S: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRETT!
FC: HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY BRETT!
5: Brother Brett, Who knew all those years ago that you would get this old? If I'm not here, send help! I'm locked in the backyard again! Love, Carrie Johnson
6: Hey Brett, remember when I used Ross' LeatherMan tool to remove a stone from under your toenail when we were on our epic drug-induced camping adventure? Remember the tequila necessary to ease the anxiety of the anticipated but unavoidable pain? Hopefully embracing the full reality of your 40th birthday will not be as dreadful. Consider this rejuvenating anecdote while you are pondering the near halfway point passage of your single opportunity on this planet before entering the second stage, focused on enduring the painful repercussions of 39 years of self-inflicted bodily damage and abuse: what hasn't killed you, postpones the inevitable Jim Kauth
8: Brett, I am so incredibly happy that we've reconnected after all these years! Thank you for all the help and support you've given me with my transition back to MN. You're an amazingly intelligent, kind person, and only getting better with age baby! Have the best birthday yet! Love, carrieo
9: Brett, so wish we could be there to help you celebrate your 40th birthday! Here's hoping you have a great time with lots of cocktails, good laughs and well wishes! I thank God for many things about you: your infectious laugh, sense of humor, free spirit, hugs, good heart, but mostly for just being you. You are an amazing person and how blessed I am to call you my cousin! Much love, Coretta & Steve
10: Happy 40th, Brett! I wish Big Red was around to see this! :-) Colin
13: HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU OLD QUEEN! I CAN'T BELIEVE I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE TO KNOW YOU FOR OVER 20 YEARS. LUCKY FOR YOU THAT YOUR BAD HABITS DON'T SEEM TO HAVE SLOWED YOU DOWN. FORTY ISN'T THE "NEW 30" FOR EVERYONE, BUT YOU'RE A "YOUNG" 40. SO BE HAPPY, HAVE FUN AND ENJOY ANOTHER HEALTHY 20 YEARS! (AFTER THAT IT'S ALL DOWNHILL.) - MIKE MOE
15: Happy birthday homo! Love ya, Kitty
17: From Ross: "Huh? Who's Brett?" (Ross is very old.) From Lisa: "Happy birthday old man!" (OK, not really old, just mature and distinguished.)
19: Happy birthday BJ! You have been a helpful and wonderful son for 40 years, although some were challenging. We are so proud of you and love you very much. - Mom & Dad P.S. Thanks for 40 years of "you know what". -Mom
20: Happy 40th old man! We are very lucky to have you as part of our growing family. All we can say is that we love you, and that we hope this year is a great year for change. Love always, Phil, Kt, Kassidy, Mackenzi and Violet?
21: HAPPY 40TH BIRHTDAY BRETT -- YOU'VE GOT ALL THE TALENT YOU EVER HAD WITH ALL THE WISDOM THAT COMES FROM EXPERIENCE. YOUR AGLESS YOUTH INSPIRES! LOVE, BIG BROTHER ERIC
22: Happy birthday Brett!!!!! 40!!!! Who would have ever believed it????? We have always been so lucky to count you as one of our very very best friends. You are always the first person we think of for just about everything -- whether it's just hanging out or celebrating a major life milestone. You've been a huge part of our lives for so long now. What would we do without you?? Birthdays are a time to count your blessings and you have so many to count! In fact, you're probably feeling pretty good right now -- and you should! You're probably thinking something like, "Hey, I'm 40 and I lost about 100 pounds and I'm an athlete now and I look awesome!" and, "Hey, I'm setting goals and achieving them. I'm at the top of my game!" Maybe you're also thinking, "It's great being a role model! I bet everyone wishes they were more like me!" and perhaps even, "Wow, Laura and Duane have done nothing with their lives. They are total losers. Fat, ugly losers with nothing to live for." Who knows, maybe you're thinking, "How do Laura and Duane even look at themselves in the mirror? They're an embarrassment. I weep for them." Yeah. That seems like something you would think. In fact we can pretty much hear you thinking that every time we see you. Actually, we can hear you thinking it all the way across Minneapolis. And it hurts. You're an egomaniac, buddy. A giant, aging 40-year-old egomanic. And we hate you. We'd tell you to go jump in the lake, but you'd just organize it into a quick triathlon to celebrate yourself. You'd call it "Brettathalon -- He's three time better than you!" and then parade around in a Speedo while servants follow you around carrying a full length mirror. God. The audacity. Happy birthday. Asshole. Laura and Duane
24: "STEVE HOLT!!" -Kristin
26: ODE TO BRETT Nine years ago I met a boy, he was smiley and happy; Never one to annoy, although sometimes sappy. The moon and stars had a plan; we came together for a reason, He was to be my right hand man, and together we weathered every season. Not many people can really understand, what we had to endure each day, From concubine squirrels, visits to St. Joe's, to answer any demand; we did many things that others may be surprised that we could earn pay. We have been through so much; working closely together was our purpose, On meetings, documents and such, it did not take long to get past the surface, What was hiding underneath, was a friendship indeed; One of which I didn't know I'd need. As the years wore on, the closer we became, Some battles we won, and our brains became somehow the same, From the TMS-athons, to meetings at the "office", We always had fun, although initially to "the game" a novice. We uttered things that no one should hear, and of course had our own favorite seat, Under the influence of pizza and beer, "why aren't you on top of me?" I shall never repeat, Pineapple upside down cake, Mystery Phrase and Monkey Bash, Playing and drinking all we could take, would always make us lose our cash. No matter how hard things may get, you can count on me, Even when you're "just not feeling it", there's always the Wii, Over a bottle of Bailey's or Matthew Fox, Go ahead and live outside "the box". So happy 40th birthday to my dear friend, I'll cherish your company 'til the bitter end! Love ya, Nicky
27: Brett, How can I possibly put into words what your friendship means to me? I think Homer J. Simpson put it best when he said, "Ow! My liver hurts!" Happy birthday my friend! Michael
28: Rare to be lucky enough to get stuck with a brother you would have picked given half the chance. I love you, Brett. ~D
29: Happy 40th birthday, Brett! I don't know what I would do without you. Big brothers RULE! Love you for 40 more! ~K | HAPPY 40TH UNCLE BRETT! MOM AND DAD SAID THEY WOULD BUY YOU A TICKET TO COME OUT AND VISIT ME! ANXIOUS TO MEET YOU!