February 19th, 2006


Birthday Party

The brutal cold and royally screwed up subways kept a lot of people away from my birthday party last night, though not special guest star Chesya Burke. She and her husband were in town, visiting from Atlanta, and managed to drag themselves through the sub-Arctic conditions all the way to Brooklyn to hang out. They're troopers.

The thing about a night where everyone buys you drinks is that the next day is a total wash out. My head feels like it's filled with cotton balls that have been soaked in grain alcohol, and my lungs are reminding me that I smoked more than I normally do. The party lasted well into the night, with my friend Candice and I closing down the bar at 4:30 in the morning. What the hell was I thinking? I'm not 21 anymore, I shouldn't be closing bars.

The birthday haul was impressive, a reminder that I have the best friends ever.

+ Godzilla: Final Wars on DVD (the coolest movie ever made)
+ a gift certificate to my local graphic novel/cartoon art/comic book store Rocketship
+ a Barnes & Noble gift certificate tucked into a tiny little edition of Wendy Northcutt's The Darwin Awards: The Descent of Man, which is about the idiotic lengths men will go to for sex (obviously this friend knows me well!)
+ Candyman on DVD
+ the original Godzilla on DVD (now I have the first and last Godzilla movies on DVD!)
+ a book called 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz (nice little reminder of my mortality, thanks!) and the Horrible Horrors Collection, Vol. 2 DVD set, which includes eight of the worst horror movies ever made, like Don't Answer the Phone, Stanley (about a snake!) and The Crater Lake Monster
+ an issue of Asian Cult Cinema with an article by Jack Ketchum that he signed for me
+ a rubber vampire bat
+ two marvel "Essentials" collections: The Essential Tomb of Dracula and The Essential Werewolf by Night, both comic books I remember from my childhood

And now I have to go back to bed and sleep until Wednesday. Happy birthday in advance to spimby and nihilistic_kid, both of whom turn eighty-two this week.