the atomic number of an element called Niobium, mostly found in Brazil. It used to be called columbium…I wonder if they changed it because that sounded like it would be found in Columbia. It is lustrous and gray, like the front part of my hair is right now.

A few more facts about 41 include the following – 41 is…

…according to The Man, the number of a “quite pretty” Messier object found in the constellation Canis Major. It’s also the number of a spiral galaxy, NGC 41 found in Pegasus. I hope pretty and spiral are two words I’ll use to describe the next year.

…the name of a song by a band I’ve seen a few times in my day, the Dave Matthews Band. It’s also the longest symphony by Mozart, and it was his last, written when he was just 32. He died way before I could see him in concert, but if he was around today I totally would go see him at the Bowl.

…is the nickname sometimes given to President Bush the elder…his son is called 44. Both of them, while FAR from my favorites are looking like geniuses right now in comparison to what we’ve got. Oy.

…is the retired number of former New York Met, Tom Seaver. This reminds me that baseball is starting in a few months and that makes me happy. It also reminds me that we need to go take a tour of Dodger Stadium since that was last year’s Father’s Day gift to the man – whoopsies.

…is the number of candles that would be on my birthday cake today if I had one…but tonight it will be a cupcake and that many candles would burn the little cupcake down!  40 was a doozy, 41 will be fun…I can only hope!

41 is fun birthday image

Happy birthday to me and Happy Friday to you!