AT NOON IN OKLAHOMA 26 years ago today, I headed north on the back roads outside Vance Air Force Base towards the Enid Hospital for an important birthday. It was Kitty's first day in the world, arriving via C-Section. En route to the hospital, I disregarded a "road closed" sign because I knew those roads, their shoulders and the freshly cut wheat fields along the side. The closed road was a mile-long section of fresh tarmacadam and within 300 metres, I was laboring through the fresh tarmac, the Karmann Ghia caught up to its axles. I drove off the road, into the dirt and ended up in the hospital parking lot with fresh tar clumps on the wheels, in the wheel wells and splattered along the rear bumper. I missed the start of the C-Section but got to see Kitty (in the foreground with her sister, above left) within a few hours of her birth. I want to return to the back roads of Enid, Oklahoma on the 24th of June some day this decade to drive the same route. If road works follow any sort of pattern, I think I might be able to find some fresh tarmac to complete the experience. Happy birthday, Kitty!