Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

Originally uploaded by Martina

Back when I had my real birthday on March 20th, I decided that next year I would move my birthday to May 20th. If you look fast, it doesn't even look that different - 3/20, 5/20. My theory was that the weather would be nicer for outdoor parties. If today is any indication, I might want to rethink that.

The weather is grey and rainy. Not exactly birthday barbeque weather, but still a welcome change from the sunburning upper 90's we had over the weekend. Those of us who are so pale we glow in the dark don't do well with that kind of thing. Even with sunblock I already got myself burned, thanks to McMenamin's highly entertaining Alien Costume Parade over the weekend. If I use this as a base tan, after a series of sunburns I might be able to work myself toward a swarthy off-white, maybe even an eggshell color.

On the up side, it looks like I will be getting what I want for my birthday, maybe it will be a lucky day despite the rain. I am confident that Obama (who had his biggest campaign rally ever right here in Waterfront park - 75,000 people! - over the weekend!) will win the Oregon Primary. The prospect of having a President who does not sound like Cletus the Slackjawed yokel or start illegitimate wars is so exciting to me. Happy Fake Birthday to me and everyone else too!

P.s. In an odd real birthday coincidence, the main character of the book I am reading just got subpeonaed by the SEC to appear in court on March 20, 1987 - my 18th birthday. I wonder why the author picked that date.


Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Deeear kosher-pork-taco-eating, multi-linguisitic, inferiour-scrabble-playing, blogging-like-crazy, dog-loving, long-distance friiiiiend...

Martina said...

Why thank you! It's this kind of thing that makes a fake birthday worthwhile. Oh, scrabble! Remember that time I beat you at scrabble? I bet it was embarassing for you, considering how bad I usually am at it. Those were good times! Soy kosher pork tacos for everyone!

Marc Acito said...

LOL. I know what book you're reading. I hope you're enjoying it.

The 20th of May is a perfect day for a birthday. It's also Liza Doolittle Day:

"Next year on the 20th of May
I proclaim Liza Doolittle Day!"

Martina said...

I DID enjoy the book - very much and hope there are many more to come!

May 20th! What a perfect day to celebrate "the glory of me"! I hadn't even thought of that! It is like I've done a reverse exercise in musical astrology - or maybe even musicology. Damn you, Prince and music theory for preemptively using my invention before I could think of it! I like the idea of a brand of divination based on song lyrics - like a musical magic 8 ball that settles on the right line of the right song for the querent. It's mystical and jazz hands all at the same time! I can see this will now consume my brain with a fervor akin to the time a friend and I cast an all grunge version of the Sound of Music.