Monday, November 30, 2009

The first thirty-nine [Part 2]

Coming into December this year, "thirty-nine" has had an unexpected and surprisingly scintillating appeal to me. Plus, after a year of blogging I'm very much in a mode of embracing. We are what we are.

With the internet and our over-interconnectedness to everything (this blog being a perfect example) gone are the days of covertness. High school photos seem to pop out from the cob webs, DOB's appear on the freaking white pages. Really? Is that necessary?

Anyway.... hello transparency. So with that, I've actually found I'm embracing the upcoming "thirty-nine." Afterall, thirty-nine is a pretty rich number. Check out my random finds:
  1. 39 is the calling code for Italy.
  2. The city I currently call 'home', Silver Spring, MD is at 39° latitude.
  3. Hitchcock’s book, 39 Steps.
  4. Dictionary defines it as: being nine more than thirty. Profound, I know.
  5. Thirty-nine. The opposite of nine-thirty. Just sayin'.
  6. This week's #39 on the Billboard's Top 100 chart, is a song from Reba McIntire's "Keep on Loving You."
  7. There are Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion
  8. At thirty-nine weeks, a baby is getting situated to enter the world
  9. The 39th question @ of 39 questions to Charley Daniels is "Are you implying, Mr. Daniels, that Johnny actually wants to get hustled?"
  10. It is a song on Queen’s album “A Night at the Opera”
  11. It is comprised of a quarter, a dime, and four pennies
  12. It's an album that holds a song by Jen Foster called, “A Little Help”
  13. “Reading Ambassadors” group consists of 39 U.S. Gubernatorial Spouses encouraging kids to read four or more books in the summer
  14. Channel 39 is the Travel Channel on my tv. Ha! LOVE that one!
  16. January 1, '39 – The Hewlett-Packard Company is founded.
  17. In '39 my grandma turned 20
  18. Batman first appears in '39
  19. 1939 is the last year of the guillotine was used in France
  20. In '39 Siam becomes Thailand
  21. 1939 was the premiere of The Wizard of Oz, at Grauman's Chinese Theatre
  22. December 15, 1939, Gone with the Wind premieres Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
  23. 9/1/39 first shots of WWII were fired
  24. In '39 CBS begins transmission
  25. In '39 Judy Collins was born
  26. In '39 Ralph Lauren was born

  27. Pier 39 near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco
  28. In Psalms 39... "But now, Lord, what do I look for? 
My hope is in you."
  29. Movie with Renee Zellwiger, "Case 39"
  30. 39 House Democrats Voted Against Their Own Party's Health Care Bill
  31. Dallas police ticketed 39 drivers in 3 years for not speaking English
  32. Poll: Just 39% believe in evolution (First Read on
  33. Trente-neuf

  34. At the 39th "bottle of beer on the wall" you're probably ready to ring somebody's neck.
  35. "Michael Jordan, Y2K, hurricanes, and the 44th" was my 39th blog post.
  36. Celebrities also celebrating their '39' this year: André Agassi, Ani DiFranco, Beck, Claudia Schiffer, David Gregory, Ethan Hawke, Gabrielle Reece, Jo Frost (SuperNanny!), Julie Chen, Kelly Ripa, Jo Dee Messina, Lara Flynn Boyle, Macy Gray, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Mariah CareyMatt Damon, Minnie Driver, Naomi Campbell, Niecy Nash (Clean Sweep!), Queen Latifah, Queen Rania of Jordan, Sarah Silverman, Sean Hayes (Will+Grace), Sherri Shepherd, Tina Fey, Uma Thurman
  37. Yttrium (Y) is number 39 on the Periodic Table of the Elements. It has a silvery-metallic lustre and is found in rare-earth minerals. Moon rocks contain yttrium. It's also used to produce the red color in tv screens.
  38. 39° Longitude passes through: Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Ehtiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Antarctica.
  39. It is also the age I will proudly be one week from this Wednesday.
Plus, I figure full-disclosure this year, will possibly make for a softer transition next year...
©2009 Wendy Hudgins


  1. As a fellow 39er, that's pretty interesting.

  2. it's 39 minutes after 7pm, as I write this. Wow, I didn't even plan that. Love the list, Wendy. Makes me want to write one for that magic # of 41. :-D

  3. Robin, I believe that time was a breadcrumb. And YES! Make yourself a list. It makes it more exciting.


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