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September 13th, 2008


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02:04 pm - Birthday 12 of 12!
I've never done a 12 of 12 before, so I thought what better day to do one than on my birthday! Right? It was pretty fun to do, although, as expected, I have to throw in some bonus pictures.


This is me, in the morning, after checking my million Facebook Wall posts and LiveJournal comments. I am still tired.

I strolled into work around 10:00. Welcome to my cubicle, guys!


There was a caricature artist on-site one day, and he decided...that I should be on a magic carpet? Because I'm Indian? And...we ride magic carpets?

Also say hello to Dr. Gumby up there.

Work work work, and then, finally, I could break for lunch and Runaways. What were they serving in Cafe Ethicalmedical.net today?


Hawaiian teriyaki bowl! Which is not as good as the other chicken teriyaki bowls we get. We have a well-stocked fridge and freezer. No one goes hungry!

It's time for your first BONUS PICTURE. This is not part of the 12.



But look at that first panel! Look familiar? Oh, the attention to detail.

Work work work, and then my boss gave me a birthday card from the team.


But they didn't get me nothing! They got me a Borders gift card! Woooo.

A little after 4, I decided to just leave because I had a headache and it was my birthday. So say goodbye to my desk, guys.


I headed to Borders. Despite my dilemma, I figured that it was my goddamn birthday, and I was going to make myself happy by getting the Runaways trades I needed from Borders with the gift card and support my comic book store in other ways.









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Yeah, Borders didn't have them in stock. Whores.

Next stop, library! To pick up a Runaways trade on hold.


Library! I went to the library specifically to include it in my Birthday 12 of 12 since the library makes me happy. Because they give me books. And cute librarians. You cannot tell from the back, but that girl is cute, I promise.

Next stop, comic book store! To read Ex Machina and buy a Runaways trade. And here you get another BONUS PICTURE:



Comiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiics. I used to go on Saturdays because it was convenient to walk down there in the afternoon, but now I go on Thursdays because this really cute girl works there. But I had skipped out on cute girl time to see The Incredibles with Rachel, so I got to see who worked there on Friday! Turned out there was another cute girl, though more geeky-cute.


There's my comic book store! That kid was amusing. He read the first couple Anita Blake novels, and the woman was all, "Oh my God, stop reading now before you get to all the inappropriate sex." We had a conversation about The Office and liking comedy versus not liking comedy (as the woman did).

Next stop, hooooome. After I fielded some birthday phone calls from my mom—who had forgotten it was the 12th until my sister reminded her—and Ravi, I settled down to chill on my couch and watch Spaced, as per my Tolerable List.


The monochromatic nature of this photo amuses me.

I should note that at this point in the day, I still kind of felt blah and crappy. I think my headache was subsiding thanks to the Aleve, but I wasn't feeling very personable. Spaced made me laugh, though.

Finally, however, it was time to go out and face the evening. Rebecca (beeker121) was at the BART station, so I drove down. My day got instantly better when she hugged me. Dan (incidentist) missed the BART train, so we went to go pick him up, as we presumed it would be faster. On the way, I chatted with my littlest cousin, who was all, "Driving is scary" and "That sounds like sooooo much fun" and "That is interesting what you're listening to."

Dinner was at Zza's on Grand. And they had crayons!! So, of course:


I ordered the chicken lasagna, the special lasagna of the day, since I'd never seen chicken lasagna on a menu before. And you get to see it because it is your final BONUS PICTURE of the night!



The actual 12 of 12 picture, however, is this lasagna's-eye view.


My lasagna was mostly hot for a while, but it was very sauce-y and cheesy and chicken-y and good.


Dan and Rebecca! Wait, Dan and Rebecca? Dan and Rebecca! Ahahahaha. I totally did not catch that until now. Does that make me Casey? Although Rebecca's more of a Dana, given her stage managing.

After dinner, I dropped Rebecca off at the 19th St. BART, and she hugged me from the backseat. Perhaps we will see each other again in less than six months this time.

Then it was off to the Parkway Speakeasy! We got there just after Lisa (danea) and Rick (ellric) had gotten there. I recognized some books in Rick's hands and asked him if he were reading Sandman.

No, they were for me! Birthday gifts! Two of the three Sandman trades I was missing!! (Except...it turned out one of them was one I already had, since I had neglected to update my Amazon Wish List. Oooops. But we will get it worked out, and with the help of the Borders gift card, I will be able to complete my collection and let my neighbor borrow the series! She finished Neverwhere less than 24 hours after I lent it to her.)

At the ticket window, I said, "It's my birthday." And I showed my ID. And ta da! FREE MOVIE.

