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Birthday Extravaganza, Part 1

So, instead of a single celebration for my 50th birthday, my fabulous husband Steve (rootbeer1) decided to stretch it out for a week, and beyond.

On Friday, August 12, as soon as I got home from work, Steve banished me to my study. I thought he was making dinner (I smelled something cooking), but when he called for me to come down, Chinese food from our favorite take-out place had been delivered. After dinner John (keanubear), Greg, Victor, Mel, and Jim (poohbearjim) came over to play board games and eat cake, which Steve had made earlier (thus the cooking smells). The boys all brought lovely gifts, and Steve gave me several from himself, saying I would get a few each day of the week-long festival. Sort of like Hannukah, even though we are Episcopalians. We played The Partridge Family Game, Mystery Date (I got the dud), and several rounds of the nerve-wracking Catch Phrase, then took turns soaking in the hot tub (it's kind of small) and sitting in the living room chatting and drinking.

The next morning, Jeff (sapphiresf), Gary (fuzzygruf), and Steve (double_ohsteven) came by for brunch and yet another cake. We chatted and swilled coffee, then headed to Palo Alto for Cameron's (handlebear) memorial service. It was very moving--a regular Episcopal Rite I Order for Burial of the Dead, but with so many friends and family present, and the Gay Men's Chorus as the choir. I was very aware of Cameron's presence. Scott (nanocub), Cameron's partner, was strong and composed, and I could tell he was comforted by the presence of so many of Cameron's loved ones. After the Eucharist, there was a reception in the parish hall, with momentos of Cameron, including a large display of some of his Live Journal posts, and more music from the chorus, as well as a number of moving eulogies. Cameron will always be with us, in our hearts and on that day when we meet again.

Today at noon Steve and I headed over to Stern Grove for the free concert in the newly-refurbished amphitheater. We sat under our own redwood. The musicians were the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Beausoleil, from New Orleans. Steve packed a lovely picnic lunch (muffaleta sandwiches in honor of the Cajun music), and we ate, danced, listen to the music and hugged and kissed a few trees.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Stay tuned....


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 15th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
That sounds pretty gosh-darned fabulous!
Aug. 15th, 2005 01:51 am (UTC)
Yea that does look indeed fabulous.

Wished my 40th B-day back in January was something like that. Oh well.

Aug. 15th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! May you have a 50th birthday season...weeks and months of celebration! Since I'm an older man *grin*, I can only tell you that turning 50 was a bright spot for me, an experience to savor... it's only going to get better...and you've got your wonderful Steve to share it all with! HUGS!
Aug. 15th, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)
What pretty dishes!

(Oh yeah, you guys look good too)

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Aug. 15th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
Real dishes, sweetie
Aug. 15th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
Awwww bless! You old geezer!
Fabulously fifty with the best husband in the world!
Aug. 15th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
Jack, those are great pictures, thank you for posting them. BTW, even though it is early, I sincerely hope that you have a fantstic birthday celebration this week. Incidentally, have you and Steve considered visiting Tucson next year? hugs
Aug. 15th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
Happy 50th Jack-O! *HUGS!*
Enjoy every minute of "YOUR" week buddy!

Aug. 15th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
Well HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!..Glad you are having an Incredible Birthday week! that is so awesome.. and add my Birthday Wishes to the pile!...Big Huggs!
Aug. 16th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
stretch it, pull it, prolong it, excersize your right to bend over backwards...it's your day man. that is so awesome. and a very handsome 50 if i may add....my #40 is coming up in less than 2 months - i cant believe it....its great to know you are in full celebration mode. xoxooxox
Aug. 16th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised no one's commented on that ridiculous photo of you kissing a tree!
Aug. 16th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Jack, I "sing" this to all my on-line friends on their B-Day, so you're no exception. "Sheriff John" used to sing this on his kiddie show when I was a wee nub. Hmmm...I used to watch a show starring a man in uniform when I was a child? It all falls into place, doesn't it? Anyway...(taking a deep breath)

Put another candle on your Birthday Cake,
your Bithday Cake, your Bithday Cake.
Put another candle on your Bithday Cake,
you're another year old today!

-The Agoura Boys
Aug. 16th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday!
Uhh...That's supposed to be BIRTHDAY, not BITHDAY. I have no idea what a BITHDAY is, but if you had one, I'd wish you a happy one.

-The Agoura Boys (who believe it or not, DO own a dictionary.)
Aug. 18th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday!
Awww, thanks!!!! It's been great, whatever it is!!!

See you this weekend!!!!!
Aug. 17th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
Even as a little kid, I always thought the "dud" was cuter than the the "dream date." If only he'd had a beard.

There's a Partridge Family game??????????????????
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