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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

They Say It's Your Birthday, We're Gonna Have A Good Time

Today is my birthday -January 23. Woohoo!

Family lore has it that my mother kept going to the hospital only to be told she wasn't ready yet (well, I guess really I wasn't ready yet) and sent home.

She returned for the final time - they decided to admit her. And I was damn near born in the elevator on the way up to maternity. My mother told me, "You take a long time to make up your mind, but once you do -look out! You move fast!"

It's taken me a long time to make up my mind, but I have come to some decisons about getting old. When I get old:

I will NOT wear purple.

I will NEVERNEVERNEVERNEVER ever belong to the Red Hat Society.

I will continue to go out, on a rare occasion, mind you, and toilet paper someone’s home or car, no matter how old I am and how immature others say such an activity is.

My last tp-ing adventure was several years ago - and no - that's not it in the picture -that's someone else's work (mine is much more thorough and messier). Clearly though, I need to set the right tone for my new decade and get going with the TP. Bloggers beware!

I WILL stop frowning at these youngsters at the grocery store who address me as “Ma’m.”

I will keep on keeping on!
And blast my stereo!
And order martinis and shots of jack (not together) instead of sipping wine "like a lady"!
And race down the freeway at a reckless speed whenever the coppers aren't about!
And jump in puddles when it rains - no matter who is watching and no matter what I'm wearing!

But I will NOT go swimming in Half Moon Bay at midnight in November ever again no matter how old I get. (Once was quite enough!)

Cake and champagne for all!

34 Comments:

Blogger Little Lamb said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! You're only as old as you feel. Be yourself no matter what. And have a happy day.

January 23, 2007 4:17 AM  
Blogger /t. said...

ladies
in purple
should never
wear red hats... ick ugh!

• * H • A * P • P * Y • *
  * • B * I • R * T • H * D • A * Y • *
    • * T • O ·· B * I • R * D • ! * •


/t.

January 23, 2007 8:33 AM  
Anonymous CJ said...

Happy BD kid.
We loves ya!!
CJ + Fam
xoxoxox$$$$$

January 23, 2007 8:42 AM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

What a wonderful tern of events. You are around to celebrate another one.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Are you beginning a new requirement, to establish resolutions on your birthday?

I promise to think of you on this auspicious occasion while sipping on a Black Russian before dinner this evening.

Let me know when you are coming this way so that I can be sure to lock my doors. No TPing here please.

Loved the photos.

And if I wasn't clear about it before,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY bird, may you continue to flap, flap, swoosh.

January 23, 2007 10:37 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

grrrrr i cant stand that red hat thing! Happy happy birthday boyedie, i am so glad you were hatched! i left you a pikchur over at http://k9p.blogspot.com/ and check your email too.
eat drink and be merry laugh your ass off, enjoy your friends and know that you are a valued presence in this place we call blogland.

/grrr

January 23, 2007 11:29 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

Happy Birthday!

January 23, 2007 1:55 PM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

I am currently raising my glass in a birthday toast to you, my treasured friend.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY from me with a Black Russian raised high in my hand.

January 23, 2007 2:55 PM  
Blogger Peaches said...

Happy Birthday tribute is available over at my place but I still want to tell you here:

"Happy Birthday, from down under. Hip hip hoorayyyy!"

Keep on keeping on doing all you desire and if that is you, the cute beautiful, little girl jumping in puddles, may your way be dotted with such joys.

Love you Bird!

January 23, 2007 8:00 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Happy BIRDday to you
Happy BIRDday to you
Happy BIIIIIRDday dear Bird Beauty
Happy BIRDday toooooooo you!


P.S.
Science has definitively proven that wearing purple is a sign of dementia

January 23, 2007 8:33 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

hey! what's this? TP all over my doghouse and chainlink?

/grr

January 24, 2007 5:52 AM  
Blogger Mr Q said...

Feliz Cumpleaños Pajarita
Happy Birthday Birdie
Maligayang Bati Ibon
Feliz Aniversario Pássaro
с днем рожденья птичка
joyeux anniversaire oiseau
buon compleanno uccello piccolo

January 24, 2007 6:03 AM  
Blogger Bird said...

oh many thanks to all for the well-wishes!

k9 - oh what a lovely sketch you've posted at k9p (yeah, the dog ain't completely gone)

and peaches - what a lovely tribute at your place. thank you.

lettuce - i will have to ponder my weirdness before fulfilling the tag.

ab: thanky ab! mighty sweet and kind of you!

jack - my glass of champagne to your black russian - by the way - a girlfriend of mine ordered a black Russian the other night -she received a vegan BR - soy milk. after the initial "euuuu" it was shockingly good (i had a sip)!

ll: i was skipping down the halls of the ivory tower of academia yesterday -skipping away between meetings and prep work for school - made me think of you!

Cj: old pal - oooxxxx right back to you, but no $$$$ - hahahahahaha!

