It was my birthday at the weekend. Everybody came round for a barbecue, and we discovered some crackers that were left over from Christmas.
One of them suggested that the best way to count your age is to ignore all the Saturdays and Sundays, and it seemed a great idea to me. Makes me nearly 40, and I'll settle for that - although if truth be told I'd take off Thursdays and Fridays too for the way I feel about life. I'm lucky, blessed with good health, great family and a job I love that has taken me all over the world watching sport.
So I know just where Jenson Button is coming from as he prepares for his 200th Grand Prix in Hungary this weekend. At 31, he's looking to sign another contract with McLaren, and says he's forgotten all about any plans to retire. "I was thinking recently...
Clearly Bernie Ecclestone has got his months muddled up. Yesterday was March 1 and he obviously felt it was April. I can't see any other reason behind his latest idea for trying to make Formula One more interesting.
Bernie was perhaps thinking out loud while he was watching Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton show off McLaren's new road car on a sleety track in Surrey. But the man with the marketing brains behind modern Grand Prix racing is suggesting having sprinklers to produce artificial rain in the middle of races.
"We always have exciting races in the rain, so let's think of making it rain," he suggested. "You could have a 20 minute spell in the middle of the race, or near the end with 10 laps to go. It would guarantee suspense."
Yes, Bernie, but so would putting Ashley Cole ...