Saturday, April 19, 2008

Famous Birthdays

I know it may sound crazy to some people, but this whole week I've been waiting for something bad to happen. I posted about this last year. Some of the worst things have happened right around my birthday before, so it's nice to have a year when mid-April is peaceful. I also found out this year that while I share a birthday with Hitler, my husband shares his with Charles Manson. It's kind of fun to see what famous people share your birthday, even though it's utterly meaningless. For example, in addition to good-old-Adolf, I share a birthday with: Joey Lawrence, Carmen Electra, artist Joan Miro, Don Mattingly, and quite a few other Hollywood-types. My husband, in addition to Manson, shares his with Tonya Harding! He also gets a lot of "normal" famous people: Sammy Sosa, David Schwimmer, Nadia Comaneci, Al Michaels, Wallace Shawn, Grace Kelly, and "The Thinker" sculptor Auguste Rodin. On a side note: anyone who believes in astrology should spend some time looking at these birthday lists. The idea that all of the people born on a certain date share similar characteristics and fate would quicky be dispelled. For example, my father shares a birthday with the late Vladimir Lenin, my mother shares a birthday with the equally infamous Nikita Kruschev, and my mother-in-law shares a birthday with the hanged-for-war-crimes Saddam Hussein. Hmmmm.....I sense a communist/fascist/absolute dictator theme going on in my family....

So, although it really means nothing, it's kind of cool to see who might be having a birthday cake and hanging out with their friends and family on the same day as you. Even if their idea of hanging out with friends might be something crazy like this,or this. I, on the other hand, went out to dinner at a Moroccan restaurant with my husband on Thursday night, and will have a nice dinner with family tonight. Then, tomorrow, (my actual birthday, ta-dah!) I will go to church with my family and hear my husband preach. Now that's a real gift--to be in the house of the Lord with other believers, worshiping together and being taught from the Word. We've been invited to another family's house for lunch, so I won't have to cook, either. It all adds up to a fine day in my book.

P.S. Just got back from my in-laws' house, and it was actually a small surprise birthday party! I wasn't expecting it. My mother-and-father-in-law were there, as well as Eric's sister Esther and our brother-in-law Nate, and Teddy and baby John. Charlotte made delicious pot roast, potatoes, carrots, and a salad, and we had strawberry shortcake for dessert. I even got to open most of my birthday presents. It was a wonderful time.


Bethany W. said...

Happy Birthday!

Alice C. said...

Thanks, Bethany!

chandra said...

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear friend,
Happy Birthday to you!!

Have a great day. Love ya.

Alice C. said...

Chandra: Thank you so much! I love you1

tmagskjohns said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALICE!! I love you very much! Mary

Alice C. said...

I love you, too, Mary! Alice

Safe Thus Far said...

A very happy birthday to you!


markandmeg said...

I'm not famous, but I share your birthday, too :) Happy birthday!

Alice C. said...

Thanks, Susan!

And Happy Birthday, Meagan! I had forgotten that you share my birthday, too! Surely together we cancel out Hitler...:)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, my friend! Your PS had me flashing back to when you and Eric took me out to dinner in Houghton while Alicia set up a nice surprise party for me. You and Eric did a great job! It was the only time I have ever been truly surprised by a surprise birthday party.
I am not sure who I share a birthday with (apart from Wildo Rosario, an old neighbor in PR), but I hope I don't have to put too much meaning into the fact that my birthday falls on the same day everyone looks to see if some rodent (are they rodents?) saw his shadow.
It sounds like you had a lovely birthday. May God bless you during your 41st year.

Alice C. said...

Denise: I checked it out and you share a birthday with models Farah Fawcett and Christie Brinkley, as well as famous authors Ayn Rand and James Joyce. I didn't spot any evil despotic dictators on your list. As for groundhogs: "The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as the woodchuck, land beaver, bunnydog, or whistlepig, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae." Hmmm...can I start calling you "bunnydog?" Just kidding. I'm just happy that you turned 42 in'll always be a year older. Sorry---that was of these years I'll grow up....and you'll still be a year older!

Renata said...

Ciao Babe, what's up?
I'm glad to hear you had a great time this weekend. May you have more of those in years to come.