Sunday, January 21, 2007


Thirty years ago yesterday, the world forever changed. Whether that change was for better or for worse is largely the opinion of who you talk to. I turned the big 3-0 yesterday. Now that I am 30 years and 1 day old, I can tell you that being thirty is much like 29. I am going to use the event of the dawn of my third decade to make some positive changes in my life. Not that I'm doing all that bad, but I would, for example, like to get to the gym more.

Anyway, back to my birthday. Jennie really went all out for my big day this year. She planned a surprise party for me at 227 Bistro in Rochester. Until about midnight the night before, I really had no idea! Here is the abbreviated story:
About a month ago, I noticed that my boss, Tom, had taken me off of a Saturday at WDIV and replaced me with Phil, one of the full time directors. I found it strange that Phil would want to come in on a Saturday. I grilled Jennie about whether or not she had for some reason called Tom. She said yes, and I figured the just wanted to spend the day together. Cool!

Then, about a week later, my friend Todd called and said that he would be coming up from Cleveland to see us. Again, I didn't find this strange, since he owed us a visit anyway. I honestly didn't even know if Todd knew it was my birthday. Still, I had no idea.

It wasn't until about 12:30am Friday night (or Saturday morning) that Jennie, Todd and I were driving back from the city that it hit me. I once again grilled Jennie and she, being a slightly below average liar, cracked. However, I still had no idea who would be there.

The night was great. After a fabulous steak dinner at 227 Bistro, we went to Gus O'Connors, just down the road. You should have been there, it was a great time. Thanks again to my wonderful wife, Jennie, for orchestrating the whole thing. You did an excellent job!

More photos below.....

More Photos From the 30th Birthday Extravaganza

More Photos from 227 Bistro, Rochester, MI

Jennie, Chris and I.

Lora and Jennie

Chris being naughty.

Dorothy, Mike, Jennie and I.

Jennie and Marina.

Marina, Jennie, Mike and Mary!

Erik and I.

Angie, Olive and Todd. What a group!

Mmmmm. Thanks Olive!

Dorothy and Mike.

Enjoying the Artwork.

Marina and Ryan.

Mike and Mary.

How Cute! Soon to be Daddy and Mommy again!