Posted by Caveman Cooking on April 30, 2010
Whether you call it the end of my first half-century, the 20th anniversary of my 30th birthday, or the culmination of my journey to AARPhood, today was a big day. Yes, my 50th! … 😯 It doesn’t seem possible. I feel like I’m about 30. I’m told I look about 40 (I think they may just be sucking up, though ;)). And, my kids are far too young for me to be 50! How has this happened???
Well, despite the complete shock of my chronological age, I really had a great day. It started with an early morning jaunt to Caveboy’s school for the Friday assembly where he received the most coveted award the school gives to it’s students: The Star Student Award. Considering he has only been attending the school for 2 months, it was a very pleasant surprise to have his hard work recognized. Not sure who was prouder, him or his folks. But, I couldn’t have asked for a better B-day present.
Afterwards, I ran a few errands and took care of some business. Then, I headed over to Westlake to do a few hours of Bass fishing. There, I was met by a fishing buddy named Mark “Chief” Torrez, a Pro Bass angler and a really nice guy. It was a gorgeous day, but the fish weren’t in a totally playful mood. Still, I was able to land four fish, the largest pushing 4 pounds, and had a much larger one snap my line on the dock he was hiding under. Most of all, I had a great time getting my line wet with the Chief.
Chief lost a couple of big fish before he could land them, but he did score the first buzzbait fish of the season. All our fish were quickly and safely released.
Afterwards, I headed home and, as I walked in the door, I was greeted with streamers, balloons and myriad other decorations, accompanied by screams of “Surprise!” from the Caveclan. There were hand-made cards, gifts, pin the tail on the donkey, Popcornopolis Caramel Corn, and homemade Caprese Bruschetta. It was an absolute blast!
We then loaded up the van (Yes, we have a van. I dare you to have two little kids without one! :lol:) and headed over to Sushi Yusho for a raw fish feast. Well, for me, at least. The herbivore Cavewoman got her usual Veggie Tempura roll with avocado and Cavegirl went for the Chicken Teriyaki. Caveboy, however, decided to try some sushi for the first time! Unfortunately, most of it didn’t go over well. Though, he did like the Shrimp a lot and he helped his sister finish off what was a huge portion of chicken for a kids plate. My order included Hamachi (Yellowtail), Spicy Scallops, Uni (Sea Urchin roe), and one of their proprietary rolls called the What? Roll (Crab, Shrimp Tempura, Avocado and a special sauce). No, I didn’t bring the camera … Knucklehead that I am!
Before heading home we decided we had to get in on a sure thing … the Lottery. The MegaMillions was up to $224 Million! I was having a stellar day!! And, it was my birthday!!! How could we lose?!? 😆 So, we “invested” a few dollars, and then went back to the new cave to round out the big day with some Cavewoman-made birthday cake and some lotto results.
Of course, on our way home, we discussed how we were going to use our soon-to-be-found wealth. College educations were paid for, we weren’t going to move again, and my life dream of competing on the Pro Bass tour was in the works.
The cake is two-toned because the Cavekids aren’t fans of German Chocolate cake (my fave), but love the traditional type. I must say, that the cake decoration was the only “You are older than dirt” connotation that they pulled on me today. No Senior Golf Tour or food-gumming jokes! I truly appreciate being let off the hook when I could have been ridden hard all day about qualifying for Senior Discounts.
As allowed by my rights as the birthday boy, I made a wish, blew out the candles, and scarfed the first slice of cake. It was gooooooooood! Just as we finished up the last crumbs, the MegaMillions drawing came on the TV! And, the numbers started popping up. The excitement and tension was palpable.
Despite the stellar day. Despite the milestone birthday. Despite all our great plans for our new-gotten booty, our numbers didn’t come up. Amazing, huh?!? In fact, out of all our entries, we got just one number. But, it didn’t put a dampener on the day, the party or the fun of the first day of my 2nd half-century.
By the way, I have decided that birthdays should only be counted in 50 year segments. So, next year, I will be 1 year old and will continue to count until the next 50 are complete. I know this is a new, novel and unconventional approach to logging our ages. But, something tells me there might be great support out there for this idea. 🙂
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