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    Birthday Thoughts and Reminiscences

    I’m writing this to you on my birthday, which is April 12. Birthdays are always a time of reflection, especially when they fall as a season is changing, as mine does. The lake in front of our house is gradually thawing, and my ramp down to the beach as of today is completely snow free.

    I think the cats and dog are shedding their winter weight and I’m trying to do the same. Man, it’s not easy dieting. Herman agrees with me on that. He had the nerve to bring me a pair of pants (Levi’s of course, he’s not stupid) that were one waist size bigger than I’ve been getting. This frosted me, but I’ll wear them all the same.

    Each day I try to eat well balanced meals that are low in calories, but thus dieting business is really hard. Just thinking about it makes me hungry. Besides thinking about gaining weight at my birthday, I’m also thinking about where I want to be at this age and into the future.

    So I’ve been submitting my columns to different syndicates in hopes of trying to expand my readership. I hope I’m successful. As far as I can tell the odds are definitely against me. One syndicate says they receive 4,000 submissions per year. And of these 4,000, they choose three. Count ‘em, three.

    So, much like my acting endeavors, the chances are quite slim of my getting anywhere. Boy, I can really pick careers, can’t I? Actually, as an actress, I was a pretty successful waitress and bartender. Which is fine, if that’s what you’re shooting for.

    I was able to commiserate with all the other wait staff and bartenders, since we were all unemployed actors. If one of us got a show, say off-off Broadway, we would all come to pay our support. Even my old friends who I waited table with, Michael Chickliss and Edie Falco, both responded in interviews that they were glad to have steady work. And they’ve both won Emmy’s, so you can see how difficult the competition is. The old saying goes, ‘You’re only as good as your last part.”

    On the other hand, I have a peace and tranquility where I am that I might not have had if I had succeeded as an actress. Certainly, a lot of successful actors seem to have chaotic lives.

    So these are my birthday thoughts and reminiscences. I’ve had a really good day. My aide, Terry, has the same birthday, so we had lots of fun today. Keep praying for summer. It will happen. Eventually.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"