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Birthday In Review

June 3rd, 2006 at 12:44am

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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  • 1. His Masters Voice  |  June 3rd, 2006 at 7:18 am

    Take all the time you need to get used to it Samuel.

    I always find it takes me a year to get it right which is a shame. By then it’s changed again.

    Glad it was a good day. It seems your co-workers celebrated with you reverently (no offence Brother Sage).

  • 2. Ed  |  June 3rd, 2006 at 4:09 pm

    Happy birthday, Samuel!

  • 3. lucylou  |  June 3rd, 2006 at 8:59 pm

    Happy Birthday Sam. What presents did you receive? Do you have pictures from your birthday dinner to share?

  • 4. wonko the sane  |  June 3rd, 2006 at 10:10 pm

    Happy birthday Sam for yesterday.

  • 5. Pandora  |  June 3rd, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Sam! What an aptly flavoured cake for your birthday.
    Aside: When did you first get into coffee?

  • 6. Samuel  |  June 4th, 2006 at 2:05 am

    In the recent email interview with GrodsCorp, one of the questions was “Tell me about your love of coffee”, to which I replied

    Well I just love the taste of coffee. I suppose the best I can do to answer your question is to tell you how I got started, and it dates back to when I was about four or five years old and I always wanted the froth off of mum and dad’s cappuccinos whenever we were out shopping, so they decided that they would get me a very milky coffee. If you add my mum’s dutch heritage to this you should see how my coffee drinking escalated from there.

    That answer was not published in full in the article, but I think now is a good time to share it with you. I hope that answers your question.

  • 7. heatseeker  |  June 6th, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    I don’t know … I think this blog is losing its way – this time last year we would have had photographs of Samuel and Nattie with the cake, the plates of food, a stepometer report and a special birthday tribute photograph of that Nice Garden in Reid in all its winter glory, perhaps with a can of Black and Gold Pineappple Pieces thrown in.

    I think it’s ironic that the song of the week is Power to the People when legions of loyal fans who log in here hourly to get vivid imagery of Samuel’s enthralling adventures are essentially being let down.

  • 8. Samuel  |  June 6th, 2006 at 10:51 pm

    Heatseeker, you weren’t even here at this time last year. You are correct that the type and frequency of posts has changed, but so have I, and so have my circumstances. I had much more spare time in June last year. Right now about the only spare time I have is at night, and that means less posts here.

    In many ways I wish that The Spin Starts Here had never linked to me, I was quite happy with a limited number of page views, especially seeing as most of the people who left comments had something constructive to say. Lately I’ve been seeing the same old stuff regurgitated over and over and over…spatchcocks, nice garden in reid, silly infintile jokes. Johnboy might enjoy that stuff appearing here, but I’m sick of it. I have better things to do with my time than deal with that nonsense, and I would suggest that the people (or as I suspect, the person) responsible for the nonsense also have better things to do with their time.

    I’ve been considering this issue for a few weeks now, with multiple options considered, including the possibility of just disappearing from the Internet. As it happens I have decided on the more sensible idea of deleting accounts of people who drive me up the wall.

    It may seem harsh, but it’s my website, and if you don’t like it…tough.

    (Somebody is bound to bring up my previous statements about freedom of speech. Unfortunately some people are too immature to moderate themselves. I’m tired of moderating them, if they want to act like idots they can go and find somewhere else to do it).



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