July 11th, 2006


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02:58 am - on maturation milestones...
so yesterday I was speaking with the lovely and charming marsinthestars and wishing her a happy birthday (which was yesterday) and asking her what she had done for it. The night before I had spoken to her online at like 11pm and was wondering why the hell a person would be at home sitting around talking to people online at 11pm, an hour before she turns 21. It made no sense. So I ordered her to go out and find a bar that she could order a drink at at promptly midnight. I'm told she had a white russian.

So anyway, Marli and I were talking about the nature of birthdays and she theorized that there was a problem with the fact that people put so much weight on the "Big Birthdays" that the all the other ones kinda get pushed by the wayside and relegated to afterthoughts. She claimed that her 20th birthday was possessed of much awesomeness, and its ashame that this birthday #21 was automatically supposed to be more important. I should really have demanded that she order something stronger, like a tequila. Ah well. We live and learn.

It got me thinking. What are the big birthdays? Which ones are relevant to you and why? And which ones were the most memorable for you? Off the top of my head, milestone birthdays are:

1. Big confusion. Means more to everyone else than it does to you.
5. Go to school, parents rejoice at you being out of the house a few hours every day.
16. Drive, Consent to sex (in many states, including PA)
18. Vote. Buy cigarettes. Buy Porn. Die for your country. Tried as adult. Move out, parents change locks.
21. Buy alcohol. Gamble in Vegas
25. No longer have to die for country
32. Fuck someone half your age (in many states, including PA). Mid-life crisis begins.
50. It just feels old
65. retire
100. It just is old

So those were just off the top of my head. But it doesn't answer so many questions. Like when are you a grown-up? I'm not sure I am now. Are those ages even right? Would you move anything around? Change how anything worked? Like, if it were up to me, I'd probably keep driving at 16, but maybe move sex down to 14. I'm torn there. I'd probably move all the 18 and 21 stuff down to 16. At least the 21 stuff down to 18. If you're old enough to die for your country you're old enough to play some fucking blackjack (and you're sure as hell old enough to drink, that should happen way by like 14). Everything else is more reasonable, but I am more and more feeling like I want to make the retirement age, oh, I dunno, 32. What do other people think? What would you change? What would you add or remove? Did I miss any?

Are milestone birthday's stupid? Did you (or will you) feel compelled to drink on your 21st? Smoke on your 18th? Did your parents really change the locks? Are birthday's special at all, or do you not make a big deal of them and care more about other events or occasions? How cute is Steph in that hat? Does Marli have a point about making a big deal of the milestones thus making the others seem superfluous?

In other news, Jammy Jam 2006 is nearly upon us. I'm still open for suggestions of alternate games, activities and prizes. Or any other ideas you have that might make the whole thing more exciting. So far we definitely have much beer and licquor, the traditional jammies contest and 3 live bands. Suggestions for additional activities have included a kissing contest, twister, karaoke and hottubbing. Let me know what you're thinking. I was also thinking I wanted to have body-painted girls like they do at the Playboy mansion parties (pictures of naked playmates in nothing but bodypaint are pretty much NSFW, btw). But alas I have no idea where to get the girls or someone capable of doing that awesome a design, and I am going to be a lowly poor and unemployed bum by the time jammy jam rolls around (Jigga, 4 more days of work... this is killing me). But hey, if some hottie wants to volunteer to come to jammy jam in painted on lingerie, I'm certainly not going to stop you.

Oddly, I associate my celebrating much more with Jammy Jam (which will be July 29th) than I do with my actual birthday (August 1st). Never fear however, presents will happily be accepted on either date. And of course, as we are entering that mid-life crisis phase, I would love to recieve a nice little sportscar for the occasion. I'm not greedy, I won't complain if you all chip in. Or you know, if anyone wants to lend me a 16 year old hottie for a couple of hours starting just before midnight on the 31st, that might be cool too.

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[User Picture]From: rmitz Date: July 11th, 2006 - 08:14 am (Link)
Generally I think milestones for the sake of arbitrary milestones are completely stupid. I'm pretty sure I didn't drink anywhere close to my 21st birthday, and I'm sure I didn't smoke on my 18th, since I never have and I intend to keep it that way.

Steph is quite cute in that hat.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:32 pm (Link)
why no drinking on the 21st?
From: rmitz Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:35 pm (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:38 pm (Link)
From: rmitz Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:47 pm (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 07:38 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: damion Date: July 11th, 2006 - 09:42 am (Link)
At some point in my teens I stopped caring about birthdays entirely. My parents would keep wanting to make it something special, and then something would happen and they'd get stressed, with the end result being that nobody had any fun at all. Now all a birthday is to me is a chance for people who want to give me presents to do so.

This may be helped by the positioning of my birthday, which generally occurs right before or during the beginning of school, which means that everyone else is too caught up with their own business to pay my birthday any heed.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:34 pm (Link)
hmmm... so if it wasn't about the presents, what did "making it special" entail?
From: damion Date: July 12th, 2006 - 09:03 am (Link)
[User Picture]From: pallmalls Date: July 11th, 2006 - 04:18 pm (Link)
At 35, one can become President.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:38 pm (Link)
that's actually an important one. I've been planning to run and everything.
From: ludimagist Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:26 pm (Link)

LIES!

The night before I had spoken to her online at like 11pm and was wondering why the hell a person would be at home sitting around talking to people online at 11pm, an hour before she turns 21. It made no sense. So I ordered her to go out and find a bar that she could order a drink at at promptly midnight. I'm told she had a white russian.

