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Birthdays: How Do You Celebrate?

LaOsLaOs Registered User regular
edited January 2008 in Debate and/or Discourse
Today is Thanatos' birthday. Don't forget to give him the birthday bumps!

Seriously though, how do you celebrate your birthday? How have you celebrated your birthday in the past? There must have been one party or event that sticks out in your mind as the best--why?

Last year, for my roomie's birthday, she wanted to go to the casino. She had never been but was developing an interest in blackjack, so wanted to go. A few of us got together and went and everyone had a blast. I think everyone won something, too, which helped everyone enjoy their time.

Now, it seems to me that there are different phases to birthday celebrations. There's the childish games and cake parties. You may do the movie or paintball thing, or bowling and whatnot as you get a bit older. After that you're into the bar-age celebrations, which can be wild and ridiculous. Things usually quiet down after that and can sometimes fade out and become non-events except for the milestone birthdays like 30 and 40, etc.

So what are you doing for your birthday this year? Did you go through the get ridiculously drunk because we can stage? Perhaps you're one of those who doesn't really draw attention to their birthday and just has a quiet dinner with friends? Have you ever planned an elaborate event for someone's 40th or something like that?

Basically, let's talk about birthday parties--the good, the bad, the upcomming?

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It's not Than's birthday anymore, so the title has been changed.

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  • gundam470gundam470 Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    My birthday was a week ago and I spent my entire birthday weekend snowboarding and getting harassed at Hooters.

    'Twas all kinds of fun and I'm hoping it'll turn into something I do every year because I usually have pretty mellow birthdays.

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  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I'm too bitter to enjoy birthdays anymore.

    I've had to be reminded of my last couple.

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  • LaOsLaOs Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Elendil wrote: »
    I'm too bitter to enjoy birthdays anymore.

    I've had to be reminded of my last couple.

    Aren't you in your early twenties? What's up with that?!

  • LaOsLaOs Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    gundam470 wrote: »
    My birthday was a week ago and I spent my entire birthday weekend snowboarding and getting harassed at Hooters.

    'Twas all kinds of fun and I'm hoping it'll turn into something I do every year because I usually have pretty mellow birthdays.

    Are you a big-tittied woman?

    Why were you getting harassed at Hooters?

  • gundam470gundam470 Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    LaOs wrote: »
    gundam470 wrote: »
    My birthday was a week ago and I spent my entire birthday weekend snowboarding and getting harassed at Hooters.

    'Twas all kinds of fun and I'm hoping it'll turn into something I do every year because I usually have pretty mellow birthdays.

    Are you a big-tittied woman?

    Why were you getting harassed at Hooters?

    The girls there do stuff when it's your birthday.

    Like make you wear a cape made out of tinfoil that says "Super Awesome Birthday Cape" on the back.

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  • LaOsLaOs Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    gundam470 wrote: »
    LaOs wrote: »
    gundam470 wrote: »
    My birthday was a week ago and I spent my entire birthday weekend snowboarding and getting harassed at Hooters.

    'Twas all kinds of fun and I'm hoping it'll turn into something I do every year because I usually have pretty mellow birthdays.

    Are you a big-tittied woman?

    Why were you getting harassed at Hooters?

    The girls there do stuff when it's your birthday.

    Like make you wear a cape made out of tinfoil that says "Super Awesome Birthday Cape" on the back.

    Ooohhh.

  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    LaOs wrote: »
    Elendil wrote: »
    I'm too bitter to enjoy birthdays anymore.

    I've had to be reminded of my last couple.

    Aren't you in your early twenties? What's up with that?!
    I'm precocious.

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  • nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Don't you mean precious?

    :winky:

  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Before this year, the last time I celebrated my birthday was in 7th grade. This year I turned 20 and we got wasted and went to a karaoke bar and it was the most awesome thing ever.

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  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I hate birthdays. I celebrated by driving home from Portland, and playing D&D.

    I may go out tonight or something, but I kinda doubt it.

  • LailLail Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Birthdays are a good excuse for making other people pay for your alcohol.

  • GimGim Long Live Biscuits Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
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    Well, that's actually how I celebrate Valentine's Day, but it's not that much different.

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  • Satan.Satan. __BANNED USERS
    edited January 2008
    Thinatos, you lie. You enjoy birthdays because it is the most miserable day of the year for you. It's the climax of your misery!

