i went to work, still feeling very funny about the whole thing. i wanted to tell perfect strangers that, "hey, i'm 30 years old today!" i looked around my fellow commuters and wondered if they could some how sense that i was a little different today. "hmmm, that guy must be 30 years old," i imagine them to be thinking in their heads. when i arrived at the office, i got some birthday love as coworkers congratulated me on surviving for this long. now the office is exactly divided amongst those who are still twentysomething and those who are thirtysomething. adam, born in 1974 like me, will turn 30 this year as well, so when that happens, there will be a thirtysomething majority! ah, those twentysomethings, don't worry, i still love you, you're good for a quick laugh or perhaps a cheap thrill! fighting words! not even a day old in this new decade and i'm already swinging!
as is customary at squid when it's an employee's birthday, the bosses take us out for lunch. we headed to shabuzen around 1pm, and to my astonishment, the place was packed, with no place to fit our party of eight. shabuzen was recently reviewed by the phantom gourmet, and this late lunch crowd might be a result of that. "about a 15 minute wait," one of the waiters told us. we all looked at each other like, "what to do now?" i suggested apollo grille as an alternative, and alex went to go see if they would have a table for us, which they did (he phoned me from across the street). so we all ended up going to apollo instead.
i left work listening to mandy's message on my cellphone, an offkey serenade. i went to star market and got myself a carvel ice cream cake. when i got home, there was a package waiting for me. it was from klea, who's own birthday would be in two days, a set of scifi themed fridge magnets. minutes later, the doorbell rang, and i was surprised to see my old neighbor bruce standing on the doorstep, here in town for the valentine weekend to visit jack. he hand-delivered a small bottle of champagne. my parents then showed up to take me back to belmont for a homecooked meal. yiou-yeuh-gen and senjian bao. later, we had some ice cream cake before i got a ride back to cambridge.