Turning 40... :(

CylonGlitch

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Ok, my birthday is coming up, turning the big 40. The wife said that she was thinking of getting me a new MacBookPro; but sadly it has already been worked out where I will be, most likely, getting one at about 60% off. (Basically work buying out my old one and I'll just buy a new one)

Anyway, now she has no idea what to get me.... any suggestions?
 

63dot

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Really the smart thing to do is have a low key birthday. Making a big deal about "middle age", or not being young anymore just tends to get people depressed.

I say just treat it like another day. That's what I did back when I turned 40.

Probably the worst thing you can do is take up motorcycle riding, or suddenly buying a younger wardrobe because that just feeds into a middle age crisis.

Don't be sad, but embrace your age and realize there are folk way older than you who would consider you still a kid. :)
 

steve2112

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Geritol, maybe? :D

Just kidding. 40 is only a couple of years away for me, so I know the feeling. I agree with 63 there. I don't really celebrate too much or get too upset. Mostly, I'm glad to survive another year. Getting older sure beats not seeing another birthday.
 

CylonGlitch

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There will be no party, no celebration, just me, the wife, and the kids. I don't care about getting older, it's a fact of life. So no big deal... but the wife wants to do something for me. :D
 

MacDawg

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Congratulations on your milestone

Hard to say concerning a gift without knowing what you already have

I suppose you have already considered the usual tech suspects:
iPad
external monitor/keyboard/mouse
external HDD for backups

Maybe you could use the money for a weekend getaway together to make memories instead of possessions :eek:
 

CylonGlitch

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Maybe you could use the money for a weekend getaway together to make memories instead of possessions :eek:
Does it have to be with the wife?

:D

Sadly, no where to leave the kids, it is frowned upon to lock them in the closet. Even if it is only for a few days.
 

OzExige

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Does it have to be with the wife?

:D

Sadly, no where to leave the kids, it is frowned upon to lock them in the closet. Even if it is only for a few days.
Go with the closet idea, we wouldn't frown on it -
but, hey there are some crazies out there that may?

BTW Happy Birthday - I'm 3 away from the even bigger 60 - so don't YOU talk about middle age!

EDIT: Sorry you didn't complain - did you
 

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Happy Birthday, CylonGlitch!

If you're getting a new MBP, how 'bout having a big display as your birthday present? When you're at home it's great to have a large screen.
 

leekohler

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Hell, I'm 42 (43 at the end of the month) and I'm still kickin' it! Age is just a number. Have fun and enjoy yourself! There's lots to look forward to! :)
 

Lyle

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I turned 40 on Wednesday (the 10th). It was very low key, no big party or anything. Wife got us tickets to see Wynton Marsalis in concert a couple of weeks.
 

leekohler

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I turned 40 on Wednesday (the 10th). It was very low key, no big party or anything. Wife got us tickets to see Wynton Marsalis in concert a couple of weeks.
What's up with this? I had a huge party. I even had friends from high school and college come from out of town for the weekend. It was a frickin' EVENT. The pictures from it are hilarious. One person put together a little mini magazine and a DVD for it. 40 is a big deal! Be glad you've been lucky to live this long! Celebrate! Life is short. :)
 

Lyle

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What's up with this? I had a huge party. I even had friends from high school and college come from out of town for the weekend. It was a frickin' EVENT. The pictures from it are hilarious. One person put together a little mini magazine and a DVD for it. 40 is a big deal! Be glad you've been lucky to live this long! Celebrate! Life is short. :)
Yeah, we had a huge surprise party when my wife turned 40 a couple of years ago and although I didn't particularly want one, I was sort-of expecting one. Apparently the surprise was on me after all. ;)
 

63dot

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I turned 40 on Wednesday (the 10th). It was very low key, no big party or anything. Wife got us tickets to see Wynton Marsalis in concert a couple of weeks.
Congrats. Now that is a classy way to celebrate.
 

AppleMatt

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Sadly, no where to leave the kids, it is frowned upon to lock them in the closet. Even if it is only for a few days.
What? Can you back this up with evidence or are you just making wild assertions?

Shut them away. It'll do em some good*.

AppleMatt
*possibly
 

Jaro65

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H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y ! ! !

I just had a very small get-together with a few close friends. I didn't make a big deal out of turning 40. It is just another number.

As far as a gift, how about what Doctor Q is suggesting? If you're already getting an MBP, a nice monitor to go alongside with it sounds like a great idea.
 

CylonGlitch

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99% of my computing is done on my lap in front of the TV while the wife and kids are in the room. I have 2 22" montiors that I can jack into when I want, but nothing special. I'm thinking of getting a Mac Mini, or an iMac 27". But then again, I really don't need it and it will be a bit of a waste.

I guess I'm happy with the MBP and I'll be getting a new iPhone as soon as it becomes available.