grumpy catI’m sitting here tonight, winding down my thoughts before climbing into my coffin for sleeping, musing a bit. This Saturday, I shall be joining some of my fellow members of the Coven of Exalted Geeks to celebrate the birthday of one of our own. While I make preliminary mental lists and notes as to what to bring and buy for that night, it occurs to me:

When I was a kid, the best birthday parties that I attended were the ones where we ate a lot of not-quite-good-for-you food, and played a lot of games, video or otherwise. We also couldn’t wait to be adults, all sophisticated and stuff. Certainly our celebratory markings of our yearly milestones would be much more…well, grown-up.

Now, here we are, adults–“grown-ups”, if you will–a couple of decades under our belts, and we’re celebrating the birthday by…eating a bunch of not-quite-good-for-you food, and playing a bunch of games, video or otherwise. Granted, part of the food involves a sushi bar, and the drinks having a bit more than your standard punch, and the video games a heck of a lot more involved than the old NES and Atari systems I would remember (though, I wouldn’t put it past any of these guys to have those available), but the basic structure remains the same.

Not certain whether there will be hats or not. Hats would be awesome.