    Smile!

  • TarranonTarranon Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
  • PillsAreNicePillsAreNice Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Tarranon wrote: »
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    Your picture is funny Gim, but this wins.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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  • GimGim Long Live Biscuits Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Haha, I remember that picture. Yes, very sad.

    Hmm, I haven't had any really good friends in past years to do stuff with. I usually go out and have dinner with my family. A few years back I had a nice dinner, went and saw a concert alone, then spent the rest of the night writing a paper for class the next morning. I think the last thing I did with friends was go to a go kart/mini-golf/arcade type place. That was fun, me and two other people. That was in 1999. Oh sweet Jesus, that was almost a decade ago!

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  • PillsAreNicePillsAreNice Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Gim wrote: »
    Haha, I remember that picture. Yes, very sad.

    Hmm, I haven't had any really good friends in past years to do stuff with. I usually go out and have dinner with my family. A few years back I had a nice dinner, went and saw a concert alone, then spent the rest of the night writing a paper for class the next morning. I think the last thing I did with friends was go to a go kart/mini-golf/arcade type place. That was fun, me and two other people. That was in 1999. Oh sweet Jesus, that was almost a decade ago!

    Meetup.com?

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    See my game reviews at: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=strangegamer
  • IreneDAdlerIreneDAdler Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Are those cupcakes in that box in the lower left? Now I want cupcakes :(

    I haven't done anything particularly celebratory on or around my birthday since... probably highschool. The last birthday party I remember having is when I turned 16. I just don't really care anymore. As long as I get presents, it's all good.

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  • Aroused BullAroused Bull Registered User
    edited January 2008
    Birthdays are nothing but a grim reminder of the all-too-brief forced march to inevitable oblivion. So I usually have a nice dinner with family or friends, maybe a few drinks, I might go out to a play or something; the usual.

  • GimGim Long Live Biscuits Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Gim wrote: »
    Haha, I remember that picture. Yes, very sad.

    Hmm, I haven't had any really good friends in past years to do stuff with. I usually go out and have dinner with my family. A few years back I had a nice dinner, went and saw a concert alone, then spent the rest of the night writing a paper for class the next morning. I think the last thing I did with friends was go to a go kart/mini-golf/arcade type place. That was fun, me and two other people. That was in 1999. Oh sweet Jesus, that was almost a decade ago!

    Meetup.com?

    We'll see how this year shapes up.

    Actually, I did have drinks with some co-workers last year. I had forgotten. But I no longer work there.

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  • HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Happy birthday, Than! You're officially over the hill! :D

  • QuidQuid The Fifth Horseman Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Drinking. Lots of drinking.

    Though I think this year involves drinking and sex.

  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Hacksaw wrote: »
    Happy birthday, Than! You're officially over the hill! :D
    Fuck you all. I'll have whatever kind of goddamn birthday I damn well please.

  • SamiSami Registered User
    edited January 2008
    I'm turning 20 in 8 months.

    that is terrifying.

    Preacher wrote:
    That's the kicker, not only is our healthcare not cutting mustard we are overpaying for shitty healthcare. We have the olive garden of healthcare.
  • One Thousand DicksOne Thousand Dicks :D! Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Sami wrote: »
    I'm turning 20 in 8 months.

    that is terrifying.

    I'm turning 20 in five months. Let's cry together.

  • QuidQuid The Fifth Horseman Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Sami wrote: »
    I'm turning 20 in 8 months.

    that is terrifying.
    No, it's dull and confining. You no longer have the excuse of being a teenager for any major screw ups you make but have yet to attain, legally, the excuse of being drunk.

  • GimGim Long Live Biscuits Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Thinatos wrote: »
    Hacksaw wrote: »
    Happy birthday, Than! You're officially over the hill! :D
    :whistle:
    It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
    Cry if I want to, cry if I want to
    You would cry too if it happened to you
    :whistle:

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  • ShinryuShinryu Registered User
    edited January 2008
    Sami wrote: »
    I'm turning 20 in 8 months.

    that is terrifying.

    I'm turning 20 in five months. Let's cry together.

    I just turned 20...
    Meh.

    (USER WAS INFRACTED FOR THIS POST)
  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I've been 21 for four months and still haven't gotten drunk

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  • PicardathonPicardathon Registered User
    edited January 2008
    Elendil wrote: »
    I've been 21 for four months and still haven't gotten drunk

    That pretty much sounds like my plan right there.
    I'm not going to celebrate any birthdays on my own accord until I'm 60. Then I'm going to go wild.

