Archive for June 3rd, 2006

Birthday In Review

Ye gods, I’m 19, I can’t believe it’s six years since Daniel Gibson and Lisa Herbert welcomed me into being a teenager on the 2CA breakfast show, nor can I believe that I am now in my final year of being a teenager. It would appear that the notion that I am an adult has finally sunk in, and if you were to ask me to describe what it was like to be 18 in three words or less I would have to say “quite an adventure”.

Anyway, I’m writing gibberish when I should be writing about yesterday.

The day started off with me noticing some interesting webpolls and finding out that Ubuntu 6.06 had been released, as well as receiving some pleasant automated birthday emails from some websites I’m registered with.

I then went to bed.

At about 6:30am I got up and I must say that I think Mike Jeffreys had a brilliant show, and the number of callers has me thinking that the ratings will probably be good for 2CC this time around (it is now the last day of Canberra’s radio ratings season).

Around 8:15am I got into Dickson (the suburb which I work in) and with the rain coming down I popped into Elaine’s Gourmet Pies to get a coffee, where I was surprised to find that the staff remembered that it was my birthday, which was very nice. (On Thursday when I was in there, somebody else was having a birthday and my birthday came up at some stage.)

I then went into work (and missed an anouncement about Kevin Woolfe having his final on-air shift at 2CC, I still haven’t caught up with all the details, can’t let bad news get in the way of a good day) where the news was slowly spreading about my birthday (the spreading of the news seemed to pick up around morning tea time, although I’m sure it wasn’t me that was spreading it).

Incidentally, at 8:55 I had a spare moment, so I rang 2CC to wish Mike Jeffreys a happy holiday.

During my morning tea break I discovered that one of the few computers with Internet access has Mozilla Firefox on it, which is good as I’ve been tiring of Internet Explorer very quickly over the last couple weeks.

I wrote the “Interesting Webpolls” article during my morning tea break.

At 11:13am (sometime in the ten minutes or so between using the Internet access computer and getting back to my desk with corporate intranet and gmail access) Mike Welsh sent me an email to wish me happy birthday, as well as Nattie (Thanks Mike!…and Nattie says “woof”).

At lunch time (around 12:30) I turned on the radio and found the finance report on John Stanley’s show was in progress, and this is when I heard the good news about the Snowy Hydro sale not going ahead. Unfortunately I had to return to work during the good interview with Ed Phillips, host of Channel Nine’s “Temptation”.

It’s not unusual for people to return from lunch gradually, so I had no reason to suspect that half the people who work in the same room as me were in the lobby putting the finishing touches on a cake (candles etc), and I was understandably surprised when they came through the door singing happy birthday and holding a cake with lit candles (we came close to setting off the fire alarm I think). This was very nice of them, I certainly wasn’t expecting anything of the sort, especially as I didn’t think many people knew it was my birthday.

Later on in the day, when I got home, I was surprised to find some mail waiting for me from a few people wishing me a happy birthday and providing me with various gifts (Nattie correctly picked the items with food in them).

Dinner consisted of a lovely seafood dinner followed a bit later on with coffee cake (Nattie had some of each).

All in all it was a very good day, although I think it will take me a couple days to get used to being 19.


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