After doing this for 10 years, Derek and I have a pretty consistent routine for blog posts. One of us writes up something, the other person quickly reviews and edits it (usually adding a snarky comment and/or random ’80s reference), and then we post it the next morning. We don’t have a Slack channel or Dropbox folder or anything fancy formal like that. It’s an email, maybe a text or two, and on extremely rare occasions, an actual conversation. I know that whenever “Derek” pops up on my phone that it’s something serious.
OK, it’s almost never something serious (“CMEpalooza” and “serious” simply don’t mix), but there occasionally are complex things that are easier to discuss over the phone.
Like this recent conversation:
ME: What do you want? I’m eating lunch.
DEREK: Um, it’s 3 o’clock.
ME: Fine, you caught me. I was taking a nap.
DEREK: Anyway, I had an idea. What if we…
DEREK: Yeah, it probably wouldn’t have worked anyway. Good chat. Go Sixers.
But today, I’m breaking protocol because it’s a big day for Derek, and he’s not one to enjoy being the center of attention (notice how he always sits in the back corner of every room so that no one’s eyes on are him). If he had his druthers, no one would know what I’m about to tell you.
You see, Derek turns 50 years old today. The big five-oh. Steve Mix (look it up).
Yes, yes, I know what you are thinking. “Geez, I thought he turned 50 years ago. I mean, he has that ‘Get off my lawn, you whippersnapper!’ routine down pat, and that usually only happens if you are 65 years or older.” What can I say, Derek matured early.
Anyway, when I asked Derek what he wants for his birthday from his
adoring tolerating public, he told me two things:
- “A bottle of very expensive, very old bourbon.” Like this one, for example.
- “More abstract submissions for CMEpalooza Spring.” If you want to indulge his wish, please read all of the necessary information here. I’m supportive of this request, too. There are about 3 weeks left to come up with an idea that is going to revolutionize the world of CME. Or at least teach something to someone.
Anyway, if you want to pop into Derek’s social DMs and wish him a happy 50th in whatever fashion you think will embarrass him the most, please do so. Here is the link to his Twitter and LinkedIn feeds. He probably has a secret Tik Tok channel that he hasn’t told me about where he posts videos of yelling at neighborhood teens to, you guessed it, get off his lawn.
As for me, I will be sending my CMEpalooza partner this lanyard to wear proudly at the upcoming Alliance conference:
But in all sincerity, Happy Birthday Old Man. Here’s to 50 more.
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Happy Birthday Derek! I can’t wait to see both of do you in DC!