Birthday Plans… or lack thereof
Tuesday, October 28th, is my birthday. I’m not sure how I feel about that.
It’s not a major landmark birthday. But it is the first birthday in a long, long time where I will be away from my home town and most of my family. My birthday was generally a fairly big celebration in Norman, with the past few years focusing on “Gab ‘n Dab” events where we gathered as geeks, painted miniatures of not as we each preferred, ate Doritos and drank Mountain Dew, and enjoyed a sideboard of cakes and party foods provided by my lovely wife and anyone else who wanted to bring such things.
That’s “normal” for me, and it’s unlike to happen this year.
I have no space for such an event, for one thing. And I’m still feeling my way along socially. Those social events I have been invited to since moving, all too often I haven’t been able to attend. I haven’t really tried arranging any myself. My circle of “close” friends out here is pretty small, but my circle of friendly acquaintances is huge. I’m not sure what’s going on in the middle range between those two.
So purely practical considerations blend with social uncertainty and get the schedule I am trying to maintain poured on top… and I don’t know what, if anything, I’m planning on doing about celebrating my birthday. Under the old paradigm that would be pinned down and on everyone’s calendars by now.
I may just throw open a general announcement that I’ll be at the AKF, and enjoy whatever time I have with whoever shows up. 🙂