Historically, my birthdays have always been a little somber. I like birthdays well enough and am always happy to celebrate others' and I'm certainly not against celebrating my own, but something weird always seems to happen on mine. This year, though, my birthday was actually quite lovely. I received wonderful gifts and terrific good wishes from my friends and family. One in particular, was something I've been drooling over for months: the ION iTTUSB Turntable. I've already digitized my vinyl version of Split Enz's Conflicting Emotions, one of my favorite albums EVER. Happy, happy birthday to me.