Thirty-Four Years ago, I had my first and only surprise birthday party. 1987 opened and shut with a spectrum of friends, family and lovers. A speck of happiness captured. The starched memories ironed out.
This is how I turned 50:
Saturday May 4, 2002 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.
In the elegant recreation pavilion overlooking the pool at Neal T. Wiener’s townhouse condominium:
54 Village Park Way in Santa Monica
Gourmet dinner catered by Whole Foods.
Testimonials and Roasts encouraged
No gifts please.
RSVP to Gordon Blitz at 323-656-2548, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15th.
Nine years ago, I read this poem as part of my 60th Birthday drash at BCC.
Soak up books, music, theater, and films voraciously
Before you become cynical
Discover moments of pure joy
Learn to be happy
Be charitable to yourself and your community
Experiment with relationships
Explore different parts of your sexuality and gender
To find your comfort zone
Let your friends, family and lovers know your secrets
Avoid what’s expected of you
Learn how to make someone fall in love with you
Make the words “I love you” come easily in your vocabulary
When it arrives
Give yourself a break-don’t beat yourself up
Allow yourself to cry so that your soul can be cleansed
Don’t be afraid or bored of God and religion
Sleep peacefully, dream of the future
Relish the experiences of the past
Four years ago my 65th was an Oasis celebration.