I received a birthday card today from an insurance agent of mine, noting many of the things that happened in the year I was born.
I don't know if it exactly cheered me up, but I started thinking again at this calendar-year's end about all the times the world has been around the sun since I was born.
The birthday isn't here yet, but those of you who follow the stars know the characteristics of a first born Capricorn, I'm sure.
So here's a quiz, even if you don't know the day...what year (Gregorian calendar, not Mayan or other) was I born in?
Here are hints from the card:
American living then and now
Average income--then, $4,027. 2009--$50,986
1st class stamp--then, 3 cents, Now, 42 cents
Gallon of milk--then, 62 cents. Now, $3.99 or so
Population (mil.)--then, 138.4. Now, 306.8.
New home (Ave.)--$3,475. Now, $218,400
Top tunes: You always hurt the one you love, I'll get by, Long ago and far away, sentimental journey, I'll walk alone.
Top movie...Going my way.
One more hint. Average price of a new Ford--then, None made. Now, $20,900.
So how many times around the sun?