Monday, December 5, 2011

Sweetums' Birthday!

As is my annual tradition, I am posting happy birthday wishes to my older brother, Sweetums. Many happy returns, vecchio! For those new to the blog, Sweetums received his moniker from my hilariously acerbic sister, who was making fun of Sweetums' perfection- of course, being perfect, everybody within earshot decided that it was an apt nickname, and we all use it without the slightest hint of irony now (even her). Sweetums and his wife and kids live in the greater Zurich metropolitan area. Their first apartment was right across the Limmat River from the formerly infamous former needle park. The last time I visited them was during the month of May, and the temperature hit the low 80's Fahrenheit. Sweetums and I decided that it would be a great idea to jump off the bridge into the river (I never travel without a bathing suit- I could be traveling to the interior of Antarctica during the austral winter, and I'd still pack a swimsuit), and swim to the last accessible ladder along the esplanade. There we were- two Yankee nutbars shedding shoes and shirts, and going over the railing. The water in the river was so cold, it burned- we half-swam, half-floated with the current until we hit the last ladder, perhaps an eighth of a mile downstream. It was one of those "seemed like the right thing to do at the time" moments, and it was the right thing to do... it was glorious. I'm sure my sister-in-law thought we were both completely out of our gourds, but she was too tactful to tell us so.

On an unrelated note, today the office is throwing a brief party to celebrate the holidays and the end of the busy season. We have a young guy in the P.R. department who is our "social media" whiz-kid... he is responsible for the organization's Facebook postings and Twitter announcements, and he's very savvy. He's been tapped to serve as D.J. for the evening, and he told me that the Human Resources rep told him, "Make sure you spin some 'Gaga'." I never would have pegged her as a fan. As for myself, only a couple of my co-workers have ever seen me dance, so this might be an interesting evening...

13 comments:

vacuumslayer said...
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vacuumslayer said...

That's it. I am joining the Bastard clan. Y'all are the perfect picture-postcard/quirky movie family. I will be the kooky cousin who drops in to "shake things up" or "annoy everybody" or "sit awkwardly in the corner."

Come on! Let me in! Let me in!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I'm sure no family would turn down a lady who wears rabbit ears, vs.
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zombie rotten mcdonald said...

In our family, they would have to be from an actual rabbit though.

Laura said...

Happy Birthday to Sweetums! :)

Oh! Can I join the family as well? I could be the Zia that seems innocent but really, is have "Hot Onion Booty Sex" on the sly... :P

Somebody HAS TO video tape you bustin a move. That I've got to see... :P

((Hugs))
Laura

Von said...

"I never travel without a bathing suit"
Pics or it didn't happen.....

And I want to see dancing too.
Much dancing and much festiveness.

vacuumslayer said...

I'm sure no family would turn down a lady who wears rabbit ears, vs.

QUIRKY!

w/v is substate. wtf?

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday, Sweetums!! Look out for Laura's b-day tittie sandwich!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I will be the kooky cousin who drops in to "shake things up" or "annoy everybody" or "sit awkwardly in the corner."

You can be our Urkel!

I'm sure no family would turn down a lady who wears rabbit ears, vs.

She'd fit right in!

In our family, they would have to be from an actual rabbit though.

Fake fur is perfectly acceptable.

Oh! Can I join the family as well? I could be the Zia that seems innocent but really, is have "Hot Onion Booty Sex" on the sly... :P

Zia cipolla culo

"I never travel without a bathing suit"
Pics or it didn't happen.....


You want a picture of my suitcase?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Oh right...where are my manners???

HAPPY B-DAY, SWEETUMS!

P.S. Did you know that I have 7 posts in the last 7 days? *ponders*
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vacuumslayer said...

You can be our Urkel!

DID I DO THAT?!

Another Kiwi said...

Happy Birthday Sweetums.

Substance McGravitas said...

Poker Face IS a pretty good HR song...