R…Y…F…O…R…T…H…E…I..N…C…O…N…V…E…N…I…E…N…C…E.

  • J.

    Happy birthday!

  • Bunny

    Happy Birthday!

  • I_Sell_Books

    Woohoo! Happy Birthday! I hope you’re celebrating with cake and wine. Not necessarily in that order.

  • bats :[

    Well, I didn’t discover it after my 42nd birthday, but at least I wasn’t crucified after my 33rd one, either. It all works out.

  • bats :[

    Dangnabbit — a happy birthday to you (the same day as my dad’s — great people born on this day, apparently), and best wishes for a fabulous year ahead!

  • For your birthday, I subscribed for $5/mo. :)

  • Happy Birthday, MaryAnn!

  • markyd

    Happy Birthday. I know your post is facetious, but I’ll answer as if it wasn’t. I’m only 35, but I already know that there is no answer to everything, nor will there ever be. The only meaning to our existence is what we make of it ourselves. In the grand scheme of things we are but specks of dust. Worthless, really.
    Your welcome, for the encouraging words.
    ; – )

  • edward wolfgram

    Yes, you probably will! Take it from a 52 year old, 41+ is about when you will figure it all out.

    But, when you do, do you really think it makes any difference?

  • Happy Birthday! Wishing you many happy returns of the day.

    No idea about the wisdom part; although I’ve gained quite a bit in my 42nd year, it’s been hard won. One of those cases of ‘be careful what you wish for’ maybe?

  • char

    Happy Birthday!

  • Dre in Spain

    feliç aniversari !! bon aniversari !!

    (as we say in my part of Spain)

    The next time I have a glass of red wine, I’ll toast you!

  • Many happy returns! If I see large yellow spaceships blocking the sky around this time next year, I will check your site immediately to see if you’ve gotten the answer yet. Then I’ll head to the pub.

  • The answer is “no” and “it won’t happen even then”.

    The fun is when your 42nd birthday arrives, you commence spending a year telling people that you are the answer to life, the universe, and everything. ;)

    Happy birthday!

  • JoshDM

    D: Old reviewer is older! D:

    Happy Birthday!

  • Joanne

    Happy birthday!

  • Orangutan

    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthdaaaay, dear FlickChick…
    Happy birthday to you!


    (Your call if you want to imagine that sung in the Marilyn Monroe voice. I wouldn’t recommend it, though.)

  • Ralph

    Many happy returns. I hope your upcoming year is filled with inspiration!

    (And I look forward to reading some of the results)

    Also: multiply 6 x 9.

  • Keith

    Happy Birthday MaryAnn!!

    I wouldn’t hold your breath for the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. I didn’t find it at 42. Since I’m less than a month from my 44th, it wasn’t all that long ago. However, every year we do learn a bunch of stuff, which may not seem like much each year, but it does add up.

    Hope you have a wonderful day and have many more birthdays to come. Cheers!

  • Feliz cumpleaños, MaryAnn! And er, happy birthday too!

    As for the answer to your question, I’d tell you but you know…spoilers.;-)

  • halavana

    And now for…

    Ju ni shan-jr kwai luh
    Ju ni shan-jr kwai luh
    Ju ni shan-jr kwai lu-uh
    Ju ni shan-jr kwai luh!

  • Dokeo

    Happy Birthday! And thanks for all the fish. :->

  • Jan Willem

    Hartelijk gefeliciteerd, MaryAnn! (from the Netherlands)

    Like others above, not so sure about the wisdom bit though. I’ll be turning fifty next year and I still feel pretty immature and ignorant in many ways. But perhaps that’s a good thing.

  • nyjm

    Well, since this has already gone all international:

    Joyeux anniversaire!

  • Aaron

    Forty one is a good age. My dad has been forty one for almost twenty years now, or so he claims.

  • judy

    Happy Happy Birthday!! you are young!! Trust me…I would love to be your age again! hope the next year ahead is wonderful for you!

  • Caro

    Bonne Fete!

    I wish you 42 wonderful Doctor related dreams…. off to bed with ya!

  • Happy Birthday! I sent you some good vibes from the B-52s concert I attended tonight.

    This isn’t a stab at “meaning” exactly; but if you need your mind blown, this simple idea usually does it for me:


  • PJK

    Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd,

    I’ll be joining you in that age group come Monday.

  • Alli

    Happy Birthday MAJ. As for your question, I think As long as you can feel genuine happiness every now and then, you’re doing something right. Good Luck in the up coming year.

  • Kate

    Happy Birthday, and thank you once again for FlickFilosopher! :)

  • Jackie

    Hope it was a great birthday.

  • texphile

    Many happy returns Age does not bring wisdom but it does bring perspective which may be the same thing… I am still pondering the mysteries of the universe… Pondering is actually good.

  • MaSch

    Well, happy birthday, dear flickfilosopher, and never let ’em get you down!

  • Monica

    A Happy (belated) Birthday to you!

  • bitchen frizzy

    Happy Birthday.

    Your birthday present is coming via PayPal, c/o TheChick :)

  • Happy Birthday to my favorite film critic and all around kickass woman! :)

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