I have actually admired that avatar ever since you put it up. As you say you had to search for the right particular image, and I think you chose well. I have been thinking of trying for a similar style pic of my flag, I liked yours so much. Congrats on your birthday; that makes you just a whisper younger than me.
Bugs Bunny: "I speak softly, but I carry a big stick."
Yosemite Sam: "Oh yeah? Well I speak LOUD! and I carry a BIGGER stick! and I use it, too!" BAM!