the birthday haul: wee binoculars to take with me while hiking, a 58mm neutral density filter for two of my camera lenses (perfect for sunsets), a teeny tripod, a beautifully hand crafted jezebel postcard, snaps and fries, a pointer to this great portrait of Bertrand Russel, several nice virtual happy birthdays, various and sundry cash (thanks mom and dad) and prizes. Thanks everyone (especially skp!), it was a great birthday. :)