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Poll #435721 My Birthday Poll

Given that I'm a terrible introvert, what should I do to celebrate my upcoming 40th birthday?

Something by myself
2(16.7%)
Something with just my family
2(16.7%)
Something with my friends (both of them)
8(66.7%)

What sort of thing should I do?

The same kind of thing you always do - why should 40 be any different?
1(8.3%)
Something with private significance that will seem forced and embarrassing.
0(0.0%)
Something silly and fun that will be embarrassing later, but in a good way.
10(83.3%)
Deny, deny, deny.
1(8.3%)

Where should I do this thing?

At my house.
3(25.0%)
At somebody else's house (if you choose this, you're volunteering)
2(16.7%)
At an outdoor public place like a park or beach
3(25.0%)
At an indoor public place like a movie theater or bowling alley
4(33.3%)

If YOU were the uber-introvert who really does like her friends but freaks out at the thought of large gatherings, what would YOU do?

Really, how big a deal should I be making about this? (1=ignore 10=buy prime time television ads)

Mean: 5.33 Median: 5 Std. Dev 2.32
1
1(8.3%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
1(8.3%)
4
3(25.0%)
5
2(16.7%)
6
1(8.3%)
7
2(16.7%)
8
1(8.3%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
1(8.3%)

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
hobbitblue
Feb. 11th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
40 is supposed to be special but you don't have to have a big party if you don't want to; either treat it like a normal birthday or do similar to what you normally do but maybe with a few extras - so if you like to go out for a meal with friends, go to a fancier place, or drop hints for more elaborate presents, or have the celebrations, low key as they might be, last over several days so you can do stuff with yourself, family *and* friends. And make sure anyone who might be likely to throw you a huge surprise party gets the message that that *really* wouldn't be your sort of thing.
missmelysse
Feb. 11th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
Birthdays should be celebrated, because any day that involves presents and cake is of the good. But your 40th requires something special and self-indulgent. Something like sipping champagne with your friends while having a pedicure. Something like cheesecake for breakfast. Something that glorifes your inherent fabulousness.

That being said, if you're not a party-person, but want to share the day, a movie, or even just a group dinner someplace interesting (I recommend Stratta in downtown San Jose - it's bistro Italian with a California flair) is a great option. The former lets you bond without feeling the pressure of keeping a conversation going. The latter is a bit more festive.

junglemonkee
Feb. 11th, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
"Bonding"? Good heavens. That word always makes me think that you're going to come out of the experience with a conjoined twin.
blythe025
Feb. 11th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
I'm just so damn happy that you are in this world, I think your birthday should be celebrated with as much fanfair and excitement as you can possibly stand.
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