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Happy F—king Birthday

I just turned 47 and my age doesn’t really bother me and I rarely thing about it unless someone asks or says something that makes me feel old.  I also don’t usually get excited about my birthday and really haven’t since my Grandmother died right before I turned 21.  I didn’t go out drinking the night I turned 21 because I had to work, my after work celebration consisted of the bar tender at the trendy restaurant in Dublin, Ohio called Doodles made me a cocktail after closing and cleanup had been completed.  Thus ushered in the era of legal drinking.  Afterwards, I was like, I waited all this time for this?  Being an adult sucks.

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The only bright spot in this years otherwise abysmal birthday came from Rachel and Kethry and Haplo.  Rachel with her trinkets gathered off the bargain rack at Target and Kethry because it is her birthday too.  So I get to become a child again for that moment and celebrate with her.  This year was incredibly hard because money was even tighter then usual since I was so sick last year.  So a few days before my birthday, of course my cell service got disconnected from lack of payment.  Well, I could still use the phone and google voice, Facebook and Wifi to keep in touch and social network even without service.  I was coping.

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Then my phone shut off on Monday afternoon and I lost even that creature comfort.  It’s like I just keep getting kicked because now, not only do I have to pay for the delinquent phone service, I now, also have to purchase a new T-Mobile / Metro PCS compatible phone and then send the old one away to ZTE to repair or just send it away and wait for it to come back.  Turn-a-round time isn’t usually too long, although it often costs about $20 to send it via Fedex.  The carrier’s insurance was a viable option back in the day and I gladly paid for it, but over time the benefits have decreased while the associated fees and charges have increased.

Last Saturday Rachel, Haplo, Kethry and I went to Incredible John’s Pizza in Roseville for Kethry.  It’s a better fit for kids then Dave & Buster’s although it still costs the same when you factor in the cost of the buffet.  Sadly, the Buffet is at the bottom of buffets and the pizza pales in comparison to say, Round Table and their buffet.  When you factor in all of the insanity that comes with crowds and it can make you stop, slap your hands to your face ala McCauley Culkin in Home Alone and scream from the rudeness of people just cutting in front of you or worse you just lose it and let out a scream reminiscent of Edward Munch’s famous painting, The Scream, when you see someone stick their dirty, disease ridden fingers in something to take a taste.

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Sometimes, all you need are friends and family to make everything seem better.

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My 2nd Birthday

So, I share the same birthday as my daughter Kethry which is amazingly awesome because it means that she will never forget my birthday nor will she ever forget me on her birthday.  It is something amazing and magical that we share that cannot be taken away from us and we cannot lose it.  So Sunday we had a party for her at Mc Bean Park and sent invitations out to her classmates.  I was a little nervous because we had only gotten one RSVP and were not totally sure they were going to show up.  Back in September, I took Kethry to one and she was the only classmate of this kid to show up.  Sad.  So, I was afraid this would happen and it would crush her.  I was so glad that I was wrong.

Three kids showed up which was excellent and the parents were excellent.  It was as much fun for me with the parents as it was for the kids.  We had a kit to make masks and each kid made a mask.

Haplo’s mask.

Yum! Strawberries!

Hardboiled Egg Races!

Kethry made the painting in the picture and Grandma found a place online that made the doll in her hand from the picture she drew.  This is some Princess that Kethry saw in a cartoon and likes.  Awesomeness!

So, it was really like a second birthday party for me as well.  I got a $50 Starbucks gift card!  So I get coffee for the next few months!

As you may or may not know, today March, 15th is  the birthday for my daughter who is now 6 and myself who is 43.  For breakfast my wife, my best friend and my self went to the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln to hit up their gourmet All You Can Eat Buffet.

I don’t gamble, just attribute it to my Jewish DNA.  So I was watching my best friend play Quarter Slots when he stuck $5 in the machine in front of me and said Happy Birthday.  I pulled the handle 6 times and on the 6th pull I won.

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At first I thought it was only $30 until it counted past $30.

20120315_110747 Happy Birthday to ME! Smile