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Birthday Extravaganza, Part Deux



So on Monday when I get home after work, Steve (rootbeer1) is busy in the kitchen, prepping the jambalaya he started the evening before and getting it in the oven, along with cubed butternut squash seasoned with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. The house starts to smell delicious. The magnificent Jeff (abearius) arrives shortly thereafter and sets up his big-boy-sized massage table and proceeds to rub down my poor, aching back. He's very, very good, and the knots in my muscles just dissolved, accompanied by the soothing sounds of water trickling and frogs chirping (on the stereo, not in the living room).

After my massage, there was time for Steve to have a turn, so while Jeff worked on him I made a salad of romaine, apple, smoked almonds and blanched sugar snap peas. With some nice French artisan bread and chevre with fresh rosemary, dinner was served. We ate, drank wine, and chatted away until Jeff needed to head back to Berkeley. A lovely evening.

Tuesday, August 16, was my actual birthday. After work, my sister Judy called breifly to wish me HB. She mentioned my nephew Rod has been keeping up with my journal---hi Rod!!! Leave a comment!!! After the call, I was whisked off to Chouchou, a French bistro a block from the Forest Hill station (quite near our house), for dinner with Gregg and Jim (sflonestar). We had a wonderful time, consuming culinary delights, much wine, and gossiping chatting nonstop. After dinner we walked the two blocks to the church where our square dance club holds class and caught the tail end, with Steve bringing an Oreos-and-cream cake to share with the class. That's 3 cakes so far!! It was great to get sweaty square dance hugs from everybody.

Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday), Reid (animbear), Richard (redbeardedblond), and Robert (bigsabu) arrived, a day early than I thought (yay!), to stay with us for the weekend. We went to Buca di Beppo in SOMA for dinner, and discovered Paulie (redbackfur), Geoff (heypyro), and Steve's brother David and his wife Andrea there waiting for us. Lots of pasta, beer and presents. Another wonderful evening.



And tonight, Dave (e_ticket) swoops into town to join our little boarding house for the weekend. I predict lots of merry highjinks.

Comments

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rootbeer1
Aug. 18th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
It's not over yet!
qbear
Aug. 24th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Not till the fat lady sings---in Vegas!!!!!
neilbert
Aug. 18th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC)
oh by the way
Happy Birthweek!
qbear
Aug. 24th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
Re: oh by the way
Thanks!!
ciddyguy
Aug. 19th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
Sounds like you are having a great time! :-)
qbear
Aug. 24th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
I am...the fun doesn't stop!!!!
(Anonymous)
Aug. 19th, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday Uncle Jack!
Hope your back feels better. It sounds like you had a nice birthday. Hope to see you and Steve soon.I promise we will make it out to SF someday. Love you both.Take Care. Rod,Mary and Mandy
qbear
Aug. 24th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Belated Birthday Uncle Jack!
Well, thanks, Rod! (And Mary and Mandy). We have plenty of room, as you can tell from these posts.

Hope things are going well for you all. Keep in touch!

PS--remember this picture?
(Anonymous)
Aug. 19th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
HAPPY HAPPY 50, Jack. Like you need an excuse to be happy. I love keeping up with your hi-jinx through lj. You and Steve are two wild and crazy guys...and then there's the whole rest of your gang too.

Durwin
qbear
Aug. 24th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
Thanks, baby!!
blondebear
Aug. 20th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
Happy Happy HappyHappy Happy HappyHappy Happy Happy
A much belated Happy Birthday to you. I wish you all the joy in the world!

Hugs,
Blondebear
qbear
Aug. 24th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Happy HappyHappy Happy HappyHappy Happy Happy
Thanks!!!!
bayarts
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Happy, happy birthday to you! And many happy returns! xoxoxo
qbear
Aug. 24th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
Thanks, Stacy!! Hope things are going well over in the loft--
bayarts
Aug. 24th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
I have something to ask you. Will you please email me with your phone number? bayarts4u at gmail dot com.
ursine1
Aug. 26th, 2005 10:32 am (UTC)
"Visibility"
So now that it has been a fortnight since your 50th. How do you feel? Are you concerned about your "visibility" there?

A number of people in the Bay Area that I talked to last year felt that once they reached a certain age, they became "invisible". This translates to being difficult in meeting new people and making friends. You already seem to have a great network established and so you may not be as affected as others.

This "visibility" factor was one of the reasons that I decided to leave the US and emigrate to Spain. I have no problem meeting new people here despite me having a 10-year "advantage" on you.

Chuck
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