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Exactly one month from today I will be celebrating a birthday. The big three-oh. 30. And I want to have a party...not just a dinner with my closest friends, but a real honest to goodness party with lots of people and food and music and games and revelry. I don't need gifts, just the companionship of my friends on this occasion. And it needs to be on Thursday, January 22nd, not that Friday or Saturday, because it just doesn't feel right to celebrate a birthday on a day that isn't your birthday, just like giving Christmas gifts in late January doesn't feel right. I am willing to pay the bulk of the expenses for such a party: it's just been so long since I had a birthday party and 30 is a milestone year, so I want to celebrate in style.

So the question is, should I plan this party myself? Or can I assume that this post can suffice to get the ball rolling on some sort of surprise party planned for me by my friends? And, if the latter, how can I get a list of people who need to be invited to whoever is planning this party I ostensibly know nothing about?


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Dec. 22nd, 2003 07:17 pm (UTC)
Whoops. So I suppose planning a joint party (like I'd been pondering w/BB) for you, me, and Scotty would be kinda' out, then...
Dec. 22nd, 2003 08:29 pm (UTC)
Am I selfish for wanting a party all of my own for my 30th?
Dec. 22nd, 2003 09:48 pm (UTC)
Not at all. I'm just Lazy.
Dec. 22nd, 2003 10:37 pm (UTC)
So what about my question: should I plan it myself or allow my friends, now that my desire has been made public, to plan it and "surprise" me with it?
Dec. 22nd, 2003 10:55 pm (UTC)
If no one lets you know that they have taken on the responsibility of planning it, then you should plan it yourself or risk being surprised by there being no birthday party.

Dec. 23rd, 2003 01:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's usually the way it goes.

Me: "Hey [insert friend's name], want to get together with a bunch of friends for dinner tonight?"
[insert friend's name]: "Sure, I guess. What's the occasion?"
Me: "Oh, nothing much, just my birthday."
[insert friend's name]: "Oh, um, yeah...Happy birthday. I thought that was tomorrow or next/last week. That must have been Dan/Scotty/bitty/[insert random Aquarians or Capricorns]."

I guess it is better to risk double booking than not have a party at all.

Tubby, since you read this journal, can I use your place for the party? And anyone who decides to plan secret party unbeknownst to me, check with Tubby, as he (or JC or Keya) would probably be the most capable of diverting me from whatever my plans for that day are.

Now I have to start compiling an invite list. Needless to say, if you're reading this, you're invited. (It would have been more fun if others would plan this and surprise me, but "if you want something done...." :)
Dec. 23rd, 2003 12:21 pm (UTC)
nothing personal, but my surprise-party-planning quota is used up for the next year.
Dec. 23rd, 2003 03:07 pm (UTC)
Well, you did such a kick-ass job with bubblebabble! :) Besides, your day is only a few days after mine, so you shouldn't be planning surprise parties this time of year but having them planned for you.

Nah, I guess what I'm hoping is that someone will communicate my desire to one of those July/September/October birthday people (Tubby/JC/Keya) and that they'll plan something. We'll see... I found out last night that JC is in the process of co-planning a surprise party for our February 1 friend, so maybe he'll be on top of the January 22 guy as well. Who knows....
Dec. 23rd, 2003 03:34 pm (UTC)
I just don't understand how you can have someone organize a party for you on a specific day and still call it a surprise party...
Dec. 23rd, 2003 03:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't know that anything will actually be done.... I still could be surprised. :)
Dec. 23rd, 2003 06:39 pm (UTC)
that's what bubblebabble did. at some point he made me reserve a certain day, but i didn't know who/what/when/why/where/how until i got there. i mean sure, i can guess it's a birthday thing, but the rest is all conjecture.
Dec. 23rd, 2003 07:06 pm (UTC)
Yabbut, in this case, not only the date is chosen, but that it's a party, a biggish party, too, with more than just the closest friends. So really, it's not so much of a surprise.
Dec. 23rd, 2003 08:40 pm (UTC)
the not-happening party - now there's a surprise.
Dec. 23rd, 2003 09:52 pm (UTC)
Well, in my defense, I put quotation marks around "surprise." It'll be a non-surprise surprise. :) I mean, I guess it will be a surprise if someone actually follows up on my wishes, even if I do specify the time, place, and guests. But, if I don't say anything, I run the risk of being disappointed, and this year I don't want that disappointment. Thpppbbbttt!
Dec. 23rd, 2003 06:37 pm (UTC)
so maybe he'll be on top of the
January 22 guy

...and you wonder why volta is convinced you're gay ;)
Dec. 23rd, 2003 09:53 pm (UTC)
<devilish grin>
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