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Friday, April 30, 2010

Hi It's My Birthday Hi (It's Becoming an Institution Around Here)



Dear Loves,

It's my birthday! The last day of April, the beginning of Spring, a final blizzard hug of Winter! No really, I was driven home very early this morning in a blizzard. Can you imagine? Snow flurries for the last two whole days of April. But let's reverse, and set the scene at early yesterday evening.

I was tucked into the front seat rocketing up the canyon while Susie confided in me her absolute distaste for this late-winter linger. "I should be in shorts," she insisted.
"You can wear shorts if you want to," I said, pointing out the obvious.
"I mean comfortably. Comfortably wear shorts," she clarified, her midwestern brow slightly drawn in consternation. We were on our way through the foggy canyons for a no holds barred night out. Tiffany arranged a Rock Star Birthday Party (another institution around here) and insisted on dinner in Park City with karaoke to immediately follow.

Oh, shoot, karaoke? Don't mind if I do.

My friends know how to party. We party so hard people think we're drunk. Nope, stone cold sober. Never had one lesson. Or one drink. Anne and Katrice, Laura and Susie, Tiffany and me. We ate like carnivores and washed it down with carbs. Too many sodas (I'm a social drinker) and the abandonment of restraint makes for a smashing evening.

We claimed the leather sectional in the basement bar and commandeered the song books: Journey, Heart, Justin Timberlake, The Killers, Rihanna, I may have sung them all. Plus Laura and I rocked them like a hurricane. And there was the Fall Out Boy incident of 10:34pm. We might need to discuss when Laura Got Back. And when Susie Shot Through Your Heart. Myleka and Anne were Dancing Queens. And Tiffany sang Tiffany.

And I? I was properly feted by all the crew. Our bartender gave us all plastic leis so that he could make that most overdone of puns. I'm pretty sure Tiffany showed us that you can take the girl out of Texas when she crooned some honky-tonky down-home country, and maybe even a boot-scootin' boogie. What can be said of our two new friends who were consuming alcoholic units yet they couldn't be tempted to hit the stage? I say it proves caffeine's mind-altering superiority over whiskey, at least in this focus group.

Laura, who must be invited to every karaoke party ever, even yours, even if you don't know her, owned the night. You can't stop her, she's a force of nature. I took requests and another sip of soda. Time to make my own request. "Oh please," I begged Susie, "Next year, you must put on a proper Derby party."
She, raised across the river from Churchhill Downs, nodded thoughtfully. I hoped it was a yes. The Derby is tomorrow, darlings, tune in to see those ponies fly. Next year? Juleps and hats. (Maybe even Dover.)

(But definitely more parties.)



For my birthday I want to hear the song you'd sing if you went to karaoke, don't be shy, and don't lie and tell me you wouldn't sing. Pretend you've already had your whiskey, your Diet Coke, your courage-enabling sugar high, and drop that track in a comment.





In case you missed it,
cjane commissioned a post from me. Only three people took it seriously! (some sort of record in cjaneland, I'm sure.) And I'm serious about this tom-foolery, I assure you! Serious like a hangnail!

57 comments:

Holly said...

Moon River

Becca said...

Secret Heart maybe. Or anything that I know and have the lyrics to. Sounds fun!

Becca said...

p.s., My first successful introduction to karaoke was through the gentle-for-the-inhibited-types Xbox where you could watch an anime character of your choice sing with your voice. Now that is a machine to draw out the shy types sans sugar-high.

Lisa said...

I would sing (and have been practicing) "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen. I would love to take you to lunch for your special day (why does it have to last one day!?) and I will sing it for you. Weird? I don't care.

Barb @ getupandplay said...

Oh happy happy birthday! I would have sung Let's Give 'Em Something to Talk About.

Chelsea said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I would totally think of a song if I wasn't running out the door right now.

I love that our birthday are three days apart. That we both have short curly hair, that we love Patrick, and that we worked together. I think that means we are twins, or close to it.

Seriously, I can't believe some people took that post so literal. Jokes on them. Okay, I really have to go now.

Kalli Ko said...

I would sing Journey, because I am unoriginal. And also depressed I missed out on last night for stupid moving.

HAAAAAAAPPPPYYYYYY birthday, mwah!

jennie w. said...

Hope your birthday is as divine as you are.

Sean and Steph said...