/t. hahahahahahappy birthday back to you - it is, after all, your birthday month, isn't it? (cool new stuff up at mo po!)

mr q - thank you! nice to see you.

and once more for the dog – TP chain link? yours? moi? never fear - if I do a tp run, you’ll come along and stand guard (you can ride shotgun too).but now you’ve really got me thinking about that chain link – it would be an intricate job. Properly done – could be a masterpiece.


flap/flap/swoosh and soar!

January 24, 2007 6:08 AM  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

Many Happy Returns of the day, Bird! May your life be filled with love and laughter always!

January 24, 2007 8:23 AM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

btw, bird, there is no milk in a Black Russian.

What you described as a White Russian.

I have never tried the white variety. Glad you enjoyed it.

January 24, 2007 2:26 PM  
Blogger Percival said...

Have you, then, been discussing the matter of birthdays - and spankings - with Miss Eyre?

Tisk tisk...

The Honorable
Sir Percival

January 24, 2007 7:30 PM  
Blogger Mayden's Voyage said...

I'm late...
But Happy Birthday :)
Hope this year is full of wonderful things for you~

Got a "BlueBird" over at my place- made me think of you after I posted it :)

January 29, 2007 12:22 AM  
Blogger Mrs. B said...

Sorry I'm late, but I want to wish you a Happy Birthday. I (a fellow January-er) decided that since the pool parties are out due to weather, we are allowed to celebrate all month long. Looks like I got the wish in just under the wire.

Keep smiling and never sip wine like a purple wearing lady.

January 29, 2007 8:52 PM  
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January 30, 2007 11:37 AM  
Blogger Pete Bogs said...

happy b'lated b'day! sorry I missed it...

January 30, 2007 1:24 PM  
Blogger Percival said...

Either you're having one wild and crazy party or you've off and migrated...

January 31, 2007 10:22 AM  
Blogger /t. said...

...or
bird flu...

(it's goin' 'round)

but perish the thought...

most likely busy with hatchlings

/t.

January 31, 2007 10:48 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Birdy,
git on home now--youse partied enough by now I reckon...ya wanna come home and find an elephant on your nest? (Horton Hears a Who)

January 31, 2007 4:14 PM  
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January 31, 2007 6:32 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

Don't you know that there aint no
mountain high enough,
ain't no valley low enough,
aint no river wide enough to keep
me from bloggin' to all of you babe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSKFB4OEBkE

but i am swamped with a conference I'm coordinating and some other professional projects, as well as teaching - so I am, perhaps, on an unoffical hiatus.

January 31, 2007 6:47 PM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

I also think it's time for you to da a new post.

February 01, 2007 5:25 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

You are quite right, Little Lamb, but I am swamped with so much work right now, I scarcely have time. Why don't you do a post for me? Hee hee hee. You could post it on your blog but it would be mine.

I think that's a fine plan. For that, I would even post a link to your blog - redirecting any traffic that comes my way to you.

Hahaha - so, LL, what will your post on your blog that is in leiu of a post on my blog by me be like?

I am eagerly awaiting your response! (Now see what you've got yourself into? But perhaps /t. will help.)

February 01, 2007 8:08 PM  
Blogger /t. said...

how about
something patriotic?

(when in doubt, fly the colors)

i'll be happy to help if LL is ok to do this at her blog

/t.

February 01, 2007 8:44 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

is there a patriotic holiday coming up? oh yes, president's day here in the good ol' US of A.

washington and lincoln i think.

most people consider it a patriotic SKI weekend. they don skis and boots and poles and parkas and scarves and goggles and woolen caps and wear masks of washington or lincoln and head alarmingly fast down the slopes shouting out:

"I CANNOT TELL A LIE!"

and

"FOUR SCORE AND SEVEN YEARS AGO!"

and then they eat cherry pie and chop wood and build their very own log cabins in the snow.

perhaps the post that is mine but is not should be of

a flaming skier dressed in patriotic colors.

skiing to a bbq.

and then a large bird swoops in and plucks the skier off the slope and flap/flap/flap

the skier is suddenly falling
fall
ing
f
a
l
l
i
n
g

into the dark blue cold of an arctic ocean.

but at least then, the flames are extinguished.

or
not.

February 01, 2007 9:35 PM  
Blogger /t. said...

yes!

or no...

but LOL just the same :)

/t.

February 01, 2007 11:01 PM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

Soumds good to me, bird. I need a new post anyway. We can kill two birds with one stone. Oooops! Wrong choice of words.

February 02, 2007 2:43 AM  
Anonymous s9s27s54@aol.com said...

I did the new post for yourself and me. I asked for /t.'s input and he gave it.

February 02, 2007 4:43 PM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

s9s27s54@aol.com is me, Little Lamb.

When are you going to change to beta?

February 02, 2007 4:46 PM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Happy late birthday. Good call on the Red Hat society, I hear they cook Meth to finance their drinking habit, though I have no proof of that.

February 03, 2007 2:19 AM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

Now I am free to post here. That's better. It's hard to post on non beta blogs.

February 04, 2007 5:56 PM  

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