HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RORY!!!

52 today!

do what?

Relax, big man. You could pass for someone mid-30s to early 40s, easily. It’s no wonder Denzil Meyrick wants you for the DCI Daley role. You’ve definitely changed over time, but you haven’t changed that much. Mostly hairline, and that doesn’t seem to have affected much elsewise. I mean, I dated a guy 20-plus years ago who in his late 20s had less hair than you do now. If you feel bad about the hair thing, please don’t. I mean, look at you over time. Early thirties here:

mmm... Kenny's STILL my favorite

The year you turned fifty here:

Rory McCann out-smoldering Dr. "Smolder" Bravestone in Jumanji: The Next Level

Early forties here:

Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane, Game of Thrones s01e04, "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things"

I mean where do you keep the fucking portrait? It’s all that time outdoors. Got to be.

I hope you’re having a fabulous time this weekend, big man. Here’s to many more years feeling younger than your age.

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I believe I mentioned something recently about acquiring some Highland Park, after hearing from another fan that it’s Rory’s favorite. Mission accomplished today, finally: the 12-year Viking label, which still tickles me because I swear Rory’s half-Viking anyway. Funnily enough I’ve been curious about whisky for a while, as I’ve been curious about many matters Scottish. So I went looking for recommendations for beginners. Guess what tends to turn up on the short list. If you’re also new and are curious about the peaty note you’ve heard about, HP is apparently a pretty good place to start. Apparently Balvenie is on the short list for beginners, too.

Funny they should mention Balvenie.

How do you teach a dog to sit?

I think it’s a pretty fair bet Rory likes it peaty.

I get the notion from some of the beginner stuff I’ve read that peaty’s often a bit much for beginners, so I am assuming nothing about how this will turn out. My feeling is that as long as it’s better than fucking Early Times, I’ll be in good shape, but who knows really.

Anyway! You didn’t come here to read about my potential whisky misadventures. Here’s one more birthday bit for Rory… literally… his friend from the band Texas got this video of him on his birthday about six years ago, I believe.

Here’s hoping his weekend this year is just as fun.

P.S. Recognize the shirt? Yeah, that’s his Hound audition shirt! I bet it’s become his new lucky shirt since.