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September 10th, 2007
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Coming of age...
I will soon(ish) be 25. Now, I know that a fair bit of this number's coolness is based on the scarilly few number of times it divides 100 and 50, and that is just down to natures little foibles of giving us 10 fingers* but still, it is the first time I'll have been a square for a while**, and any excuse for a party, right?

What I actually want for my birthday is a ceilidh. Fiddling Around are playing in Cambridge on the 3rd of November, so I think I'm going to go to that. This post is a heads-up, a) so all you lovely people can decide that you want to come to a ceilidh with me and put the date in your diary, and b) so anyone who'd like to see me Saturday afternoon or for pre-ceilidh dinner when I'm back in Cambridge can shout now.

But that still leaves me with the weekend of my birthday. Any ideas? I have quite a good idea of what I don't want. I don't just want a random sit around and drink with people, because M is probably having one of those for his birthday, and people won't really come all the way to Coventry for two within a month. I don't want a big thing, or a readthrough, because it's one of the weekends straight after Middlemarch. I don't want a Long Journey, because it's just before I go to Alness***. I'd like something fun outdoors with a smallish group of friends (long walk, go ape, messing around in boats etc) but it's the Middle of October, so I'm not sure this is a good thing to plan. And I'm not sure any of these things are near Coventry. I've wondered about running a murder mystery party type thing, but I'm not quite convinced... All help greatfully recieved!

(As an aside, M and I were discussing parties in general, and seem to be oddly different. He said he wanted something low stress, so just some people sitting around drinking and talking. I said I found just people relaxing far more stressful than more timetabled / structured fun, like an afternoon of boardgames or a readthrough etc. He thinks I'm a mathmo freak now. I know I'm a mathmo freak ;-) but I didn't think I was alone in this - is it just me?)

Oh, and yes, I've just had a wonderful holiday and seen lots of lovely people, and may blog about it later.

*Yes, pedants, I know two of them are thumbs. What should I say? I was scared if I said digits that might include toes.

** Wouldn't it be cool if instead of having the milestone birthdays as multiples of 10 with a few extras like 21 and 18 we had the squares (1,4,9,16,25,36,49,64,81)?

*** My parents are moving to Alness. I can't remember if I told LJ this.

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Date:September 10th, 2007 08:42 am (UTC)
While I think you are a mathmo freak, I completely see where you're coming from. People sitting around and relaxing are worrying because you have to make sure they're OK and entertain them and Be A Good Host- whereas structured entertainment means there are Things for them to Do and they know what they're meant to be doing.

On the other hand, it's harder to go and hide for a few minutes.
Date:September 10th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
You can't be a *real* mathmo freak, spelling scarilly (sic) like that ;)
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Date:September 10th, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)
Gosh, you're ickle :p I shall soon be 30.
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Date:September 10th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
It's an exciting time for ages. You're square this year. Next year, you'll be sandwiched between a square and a cube - that won't happen again in a hurry. Then you'll be a cube. Then you'll be perfect, like wot I am at the moment.

It gets boring after that. (Of course there's no such thing as a boring number... proof available upon request.)
Date:September 10th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
That means I'm perfect too. Not that I can remember what a perfect number is! Aah, it's the one where factors sum to the number (says she after a bit vaguely remembering and checking). We're also triangular. (Is there a correlation between perfect and triangular or is this a rare occurrence?)

My dad has been known to declare that he is in his prime which we can use next year I think.

On Sally's birthday, I don't know. Being not in Cambridge or Coventry I'm probably unlikely to be available unfortunately.
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Date:September 10th, 2007 09:46 am (UTC)
I find it a bit strange when structured fun is all or almost all that there is. I.e. when people organise things that are 95% readthrough and 5% general chat. I don't really understand why one would want to gather lots of friends around and not spend a significant portion of time chatting to them. But I do understand why one might want some structure - particularly if there are people present who don't know many people.
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Date:September 10th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Especially if (as some people did) they get Dreadfully Hurt if you don't find the Great Activity that Everyone WILL Enjoy particularly enjoyable.
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Date:September 10th, 2007 09:54 am (UTC)
You're surrounded by canals; maybe something involving one of them?
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Date:September 10th, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)
"nature's little foibles..."

Speak for yourself, norm.
Date:September 11th, 2007 10:22 am (UTC)
I expect you to have the world's biggest party on your 36th and 48th birthdays, and possibly 30 and 42 as well. In fact 30 should be biggest because it's important for you and the five-fingered people.
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Date:September 10th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
I would like to ceilidh, but will be away at that time.
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Date:September 10th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
I would like to eat, and possibly like to ceilidh, but couldn't say for definite right now.

Activities - boring, and no doubt you've done it a hundred times aleady, but you couldlead the history geeks round Warwick Castle. Otherwise my brain's rather blank, as I dopn't know the area round there much...
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Date:September 10th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)


Ah, you baby... I am so much older then you have ever yet been :-)

Whatever you do for the weekend of your birthday, please count me (and possibly boy?) in, as won't make dancing fun. 3rd Nov is two friends' wedding and I will be in Stratford. But want to help celebrate your squaring!
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Date:September 10th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I'll not be able to make ceilidh at the start of November due to plans for disappearing to oz sometime around the middle of October, but I hope it's a lovely ceilidh anyway..
Date:September 10th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
On the weekend of 3rd November, I will be celebrating my mum's 50th Birthday by spending a weekend with her and her 4 sisters (who I have nothing in common with) at a (very overpriced) spa hotel in Staffordshire. How I wish I could decline and come to your ceilidh instead. Birthday weekend good for activities though (you said it wouldn't be the weekend of 20th October, didn't you).
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Date:September 10th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I'll be in Italy on the 3rd of November. Which is a shame in some ways as celidhs are good.. but not in other ways because Italy is good too.
Date:September 10th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yay, ceilidh!

And I'm sure many of the CULES (myself included) would be very happy to see you in Cambridge beforehand.
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Date:September 10th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
ooh, ceilidh!
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