Today’s my magic birthday – 28 on the 28th! I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea, because it never occurred to me that there’s anything special about it, but think about it… you only ever get one of these in your lifetime. Everyone only ever gets one of these. What else do you know you only ever get one of? Sex doesn’t count, because you have something, and lose it, and it’s not like you can get it and lose it again. This magic birthday is a One Time Only life experience. It’s kind of special, you know? It’s a one day state of existance that comes only once in your life.
So what have I done today? So far?
well, beginning two days ago, I baked a cake. I figured out a cool trick to cut a tall cake evenly into three layers, no less. I think watching FoodTV network and also reading all these woodworking magazines has got me thinking about jigs. Jigs are something that just lies around until you use it for something and then it’s the most useful thing in the world for a little while. Then you put it dwn and it’s elevated to a new state of being. It goes back to a small state of existance, but when time comes to clean up, some things normally get tossed out, but this one gets kept because it’s useful…
Anyway, the cake slicing trick is to overfill your cake pans (that is to say, slightly more than half way) so that when they bake and rise, they rise over the top of the pans. Take a long serated knife and level it flat with the cake pan and slice into the top of the cake. If your knife isn’t long enough, rotate the pan around until the knife cuts all the way around and mostly through the cake. Feel confident now and cut through the middle. This levels the cafe off so that when you go to either layer another cake on this one or frost this one by itself you’ll have a flat top and bottom of the cake to work with. The other keen trick I figured out was that you can use a Pie tinto cut nice even slices into your cake. The trick here is to just plop the cake into the pie tin and do the same knife-in-as-far-as-it’ll-go and rotate the tin around the knife. I ended up with two cakes, 3 layers each, for a total of a 6 layer cake. Yum.
Later on saturday, I was semi-surprised by everyone with a night out at Storyville in San Francisco, dinner and Jazz… Ok, I was completely surprised that practically everyone came, though.. that was awesome! In attendance were Deeje, Paulette, Jono, Jennifer, Tony, Derek, Jezelle, Toby, Leanne, Myself, and of course my wife, the sneaker who organized everything. Thanks so much Honey! I love you!
pictures of this fun night can be found here.
Sunday was a lazy day, we got up and had breakfast at my wife’s parents’ house and went home to do stuff around the house. I got my cake out and Oh yeah, the homemade chocolate frosting ;)… I love baking and decorating a cake. Pictures will be posted soon. I worked at michael’s craft store about 10 years ago (jeezus, 10 years ago…) and while I was there I picked up all kinds of interesting tools, one of which was a Wilton Master Tip set for cake decorating.
my wife and I hung out and had a piece of cake (it was sooo yummy) then my wife made a great stir fry dinner (it was sooo yummy) and then we had a piece of cake (it was sooo yummy) … and Now today it’s my birthday, on a monday… which is why we celebrated for the last two days. The rest of today I get to work on PHP code for a work project, which i like a lot, and then tonight we’re going out to dinner at the great little authentic Mexican place down the street from our house (it is sooo yummy). They’re so nice there! They sang happy birthday to me and brought a big candle out for me!
Oh yeah, last night it snowed down at the 500′ level? The hills right near our apartment were pretty well covered… pretty unusual for the bay area. And it rained, and the sun’s out. The news said chances of thunderstorms today, too. Weird weather day!! Thank you to Chris, my neighbor’s sister, for helping me get my car booted up this morning.
Steve28 on the 28th, 2002