It's my 50th birthday today. (Sister-in law sent me a badge the size of a side plate to prove it). Mrs Beanz is just cooking a light chicken tikka and baked potato dinner for two as a quiet 'tv dinner' celebration meal - we ate out with the grown-up kids yesterday. While she's cooking, I've been pondering getting older and it seems to be resolving into plus and minus fashion... Minus - Some of my old friends are retiring now. I can't see any way of me retiring before 65 when my pension from my old job kicks in. (Or is retirement a minus? How would I fill the time if I wasn't working? At least work keeps the mind alert!). Plus - Some of those 'over 50' offers on tv will start applying to me. Minus - I have yet to identify a single one that's actually useful... Minus - By 50, I've heard it said that who you are is pretty much who you are going to be. Plus - For fun I've set myself the aim during this year of doing 50 things I've never done before, not necessarily to do with cycling, but would be nice to include a few cycling-related. Things that don't cost a lot would be useful, as 2 kids at uni come first in the call on dosh. So... suggestions welcome!