So, fifty years ago at approximately 2 in the morning, the Matthew Era officially began.  I’m not usually one to make a big deal about my birthday (though I do enjoy it, especially a nice lemon cake) but this particular anniversary feels inexplicably meaningful, what with the whole pandemic and such.  The birthday memory I’m most taken by is a carousel cake made with peppermint sticks and sugar animals as a young child, but I also appreciate the year that I was given a (very used) minivan when one of my multiple cars kakked out.  Indeed, I’ve got a number of perfectly unremarkable, relaxing birthdays under my belt, leading to today’s natal query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also likes the year that a girl took me out for a nice Japanese hibachi dinner, asking: What’s your favorite birthday memory?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

1 Comment

  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    In general, I think the unremarkable, relaxing birthdays are the best birthday memories.

    But there was this one year, when the wife & I were living in Canada while she got her PhD, where she surprised me on my birthday (which is at the end of November) with an American Thanksgiving gathering of food and friends. She managed to hide a turkey in the back of the refrigerator beforehand, because that’s the kind of attentive I can be to my surroundings.

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