Hey guys, sorry I’ve been away the past few days but I was off celebrating my birthday with Enchantress. We went to Philly for the Foo Fighters concert, then drove up to Point Pleasant Beach in Jersey where we ate some great food, swam in VERY harsh hurricane waves and played tons of arcade games and claw machine games. We left with a small army of claw machine stuffies and other cool arcade prizes. All of this on top of plenty of Sam Adams Summer Ale’s and Heineken made it hard to update the blog, but I’m back and we’re back!
Today I’m talking about birthday memories. The first birthday I can remember having and actually still have vivid memories of was my 6th birthday. It was the summer of 1988, and just a few weeks ago my parents took me to see “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” so I was very much obsessed with Roger. My brother is 2 years older than me, and his birthday is July 2nd, exactly a week before mine. In 1988, both of our birthdays landed on a Saturday. I think this was the catalyst for my parents to say, okay, lets try giving both of these bastards their own party.
My problem, on July 2nd, Chris was having his party (which was pencil themed?) and I was 5, and wanted to know where my presents were. Luckily, my parents had something to keep the demons at bay, and gave me a Roger Rabbit stuffy to hold me over. I carried Roger everywhere that summer; including the following Saturday, which would be my 6th birthday and party.
We invited my friends over from kindergarten (one of whom I’m still friends with to this day) and it was naturally Ghostbusters themed. My mom put a no ghost sticker on the chimney for us to throw water balloons at, we drank Ecto-Cooler, and had a no ghost logo cake. We all later swam in one of those 18 inch Sesame Street themed yard pools.
Another birthday I can clearly remember was a joint party we had for my brother and I. It was a family party, but we had enough cousins that it was child friendly. My mom made it Safari themed and we had plastic safari hats and a safari theme scavenger hunt, plus tons of candy. That was a real fun birthday.
I asked my mom to try and dig up any pictures of my old birthdays and she sent me this gem.
That’s my great grandma, my grandma, and me holding Hulk Hogan. It’s a Ninja Turtles themed birthday party, and we’re studying the table of turtle plates and that cake with those wonderful Ninja Turtle candles. I remember wanting to blow the candles out right away because I wanted to preserve the turtle candles and use them as make shift action figures.
I also have this picture of me with an Orko birthday cake. I was obsessed with He-Man when I was 3-4 years old, so my mom used gel icing to draw out Orko on my cake.
I remember my 12th birthday in the summer of ’94. All I asked for that year was the brand new Doctor Dreadful Food lab and the Doctor Dreadful Drink Lab. I had these ideas in my head of creating all of these different delicious concoctions, but once I set them up, they didn’t turn out the way they do in the commercials. It could have been, that to prevent a mess, my mom made me set them up in our tree house. Also, at 12, I was happy to hide these away from anybody at school that may come over. I was probably way too old to be getting these as a gift and kept it quiet from most of my friends.
These were some of my favorite birthday memories. Let me know what yours were in the comments below, and keep checking back daily for more awesome Rad Years Summer Vacation Content.