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I didn't expect to do much of anything for my birthday, but in the early afternoon [personal profile] loracs asked whether I wanted to go out to eat and if I did, where would I like to go? [personal profile] loracs and I have a list of five or six restaurants we would like to try at some point, so I picked one or two. We settled on a place in Alameda called Speisekammer (don't ask me to pronounce it.), we shared a half order of Reibekuchen (potato pancakes) and a half order of Semmelknödel mit Pilzrahmsoße (a dumpling stuffed with bacon in a mushroom sauce). Both were a hit, although I enjoyed the potato pancakes more.

For the entree, [personal profile] loracs ordered Bratwurst Gegrillt (a sausage) with all their veggie sides; butternut squash, brussel sprouts, a broccoli like vegetable that I can't remember the name of and another vegetable I don't remember. She also ordered Spätzle (a pasta) because we both wanted to try it. Of course when I say [personal profile] loracs ordered this and I ordered that, it doesn't imply ownership. We both pretty much ate from each other's plates as we always do.

I got the pork Wiener Schnitzel vom Schwein with roasted potatoes and a small salad that went with it. [personal profile] loracs ate most of my salad which was just beets and cabbage. Not my favorite things. I could have had veal Wiener Schnitzel, but since I don't eat veal these days, I stuck with the pork.

Because it was my birthday we did manage to cram down some dessert. [personal profile] loracs ordered an apple strudel with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. I got some crème brûlée. We brought home enough food for at least one more meal maybe two. [personal profile] loracs washed it all down with iced tea. I got a dark beer that was pretty good. I wish I remembered what it was called.

All in all we had a really nice time. A fun, unexpected, sort of adventure for my 55th birthday.
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Today is the beautiful Buttercup's (otherwise known as [personal profile] serene) birthday. I love you so much sweetheart. Have a magnificent day. *smooooooches*
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] loracs, I love you so very much. I hope you have some fun today and the coming year is much easier.
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Happy birthday, Linda. I hope you have a great day and do something fun. Love you!
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53 years rolling around on this orb. I'm surprised to be saying that. To be honest, it's been a largely sucky year personally. We seem to be getting through it but just barely. Things could get worse, but I think we will cope. The world seems to be on the verge of something. I am scared and amazed by recent events. Maybe we will turn the ship around just in time. Of course there's lots of things that could happen both good and bad. I stand with the public employees in Wisconsin. In fact I stand with unions and if I could figure out how to boycott the Koch brothers, I would. I would encourage all my friends and even my enemies to do the same. Thank you all who pay attention to my infrequent meanderings here. Thank you to my friends and family. Even though things are scary, I do love my life and those in it.
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I goofed. Sorry I'm late! Happy birthday, [personal profile] waywardcats
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Happy birthday little sister, I hope you have something fun planned. Have a great day.
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What a day. Lived through a very long panic attack. I called [personal profile] loracs in the midst of it. She stayed with me over the phone. Then [personal profile] serenejournal IM'ed me. She dropped everything to come be with me. They are such wonderful women and I am very lucky to have them in my life.

I wish I was feeling healthier. The cold is definitely going away, but I can't work up much enthusiasm for my birthday. [profile] dbubley is back at the rehab center, but she's still feeling nauseous and has just an awful roommate. She's not having fun. [personal profile] loracs is exhausted. [personal profile] serenejournal is dealing with so much. *sigh*
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The 21st of February is my 51st birthday. With everything that's been going, hell *is* going on, I'm not sure I'll be interested in celebrating, but [personal profile] loracs asked me what I wanted to do. It occurred to me, I have no idea. I thought it might be fun to ask you all. What should I do for my birthday?

I'm not much of a party person. I love music, theater, movies, books, food etc. So, is there anything fun, new, different happening on my birthday that I might enjoy? I figure, even if I don't celebrate this year. I should end up with a list of stuff to try, see, visit, any ideas?
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Hey,[profile] leback,

You have a great birthday. You're having quite a year. Enjoy your new home and your last bit of school. I'm proud to count you as one of my friends.
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Tomorrow will be my 50th birthday. It's kind of a startling statement to me. 50. I keep getting hit with the realization that I've been on this planet a pretty long time. Things that seem really recent like the 80s are a really long time ago for some folk. It is a really long time, and I'm not supposed to remember long ago. I'm the youngest in the room. I'm the one that doesn't get references to The Shadow or Fibber Magee's closet. Nowadays, I'm often the oldest in the room. I saw Star Trek when it first appeared on television. I remember the lunar landing. I remember so many assassinations; John, Robert, Martin and Malcolm.

