Birthday Washout

As some of you may know, it was my birthday this week.

Generally, I’m not a big fan of my birthday and tend to ignore it as much as possible. This year though, Mart persuaded me that a small celebration might be in order, so I went along with it. We had planned on going to Richmond to hang by the river, till we woke up and saw it was absolutely pissing down. I don’t just mean ‘a bit of rain’, I’m talking massive drops large enough to cause serious head injury, and there were lots of them. Never seen so many. Every time I stuck my head out, down they came.

Mart suggested we invite some pals over instead, but the ledge is barely big enough for the two of us, or at least the dry bit is. So we stayed on it. Just the two of us, and watched the rain come down.

Mart did his best with some joke telling and a couple of games of eye-spy, but it was, truth be told, probably the dullest birthday I have had in a long time, which is why making birthday plans is never a good idea. If no plans have been made, it’s just an average day that didn’t go so well. When plans are in place, and scuppered, the day will always feel slightly disappointing.

One event that was vaguely birthday shaped was finding a bag of dry Maccy D chips. Some of them were still warm. Result.

Dalston Del was already giving it a good go by the time we arrived:

Then Mart told him it was my birthday, and he stepped aside. Fair play.

Soon as we’d done them, it started to rain again, so we went back to the ledge and stayed there for the rest of the day.

May 28, 2011. Uncategorized.


  1. Lee-Anne replied:

    Bugger, mate. That sounds very third rate. Not even a stripper.

  2. Anastasia the Swan replied:

    Aw, Brian, that’s heartbreaking – sorry to hear it. Come to San Francisco next year, and make a proper day of it.

    Last weekend in May is always Carnaval here – lots of food stands, and beer stands, which means drunk people dropping food all over. Not really my scene – I’m not much for crowds, and the music’s a bit loud, but the local pidges swear it’s one of the best events of the year.

  3. Virginia Gal replied:

    Happy belated birthday Brian (from across the pond)!

  4. pigeonblog replied:

    Lee-Anne: Quite, although the last one of those I saw made me want to throw up. Featherloss is rubbish no matter how it’s dressed.
    Your pal

  5. pigeonblog replied:

    Anastasia the swan: I’m there! Cheers for the tip-off!
    Your pal

  6. pigeonblog replied:

    Virginia Gal: Cheers for that! Hope all’s well across the pond…
    Your pal

  7. Friendofpigeons replied:

    Happy Belated Birthday, Brian.

    Sorry it was a washout; however, the McDonalds fries (oops, chips) must have been somewhat of a “consolation prize.” Of course, a good quality spillage of something alcoholic would have beat that by a mile.

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