Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Birthday Milestones

Tomorrow is May 1st. It's my birthday month. I will be 55 on May 25th. Wow.

I figure this is a big one. Browsing through a magazine in the waiting room of my primary care doctor, I came across an advertisement for a retirement village that carried the tagline "Life Begins At 55." All right! I'm almost there. Rebirth awaits.

So I started working on my birthday wishlist earlier than usual figuring since this is a big one my presents should reflect that. But when I informed my sister-in-law, she responded in an e-mail, "Wendy said that '55' isn't considered a big one. Just old ;-) "

Ohhhhhh, et tu, Wendy? Stabbed in the back by the missus. Hea, the local Bob Evans restaurant recognizes 55 as a milestone. They have a couple special pages in their menu devoted to those of us (well, soon to be me) 55 and over.

Speaking of milestone birthdays, I took the family up to Bay City last Saturday night for my nephew's 30th birthday. He sometimes comments here on my blog as does his father, "The Enforcer."

My nephew is big on big parties, having long turned his garage into a kind of neighborhood pub, complete with a name--Mahoney's, and even a framed collage of the "bartenders of the month." I saw The Enforcer's picture there.

A big party it was, with catered Mexican food even. One of his gifts was a glass boot that held, I believe, two liters of beer. That's a lot. It was filled and passed around amongst the raucous party-goers which numbered in the dozens. I hear these parties can get plenty wild, though I suspect not really so until oldsters like myself leave.

Oh the stories you hear afterwards. My sister wrote to me later, "Did you know that our mother gave this guy a huge hug when he walked in when we were leaving? ...I asked her who that was and she said "Mason". (Mason has been my nephew's friend for many years) Somebody else immediately says Mason's behind the bar...the guy mom hugged was the neighbor."

Well, at least the neighbor was apparently coming to join the party. He wasn't coming to complain about the noise. He didn't mind the hug either.

Just before I left I remember seeing that my nephew had stripped off his shirt and was sandwiched between two young ladies, neither of whom was his wife, dancing together in the middle of the garage.

I can tell you one thing. If we go to Bob Evans for my birthday so I can get the special menu, the shirt stays on.


Blogger jan said...

Happy birthday and many Early Bird Specials to come.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Happy Birthday!

Get the biscuit with gravy, sausage, eggs, and bacon. I can feel my heart slow down a little every time I have that meal.

4:13 PM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Wait a minute! Let's go back to that glass boot.....

5:15 PM  
Blogger Carine said...

well Happy Birthday Dave! My daughter's birthday is tomorrow. My sister in law the 2nd, my brother in law the 6th, son in law and nephew the 13th, son in law's mother the 14 and my dad the 15th. Oh and last Thursday was our son's.
August was a popular month (we all gave birth early)

7:21 PM  
Blogger Lynilu said...

Well, I was planning on showing up at Bob Evans, but if the shirt stays on, forget it!



11:03 PM  
Blogger simply me said...

Happy Birthday Dear Dave....celebrate and I say "the heck with it....let the buttons fly my friend."

4:41 AM  
Blogger Matty said...

Wishing you a wonderful 'Happy Birthday'. My grandson will share your day. He will be 13 on the 25th of May...and we'll get to celebrate it in the hospital. And does begin at enjoy your day!

8:58 AM  
Anonymous cassie-b said...

Don's birthday is the 25th too. As far as being 55, isn't that early retirement age?

And I'd like to wish you an early happy birthday!

11:40 AM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Big Dave ~ 55 HUH? I can almost remember back that far! ...I said ALMOST! I hope it will be a GREAT ONE buddy! ~ jb///

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Big Bro! The expressions on the MALE glass boot drinkers were priceless; but,the FEMALE glass boot drinkers prevailed.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for coming to my "mild" b-day party. If you would like, I could loan the boot for your 55th.

and by the way, not all the neighbors were happy. The rock n' roll band didn't start till after midnight and went into roughly 4 a.m.

Oh yeah, the final song was a nice quiet one called "Bulls on Parade" by rage against the machine. Look it up if you're not familiar with it, I'm sure you'll like it

6:33 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

JAN--Early bird breakfast specials are already my favorite.

FRED--I think if you cut out the sausage gravy, that kind of breakfast is good for your heart. At least I hope it is.

HOSS--I think the beer boot became popular after the movie Beerfest. Never saw it myself.

CARINE--Lot of birthdays in my family come up in late spring early summer. My nephew's is a month before mine and my wife's is June 9th. We were married on May 31. Lots to celebrate.

LYNILU--If I dared to take my shirt off at Bob Evans, I'd be banned there for life I'm sure.

CARINE--Let the buttons fly, eh. I've never quite heard it put that way. Thanks though.

MATTY--So life does begin at 55? And here I thought that was just an advertising pitch.

CASSIE--My brother retired when he was 52. I'll be lucky to retire before I'm 60. The cost of living keeps going up.

LZ--I keep a year diary at five-year intervals. I'm due for another one at 55. So I'll have something to refer to so I can remember in my later years.

SIS--I don't remember seeing you drink from the boot.

HEA NEPHEW--Four AM? Holy cow, I would have called the cops on you if I'd have been your neighbor.

Come to think of it, you owe me still for the time I lied to the cops to send them away after you set off those huge fireworks in the park by my house.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

I never realized that 55 was a milestone birthday! Where I live, it seems that 50 is the turning point. The senior center next to my house is for those 50 and up. Believe me, none of them look 50, though- more like 90.

Well, as long as you start getting special discounts for being 55, I say milk it. That economic stimulus should be higher for those 55 and older, don't you think?


9:41 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

My daughter just had her 30th birthday last month. She celebrated with a church party the night before, we took her out to dinner and then on Sunday we had our other kids over for a big dinner with all her favorite food. I guess we all celebrate in different ways..

Happy Birthday Dave....Has AARP started to recruit you into the "old folks" ranks yet? lol I love the discounts..

1:21 PM  
Blogger Kacey said...

Don't you wish that Bill Knapp's was still around and you could get your free "Celebration Cake"? They are available at some of the grocery stores around here for just $9.95. Fifty-five was too old for the free ice cream, but that is bad for your cholesterol, anyway. Egads, you are old enough to live in those senior citizen parks in Florida --- I never would have thought it of you! My sister-in-law will be eighty on the 25th and she looks marvelous, but is not nearly as much fun as you. Happy Almost Ready for AARP Day!

12:43 PM  
Blogger Nankin said...

I hear you can get a discount at IHOP, too. My mother-in-law just celebrated her 92nd birthday last Saturday. Well, not a lot of hooping and hollering, but at least she's still breathing.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Spider63 said...

May 1 was my birthday! May is the best month when the best people are born!

5:38 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

BETTY--I wish they'd give those of us 50 and over discounts on gasoline.

LUCY--I read my AARP magazines religiously. They recruit you when you're 50 now.

KACEY--I do miss Bill Knapps. Loved their fried chicken.

NANKIN--IHOP too? I'll have to check that out. We've gone to breakfast there a few times, but I never noticed a senior discount.

SPIDER--Right on. Remember, the Pilgrims came over on the Maypower. However, there was a misprint in the captain's log and the rest is history.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always know I can come here and get a few chuckles....which I did on this post.
And an early HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Dave.
I remember when I turned 55....I was finding the same notices everywhere pertaining to that age. But trust me....55 was great, but every year that's followed has also been. So the best is yet to be.....

8:54 AM  
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