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Sunday was my birthday.  I turned 34.

Many people remembered, and there wasn’t anyone who forgot who ought to have remembered.

Though it was a little weird to get more birthday emails from the dozens of social networking sites I’m a member of than from real people… That’s life in 2006, I guess.

It was a really lovely day.  It went something like this: Breakfast with a few close friends.  A little outing.  Back to my place to play some cards.  Susie made dinner.  We watched some TV.

Now, you might recognize those activities from, say, last weekend or the weekend before.  But each one was just a little special.

Breakfast was at De Dutch pancake house. I had the “Hash” special which was not what I thought it would be—apparently they mean hash browns.  And the few close friends included Cody from calgary who was in town to do some sort of hush-hush deal that he couldn’t really explain. We all nodded.

The little outing was a flea market in Cloverdale, which, in case you’re ever in the neighbourhood and are thinking of going, should be avoided like shaking hands after you sneeze.  If purgatory held a garage sale, and it rained on it, that would be the Cloverdale flea market.  But still, an interesting outing.

Magic was fun, and Susie baked cookies for us, which we now have an excess of—anyone need (or should I say want) some chocolate chip and/or peanut butter cookies?

Dinner was also delicious.  Again, a very nice meal topping a very nice day.

But I have to say—34 is a bit of a null birthday.  33 is cool: it’s divisible by 11, it’s the age Jesus was when he died (I beat Jesus! Yeah!) and it’s generally curvy.  But 34—I can’t think of a single interesting thing about 34 except, as Virginia so nicely pointed out, I’m “now officially in my mid-thirties!”

So there’s that.


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Happy belated birthday.


Posted by Darren
  at 8:16 pm on Oct. 17, 2006




Happy birthday, Travis! I'm looking forward to celebrating with you next weekend. And do not dis 34 - it is a multiple of 17, and therefore has magic powers. Um... yeah.


Posted by Mandy
  at 5:00 pm on Oct. 18, 2006




My best wishes are late, but sincere nonetheless.

I am also 34.

Thank-you Mandy, for pointing out that's twice the age of a 17 year old. Guh.

Remember, most of Jesus's accomplishments really happened after he died. There is still yet time for us!



Posted by Mike
  at 9:58 am on Oct. 19, 2006




Happy birthday, Travis! Oh, to be 34 again...


Posted by :) Debra
  at 10:29 am on Oct. 19, 2006




Happy belated birthday! It sounds like it was a good one. I was going to suggest the same multiple of 17 thing as Mandy and Wikipedia has some phun 34 phacts (did you know it is the ninth Fibonacci number?) but yeah, curvy palindromes are more interesting. I'm sure you'll have an excellent year regardless.


Posted by Christina
  at 12:22 am on Oct. 24, 2006




Thanks, everyone!

I have decided that, as your birthday present to me, I will eat a slice of cake for each of your wishes.

Your presents are delicious.


Posted by Travis Smith
  at 8:13 am on Oct. 24, 2006




Happy Belated Birthday Travis. 34?! You're really THAT old.

Ba ha ha - ha ha!


Posted by Kathryn
  at 9:11 pm on Oct. 26, 2006

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