"The Only One" by Melisaa Ethridge. Done and done. Happy birthday!!!

Hailey said...

Happy Birthday! I would also love to lunch in your honor, and I like to do a little "Black Velvet" when I find the time to karaoke.

christy said...

Happy birthday gorgeous woman! I love running into you so often!

I cracked up over your post on Courtney's blog! My laundry room looks like a bomb hit it.

I'd be rockin' anything Pat Benatar--especially "Heartbreaker" or Heart's "Crazy On You."

Andrea said...

"Call Me" by Blondie. I hope you'll sing it with me in two short months.

gurrbonzo said...

ETERNAL FLAAAAAAAAAAAAME!

happy birthday.

Marianne & Clayton said...

Wave of Mutilation of course. Happy 27th! I love that we are the same age!

April said...

Happy birthday!!

SUPER CUTE pictures of you!

"I'm an Animal," Neko Case; "Tiny Dancer," Elton John; "You're So Vain," Carly Simon.

Celeste said...

Happy birthday! Don't know ya, but enjoy your blog. My song would be "I wanna dance with somebody" ala Whitney Houston. And if you wanna see a serious hangnail...check out my most recent post. Warning: it is vomitous.

TheOneTrueSue said...

THE CLIMB by her Highness Miley Cyrus.

(Shut up, I totally rock that on our Disney Sing It game for the Wii.)

I'm still in mourning over not making the party. There was major stomping and grumbling going on around here last night, I'll tell you what.

Oh, wait, were we talking about you? HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Stepper the Mighty said...

1. Happy Birthday!
2. I truly love the photos of you on this post. classic.
3. I also loved the photo of you over on cjane.
4. I would sing If I Had a Million Dollars (BNL) because that's the song that's been on constant repeat in my head all day. That or Queen's Somebody to Love. With backup vocalists.

acte gratuit said...

I used to be afraid of Karaoke. But after experiencing it here in its HEARTLAND, I'm converted.

I would sing "I Will Survive".
Loud.
Like I really meant it!!!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You share the day with Gabey, my third son. Only it's the first here, so not really...

Likely said...

to april above who wants to sing tiny dancer --- believe this when I say that I thought it was HOLD ME CLOSER TONY DANZA well into my high school years.

And to Azucar, I think I might have to go for Straight Up Now Tell Me by Miss Abdul.

"Are you more than hot for me or AM I A PAGE IN YOUR HISTORY"

Or maybe early beastie boys? now that would be fun. Fight for your right? Brass Monkey? Paul REvere? Yes.... Paul Revere....

wendysue said...

How have I never been to a karaoke bar? I could just see you all there in my mind. So fun!

Ok, my song? Ain't too proud to beg by the Temptations. SWEET!

Marilyn said...

I've always said that if I ever went to karaoke [never have] I would sing Eric Carmen's "All By Myself." It is such a fun song to belt out, even if I do sound horrible.

Sounds like a TON of fun!

Anne-Marie said...

Well, I'd have to say I've karaoked both ways....and both are fun. I love Karaoke.

So...last year for my 30th, we had karaoke party and I sang a MEDLEY of Donna Summers songs. I even spoke to my audience in the interim. It was awesome. My night to shine.

Happy B-day. Sounds fab.

dalene said...

pat benetar's heartbreaker, without a doubt.

happy birthday, sorry i missed the par-tay. maybe next year.

Beeswax said...

Rhinestone cowboy. I lived in Nashville when I was three. Feliz cumpleanos!

Ryan and Susie said...

Your birthday rocked and we owned the night. Your rendition of "umbrella" was perfection :) The best is that all of park city could hear us on the lovely outdoor speakers we knew nothing about. Maybe that's why there wasn't a soul in sight when we exited the place. I actually woke up this morning and started planning in my head an awesome derby party for next year. Yes, there will be juleps, hats and are you ready...karaoke baby!! Laura will be the guest of honor.

Tyla said...

I think I might like to belt out
B B B Bennie and the Jets. One of my favorite lines EVER in a song is the electric boots/mohair suit one...just brilliant, but I don't really understand all the "fight the parents in the street" thingy. What's that about?

Happy B-day!

La Yen said...

Hit me with your best shot. The end.

Kerry said...

ooo, you're a Beltane baby like my Lily. So I'd sing something nice and Pagan. (Preferably involving the word "fire" at some point.)

Katie said...

