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Happy Birthday, Marty

Ten years ago today, I became a father. My son Marty was born down in Radford, Virginia, while I was helping run Pinnacle Entertainment Group as its president. Even before he was born, we knew we wanted to move back to Wisconsin to be closer to family—something I couldn’t have imagined when I was in high school—and within six months we had.

It’s hard to believe Marty’s already 10. This means he’s already more than halfway through the time we can expect him to live with us before he heads off on his own, to college or wherever. He’s developed into such a wonderful boy, and I cannot wait to see what kind of a young man he becomes. At the same time, I want to make sure to savor every moment we have before then.

Today, we took Marty to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and then to the Rainforest Cafe in Schaumburg. He had a ball, and the rest of us did too. Next weekend, we’ll have a laser tag party with his friends and celebrate all over again.

It’s good to be a dad—especially Marty’s dad. He’s a sweet, smart, clever kid with a sharp sense of humor, and I could not be prouder of him.

Happy birthday, Marty! Here’s to many, many more together.

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  1. Happy birthday, Marty, and congratulations, proud papa and mama. It must be the most amazing thing in the world to be able to track time by the growth of your child. If Marty is anything like his papa (and I suspect he’ll reach to even greater heights of coolness), then he’s got a great future ahead of him.

    I only vaguely remember Marty as a newborn. I saw him a handful of times only. By the time he came, our paths had already begun to diverge. One of the reasons I LOVE the internet is that now I can keep in touch with old friends I’d have completely lost otherwise and send good vibes on important days, like Marty’s birthday.

    My love to you and Ann, and all the kids.

  2. Happy birthday, Marty, and congratulations, proud papa and mama. It must be the most amazing thing in the world to be able to track time by the growth of your child. If Marty is anything like his papa (and I suspect he’ll reach to even greater heights of coolness), then he’s got a great future ahead of him.

    I only vaguely remember Marty as a newborn. I saw him a handful of times only. By the time he came, our paths had already begun to diverge. One of the reasons I LOVE the internet is that now I can keep in touch with old friends I’d have completely lost otherwise and send good vibes on important days, like Marty’s birthday.

    My love to you and Ann, and all the kids.

  3. Holy cow! Can’t believe Marty’s 10 already… how time flies. Happy Birthday little man.

    By the way, hi Angel! Think it’s been almost 10 years since I’ve spoken with you. Hope you’re doing well.

  4. Holy cow! Can’t believe Marty’s 10 already… how time flies. Happy Birthday little man.

    By the way, hi Angel! Think it’s been almost 10 years since I’ve spoken with you. Hope you’re doing well.

  5. Heya, Mr. Tice. 🙂 It undoubtedly has been that long. Crazy, huh? I am doing quite well, thank you. If you’ve got a Facebook acct, look me up. I’m under Angel Leigh McCoy. 🙂

    You’re in Australia these days, right?

  6. Heya, Mr. Tice. 🙂 It undoubtedly has been that long. Crazy, huh? I am doing quite well, thank you. If you’ve got a Facebook acct, look me up. I’m under Angel Leigh McCoy. 🙂

    You’re in Australia these days, right?

  7. Happy birthday Marty!
    Matt, you and Ann are blessed with a great pack of kids. They seem to have it together and are pretty well-behaved – at least when I’ve been around they have been – no doubt this is the result of having such cool parents.

  8. Happy birthday Marty!
    Matt, you and Ann are blessed with a great pack of kids. They seem to have it together and are pretty well-behaved – at least when I’ve been around they have been – no doubt this is the result of having such cool parents.

  9. Thanks, all!

    Angel: As I keep telling folks, I don’t think I’m getting any older, but the kids keep getting taller! Also, Matt’s not in Australia, but North Carolina. He and his wife Rachel just had their first child, Gregory!

    Bill: I’m glad we’ve trained the kids to fool some of the people some of the time. 🙂

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    Thanks, all!

    Angel: As I keep telling folks, I don’t think I’m getting any older, but the kids keep getting taller! Also, Matt’s not in Australia, but North Carolina. He and his wife Rachel just had their first child, Gregory!

    Bill: I’m glad we’ve trained the kids to fool some of the people some of the time. 🙂

  11. Hm. Then I wonder who the Matt Tice is that I’m connected to on LinkedIn? Ha! New friend! The creep-factor of global connectivity is that you can become associated with people you never have and never will meet. Heck, you can slip and accidentally step in acquaintanceship.

    Ack.

  12. Hm. Then I wonder who the Matt Tice is that I’m connected to on LinkedIn? Ha! New friend! The creep-factor of global connectivity is that you can become associated with people you never have and never will meet. Heck, you can slip and accidentally step in acquaintanceship.

    Ack.

  13. Oh, and congratualtions, Matt and Rachel on the initial foray into parenting. If you need advice, call Matt and Ann. They are experts.

  14. Oh, and congratualtions, Matt and Rachel on the initial foray into parenting. If you need advice, call Matt and Ann. They are experts.

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