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Birthday Weekend

December 5, 2014

Today is the last day of my twenties… of my thirties? I’m sure you won’t be shocked to learn that neither of those is true. Fortunately it’s not the last day of my forties. But tomorrow I do get another year older.

The downside is that it’s a totally unremarkable age.
The upside is that my birthday falls on a Saturday!

Although my idea for a great birthday these days is a lot different than it used to be.

Way back in my twenties, birthday celebrations were a rare chance to get to dictate a communal activity in which everyone had to participate, regardless of their reluctance. This resulted in trips to Disneyland, the eating of a one-pound hamburger at Fuddruckers, fancy meals out in nice restaurants, holding court in a bar from opening to last call, and a host of other surprises.

As I got older, birthdays transitioned from being a communal event to a private one. They were a chance to be alone, reflect, and eat. Some of my favorite birthdays involved walking around Berkeley from one eating destination to the next for the entirety of the day.

This year I just want to sleep.

Regrettably, the kids probably want me awake. Little Miss Fussy loves a birthday party and she’s been making presents for me out of paper and tape for most of the last month. Young Master Fussy has been working on programming a random password generator for me, which I’m sure could be very handy.

All I know for certain is that I’ve got a cake ordered from Crisan. And it’s going to be full of chocolate. Chocolate cakes make me happy.

Of course if I’m going to be down in that neck of the woods, I’m going to have to stop at Stacks and get some kind of espresso drink. Maybe I can even pop into Brew and pick up some kind of birthday treat.

Saturday birthdays don’t come all that often, and part of me feels like making this a low key affair is squandering the opportunity. But perhaps that’s part of what makes the relaxation all the more decadent.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2014 10:28 am

    Crisan is an amazing bakery. I had a vanilla cake from there last year that still makes me lie awake at night.

    Happy BirFFday!

  2. Bob W. permalink
    December 5, 2014 11:40 am

    Happy birthday, Daniel — sounds like a fabulous day you have planned. Enjoy!

  3. December 5, 2014 6:28 pm

    Happy birthday to be! May your cake be PGPR-free.

  4. DEN permalink
    December 5, 2014 6:33 pm

    Happy Birthday! May it be filled with good food, family, and friends!

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