#33: Spoiled Rotten

The Challenge: For no reason at all treat yourself to something out of the ordinary.

jason_surprise.jpgMy treat involved Jason’s face. Yes, the surprised look on his face when he walked through the door into his 30th (surprise!) birthday party. There is nothing more thrilling than the 30 seconds before the guest of honor comes into the surprise party and the 30 seconds after he/she has arrived. The biggest treat of all, though, was when I asked him if he knew about it, hoping he hadn’t been pretending for my sake, and he honestly assured that he didn’t know. Woo Hoo!

cherry_garcia.jpgMy version of an out-of-the-ordinary treat was completely overshadowed about fifteen minutes after I finished the challenge. I had lunch today with my brother Doug, and afterwards I had to run to the grocery store to pick up some mushrooms for Kim. I decided to splurge and pick up a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (Cherry Garcia). Definitely a treat in our household. The fact that it was on sale made me think it was my lucky day…

Then Doug and I made our way back to my place. I opened the door and was overwhelmed by a living room filled with friends and family all yelling “surprise!” My wife, with the help of some busy beavers, had successfully pulled off a surprise 30th birthday party for me. I was blown away. I didn’t suspect a thing. It was really, really cool. I got a chance to spend time with my best friends, and reconnect with others that I hadn’t seen in a while. (By the way, if you’re wondering what kind of gifts a 30-year-old cartoonist with a specialty in escaping adulthood get for his birthday, let’s just say I got more toys than an average nine-year-old. My three-year-old niece was perched by my side, completely jealous.)

And to top it all off, near the end of the evening, I got a call from my other brother Dan informing me that his wife had just delivered a 9-pound baby boy. So I guess that makes me an uncle. This definitely ranks right up there on the list of my all-time out-of-the-ordinary days!

Dark Room Confessionals:
Bonus Video: Kim | Jason


vote.gifSo, who was most creative with today’s challenge? Who went beyond the comfort zone and put the biggest hammer on Adultitis? Who did a better job of capturing the spirit of childhood, Kim or Jason? Cast Your Vote!

Tomorrow’s Challenge: Audio Sneak Peek

8 thoughts on “#33: Spoiled Rotten

  1. Today, I like Jason indulged in a little ice cream. I went to Culver’s & they had ‘Just Drummy’ in a cone. ‘Just drummy’ consists of vanilla custard, peanuts, fudge swirls, and bits of waffle cone. Yum yum!

  2. I’m TOTALLY with Jason on the “Cherry Garcia”, a definite fave of mine!

    Today I “treated” myself to some useful (and FUN) items for work – a cool jersey t-shirt that sports colorful stick people and says “celebrate physical therapy” and a “PT” themed note pad!

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, J!!! Warmest wishes all the way from Chicago – sounds like you had a great day! Hope you blew out all your candles….Wishing you all the best this year! 😀

  4. My treat included my secret addiction to video games. While cruising the clearance aisles at one of the local discount stores, I spotted a sweet indulgence – one of those plug-into-the-front-of-the-tv video games. It was a super flashback – Intellivision – yes Intellivision – while most of my peers had Atari or even Commodore 64 we had an Intellivision. It had some really fun games including Baseball, Shark! Shark! and my favorite Burgertime! I found this retro cool game with 10 games from the original game console including Night Stalker and Astrosmash! What a treat!

  5. I really like reading James Patterson novels for fun (if you’ve ever read one, you would agree that they have NOTHING to do with my work!) and haven’t read one in quite some time. So, before heading home for the day, I stopped at the library and picked up a couple in the Detective Alex Cross “series.” With my hot cocoa in hand, I’m ready to get back to reading – I’m already on page 66.

  6. In Peru. Illinois we have this old time men’s clothing store that has been passed down over the years called Vlastnik’s Menswear. The younger generation runs the place and they do a great job. They handle many of the hard to find sizes. So today I went in there after work and asked to see their selection of bow ties. The older gentleman looked at me in surprise and he said they had a box of them somewhere. They looked around and then he pulled out this shoe box size full of bow ties! I picked out a rather large one, goldist color and soft, almost like teddy bear material. $5.00. Then I got another about 1/2 the size of the above one. $2.50. I actually did have a blue/white bow tie in my adult years but have misplaced it and have not seem it for years.
    The bow tie has a special place for me because my old boss Peter G. used to wear them all the time and him sitting on boxes of Maze Nails became the company trademark. So for around 8 bucks I made myself happy and made the clothing store guys smile!

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