Birthday cont… Things that looked cool, but I didn’t do… and Caleb’s birthday weekend

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On Thursday I got a birthday call from Con… we’ve been best mates for 20+ years and over that time, I don’t think he’s managed to successfully work-out what date my birthday is. Well, this isn’t entirely true, he usually narrows it down to a couple of dates (one being my actual birthday and the other a few days afterwards) and knowing how he consistently mucks-up the dates, he’ll often get the correct date, and then think “no, that can’t possibly be right” and will opt for the incorrect one.

Some may find this annoying, although it’s sort-of become part of my annual birthday experience. If he actually got the date right, it just wouldn’t be the same. Although this year he didn’t do too badly and was closer than usual – but I contribute that purely to the fact he’s on the opposite side of the world and the differing time-zone helped.

Talking about catching-up with Friends for my birthday, I had lunch with Mel on Friday which was really good. The thing I love about catching-up with Mel and other old school friends is that we often have the most interesting conversations. With friends I’ve made over the last few years, there’s always interesting stuff to talk about, but at the end of the day, the conversations usually gravitate around the reason you were friends in the first place (perhaps it was because you worked together, were members of a club or sporting team etc). But at school, there often wasn’t a reason to befriend someone – it could have simply been that you shared similar subject-choices and sat next to each other in class everyday.

I like to think that my eclectic group of school friends had closer ties than just sitting together, and with all groups, some people are closer than others, but in all honesty I can’t think of anything specific that we all really liked or did that kept us together. So in a way, it surprises me that I’m still pretty good friends with a few of these people today and although we don’t catch-up regularly, we still keep in contact despite having very little in common, and it’s always a tonne of fun when we do get together.

On the topic of fun things… there have been a couple of events that happened recently that looked like they may have been interesting to get involved with, but at the time I either had stuff on or just couldn’t be bothered… I’ll have to make more of an effort for future events.

The first one was Pecha Kucha Night (or here’s the brisbane edition’s website). To paraphrase, here’s some info about the evening and the concept:

Pecha Kucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham architecture), was conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. But as we all know, give a mike to a designer (especially an architect) and you’ll be trapped for hours. The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented system for avoiding this fate. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.

Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a† demand that seems to be global – as Pecha Kucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 100 cities across the world. Find a location and join the conversation.

The other event that sounded pretty interesting was The Brisbane Twestival (Twitter festival) with live blogging and Twittering done by one of the organisers iReckon. This evening featured local bands, art displays and auctions, other artistic acts and presentations with all money raised going towards improving the quality and access to fresh drinking water around the world.

So maybe next time something like this is organised, I’ll go along…

The big news from the weekend was Caleb’s Birthday – he just hit the double digits and turned 10! The day started with breakfast at McDonald’s, then Granna came over… then it was over to the other Grand Parent’s place (Grandma and Poppie’s) for lunch. We came home, played with some of Caleb’s new toys (the main one being a mobile phone… which seems a little ridiculous, but unfortunately somewhat important in today’s society) and then it was out to dinner at the Pancake Manor.

On Sunday we caught-up with Caleb’s Granddad (and family) for lunch and then Kristy went to a Tupperware party allowing me to play some PS3 and watch The Mighty Boosh Live DVD I got for my birthday.

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