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Faith and Fear in Flushing made its debut on Feb. 16, 2005, the brainchild of two longtime friends and lifelong Met fans.

Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

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Exit Interview With My Forties

Just got out of HR. I was doing my exit interview with my forties. It was required as I’m leaving age 49 and starting my new position, in my fifties, at midnight.

HR asked me what I did with my forties, which officially began on December 31, 2002 and end tonight at 11:59 PM. I said I started a Mets blog with a friend of mine when I was 42 and I’ve enjoyed doing that a lot ever since.

Then HR asked me what else I did with the past ten years. I mentioned a few other Mets-related things, which led me into a tangent about some games I went to, some others I watched on TV and a bunch of people I got to know because of the Mets.

HR interrupted and asked if there was anything else I wanted to talk about from my forties, specifically anything that had absolutely nothing to do with the Mets.

I said no, not really.

And with that, HR made some notes in my file, shook my hand and wished me luck in my fifties.

So I guess that was it for the past decade of my life.

11 comments to Exit Interview With My Forties

  • In Repair

    Writing a couple of books is no small thing, Mets-related or not.

  • christopher galligan

    Happy Birthday Greg!

  • Dave

    Not to worry. 50 is the new 49. And as I think flaky lefty Larry Anderson said, you can only be young once, but you can be immature forever.

  • Joe D.

    Hi Greg,

    Now you know how it felt to be as old as me when we first met. But think of it – yesterday you were 49 and today you’re going on 51!

    Hey, happy birthday pal.

  • dak442

    Happy birthday!

  • Andee

    I think HR is going to be kind of gobsmacked next year when I review my 40s with them. It’ll be like, “Okay, enough already, you’re wearing us out!” Can’t blame them; if you’d told me what was going to happen ten years ago, I’d have been like, “Yeah, right, share some of that acid with me!” Though unlike you, I can’t claim two published books. That’s for my exit interview for my 50s. :-)

  • Hey, you are always going to be younger than the Mets!

    When they start announcing the 60th year all-time team (in RF, Mike Baxter) I will now know to start shopping,

    This one kind of snuck up on me.

    Happy Birthday!

  • Kevin From Flushing

    Happy birthday! Here’s to another 50! The Mets would HAVE to win one by 2062, wouldn’t they?

  • Thanks to all. You’ve got me not dreading this next decade, at least until Opening Day.