Every time I tell people my birthday is on the fourth of July, their reaction is always full of oohs and aahs. Well, we firecracker babies are kind of special, if I do say so myself (in the words of Jay Z). I mean, hey, we share a birthday with Malia Obama and Nathaniel Hawthorne! There are, however, many setbacks to sharing a birthday with the nation, which I'm sure my fellow 4th of July-ers are well aware of. On the bright side, at least it's a non-gifting holiday; my condolences to you Christmas babies.