# CCXIII…Birthday Present for My Boss…

Four years ago, when I moved to Long Island from New Jersey, I knew that my fickle industry (Customhouse brokerage) was diverse enough to obtain a job relatively quickly.  After the first two weeks, however, I started going stir crazy from being home.  It wasn’t until the third or fourth week that I was called by today’s birthday celebrant, my boss, Debbie, who is the owner of ASAP Logistics, where I have been working since that phone call.

She had started in my industry from the ground up and is now running a very successful business with the help of a very tight-knit “family” (both literally and figuratively) in the wings.  A no-nonsense go-getter, she has been very tolerant with me and my nuances for the past four years and, quite to the point, I am doing this because it answers the old question, “What do you get for the person who has everything?”

As I explained to her already, she may not know the names on this list but I will do my best to educate her as to why they are here…

Late actress Natalie Wood (1938-1981), retired Minnesota Twins mainstay Tony Oliva (1938), 80’s singer Kim Carnes {“Bette Davis Eyes”} (1945), Mexican-American guitar “god” Carlos Santana (1947), former Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French (1954), late advertising mogul Billy Mays (remember Oxiclean and Orange Glo?) (1958-2009), and multi-talented singer Chris Cornell (from the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave) was born in 1964.

Also, on this day, actress/singer Vitamin C was born in 1969, actor Omar Epps and NHL star Peter Forsberg were introduced to this planet in 1973 and Brazilian model/actress Gisele Bundchen, who is better known as “Mrs. Tom Brady”, was born in 1980.

To Miss Cross, a very happy birthday and many happy more…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DEBZ \,,,\

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