  • jotatejotate Registered User
    edited January 2008
    My mother decorated the whole house every year on my birthday with balloons and streaming paper. This year, with my new job/house/roommates, she made me promise I would do the same for my roommates' birthdays. So last month, for one of their birthdays, I left 25 balloons piled outside his door. Apparently, he tripped on them and almost fell down the stairs. So it was almost an awesome birthday.

    The most recent birthday celebration was your classic "take the guy to the bar and buy him drinks" thing. Except this guy weighs a clean 400 lbs. I went home with a $98 bar tab and the makings of quite a hangover.

    The next birthday that rolls around, I think I'm going to go with cupcakes from the grocery store.

    Spoiler:
  • TarranonTarranon Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    oh, screw you Sami. Jeez.

  • Emerlmaster999Emerlmaster999 Sleepy Ferrets Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Today I turn a fifth of a century old. To celebrate, my friends are coming over for some Rock Band fun and to play some Star Wars Saga (think Dungeons and Dragons, but with lightsabers). Nothing overly special, except that my mom is going to design a d20 on the cake as both some geek credit and since it is my new age.

    Nat 20 birthday, hell yeah.

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  • Satan.Satan. __BANNED USERS
    edited January 2008
    Today I turn a fifth of a century old. To celebrate, my friends are coming over for some Rock Band fun and to play some Star Wars Saga (think Dungeons and Dragons, but with lightsabers). Nothing overly special, except that my mom is going to design a d20 on the cake as both some geek credit and since it is my new age.

    Nat 20 birthday, hell yeah.

    NERD
    Spoiler:

  • Emerlmaster999Emerlmaster999 Sleepy Ferrets Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Today I turn a fifth of a century old. To celebrate, my friends are coming over for some Rock Band fun and to play some Star Wars Saga (think Dungeons and Dragons, but with lightsabers). Nothing overly special, except that my mom is going to design a d20 on the cake as both some geek credit and since it is my new age.

    Nat 20 birthday, hell yeah.

    NERD
    Spoiler:

    I take offense to that.


    I'm clearly a geek.
    Spoiler:

    3DS: 0344-9387-2002 / PS4: MisterBeeb123
  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I turn 21 exactly on Thanksgiving, 2008.

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  • real_pochaccoreal_pochacco Registered User
    edited January 2008
    My best birthdays:

    15th birthday, I think: A 48 hour gaming FEST, D&D and Starcraft with all my best friends, and this one girl I was intensely attracted to. Also, boffer sword battling? Basically nonstop awesomeness.

    17th birthday present - My mom told us that we had to go pick someone up at the airport, and that if we all went we could go to In-N-Out. So we all got in the car, went to go eat, went to the airport, and stood around waiting for the person to show up. The person does... with tickets to go see my long distance girlfriend and all my bags packed to go. Hooooly crap, that was kick ass. They put me on the plane right then and I was off. It was actually a week before my birthday, but wow they got me good. It was pretty awesome. The only shitty part was that the girl broke up with me about a week later -- a day or two around my birthday.

    18th birthday - My mom paid for me to visit/prospie at Reed College. While I was on the plane flying up to Portland, OR, she made a post to the Reed College livejournal community (which evidentally a lot of people read) with a picture of me, the shirt I was wearing (a picture of Freud with the word REPRESENT over it), and my scooter, and she asked them to wish me happy birthday. Over the course of the weekend, about 100 people did, and I was basically instantly popular around campus. Honestly, I thought going into it that prosping for my 18th would be the nerdiest thing I could do. I was so wrong. I partied like crazy and had insane amounts of fun, and fortunately my mom had me taking the train back so I could sober up/become unfried after the weekend.

    My 19th birthday kind of sucked, but I did get laid, which was a first for my birthdays.

  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I turn 24 on February 29th. I will celebrate by congratulating myself for surviving another lap around the sun, and go back to doing whatever I was doing.

  • DynagripDynagrip destroy everything you touch Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2008
    I celebrate by dreading the time that I will have to spend with my family.

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  • HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I turn 21 exactly on Thanksgiving, 2008.
    I turned 22 on Thanksgiving, 2007.

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