LIES!

What do you think this is, Wikipedia?

The night before, at 11PM, I was with her and we were changing clothes from a very active weekend to go out for said drinks. (and yes, she did have a White Russian)

I think there are holidays that always generate disappointment because society places high expectations on them. NYE is a big one in that regard, or the winter holiday season in general (most suicides I understand). Birthdays aren't really all that different, "landmark" birthdays moreso. How people choose to mark those birthdays and how big a deal is made of them makes all the difference.

Also, birthdays are the days that we give ourselves excuses/permission/whatever to show extra appreciation for people who matter to us. In that sense all birthdays are good birthdays. Contrary to that, people might notice who doesn't call and place more important on that than on who does in fact make the effort or care or whatever.

I like the idea of birthdays being a celebration of a specific person. I enjoy it when it's about me of course, but I also enjoy spoiling specific other people (there was much spoiling of [Unknown LJ tag] over the past few days).

Another landmark birthday might be surpassing your parents' age. And of course birthdays marked by events.
From: ludimagist Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:32 pm (Link)

Should be obvious but...

Substitute the Unknown LJ Tag with marsinthestars.
From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:44 pm (Link)

Re: Should be obvious but...

From: ludimagist Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:47 pm (Link)

Re: Should be obvious but...

From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 07:39 pm (Link)

Re: Should be obvious but...

From: ludimagist Date: July 11th, 2006 - 07:48 pm (Link)

Re: Should be obvious but...

From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 07:51 pm (Link)

Re: Should be obvious but...

From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:43 pm (Link)

Re: LIES!

From: ludimagist Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:48 pm (Link)

Re: LIES!

From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 07:40 pm (Link)

Re: LIES!

[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:57 pm (Link)
32. Mid-life crisis begins.

Oh, thank goodness. I was just wondering if it was too early to get started on my midlife crisis, but I see I'm just on time. (I'll forgo the fucking of someone half my age. I don't comprehend that need, and 16 yr old boys are not yet competent.)

People should make a bigger deal out of my birthday than they do. I realize it's inconveniently placed, but I demand presents and complimentary drinks. Or at least e-cards. Please make a note of it.

And Steph looks adorable in that hat.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 07:41 pm (Link)
I'll forgo the fucking of someone half my age. I don't comprehend that need, and 16 yr old boys are not yet competent.

Quite simple... because you can.
From: marmal8 Date: July 11th, 2006 - 11:51 pm (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: July 12th, 2006 - 02:27 am (Link)
From: marmal8 Date: July 12th, 2006 - 03:57 am (Link)
[User Picture]From: thomas_sean Date: July 11th, 2006 - 06:57 pm (Link)

Memorable birthdays ...

... begin with the first you remember n'est ce pas?
I remember my third birthday for three specific events; receiving a battery powered rowing Snoopy boat, playing balloon tag on a pea green carpet (tie a balloon to your ankle, step on other people's balloons, last one with a balloon wins), and running through the sun dappled orchard behind our house.

[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 07:44 pm (Link)

Re: Memorable birthdays ...

so why don't you play that game at parties still today?

Fun fact, my little brother's name is Sean Thomas.
From: thomas_sean Date: July 11th, 2006 - 08:11 pm (Link)

Re: Memorable birthdays ...

From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 08:14 pm (Link)

Re: Memorable birthdays ...

From: thomas_sean Date: July 11th, 2006 - 08:23 pm (Link)

Re: Memorable birthdays ...

From: thomas_sean Date: July 11th, 2006 - 08:30 pm (Link)

Re: Memorable birthdays ...

From: chrismaverick Date: July 11th, 2006 - 08:44 pm (Link)

Re: Memorable birthdays ...

[User Picture]From: akiramich Date: July 12th, 2006 - 01:31 am (Link)
I just turned 40 and have a flushed retirment fund. Whom do I need to inquire with about my 'Trophy Wife'?
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 12th, 2006 - 02:56 am (Link)
I always got the impression that once you were ready, they just came to you... you need like a sports contract or something.
[User Picture]From: sexyhockihoochi Date: July 12th, 2006 - 03:35 pm (Link)
I don't know any 16 year olds. lol.

I didn't smoke on my 18th, but I hate the smell of smoke.

I did, however, get completely plastered with my bestfriend and her sister on the night of my 21st birthday. It wasn't so exciting to get drunk (because I was drunk before), but it was exciting to be able to get into Saddleridge and to get into a bar. The booze wasn't the best part of being 21...the ability to get into clubs was. :-)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 12th, 2006 - 03:54 pm (Link)
oh well... I guess you'll have to chip in with the buying of the sports car.
From: sexyhockihoochi Date: July 13th, 2006 - 02:28 pm (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: July 13th, 2006 - 02:40 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: thomas_sean Date: July 17th, 2006 - 04:02 pm (Link)

Jammy Jam

Yo Mav - can I put Jammy Jam info up on Gladstone Ruckus' MySpace? tommy
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 17th, 2006 - 04:17 pm (Link)

Re: Jammy Jam

I need to confer with Steph... I'll get back to you.
From: beststephi Date: July 17th, 2006 - 06:21 pm (Link)

Re: Jammy Jam

From: thomas_sean Date: July 17th, 2006 - 06:25 pm (Link)

Re: Jammy Jam

From: chrismaverick Date: July 18th, 2006 - 11:57 pm (Link)

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