Best Birthday

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    Aug 14, 2007 4:55 AM GMT
    I really don't count my birthday's much, as we didn't celebrate them growing up. But I have had groups of friends who do and found sometimes it was as much a celebration of them, like me showing all how thankful i am for the community around me.

    So I turn 40 next year. And while the number really means nothing to me, friends have been saying that I should organize a trip for a bunch of us.

    I have some ideas but was thinking, what is the best birthday I ever had?

    So what is the best birthday you have ever had?
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    Aug 14, 2007 12:17 PM GMT
    My twenty first. It was the second year Jed and I had been together. He bought me a leather biking jacket and surprised me with a trip to London. He brought the clothes and things in his gym bag so I wouldn't suspect, and then after work, he suggested getting a taxi home, but we went to the airport instead. It was very romantic. We didn't have much money, so it represented a huge spend at the time, and for the rest of the month when we had to eat really cheap, crappy food it was slightly regretted, but it was lovely all the same.
  • zakariahzol

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    Aug 14, 2007 1:39 PM GMT
    Everyday is a birthday for me. My life now is really great. Everyday is a day to celebrate and having fun. Today and the rest of the days is the best birthday for me.
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    Aug 14, 2007 2:11 PM GMT
    It's your birthday coming up and YOU'RE supposed to organize a trip? Hmmm, for your birthday, maybe someone will get you some new friends.
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    Aug 14, 2007 2:38 PM GMT
    Still waiting for one :-(
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    Aug 14, 2007 2:39 PM GMT
    Still waiting for a birthday? Curioser and curioser
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    Aug 14, 2007 2:42 PM GMT
    I mean still waiting for the best birthday I ever had.

    Frequently it turns to nothing because my birthday is on the 31th december, so it's often forgotten.

    :-(
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    Aug 14, 2007 3:12 PM GMT
    well i stopped having birthday,s
    had a few go so badly wrong i blanked them from memory
    actually managed to stay the same age for a couple of years untill some-one proved to me i was actualy older
    i had to verify with my mom in order to believe them
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    Aug 14, 2007 3:40 PM GMT
    My family did not celebrate birthdays too. So the best birthday i had was my 15 when i was working at a camp and everyone said happy birthday and at random times people would start singing happy birthday.
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    Aug 14, 2007 3:49 PM GMT
    Why didn't your family celebrate birthdays? Jed's family don't celebrate them for religious reasons, but he gets to celebrate them now. It's really cute, actually. He gets very excited
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    Aug 14, 2007 4:18 PM GMT
    agree w/ the ? of (why not celebrate) though I think I know, or, perhaps I do, from my own personal experience/childhood...still, thought I'd ask.
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    Aug 14, 2007 5:01 PM GMT
    To get us back on track:

    One of my first best b-days was turning 19; I had been on my own for 3 years living in a couple of different cities and 3 friends came to the door screaming happy birthday at the top of their lungs. We went to a pub and stuffed our faces and drank lots without getting drunk or too drunk, it was magical and simple.

    Years latter, (my 30th) the same friends and a few others and I went to a fairly deserted beach on Bali and spent a week there. Altogether there was about 80 of us. Some had got together and made a banner in English saying, Happy Birthday, it was horribly misspelled which made it even more charming.

    Generally my b-days have been a blast since I started celebrating them. I do think they are a time to celebrate those who love me. The humblest, most spontaneous are the best.
  • sfnicolas

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    Aug 14, 2007 6:09 PM GMT
    my fave b-day was celebrating my 40th helicopterin' in alaska with my bf, landing on the menhdenhall glacier, and drinking champagne that mom sent to me from las vegas.

    yippee kay-aye mofo!
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    Aug 14, 2007 6:12 PM GMT
    wow, that sounds great!
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    Aug 14, 2007 7:55 PM GMT

    Childhood birthdays spent picknicking with my family at the lake, complete w/ grandparents aunts, uncles, etc.

    The first birthday after I met my partner. I hadn't really celebrated my birthday in over 20 yeasrs. He made it unforgetable.

    R
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    Aug 14, 2007 8:18 PM GMT
    So, it wasn't MY birthday, but my favorite birthday I've ever helped someone else celebrate was my best friend's 40th.

    60 or so of us all flew from the states to Sydney and I ended up staying for like 3 months. Was hands down the best vacation I've ever had and he spared no expense in compensating us for the long, expensive flight down there. The party was amazing, food, drinks, performances, the whole lot.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 14, 2007 9:35 PM GMT
    I turn 40 in December, and I hope it will be my best birthday ever. Don't know what I'm going to do for it yet, but I want it to be great.

    Mike
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    Aug 14, 2007 10:10 PM GMT
    The last one, because I'm still alive!
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    Aug 14, 2007 11:46 PM GMT
    My 24th birthday was fun. I was on active duty over in Germany at the time. I partied a little too hard and received a letter of reprimand from my commanding officer for 'destroying' government property.

    (We had cheap carpet in the barracks and every liquid spill left a spot that never came out. I sort of poured cheap wine all over my roomate and his girlfriend...stained the carpet. It marked a real turning point in my life where I began to break out of the shell that I was in.)

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    Aug 15, 2007 12:05 AM GMT
    My 24th Birthday. I was on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, clinging to the back of a stripped down HUMVEE on a live fire range, flying down a "road" at 50 miles an hour while engaging targets on either side of the convoy. This was all in a train-up to move into Iraq the following week.

    Later that night, sleeping on the ground underneath a true-life Bedouin tent, one of the female Soldiers gave me her M&Ms out of her MRE. It was the best present I ever got as well.
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    Aug 15, 2007 12:11 AM GMT
    It would be easier to think of a list of the most disastrous birthdays. Like,

    Childhood:
    My space-cadet themed birthday, during which the Apollo 1 astronauts burned up.

    The "surprise party" my mom decided to throw one year. She wanted to invite a bunch of neighborhood kids over, but she didn't know who my friends were at school. Turns out, she invited all the neighborhood bullies.

    College:
    Mom again - used a service that delivered a birthday cake to my dorm room while I was gone, which turned out to be a signal to the rest of the dorm. By the time I returned, I had to run a gauntlet and ended up outside naked in the snow, while the rest of the guys enjoyed the cake.

    Work:
    Somehow, there was always a huge deadline on my birthday that required an all-nighter to complete a project or proposal.

    For several years running, I somehow found myself on business travel in the Bay Area on my birthday. I usually drove into San Francisco and treated myself to an expensive dinner.

    No, I definitely don't have birthdays any more.
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    Aug 15, 2007 3:38 AM GMT
    Yes, the MRE's with the M&M's are the best. Only for the candy.
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    Aug 15, 2007 5:54 AM GMT
    I totally forgot, I was the SAW gunner. Fixing a jam on a M249 that isn't fixed to anything while trying to cling to the canvas roof of a HUMVEE is fun.
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    Aug 16, 2007 7:51 PM GMT
    Hooah!
  • jc_online

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    Aug 16, 2007 8:32 PM GMT
    My favorite memory of a birthday was in the 3rd grade. My mom invited all of my class to our tiny apartment, so it was packed and fun! One of the other moms was in charge of games, and we played for hours. My birthday is in February near President's Day, so the cupcakes were red/white/blue with silouhettes of G Washington and A Lincoln on them.

    I have had some fund birthdays as an adult too; but, that one still sticks out as a lot of fun.

    I miss my mom. Thanks for bringing up a great memory for me. :o)