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The Tuesday birthday wrap-up

I had a great weekend – and didn’t feel old at all. I say “weekend” when it was really a 5-day span, but if your birthday isn’t the time for 5-day weekends, when is? I mostly wanted to recap it to thank the people who enjoyed it with me, but also so i could re-read it in 50 years and enjoy warm fuzzy feelings. I mean, provided the internet is still around that long…

Wednesday was, as mentioned, the drinks and dinner featuring friends that appeared throughout the evening, popping up in handfuls like the spawning buildings in grand theft auto when you’re driving really fast. I enjoyed it all immensely, and the free birthday milkshake didn’t do any harm, either. Sean and Julia hooked me up with some sweet supercross dvd’s, Dan and Jonathan stocked my wine cellar and Travis pre-empted my next visit to the dealership with credit for the parts i already know i’m going to need. 😉

Thursday Clint came over to play GTA, actually, and brought me some sweet wire strippers i totally needed two weeks ago when we installed his car alarm and a chunk of credit at Sears which i’ll have no trouble spending. 🙂

Friday – the actual celebration of the anniversary of an event i don’t actually remember – Eric and Miya prepared a stunning feast of bbq and Korean delicacies, which Miya felt the need to justify as being simpler to prepare than a meal of her own Japanese heritage, sparking a good group laugh. They spoiled me with presents, some of which are still enroute from Japan, and we finished with ice cream cake (Eric’s favorite, but i wasn’t complaining).

Saturday i did my own thing for a bit, running to storage to deposit skis and winter gear and pick up boating and summer items (is it that time already?) and then met Ian at a shop in Kent for a couple hours of dyno tuning. [gearhead speak] My final run came out at 336 hp / 333 ft/lb torque at 0.95 kg/cm2 (13.51 psi), not my best numbers ever by far but a much safer, more reliable tune than previous and as high as i’m comfortable going until that injector upgrade i have my eye on. [/gearhead speak] Ron’s birthday (his birthday, not mine) poker tourney finished the evening, hanging with nearly all the old JLS crew – Bill, Steve, Chad, Mark, Clint – with Ron hosting, officiating, and graciously letting someone else win the trophy. 😉

Sunday Jason and Christie hosted their first bbq of the season, allowing us all a chance to get a mild sunburn and be shot with plastic bullets in the crossfire of a backyard guerilla assault, for which walmart’s 12-dollar armaments are to blame. We stayed until the sun was nearly gone and went home happy, full of homemade chocolate cake, and covered in more red bumps than a leper with chicken pox.

Monday the birthday cards have continued to roll in (and even a belated Easter card – guess i need to keep my grandparents more informed of my address changes. 😉 which i appreciate very much, as well as the sms, email, blog comments, skywriting (not really), and giant sacks of money (i’m expecting them any day now) from my most excellent friends and family on all corners of the globe. (haha – get it? the globe doesn’t have corners! ahhh… i kill me.) It’s been a great birthday, i don’t feel 28 at all, and i’m actually looking forward to having another one… but not too soon. 😉

Brace yourself for this one…

Roger that, squadron leader. We have a confirmed slacker at 9 o’clock. Repeat, slacker status confirmed.

Only five more days until Christmas, only one more day until i get on a plane home, and it’s been 12 whole days since i’ve said anything! Hmm, twelve days, it’s Christmastime… coincidence? Excuse me whilst i break into song:

 

  • Twelve days without news,
  • Eleven credit cards with balances,
  • Ten pounds of chocolate,
  • Nine late nights working,
  • Eight yards of gift wrap,
  • Seven bucks for parking,
  • Six-packs of ramen,
  • Five weeks of rain!
  • Four bald tires,
  • Three absent coworkers,
  • Two flights of rickety stairs,
  • And an extra shot at Starbucks every time!

 

Ahem. So it’s been a very busy week, traveling a lot for work, running last minute errands. I’ve delivered all the gifts that were under the tree to their recipients (save those that will fly with me to MT) and mailed all the cards (some as far away as europe!). I’ve gone through a gallon of eggnog since thanksgiving, although there’s still some ham left, if anybody wants a sandwich. Had a great steak dinner and threw some peanut shells on the floor with cuz Michelle, it was great talking with her. Jason, Julia, Patrick and i enjoyed Julia’s and my cooking and a couple bottles of wine, along with several hours of playing playstation. Chicken ragu with Libby. Christmas shopping downtown with Steph. More Christmas shopping with Libby. Still more Christmas shopping at home on the internet. Haven’t even started to pack – that’s what saturday morning’s for. Don’t have to worry about being distracted by watching cartoons, since the cable got shut off. Pretty efficient over there at at&t, i only cancelled it in august. People keep asking “have you seen that commercial where…?” or “did you see [show] last week?” and i of course say no. It’s difficult to be part of the mtv generation without mtv. And i think that might be a good thing, cause i’ve never really felt that connected to the mtv generation anyway, and if mindless drivel like survivor is what this generation’s about, i’ll happily opt-out.

I’m really excited to go home, and forget about my bills and deadlines and everything for a whole week. It’s going to be great. Mom and Danielle have already started baking holiday goodies, which i intend to completely pork out on. I may need two adjacent seats for the flight back to Seattle. I do wish i would have my car there, as there’s a bunch of things i want to show Dad and ask him about. But that’ll have to wait until the next time he comes to visit, at which point i can take him to the BBQ place Michelle introduced me to, and we can spend the evening throwing peanut shells on the floor.