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Yesterday I turned 60, (kind of how an over-ripe banana turns), but I made it.


I got a bunch of messages on Facebook from people I haven't seen in 40+

years. People I went to grammar school and high school with. It was good

read their messages.


One message that surprised me was a reply on Twitter to a message I

sent. Here are my message and the reply:

I'm 60 today and I still love The Who!!"
" Simon Townshend
  good stuff man!"
Simon Townshend is Pete Townshend's brother. Pete Townshend is a founding
member and creative genius behind most of The Who's music. I have been
a fan of theirs since I was a teen and listened to 'Happy Jack' and 'I Can See for Miles'
on my little Motorola radio under my pillow at night.
Simon Townshend is a composer/guitarist/singer in his own right, and recently finished
a big tour of 'Tommy' with Roger Daltry, The Who's singer. Simon's voice sounds remarkably
like his brother Pete's.
I saw The Who once in the mid=1970's at Madison Square Garden, (getting the tickets
was a whole other adventure). The band had all four original members then, drummer
Keith Moon, and bass player John Entwistle have since passed on. I took pictures at that
concert, using high-speed Ektachrome, and a 400mm lens on my Canon. I still have a 16x20
print of the band, Pete doing a high jump, Roger flailing his microphone, Keith (the Loon) Moon
wailing on his drumkit, and John (Thunderfingers) Entwistle, standing steadfast as always. was a thrill to get a message from Simon Townshend, even just "good stuff man!"
Long live rock, and long live The Who!

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Comment by JustAnotherUserName on November 14, 2011 at 12:36pm

Happy birthday, Kevin!  How awesome to relive these great memories.  FB is nice for connecting, isn't it!?  xoxo Ruth

Comment by NatureJunkie on November 14, 2011 at 1:02pm

LOL at "AnyWho." That's the only time anyone has used that phrase without making me cringe!


A belated Happy Birthday, Kevin. I did not forget that your birthday was yesterday, but I was unable to be online yesterday, and so couldn't deliver the message in a more timely way. The transistor radio under the pillow sure brings back memories. I loved secretly listening to the radio at night when I was a kid, and to this day, if I have trouble sleeping, I turn the radio on very low and it croons me to sleep. Nice message from Simon to top off the memories!

Comment by photo2010 on November 14, 2011 at 4:01pm

@Ruth, thank you! Yes, people have found me on FB that I never expected to hear from again. Hope you are doing well! xoxo

Comment by photo2010 on November 14, 2011 at 4:33pm

@NJ, I have never used ""AnyWho" before lol, it just seemed appropriate here.

Thank you for the happy birthday, no worries about it being late, I like

extended birthdays. ;)  I loved my little transistor radio. It helped me sleep,

but my brother and I shared a room and he hated my radio lol


The message from Simon was fun! Makes me think of 'six degrees of separation', and

how the internet has facilitated that concept.


To top the day off, my aide brought me sushi and a cake. A day for which I had

no plans or expectations turned out pretty darn good!  (((Hugs))

Comment by ThatGirl on November 16, 2011 at 7:33am

Hey, Kid, I mean Kevin. You see? you're still kickin' it at 60. Happy Birthday as lame as that is in comparison to your totally COOL S Townshend message. Day-Maker, that is!

Don't dwell on the numbers, they are insignificant. It's our brains which make us who we are. You got YOURS working full-on, so enjoy exercising it and revisiting all those bands you grew up on, and DO keep in touch with Simon....oh my. that's golden. fun blog to read on a dark day...see how it works? Your blog made My day. I only hope to do that for ya too.

Comment by photo2010 on November 17, 2011 at 2:49am

Hey ThatGirl, I'm glad you got a smile from my blog! My b'day started out kind of dreary, but got better and better as it went on. Having no expectations can be a positive thing. ;)


I still feel like I'm in my 20's in my mind, the body..we won't go there lol.


Thank you for your nice birthday message! It made my very early morning!

(I'm an up-all-nighter)  Take care friend!

Comment by photo2010 on November 27, 2011 at 12:03pm

6 degrees of separation has apparently gone to Jenny Craig and reduced to 4.74 degrees:

Comment by BlancheNoE on November 27, 2011 at 12:24pm

You know, I wrote down your b-day and had it on a sticky on the computer to remind me to send you b-day wishes ...then the computer crashed and we took off all the stickies to take it to the computer hospital and I forgot *slaps forehead*.

Happy belated birthday wishes, Kevin. You and the Who totally still rock !

...and I too loved your "anyWho".

I read the article on degrees of separation and yeah, I believe it. Especially coming from a family of legal, biological and step- relatives. Chances are if you were born in the U.S., I'm probably at least your second- step-cousin.

Comment by photo2010 on November 29, 2011 at 1:30am

Amy, no worries regarding b-day lateness. Btw, as a long-time user of Macs since around 1994, they have given me many many headaches, including major crashes, but I love 'em. Guess they are flawed like me. I am sorry you lost so much hard work ;(  I have only recently purchased a small 1-TB Western Digital backup drive.


Thank you for the birthday wishes :) and for liking 'AnyWho' hehe


Geez, I'm hoping with the new slim degrees of separation, you might be the

sister I never had, but I'll take cousin anyday! ;-)

Comment by photo2010 on November 29, 2011 at 1:31am

One of my favorite Who songs:


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