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Today, 09/09, is my sixtieth birthday ( I was born in 1953).

What will I be doing ? The outlook for the moment, is working from 9 to 9 as I usually do on mondays every week.

Celebration will take place this coming weekend.

It occurred to me that to some people the specific day of their birthday seems more important then for others, and that wargaming, or receiving a wargame, might have a greater, or lesser, significance.

For you, what is the impact of the day of your birthday on work and wargaming ?

EDIT : Changed the word "anniversary" for "birthday" (Rats ! Now, everyone will know that my native tongue is not English ... shake)


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The day of my anniversary (answer all cases that apply)...
Has no special meaning : I will celebrate my birthday at the most convenient date.
I will work but make sure I celebrate the same day.
Is of major importance : I refuse even to work on that day.
Wargames take all the place on that day.
Wargames could be fun, but anything else I like will also do.
I never mix wargames with my birthday
The only gift I want is a wargame.
Wargames could be a welcome choice as a gift.
I choose my own wargames, so I want something else on my birthday.
Other (please specify).
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
My family usually wants to spend time with me on my birthday, so I end up playing family-friendly games like Ticket to Ride or Power Grid (although my wife did hint at a willingness to play Wooden Ships and Iron Men).
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
We usually go out to dinner somewhere nice on our birthdays, and gifts are usually books, team apparel, or gift certificates. Wargaming usually doesn't have much, or any, influence on my birthday celebration.

You know, just to expand on that - I play wargames, and I do consider myself a wargamer, but it's not like that's all I'm about. I mean, I have a lot of other interests! Maybe I should post a short poll on that, because I get the impression sometimes that for some of us, wargaming is an all-consuming passion, which allows little or no time for anything, or anyone, else!

*EDIT* - so, in order not to derail this thread, I have posted that short poll!
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1035991/wargaming-just-h...
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
Anniversaries were a strange thing for me. I've been married twice
now, and in neither case was that date important. Meeting date
(or first penetration) always meant more. Now though, I've lost
even that. Birthdays also used to be important - and though I
still remember mine, I've not done anything special for/about
it in a while. I don't know my current wife's (though I remember
prior women's from my life).

Given that it's a normal day for me (in either case - but so are
most holidays to boot), I often will be playing a wargame.
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
Birthday & Christmas, I get wargames/books I pick as my present; my wife picks hers. Mine tends to be cheaper.
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
Oh, and BTW - Happy Birthday, Roger!!!
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
My birthday is unobserved; just another day.

Edit: Bon anniversaire, Roger.
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
LOL. My Anniversary just reminds me of my divorce which had $60,000 in legal fees (I "only" had to pay $55,000 of the $60,000.)

So I'd rather do something game related. whistle
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
Joyeux anniversaire.
On my birthday I will be doing this alone. If all goes to plan, no one will even know it is my birthday. Perfect.


Edit: spelling French words.
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).

My recent birthday didn't involve a wargame but did involve a treat from my wife so despite a long meeting at work it was still very enjoyable.
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
Happy anniversary!

Me, I'll work if it's not a weekend, then meet some family living close by. Then I'll hopefully have some friends over for some barbeque and brew. Hey, it's summer... But because of that, there's usually no wargaming involved (except for the occasional short vassal log during work whistle ).
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
kenosha_kid wrote:
p.s. I usually buy wargames as 'birthday presents' to myself. ;)


Indeed, I've told my wife "How about we forget about that game I just bought and call it even?"
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
My wife and I don't do holidays anniversary, B days etc. Whats more we are annoyed that so many people do.
Xmass Thanksgiving, I cook a turkey breast some time in November because they are on sale. Ditto Ham in December. Mostly we are just pissed that traffic is heavy everybody seems to be driving like shit. Then they close all the stores for a couple of days which sucks if we need milk. Other holidays there are spikes in shopping crowds. Halloween we have to turn off all the lights and string hazard tape up around the yard so that we don' get sprogs banging on the door and begging for candy. 4th of July idiots get drunk and play with bombs. Who thought this crap up? I stand in the yard with my phone and report the use of illegal fire works. So with all this crap inflicted on us by the public we are supposed to celebrate Birthdays and anniversaries? No freaking way!!!!
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
My birthday is totally unimportant; I had nothing to do with it.
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
I thought you meant wedding anniversary. I can't imagine anything more important than my wife!

