This is a true story. Last week was my 40th birthday and I really didntfeel like waking up that morning. I managed to pull myself together and godownstairs for breakfast, hoping my wife would be pleasant and say, HappyBirthday!, and possibly have a small present for me. As it turned out,she barely said good morning, let alone Happy Birthday. I thought Well,thats marriage for you, but the kids They will remember. My kids came trampling down the stairs to breakfast, ate their breakfast,and didnt say a word to me. So when I made it out of the house andstarted for work, I felt pretty dumpy and despondent. As I walked into my office, my secretary Joanne said, Good Morning Boss,and by the way Happy Birthday! It felt a bit better knowing that at leastsomeone remembered. I worked in a zombie like fashion until about oneoclock, when Joanne knocked on my door and said, You know, its such abeautiful day outside, and its your Birthday, why dont we go out forlunch, just you and me. I said, Thanks, Joanne, thats the best thingIve heard all day. Lets go! We went to lunch but not where wed normally go. Instead she took me to aquiet bistro with a private table. We had a couple of mixed drinks and Ienjoyed the meal tremendously. On the way back to the office, Joanne said,You know, Its such a beautiful day We dont have to go right back tothe office, do we? I replied with I suppose not. What do you have inmind? She said, Lets go to my apartment, its just around the corner. After arriving at her apartment, Joanne turned to me and said, Boss ifyou dont mind, Im goinna to step into the bedroom for just a moment.Ill be right back. Ok. I nervously replied. She went into the bedroomand, after a couple of minutes, she came out carrying a huge birthdaycake Followed by my wife, my kids, and dozens of my friends, and co-workers,all singing Happy Birthday. And I just sat there On the couch Naked.