Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Paul’s 6th Annual 29th Birthday

Paul’s 6th Annual 29th Birthday

Well, once again, my birthday is coming around and I don’t have my degree yet. As I promised myself a long time ago, I refuse to turn 30 until I have my degree, so this will be my 6th 29th birthday (34, for those of you doing the math). Degree or no, I can be proud of my accomplishments this year and can honestly say I’ve done okay and have made some professional progress. No regrets this year.

For those of you looking for a good excuse to spend way too much money on someone you hardly ever see, here’s a peek into my birthday wish list for the year:

1) A new watch.
The one I have was a $7 Big Lots find and is beginning to fall apart. It never worked great to start with, as the digital clock has a bad habit of blanking out and resetting, but the analog dial works okay. Anyway, I like lots of gizmos and dials, but nothing expensive. Analog hands and a digital readout with day/date, chronograph, and alarm would be great. Nothing too pricey, so skip the jewelry store and hit the drug store or local discount place instead.

2) A digital camera.
I have used the camera from Custom Music for so long, I almost forgot I didn’t own one of my own! Not working there anymore, (and being a good boy and leaving it with them) I find myself sans-memento maker. Again, nothing super expensive, necessarily, but I’d like something kinda small, have plenty of settings, video mode w/audio, and do well with super close-ups. Avoid Olympus. They used a funky card format that’s undeservedly expensive.

3) An MP3 player
I lost mine in the Christmas Eve Car Crash and have been relying on CDs and radio in my car ever since, so ANY MP3 player will do at this point. What I have my eye on, though, is a Soundwave Transforming MP3 player in Blue. They’re all over eBay, and generally under $80. They are a replica of the G1 Transformer. You fill up an SD card (up to 2G) with music, pop it in his cassette loader and it actually works. A 2GB SD card ($16 at MicroCenter) would be nice with that. He transforms exactly the same way the old toy does, too!
Yea…I’m a dork. Shut up.

4) A webcam
something cheap that clips to the laptop. Someday when I upgrade to a Mac, it won’t be an issue, but for now, I’m all about the plug-n’-play peripherals.

5) Money…
The old standard, one-size-fits-all gift. Inevitably there are several other little odds and ends I want, and of course, the nagging perpetual obligations like the aging Wayne State bill and car repairs. No Time? No Imagination? NO PROBLEM! It’s not the amount of thought that counts – it’s any thought at all.

Anyway, that’s my no-so-grown-up Birthday List. There are plenty of odds & ends I’d love, of course. I still need the last 2 Trek films in Special Edition, for example. When in doubt, go geek. I’m sure I’ll love it. But to be honest, I’m pretty happy right now. A bit tired and adjusting to a new job and schedule, but happy. There’s not a lot I could ask for that I really need…

…and that’s a VERY good feeling.


Anonymous said...

I agree with you on the money gift...i've figured out a slow but strategical planning to save up the almighty dollar these days....every single dollar it! Put it away, pretend they don't exist, and just accumulate those'd be surprised how quick it adds up! :)

Anyway, so wish I could be at the bash, but I always seem to have something going on....NR has a show in Altoona, PA that times...ttyl dude!

Jennifer said...

oh happy birthday!! I want a new watch too, but I dont have a birthday coming up in the near future. LOL

I'm so thankful I can read your blog now - thanks for changing the color scheme! LOL :o)