March 25, 2011

The Weeklies #168

The Weekly Birthday. It's my dad's birthday today. We've never exactly figured out how often or even if my folks read the site but hey, roll the dice and say happy birthday to my awesome dad.

The Weekly Awesome Story That May Or May Not Be True. There's a story floating around the internetwebosphere that goes something like this. Guy buys an iPad 2, takes it home, then returns it. Attached to the return was a post-it note that said, simply, "Wife says no." Apple thought this was funny. So they found the guy's information, sent him an iPad and attached a note that said, again simply, "Apple says yes."

The Weekly Time Waster. Fallen From The Moon

The Weekly Read. I've been hoarding the remaining Prey novel by John Sandford, only reading one when I hear that a new one's hitting the streets. They're that good. Phantom Prey was really no exception. You'd think the characters and story lines and plots would get tired by this point. But they don't. Simply because Sandford spends time on the characters, developing their stories, making you care about them. There were quite a few times while reading this one I just chuckled to myself and said damn, Sandford's good. He really is.

The Weekly Music. I realize that I'm not quite the target demographic - sixteen and female - but I do sure like Owl City's Ocean Eyes.

The Weekly Schadenfreude. Why oh why is Charlie Sheen's stage show selling out in seconds wherever he goes? Also, Chris Brown lost it on Good Morning America, freaking out, screaming and breaking a window. Yeah, he's totally moved past that whole domestic battery thing. Anger, clearly not a problem for him anymore.

The Weekly Question. Birthdays - something you enjoy or something you dread?

Posted by Chris at March 25, 2011 8:34 AM

I'm kind of birthday neutral in that I neither dread nor enjoy them. This year may be an exception though since I turn 40 next month. You'd probably think I'm dreading it, but for some perverse reason, I'm looking forward to it! It must be a "Hey world, you thought you'd do me in before now. But look, I made it anyway!" sort of anticipation :)

Posted by: Elizabeth at March 25, 2011 8:40 AM

Birthdays? Enjoy! I start reminding people of my birthday weeks ahead of time. On the actual day, I typically reply to all conversations that start with "How's it going?" with "Great. Its my birthday". Its one of the few times in the year when I revel in blatant self-promotion.

Posted by: J at March 25, 2011 8:41 AM

Now I am over 50, I really don't care either way. Maybe secretly, I would love it if someone in my family made a big deal about it, but no one does anymore.

Posted by: Maribeth at March 25, 2011 9:51 AM

Apple is going to make money off this guy more from apps, movies and music than hardware, so why not send him a free iPad...

Posted by: Kaz at March 25, 2011 10:15 AM

I like birthdays! I enjoy people acknowledging it's "my" day--no physical gift needed; knowing they remembered is gift enough.

Happy Birthday to your awesome Dad!

Posted by: bacioni at March 25, 2011 10:48 AM

Happy Birthday to the Cactus' Dad! Hope you have many more!

I love birthdays (I"ll be a half-century this year!). It sure beats the alternative!

Posted by: 3jaysmom at March 25, 2011 10:58 AM

I have a 73rd coming up next month. We don't make a big deal out of birthdays except for kids. I do like reading the birthday greetings though.

Happy Birthday to your dad.

Posted by: Ann Elizabeth Adams at March 25, 2011 11:03 AM

Happy birthday, Chris's dad! It's okay, we don't hold you responsible for how Chris turned out. ;D

Posted by: Jess at March 25, 2011 11:13 AM

I kinda ignored birthdays while I was off living on my own. Now, however, that I'm in an area with a denser group of friends I kinda enjoy them.

If you enjoy the Prey novels (and I'm a huge fan) I'd recommend the Virgil Flowers and Kidd books if you haven't read them. They're all pretty good.

Posted by: Foggy Dew at March 25, 2011 12:22 PM

Happy Birthday to Grandpa Cactus!! Have many, many more. My kids gave me a surprize 60 bday party. Most of the guests were friends of my kids. Tooting my own horn, how cool of a person am I?

Posted by: joss is boss at March 25, 2011 12:32 PM

re Charlie Sheen: because he makes people feel better about themselves. "Hey, at least I'm not that guy!"

Birthdays. Well, I don't care, but I would like my friends and family to NOTICE. I once told my husband that I'd rather he forgot my birthday than our anniversary, and he took that to mean he can pretty much ignore my birthday. I find this annoying. This year I got a "Oh, yeah - happy birthday" and he forgot to give me the gift he'd bought until three days later. Super. So, I don't hate them. Growing old is just how it is, but I don't want a ginormous Party All About Me either.

Posted by: Brooke at March 25, 2011 12:51 PM

Happy birthday to Grandpa Cactus!

I love my birthday. I look at it as a great reason to get together with friends and have a great time. I turn 40 this summer and am quite looking forward to it. Even though, or maybe especially because, I don't feel 40.

Posted by: Annie at March 25, 2011 4:20 PM

Happy birthday, Chris's dad! I want to enjoy birthdays, but the last couple haven't been great. I kind of like having a big fuss made over me ;-) I think Owl City might have to be my music of the day, today - it suits the rainy weather without being depressing ;)

Posted by: Heather at March 25, 2011 4:21 PM

I'm becoming birthday neutral as I will be 45 this summer. I'm quickly realizing that I have more days behind me than ahead.

My hubby read something early in the Charlie Sheen drama that college dudes thought he was a god. That they could only dream of living in his shoes. He needs serious help in almost every other profession, he would have been immediately fired for drug use. I can't relate to why anyone would pay to see him.

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at March 25, 2011 5:34 PM

Happy Birthday Chris's awesome Dad who has a job I envy!

I typically love birthdays. I share one with my dad (my mom never topped that present). It's coming up in just about 3 weeks (well, 3 weeks and a couple of hours) and for some reason this year I'm kind of dreading it. I'm kind of in a bit of a life slump and it's not exciting to me.

Between Charlie Sheen, people voting for Michelle Bachmann, what is happening in Wisconsin and the governor of my own freakish state making some insane decisions, I question everything about my fellow Americans...

Posted by: Melissa at March 25, 2011 9:57 PM

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers" garden.
D.W.Jerrold, British dramatist

Posted by: Moncler Jackets at March 25, 2011 10:46 PM

Birthdays...had my 39th last week. Digging it so far.

Maybe you should just refer to it as "The Weekly Sheenenfreude" for the time being.

Posted by: Amanda L. at March 25, 2011 11:19 PM

Happy birthday Chris' dad! Hope its a great one!

Sheen needs to get knocked on his ass. The man is a nutjob and a half and doesn't deserve the attention he's getting at all. Honestly, he reminds me of our old roommate we threw out on Valentine's day this year.

Posted by: Debra at March 25, 2011 11:51 PM

You kidding me? I love half birthdays!

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Posted by: Aurelia at March 26, 2011 5:54 AM

Happy birthday to your Dad!!

Posted by: cassie-b at March 27, 2011 10:38 AM

I finally got an iPhone and now I can actually check out these books you recommend with great ease!

As far as birthdays go, I love 'em. It's a good excuse to get myself something extravagant. This year I'm thinking a new Macbook is in order.

Posted by: Rengirl at March 28, 2011 6:20 PM

Posted by: taiduolea at March 29, 2011 3:46 AM

I'm a little late to this because I was not at work.(?Why yes, that is where I read all my blogs, doesn't everyone?) I was home celebrating my 50th (3/24). I really like birthdays that end in zero, everybody makes a big deal out of it and you feel like a kid again (at least fot the day!)


Happy Birthday Cactus Dad.

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