April 05, 2006

Time marches inexorably onward, but at least there is cake

It was my birthday on Saturday (I turned 36, thank you for asking), and you may recall that last year's birthday party featured some impressive items, such as a cake decorated with a red panda, and a swing set made out of chocolate.

This year I did not get a room full of topless women (I had to visualize that myself), but I did get a robotic teddy bear keychain from Amber and Jeff, which is pretty close to a robotic red panda in terms of roboticness and cuteness.


I don't know for certain whether the robot teddy bear was Six Things-inspired, but this card from Cindy and Derek certainly was:


The most impressive item this year, though, was an umbrella made of balloons, personally twisted (and displayed below) by Lorinne.


Too cool. Anyway, after the distribution and devouring of some decadent chocolate layer cake baked by Rose, the last batch of revelers ended up playing a few rounds of Rock, Paper, Anything, a game which I always love to play, and not just because I helped make it up in the first place. (The rules, such as they are, are here, most of the way down the page.) It was late and I was tipsy, so I don't remember most of the combinations, but I do remember "paper" being thrown against "grenade"; paper might cover grenade, but not for long.

To sum up: a totally splendid party. Same time next year?

Posted by Francis at 01:00 AM

A cake decorated with a red panda? Pretty cool, but call me when you've got a cake decorated *by* a red panda.

Oh, and happy birthday. --The Internet

Posted by: Matthew Sachs at April 5, 2006 09:57 AM

Dude... you're even older than me.

By one whole month. :o Happy birthday!

Posted by: Michelle at April 5, 2006 10:40 AM

No, it's not snake-related; it is, however, a job for Anagram Man.

Happy birthday.

Posted by: DO at April 5, 2006 01:07 PM

Happy Birthday, and many happy returns.

Strangely enough, my college buddies played a game very similar to Rock, Paper, Anything, which was called Paper, Scissors, Anything. I've no idea why we screwed with the name, but then why not. Do your rules restrict the play to a hand gesture, or can the player use whole-body miming? And what about sound effects?


Posted by: Vardibidian at April 5, 2006 03:17 PM

Whole body miming is permitted, yes. I personally don't use sound effects, but I wouldn't, you know, disqualify someone who did.

Posted by: Francis at April 5, 2006 04:46 PM

Happy Birthday Francis! Remember when Orange goosed you for me at the crossword event? That was your present. Or mine, I can't remember which....

Posted by: Mona Buonanotte at April 5, 2006 11:28 PM

Wow! 36. Sorry we missed it. We had tickets to the Flaming Lips.

Also, I stopped using the hotmail a while back and just got your emails.

I understand you have some videos for me??

Posted by: Tom at April 7, 2006 05:04 PM

Love your balloon umbrella.

Posted by: Lito at April 7, 2006 09:26 PM
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