A Not So Surprise Party
I just finished celebrating my surprise 50th birthday party
by Wayne Chan
Sorry, let me correct that. The party wasn’t actually on my birthday, but a few days earlier. Also, it wasn’t exactly a complete surprise, since my wife Maya actually asked me if I wanted to have a surprise birthday party.
You heard that right. Maya, the love of my life, and one of the most impressive persons I’ve ever met, also doesn’t have a clue as far as how to put on a surprise party.
If I remember correctly, the exact words she used with me a few weeks ago were, “I know this is kind of awkward, but do you want to have a surprise birthday party next month?”
If I remember correctly, the exact words I used in my response to her question were, “Wait a second. Where’s my notebook with my list of lamest questions I’ve ever heard. I’ve got a doozy.”
So, to be technically correct, last week we celebrated my “not really a surprise, surprise birthday party (that wasn’t actually celebrated on my birthday)”. I know, not the catchiest name for a celebration.
Having said that, I had a blast. Most of my friends and family were there to celebrate and since my 50th birthday coincided with the Beatles historic show on the Ed Sullivan Show and with the Beatles being my absolute favorite band, everyone dressed in their best colorful hippy attire.
Everything was perfect, from the catered food to all the tie dyed t-
By the age of 50, I figured that I’d have broken a hip by now. I figured that I’d be playing a lot of golf and all of a sudden, I’d find that wearing purple and brown plaid golf pants were really fashionable. I figured I’d be chasing kids away from my front lawn with a cane in one hand and a water hose in the other. I figured I’d be using words like “Dagnabbit!”, “High Falutin’” and “Back in the day” a lot. I figured that I’d have annual subscription tickets to see the opera every Sunday afternoon by now. I figured that I’d have forgotten how to set the clock on my VCR, and worse yet, THAT I’D STILL OWN A VCR.
The funny thing is, none of those things have happened. In fact, in the last year I decided to get back in shape, and I’ve lost over 30 pounds, I feel better and seem to have more energy than I’ve had since I was in my 30’s. Of course, I’ve noticed some changes. When I was in my teens, I could eat five pork chops and inhale a big bowl of fried rice and not gain a pound. Now, if I open the fridge and happen to see a pork chop inside, I immediately gain three pounds.
When I played tennis as a teenager, I would play a three-