Thanks to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday, which actually started early when chatterbox_dc sent me a personalized edition of Richard S. Prather's SHELLSHOCK [http://www.livejournal.com/users/man_size/115605.html].
First birthday phone call of the day came from incogvito who got me brewing my first pot of coffee. Soon after, SBX surprised me with fresh croissants, a gift certificate for a much needed massage, and romance, followed by more celebratory phone calls from jcrichards and digitante. Then, zegas showed up with the gift of FAT TRUCKERS, a Euro band I'd been going ape-shit looking for and it was well worth his hunt. This complimented my Prather book and the portable DVD player my mother gave me for road trips. Now, all I needed was some new DVDs. Hmm...
I managed to ink one QUITTER page while fielding more calls and emails from friends and family when my new laptop arrived at my doorstep! It was a well earned birthday gift to myself. People, I am finally armed and ready to travel abroad.
I scheduled a dinner @7:30pm at Baluchi's Indian Restaurant on Smith & Degraw, which included SBX, incogvito [who gave me a bootleg SPIRIT dvd] and his lady eeriemusic, my best friend eyehawk [who gave me CHAPPELLE'S SHOW, Season 2], my other best friend 4_eyez & his wife Sari [who customized me a "best of" Beatles cd], purvision and ebess, red_letter_days [who, for the health of my virility gave me pure coconut juice housed in what looked like a wooden butt plug & baked me a box of brownies], Doug B., Eric S., Ian McC., Sean V., Heidi MacDonald [who finally returned my LOSERS war comics after a 5-year loan], Vanessa W. [who gave me an imported hand-carved death totem with a beehive hairdo], Bob Fingerman & his wife Michele [Bob gave me two LITTLE RASCALS collections on DVD, and a movie I've been itching to see ever since I discovered it at imdb; GAY NIGGERS FROM OUTER SPACE]. Michele scored me a slew of fine summer GAP clothing [flip flops, beach hat, t-shirts, shorts, and a hoodie that made SBX swoon]. The conversations were lively, the food was delicious, and red_letter_days' brownies were shared.
Then we walked over to Brooklyn Social where Ivan the bartender bought me a birthday Maker's Mark on the rocks. eyehawk's wife Marie joined us as did Lena K. and her beaux Jim, and Jonathan Ames and his gal Katie for a game of pool before SBX surprised me, again, with candles on homemade brownies for my birthday wish where upon I slammed a shot of whiskey, blew out the candles, and we called it a good night.
[L to R:incogvito, eeriemusic, ebess, purvision, Eric S., Heidi MacD., SBX, Doug B.]
[L to R: Doug B., red_letter_days, eyehawk, 4_eyez, Sari, Sean V., Vanessa W., Bob & Michele, Ian]
[eeriemusic and ebess]
[purvision and incogvito]
[SBX and Doug B.]
[eyehawk and 4_eyez]
[Ian McC., Michele & Bob, Sean V.]
Lastly, pool table action with SBX, Katie, Ames, and Dean: