Monday, November 8, 2010

Happy Birthday November 9th!

I am currently coping with the fact that I am 24 years old. I have toyed around with a few ideas of how to blog about my birthday and have decided that instead of making this post about me and how pitiful/old I am starting to feel (which it will still partially be about) I thought I should make it educational. Therefore I will now present you all with a carefully constructed list about things that have happened on November 9th, things related to the number "24", and a few facts about some previous Mary Branch birthday extravaganzas. Prepare to be amazed.

1. November 9, 1862: General Ambrose Burnside assumes command of the Union Army. General Burnside thought himself unworthy of this position. This was not a completely unwarranted feeling as he finished 18th out of 20 with his graduating class at West Point. Officers soon rebelled against Burnside and he was replaced General Joseph Hooker almost two months later. Great facial hair, bad general. Can't win 'em all.

Sweet 'stache?
 2. November 9, 1989: East Germany opens the Berlin Wall. Peace out Cold War, thanks for playing.

3. November 9, 1965: "The Great Northeast Blackout" occurred when all of New York State, 7 surrounding states, and parts of Canada were without power for hours. The blackout occurred at the height of rush hour, trapping 800,000 in the city's subways. I bet it smelled just like roses.

4. November 9, 2001: The Kodak Theatre, the home of the Oscars opens. Where is my trophy?

And the Oscar goes to...THE BIRTHDAY GIRL!
5. November 9, 1966: John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an art exhibit. Good-bye Beatles, sorry world!

6. November 9, 1620: Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower spot land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Maybe that makes up for #5? Ok maybe not.

"I can't believe the Beatles broke up. This winter is going to be the pits."
7. November 9, 1888: Jack the Ripper kills Mary Jane Kelly, his last known victim. Um yikes.

8. November 9, 1993: The Dave Matthews Band releases their first album.

9. Famous people also born on November 9th: Lou Ferrigno ("The Hulk"), golfer David Duval, Sisqo, Nick Lachey, and Eric Dane.

Just for you Mom.
10. November 9th marks Cambodia's independence from France. Awesome.

11. The 24th Amendment states prohibits both Congress and the states from conditioning the right to vote in federal elections on payment of a poll tax or other types of, English please?

12. Grover Cleavland served as the 24th President of the United States. Hail to the chief.

13. "The Godfather" is the 24th highest grossing movie released in the United States.

I can't refuse birthday cake.
14. In an IMDB poll, "Psycho" is the 24th best movie ever. Debatable because I still have nightmares.

15. In another poll, "Gone with the Wind" is the 24th greatest American novel. I don't know why its not in the top ten and frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.

16. Jack Bauer. DUH.

I can wish you "Happy Birthday" all day long because my phone never runs out of battery.
 17. Lindsay Lohan is 24. I win.

18. I still have one year until I am a quarter of a century old. Phew!

19. I know with 100% certainty that none of my presents will be from the Limited Too this year.

20. Unfortunately I will not be attending Disney on Ice as I did for several years on my birthday.

Magical. Sorry for the years of torture Dad.
 21. I will not be forced to wear any sort of ridiculous birthday crown, pin, or boa or any combination of the three at work tomorrow.

22. Maybe this will be the birthday when I finally get an an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. One can only dream.

23. One year at my Halloween themed birthday party (a little late, I know) we bobbed for apples and I hated it/threw a mini temper tantrum because I wasn't good at it. I was too old for all of the previous activities.

24. Re-watching some old home videos I am ripping through presents and not thanking anyone (in my defense, I was 3) and am throwing aside books and clothes to get to a Barbie. Some things never change.

Sorry this is so long. I really do love birthdays and am very excited to celebrate with friends tomorrow and can't wait to add to the list next year, thanks for reading!


1 comment:

  1. Ok, so to see the November blogs I had to click on "November"?
    It was fun to read them all at one time. I admire Blair for not having a camera. Mine has film in it, I think.
    I remember the episodes of Monk that you mentioned, pouring regular coffee into the decaf container so they would be even - in a doctor's office waiting room.
    I do remember, somewhat painfully, the Disney on Ice shows, but we only went to about 100, so it was not so bad.
    Hard to believe you and Lindsay Lohan are the same age. I wonder what she did for her birthday. Have a great birthday!!