My birthday? Meh. Don't even celebrate it.
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
I stopped having birthdays years ago. They were making me get older.
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
Birthday? I just celebrated one and continued my streak of Pizza and Salad that's been going on since I was a kid. It's easy, unobtrusive, and nobody is offended by Pizza. So ... kinda how I like my birthday, as inconvenient for everyone as possible. Paper Plates, store bought apple pie, and it's all good.

Don't care if it's on the day or not. Don't care if I work on my birthday. Don't care if people at work don't say Happy Birthday. Certainly don't care what people get me given that they're GIVING me something for living for another year!
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I don't celebrate. I don't do birthdays, anniversaries, holidays. I don't go to weddings or parties.
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
Birthday, Father's Day and Christmas are the only time Mrs. Dunga and all the little Dungas are required to play boardgames and have fun.

Whether they want to or not.
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
Congratulations, Roger! I, too, celebrated my 60th birthday last week.

I came downstairs to find a birthday card from my beloved wife . . . with a sample pack of little blue pills.

Sarcasm does not become her.
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My wife and I don't do holidays anniversary, B days etc. Whats more we are annoyed that so many people do.
Xmass Thanksgiving, I cook a turkey breast some time in November because they are on sale. Ditto Ham in December. Mostly we are just pissed that traffic is heavy everybody seems to be driving like shit. Then they close all the stores for a couple of days which sucks if we need milk. Other holidays there are spikes in shopping crowds. Halloween we have to turn off all the lights and string hazard tape up around the yard so that we don' get sprogs banging on the door and begging for candy. 4th of July idiots get drunk and play with bombs. Who thought this crap up? I stand in the yard with my phone and report the use of illegal fire works. So with all this crap inflicted on us by the public we are supposed to celebrate Birthdays and anniversaries? No freaking way!!!!


Sounds like you need to move to Vegas. Nothing really closes during those holidays, and in spite of popular belief we actually send children to dark hovels on Halloween here and hide them from the prowling gremlins. The other benefit is that everything is always crowded here, mostly by people who don't even live here, so you ne'er notice when things get a little more crowded. Further, our yards consist of giant "trees" that are actually weeds, and rocks and sand, so you don't need hazard tape, the desert predators take care of the work for you. Finally, there are lots of other old grumpy people to keep you company, and you can meet at these great places called Bingo Halls and discuss the riff-raff taking over the world around you without worrying about a lawn, since you won't have one.
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So ... kinda how I like my birthday, as inconvenient for everyone as possible.


I'm pretty sure that's not what you meant, wasn't it...?
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
Except my wife's and my kids birthday, I don't celebrate birthdays.

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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
I usually spend time with my children, firstly we go Go Karting! We have a great track close to where I live, and then we have a lunch which will consist of something of my choosing, such as a nice magret (duck) accompanied by a nice Amarone. Then we play games! But not war games because my children really are not interested in this kind of gaming, even though my mother's side of the family came from very close to Monte Cassino, (Campagnia, county of Galuccio) and I have many war stories to recount, but I digress! Games we play are Dominion, Ticket to Ride, Thunderstone, etc...but after this is over I solo in any given war game, such as R.A.F., Thunderbolt Apache Leader,etc,etc.
So with that said, Bonne fete Roger. As we say in Italian , " cent' anni".

Let me go into a story that my mom told me, I know, not relevant to the topic, but please, indulge me! Who else will listen.

In her town of Le Vaglie, there was a German outpost, they had been their for some time, being the Italians and Germans were buddies. Being a child she befriended some of the soldiers, Hans, Franz...you know what I mean! Then one day, Hans and Franz were not there and in came Robert, Dave, Larry! Never saw a German for a long time to come. She always found that a little odd!
Thanks for listening. modest
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Re: Your Anniversary vs Wargaming : How important is this for you ? (poll).
The missus agrees to play any game I want on my special day with me, even the ones she doesn't like

That's a good enough present for me anytime.
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