Tom's birthday comes but once a year and we couldn't miss it. We're deeply concerned about honoring our wise hosts... okay, who are we kidding? We're looking for a chance to procrastinate and have an iced cappuccino with the old man.
How did we celebrate Tom this year? Well....
Tom did get a few gifts--including The Book of Murray: the Life, Teachings, and Kvetching of the Lost Prophet, from a listener. (We're still waiting for Behind the Grease: The Life Story of an Ornery Philosopher King-Mechanic.)
We made the mistake of asking, "While you're here, do you think we could get you to do some actual work?"
Suspecting more trickery from the staff, Tom refused to blow out the candle. Of course, what's one more conflagration for a guy who's been putting them out weekly in his engine compartment?