This particular birthday started over a week ago.
My family brings me to Mario’s Place for dinner before I head off to LAX. The trip takes me across the Pacific to Hong Kong, into China, and then up to the mountainous region in Yunnan, near the borders with Tibet Autonomous Region and Myanmar. There, I visit quaint towns, hike in local mountains, play on a few guqin, connect with friends, and take lots of pictures.
A lot gets packed into a few days.