What a wonderful birthday celebration it has been! Although I prefer to celebrate all month, things crescendo’ed last week. On birthday eve, a couple of guys came over to try out some new beers. Instead of beating our chests and male bonding, though, we found ourselves talking politics, economics, science, and entrepreneurship until we realized how late it had become – very stimulating!
The day of my birthday itself I started by playing Dad’s old pinball machines. There must have been some birthday magic at work because I set a new high score on The Black Knight – 30 years later he still puts up a good fight!
It was actually a pretty intense day at work but I managed to duck out for a good workout (Birthday tradition!) and the evening weather was great for some beach volleyball – very refreshing after our recent cold snap. When I came home, Katie surprised me with some decadent chocolate cake – I guess that’s a tradition too!
Most importantly, I had offered up a birthday challenge to match dollar for dollar any donations to GIVEWATTS on my birthday. Several friends and family rose to the challenge and together we managed to contribute several hundred dollars to the cause – THANK YOU to those who participated! It is always nice to receive gifts and wishes on my birthday but it is even nicer to pay forward my blessings to others!
The real treat for me was over the weekend, when I hosted a dear, dear friend from IMD. Katie and I did our best to introduce him to regional cuisine during his short stay: BBQ (City BBQ), biscuits and donuts (Rise), fried chicken (Time Out), ice cream (Fresh Local), and fried green tomatoes and grits (Mama Dip’s). We also visited the NC Museum of Art for a “hike” around the spacious sculpture park and interior exhibits on Ansel Adams and the Venetian Renaissance.
The pièce de résistance was enjoying the nice weather by smoking cigars and sipping bourbon out on our back deck. He and I shared cigars very early in the IMD year and neither of us smokes them terribly often so it was special to re-create that event in a very different context – different location, different cigars, and [very] different US!
It was a wonderful visit and my heart is quite full (Not to mention my stomach!) so I am deeply appreciative of him, Katie, and everyone else who has made my birthday so special. Of course there are still a few days left in March so there is more time to celebrate!