At Zza's, Dan had encouraged me to get a Coke, presumably because I wasn't going to be paying for dinner, but I stuck with water because I didn't want to assume. Rebecca told him to get me a Coke at the theatre, on her. Unfortunately, Parkway was a Pepsi place. So I asked for a lemonade instead. I was very confused at my first sip because it was...real lemonade. Made with actual lemons and sugar and stuff.


Lisa is being censored by the beer bottle. And, yes, they are sitting on a comfy couch. Because that's how the Parkway rolls.

Pineapple Express was really funny, though not as awesome as I had been led to believe. I appreciated that it was more about male friendship than smoking pot. Bromance is totally in these days.

Then I dropped everyone off and went home. Birthdays spent with friends are the best!
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: UMass Front Percussion Ensemble - Paranoid Android

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From:kibarika
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
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I hope you have many happy birthdays to come! I'm crap at wishing birthday happies on time.

I love that multiple girls work at your comic book store.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Me too! The woman in the picture also works there.
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From:evilstmars
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday, dude. :D I love the photoblogging.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
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It was fun! I might do it again...well, not next month, since I'll be in Phoenix hanging with shpyum on the 12th, but maybe after that.
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From:squaringkarma
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Ooh very entertaining birthday! I thought of you when I was at B&N last night and saw some Runaways trades.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Oh, so those monkeys have them, do they. And my boss would have gotten me a B&N card if he didn't know that I prefer Borders (because they give me coupons!). Oh, irony.
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From:raelee
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
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DUDE! It was your birthday. I suck. (At remembering these things.) Happy birthday!!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
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There is no excuse in this new Facebook-enabled world, Rae. No excuse!!
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From:roxybisquaint
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Hey happy birthday a little late.

- Like your Office calendar.

- You need a picture or something on that big blank wall over your couch (obviously it'll have to have a lot of red in it so you don't ruin the monochromatic-ness of future lying-on-red-couch-under-red-blanket photos).

- I want some chicken lasagna.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
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- It was from my office Secret Santa last year!

- Yeah, I've been here over two years and haven't bothered to decorate. I'm not even sure where my posters are anymore. I don't know whether I have enough of that poster putty stuff to affix them. My Moulin Rouge poster is pretty red...

- Come on over.
From:wee_warrior
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday!! *hugs*
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! *hugs*
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From:pandora_17
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Libraries make me happy too!

The woman's comment about that kid reading the Anita Blake books was hilarious. How old was that kid, twelve?

How did you take a picture of yourself from across the room? Did you set the timer, run to the couch, and try to look comfortable?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Libraries make me happy too!
Yay, libraries!

The woman's comment about that kid reading the Anita Blake books was hilarious. How old was that kid, twelve?
Maybe??? He was very precocious. He said that one of the things he liked about The Office was that the characters looked like real people, not supermodels. HOW IS HE SO JADED ALREADY?

How did you take a picture of yourself from across the room? Did you set the timer, run to the couch, and try to look comfortable?
Maybe I have a secret live-in girlfriend!! Maybe I have psychic powers. Or...what you just said.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Absolute Sandman is so expensive! But so pretty...
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From:stella_hime
Date:September 13th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
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At age 12, I was sneaking around with a Jackie Collins novel so I have to give the kid props for reading slightly better written inappropriate sex. Or at least more entertaining inappropriate sex (Three cheers for vampire orgies!).

And I totally enjoyed the couch pic. I miss her so. :)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I knew you would!
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From:miniglik
Date:September 13th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Angela is on your wall being all full of Integrity!


Caricature you is SO a player. My head has theme music for him and everything.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Angela is on your wall being all full of Integrity!
Yes!

Caricature you is SO a player. My head has theme music for him and everything.
Oh God. What is it like?
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From:kouredios
Date:September 13th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Yay; presents for us! :D
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 14th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
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No, the Sandman is MINE.
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From:gymble
Date:September 14th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
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Happy slightly belated birthday! I apologize for flaking and never responding to your email, but I'm glad you had fun.

I swear I'm going to become a better friend one of these days. Just as soon as I graduate.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 14th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
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Keep on, keep on workin'! Sorry you couldn't come.
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From:80sfiend
Date:September 14th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
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Happy b-day. Glad it was fun. :)
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From:tskaredoff
Date:September 14th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
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What a great and well-documented birthday (other than the headache, which is a well-documented headache, but not great)! Woo!

You are exactly 40 years younger than my dad. His birthday was not so well-documented.
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From:hecubot
Date:September 14th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
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Happy birthday!

Emmett and I went to see Pineapple Express today. It was funny though not as funny or endearing as say...Forgetting Sarah Marshall. But not a bad entry from the Apatow camp.

Now we're watching Freaks and Geeks so it's not a bad side effect.

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