When I was 3 I had no right to an education. Disabled women were regularly sterilized in ignorance and for their "own good". Nobody heard of a curb cut. Later, doctors told me not to count on a long life. My parents, never expected me to go to high school or college. They thought I would stay with them until they died and then perhaps live out the rest of my life in a nursing home. After all, that's where many people with disabilities ended up, they still do because of the lack of community-based attendant care. Yet I got through high school and even through college. I never managed a full-time job, but I'd like to think that my volunteer work has made the world a little better.

This year has been a rough one for me and for mine. Sickness has left me feeling fragile. I'm closer to the end of my life than the beginning and I'm hating it. I try to concentrate on the good stuff. All the people who love me and take care of me. All and wonderful people who make me a little part of their life as I make them part of mine. I never expected to make 50. I thought I'd made peace with that long ago. I was wrong.

I hope I find someway to cope with what's coming. I'd like to think that I have a little of that stubbornness I'm so proud of left to deal. I've said this many times in the last several months. This has been one of the hardest years of my life, but it is also the year that I realized how well loved I am. [personal profile] loracs, we've been together for longer than we've been with anyone. Thank you for this life we've made. [personal profile] serenejournal thank you for this life we've made. And to the rest of you, my chosen family, my blood family and to all my friends: Thank you for the life we've made.
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I've pretty much stopped wishing most people happy birthday because I'm not very good at keeping up on my Livejournal reading, but I really need to wish the lovely, the delightful and talented [personal profile] kightp Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful and joyful day, week, year, life.
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Lookie what [personal profile] serenejournal got me for my birthday! Gotta love a woman who buys ya bacon :-) *happydance*
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Thanks to all who made my birthday so great!
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Happy birthday [personal profile] loracs! I'm so proud to be part of your life. I love you. Have a great birthday.
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Happy birthday [profile] tracytreefrog! I hope you're feeling better and having a great time on this special day.
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My birthday actually started on the 20th.

[personal profile] serenejournal invited [personal profile] tenacious_snail and [personal profile] inflectionpoint over for her toffee. They brought some cheese. My stomach wasn't being particularly cooperative. So I only tried a bite or two of the toffee. I did eat some of cheese. I really liked the goat cheese cured in red wine, very tasty. We sat around munching and talking for a couple hours and then they left. The two of them are very sweet with each other. Once they had gone, [personal profile] serenejournal and I got a little time together. We watched Serenity. Which I had already seen and we both loved it. Yes, there are a couple plot points that bother me, but ultimately its a rollicking good time. Almost as good a time as I had before we watched the movie. :-).

Later my sister, [profile] tracytreefrog came to visit and [personal profile] loracs got home. [personal profile] serenejournal cooked up some corned beef and cabbage we had in the house. I'm not a fan of corned beef and cabbage. So I finished off some quiche she had made for lunch. For dessert we had lemon curd pie. Made with lemon curd which was made from lemons picked from my very own lemon tree! :-) [personal profile] serenejournal had assured me that I would love the lemon curd. I was dubious but it turned out really good. We all sat around and talked. I'm in the throes preparing for the big book organizing day we're having at my house on Saturday. I've finally accepted the fact that I really just can't read paperbacks anymore. I can't figure out a system to easily hold them open while I read them. So I am unloading lots of paperbacks before people come over to put my books alphabetical order for me. So Sis grabbed a few books she was interested in and headed home early. She had to be at work by 6:00 AM the next day. It was a lot of socializing from me. Pleasant socializing I'm surprised to say, but more than I'm usually comfortable with.

On my actual birthday, [personal profile] loracs and I spent a good portion of the day being lazy. We watched Meet Joe Black on television. The movie had a promising beginning but book forever to end! We eventually got out of the house around 2:00. I had some credit at Black Oak Books that I was spoiling to fritter away. Besides, I really want to buy hardcover copies of some old favorites. I found hardcover copies of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Philip Jose Farmer's To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Greg Bear's, Tangents and a couple other books I can't remember and I'm too lazy to go find out. We had our lunch/dinner at Saul's Restaurant and Deli in Berkeley. Being a native Californian, and never living any further east than Illinois, I know I don't know what a "real" Jewish deli is a man do I love Saul's. It is my favorite Jewish deli. I got some brisket with a side of chopped liver and a latke. [personal profile] loracs had a brisket and pastrami sandwich. It was all so good. We went home after that and watched the Disney version of Around the World in 80 Days with Jackie Chan. Except for some very short fight scenes that were fun. The movie was amazingly bad.

After a little noodling on the computer we went to bed and I had an even nicer time. Not bad for a 48-year-old man.
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Happy Birthday [personal profile] bcholmes and [personal profile] redbird Have a great year!

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