Open Thread: Birthdays

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Birthdays and other holidays can be a time for great joy or for emotional pain. I’ve had my share of birthday ups and downs myself, although far more ups than downs in the last few years. What are your best or worst birthday experiences?

7 thoughts on “Open Thread: Birthdays

  1. christhecynic February 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    My most recent birthday everything went wrong and no one came. So I had my family, my sister’s then-housemates, the setting sun, the mosquitoes coming out, and little in the way of joy.

    Of the grand total of two people who were expected to come one passed out (he’s got a night job but still does his share of things during the day so this is not entirely unusual for him) and didn’t wake up till the day was done and the other got lost or something.

    But since I didn’t know either of these things at the time I was stuck waiting and waiting in a place I didn’t want to be when all I really wanted to do was go home just so I could be there if someone did show. (The last message I had from the one who got lost was that she’d be late. No indication of how late.)

  2. Brin February 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    This past birthday, not only was I still suffering the lingering appetite-suppressing effects of the stomach bug a month or so previous, I realised at 9:30 the night before that I was getting a cold too. Not exactly the best timing.

    On the bright side, I went to Disney World for my eleventh birthday. That was pretty awesome. I rode lots of roller coasters, got Italian for lunch and dinner (because I felt like it), probably at least a hundred people wished me a happy birthday (I was wearing a T-shirt with “Birthday Girl” on it). Then I was too tired to have the cake, so we ate it for breakfast the next day instead.

  3. Timothy (TRiG) February 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I decided, when I was turning 27, that it was time for my first birthday party. In the event, it was a few months later that I went to Galway with three friends. We had a good time, went to a nice restaurant and a couple of pubs, stayed the night in a hostel, and took the train home the next day. I enjoyed myself, I must say. I’m not generally fond of pubs, but the conversation was excellent.

    For my 29th birthday (my last), a friend I’d made who had a birthday a week later than I arranged a trip to an adventure park for the weekend between our two birthdays. So we climbed walls and went gorge walking. Rather fun.

    Those are the only two birthdays I’ve celebrated in any way. Both were fairly simple affairs.


  4. froborr February 26, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I can’t recall ever having a particularly great or terrible birthday. They’re days with nicer-than-average meals in them, generally speaking, but at the price of having to be the center of attention for a couple of hours.

  5. storiteller February 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    As a kid, I had mixed feelings about birthdays. On one hand, my mom organized some really cool parties and people did show up to them. On the other hand, I always had this nagging (and possibly correct in hindsight) feeling that most of the girls showed up because you were “supposed to” and didn’t actually like me all that much. This was reinforced in junior high, when my friends never decorated my locker for my birthday like most of the other girls had.

    As an adult, I’ve had uniformly better experiences. For the past few years, I’ve done something mildly quirky with friends (go to the Spy Museum, go to a midnight screening of a cult movie). I just had my 30th on Sunday, where we went to a tapas restaurant and then a bar that has a lot of old-fashioned arcade games. The food was great, but beating The Simpsons arcade game for the first time since I was 12 was even better.

  6. Brin February 27, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Where’d the Recent Comments widget go?

  7. froborr February 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I have no idea where they went, but I put them back.

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