300,000th birthday

This morning the mileage indicator of our van went over the 300k mark, meaning we’d done nearly 45k kilometres in it. If I were to say that he’d just celebrated his 300,000th kilometre it would sound strange or funny, depending on your sense of humour. Which is interesting, as someone ‘celebrating’ their so-many-th birthday sounds quite normal. And yet the two events are quite similar: the passing of an arbitrary point, which only sounds significant due to the particular systems of counting and time measurement we happen to use, on the (hopefully long) road to the scrap yard or cemetery as the case may be. But I never could understand why anyone would want to celebrate the fact that they’re a year older…

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