baby pictureThe good news is that today, I'm eligible for early Social Security.

The bad news is that today, I'm eligible for early Social Security.

Wow! That crept up on me like tight underwear. The first 62 years flew by. I am still trying to figure out though what happened to all that hair on my forehead.

You have to love Italian mothers who thought that pompadour thing was cute. 

I'm going to have to disconnect the smoke alarms when we light the cake later tonight.

Happy Birthday Rich. You made it this far somewhat unscathed. Keep going.








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Comment balloon 28 commentsRichard Iarossi • January 03 2009 08:11AM


Richard - and a very happy birthday (and new year) to you. At least the candles will help you keep warm. My early eligibility sneaks up in August.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 10 years ago

Richard-Happy Birthday and I have really appreciated and loved every interaction we have had! Even the fella's think about age!  Age=Eloquence...Distinguished..Wisdom! Happy Birthday Friend.


Posted by Midori Miller, Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals (Talk 2 Midori, LLC) over 10 years ago


Happy Birthday!

Really funny post.

Time goes by way too fast, make sure you continue to live in the present.

Posted by Mark MacKenzie over 10 years ago

Happy Birthday.  Time really does fly.  Look at it positively.  At least you can get some discounts in these tough economic times.  Enjoy the day and I hope its your best birthday ever!

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 10 years ago

Hey that's my stroller!  LOL!  It is sneaking up on a lot of us very quickly!  Have a great one, and just remember the best years lie ahead!

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Crye-Leike REALTORS®) over 10 years ago

congratulations for making it this far unscathed.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) over 10 years ago


So what you're saying is that three days earlier and your parents would have gotten that exemption in 1946?

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 10 years ago

Dog Ate My HomeworkDon't forget all those amazing SENIOR DISCOUNTS!

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) over 10 years ago

Oh my gosh, that made me laugh.  "That crept up on me like tight underwear."  Happy Birthday and fun post.

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) over 10 years ago

Happy Birthday, Richard! Love the photo. That hair is a piece of work.

I feel your pain having just gone through this. My 65th was in Sept. I "should" have signed up for SS and my former corp pension in the preceeding months, but just continued to ignore the papers on the kitchen counter. I told my kids I thought I was in denial. (I just knew I couldn't be THAT old!) Finally signed the papers last week as time was running out. Hey, know what! The money I'll start getting from both will surely take the pressure off this real estate business - PLUS I'll have some medical insurance for the first time in 10 years!

I must say the letter that I received from the local funeral home on my BD was a REAL DOWNER! That was just plain cruel.

Posted by Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio (Real Living HER, Powell Ohio) over 10 years ago

Mike, At least there's still a few bucks left for us. At least I think there is.

Midori, I feel the same way. Sure we think about age, we just don't talk about it.

Mark, Live every day in the present.

Stacy, You're right, senior citizens discounts are a plus.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Have a happy birthday  and a prosperous New Year.




Posted by Kenneth Kujawa, CCIM, MICP (Century 21 Signature Realty) over 10 years ago

Jim, Good old metal and plastic. Not like those Cadillac of strollers kids today have.

Alan, Somewhat unscathed.

Richard, My father always told me that he drove my mother over the railroad tracks several times in late December to try and take advantage of the tax exemption. I believed him.

Gail, I'm on it. Thanks!

Margaret, Thanks! Must have struck a chord, huh?

Elaine, I'm OK with the SS but a letter from the local funeral parlor...thats a downer.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Happy Birthday Richard, it is a hard fact that as we age the time flys by faster.  I swear I was 27 yesterday and that would be 20 birthdays ago or so!


Posted by Cindy Marchant, "Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate (Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 over 10 years ago

Richard, you have a wonderful Happy Birthday today.

                                                                           ~Life is Good           

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) over 10 years ago

Happy Birthday Rich. It is just a number. Wow discounts at Dennys AND eligibility for Social Security. Age has its benefits.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Rich:

Happy Birthday! 

I have to laugh, my Greek mother did that hair thing, to my two older brothers also.

It must be a European custom!

Enjoy your day,

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 10 years ago

I am so happy you shared this day with us!  I really hope it is as special as you.  You really deserve a great birthday.  God bless,


Posted by Marlene Pellegrini over 10 years ago

Hello Richard, Happy Birthday to you! Only a guy would publish his age for all the world to see :)..

Now you sure that's not a tomato on your head? LOL!


Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) over 10 years ago

Cindy, I like the way you do math.

Roy, Best present today.

Gary, Told the wife to get dressed and we're heading to Denny's.

Toula, Someday maybe their pictures will come out too.

Marlene, Thank you. They're all special, aren't they?

Ginger, No tomato but my Mother really had to work to get it that high.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Any day is a good day and being your Birthday it is even better!!!


your friend in Charlottesville!

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 10 years ago

Richard - Sorry I'm so late getting to this today.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) over 10 years ago

Charles, Thanks! Every day is great, not just birthdays.

Debbie, Thanks too. You were busy riding around with the top down avoiding snowbirds. I'm jealous.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

With this market, Rich, you may decide to just go ahead and take it now!  LOL.  Happy BD.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Margaret, Decisions, decisions, decisions. Life would be so much easier if we didn't have so many. Not ready yet but could be at any time. Thanks for the thoughts.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Rich, I have an Irish mom who thought that pompadors were really cute!  Maybe it was the times!  Happy Birthday!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 10 years ago

What is Social Security? LOL

I'm looking forward to the day when I can get all those discounts for people 55 and over. Just another 27 months! Yahoooooooooooooooo!

Today is the first day of the rest of your life -- make it a good start.

Posted by Not a real person over 10 years ago

Rich, what an adorable picture of you! Thanks for sharing. I hope that you had a great birthday and have many more to come!

Posted by Lara O'Keefe (North Texas Home Finders) over 10 years ago

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