I always do Blondie's Call Me. And Heart "Alone". Love karaoke.

~j. said...

Alone.
Love Is A Battlefield.
Any backup for Lisa/Haley songs.
Something by Shakira.
Something by Hannah Montana.
Hook.
Something by Kelly Clarkson.
Stand Back.

fijiangirl said...

Holiday by Madonna...

oh and

We are the World 3 (to bring awareness to the We Are the World Two disaster!)

rookie cookie said...

Dolly Parton "9 to 5"-always. You feel so cool when you can get those quick choppy verses down.

Amy said...

On a recent trip to China, Paul and I went to a mind-blowing karaoke place and sang "Even the Nights Are Better" by Air Supply as a ridiculous duet. Amazing. And totally out of character for Paul, so I'm proud of my peer pressuring skills.

the emily said...

I would sing Piano Man. I did that one on karaoke revolution and got a 100%. I rocked it. Happy birthday.

The redhead said...

Happy Birthday! For you I'd sing "Drop it like it's hot" I'm don't even know the lyrics and I'm sure they are rather tasteless, but nothing this girl couldn't make PG-13.

Ash and Dev said...

Anything Fleetwood Mac, really anything, except maybe Landside (way over done, thanks Dixie Chicks).

Ash and Dev said...

Also, Happy, Happy Birthday!!!

The Rookie said...

Happy Birthday! I'd sing "Come Together" by the Beatles. It is in my almost-a-tenor range.

Debra Fotheringham said...

Total Eclipse of the Heart...but with the lyrics from the literal music video.

Vanessa said...

I am pretty amazing at karaoke and rock band darn in laws for being here. Hmm I will have to think about this one song thing...oh I know I know Heartless.

vanessa inevergrewup.net

Amy Jones said...

Mr. Roboto. (But only with my sister...she rocks the karaoke scene.)

(And, for the record, I sincerely believe 6 weeks is sufficient.)

Happy Birthday

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Scrappycook said...

Taylor the Latte Boy

Kami said...

Bust A Move, baby! It's a Karaoke Must Have!

I hope you are still celebrating!

Azúcar said...

Thanks, Jones, I knew I could count on you.

raegan said...

Elvis Presley's Stuck On You followed by Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice, Baby.

Donna said...

i would ask to do "american pie". i know it's long, but i know all the words, and the chorus is fun for a sing-along! but i probably wouldn't really sing..i'm awful!!

Lauren Renae said...

I love me some karaoke. Drop a few drinks in me and I'm up on stage singing "Baby Got Back!"

Camels East said...

Oh my gosh... We. Are. So. OLD.

Not really. If 50 is the new fabulous, then, like, we're still in our teens, right? Right.

I hope the day was fab. You are and always will be brill, my dear girl.

by...K@ Ashcroft said...

I'll sing pretty much anything Kareoke. It does frustrate me however, that I can sing to the radio perfectly but then when having to do the tempo solo style I'm not quite up to snuff. *ahem* hehe

Also, since I love to live vicariously, where did you go in PC? Too bad "The Broken Thumb" is no longer. *sigh*
Alas,

Happy Yougotborned Day!!!

Mandyland said...

Let Me Entertain You a la Miss Gypsy Rose Lee. What? Show tunes are perfectly acceptable kareoke fare.

I just stumbled on your post in the most random way possible. (A friend sent me a link for potato boxes for the garden. I did a web search, found a Prepper website with a potato box tutorial then read a few posts, one of which linked to you.) I dare anyone to beat that sort of randomness.

I then proceeded to spend the first 2.5 hours of my work day reading your blog and trying really hard not to laugh out loud since, well, spreadsheets are really not supposed to be funny.

Happy belated birthday and I look forward to reading more!

Azúcar said...

Mandyland, that's kind of cool. What am I saying? That's REALLY cool!

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Madeline said...

Hey - your comments on Meanest Mom were hysterical! Mean Mom and proud of it!!

Tamsin said...

Mine was always "These boots are made for walkin' ". But now I'm a demure housewife from Spanish Fork who only croons softly to her offspring, and not in front of brawling bars :)

Kim said...

Sounds like a fabulous birthday! I need some friends who want to do Karaoke with me, maybe you just need to come to Logan for my birthday next year ;)
I would sing all sorts of songs... really, I am not picky, if it has a tune and I am in the mood, I will sing it!