Thursday, April 09, 2009

Dumped for Jesus

I hate it when my birthday falls around Easter weekend.  People always choose to go to Good Friday church services, an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, and of course church on Sunday instead of celebrate with me.  I am not a churchgoer, and it's annoying to get repeatedly dumped for Jesus throughout my life.  I mean, how can I compare with that?

This year I decided to throw myself a party; that way I won't be disappointed when no one does anything for me on my birthday.  So, I rented 3 bowling lanes for 3 hours at a place called Main Event.  I haven't bowled in forever, but I figure between that, the pool tables, laser tag, gravity ropes, arcade, food, and full bar, people will have enough options.  I'm only paying for the 3 lanes, of course.  

I invited all my family, all my GM friends from work, and all my drum corps new friends.  I set the time at 8pm-11pm so people would have plenty of time to go to church and come afterward.  That's not working out very well.

I have 17 people confirmed to come, and after several of them forget/have other plans/ something comes up/etc., I'll have probably 10 people, 7 of which will be my family.  And then the other 3 will leave early because they feel uncomfortable that there aren't more people that they know.

I hope I'm very wrong, and I hope that I'm pleasantly surprised when a lot of people show up.  I don't want my $300 to have gone to waste on the lane rental, and I want to feel that I have enough worth that people will show up to a free party (no gifts allowed) to celebrate with me.  

But I am not optimistic.    

15 comments:

vq said...

I feel your pain. My birthday (April 18) has fallen on Easter Sunday many times in my life! Soldier on and make the best of it--it's all you can do.

Mrs. Tree said...

Me too on the Easter birthday. Not this year though. Happy birthday no matter what happens, Jenny.

Blank Field said...

Birthdays Smirthdays! This is the Masters Golf Tournament Week End! Although I can understand how some people think Easter is almost as holy an occasion...

But the fact that your party is at night is a positive. I, for one, would be there, had I been invited. I am wondering if I could beat Pres. Obama's score of 127.

Happy Birthday, Bugle Girl.

Gail said...

Speaking of the Masters...did you see the par 3 tournament yesterday? I'm looking forward to seeing the play today thru Sunday-of course, the course is gorgeous, so I'll be looking at that.

Kathryn said...

My daughter was born on the day after Easter Sunday, so her birthday falls every so often on Easter itself (not this year, though).

Hope you have a good turnout for the bowling party!

emma said...

Try being born 2 days after Christmas

UrbanStarGazer said...

Happy Birthday!

Jenny Robin said...

And they continue to bail. Sniff sniff.

Well, I bought myself a cake pan, mix, icing, and such as the store tonight, so I'll make myself a cake tomorrow.

schell said...

Happy Birthday, Res.
Mine was last Friday (the day of my father's funeral) so I think I have you beat in the "worst birthday" competition.

Jenny Robin said...

Oh Schell, I'm so sorry that such a terrible day is now attached to your birthday. You do win the competition, I'm afraid.

But on a lighter note, congratulations on turning 35!

Jilly said...

my parents didn't believe in birthday parties, so i've never really had one, but at least they denied us all parties equally. holiday birthdays do suck, so do summer birthdays, if your family is into parties.

jilly

CatBoy said...

I think we all know people whose birthdays have been spoiled by the proximity to a holiday or by something bad happening on them.

My birthday often coincided with Thanksgiving so sometimes it was downplayed (I don't think I cared all that much as long as my grandmother's check arrived). My sister's was generally on Memorial Day weekend, a weekend we traditionally went on a camping trip so she was stuck in a tent rather than doing something with her friends. My aunt was born on December 27 and never really got a party, just an extra present on Christmas.

But the worst would be my uncle and cousin whose birthdays are tomorrow. Father and daughter share April 11th as their birthday, but it also happens to be the day my other cousin (his daughter, her sister) died. And that particular year it was also Easter. So their birthdays and Easter are both bittersweet to say the least.

As for you Mahler, I hope you are pleasantly surprised. As I write this, it is two hours into your party and I am sending my best wishes Eastward, and hoping those who did show up are having a blast, along with you.

Aside from your expenditures, it's not how many people show up that counts, it's who those people happen to be that does. (I think I just paraphrased someone from The Wizard of Oz.)

PS. I've already said it today, but once again, Happy Birthday from Figaro and me, although that brat Figaro refused to let me take his picture wearing a party hat. And it's a damn nice hat- cost me $8.00

Spidey said...

i hope you had a nice birthday and your friends showed up.

i used to get depressed when people didn't make a big deal about my birthday, but now, i just wish they would forget it, since i will be 50 and i would rather not be.

Spidey said...

will you ever blog again?

Spidey said...

apparently we have been dumped too.