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Ben Babcock

I read, write, code, and knit.

Celebrating birthdays in style

Today I had a party today, with about eight friends over, where we just hung out and watched movies. First we watched A Night at the Roxbury, which I had never seen before, although I love "What is Love". Then we played two games of Scrabble; the first was a standard regulation game, and then we played one where "anything goes". And uh ... yeah. :ermm: We had some pretty interesting combinations of letters (I won't say words, because honestly, they weren't. :D). After that, we watched Love Actually (which neither Cortney nor Rhiannon had seen before!). Then we just talked until people went home.

I had a blast, and the only reason I don't do this more often or be more "social" is that it tires me out, although I wouldn't mind having two or three friends over; I enjoy more quiet atmospheres where we can have enthusiastic conversations but we don't have to raise our voices or interrupt each other.

I love my friends, and my parents are awesome. Honestly, I would go insane without my friends. I am not a social person by any definition of the word; I don't do much with friends. People don't really invite me to do things, for one thing, and I don't know if it's just because I never come to mind or if I'm boring. Anyway, I really do prefer quiet activities to parties, concerts, movies, and the like. But I enjoy talking to my friends and just being with them, since otherwise I don't think I could survive my constant self-analysis. :angel: As for my parents, I don't know how they put up with me. I really appreciate all they do to help, what with the whole making lunches, making food in general (my mom is a phenomenal cook). Cortney, who lives out in Kakabeka, just out of town, would have had to leave really early, but my dad and I drove her home, even though we didn't get back until after midnight. I know he's tired and stuff and will probably read this in the morning (which is kind of weird) so I'll just thank him for that. And I don't know if mom reads this (she probably doesn't, since she just isn't a regular computer user), but I'll thank her for the awesome cake. And I suppose I should thank my brother for setting up the sound equipment and stuff like that.

Anyway, I'm rambling because I'm tired. I have to work tomorrow. And school is really taking its toll on me, homework wise and just psychologically. I won't complain too much though, because it's of my own working, and life really isn't that bad. My seventeenth birthday was interesting, and I think it's special in the sense that it may be the last one I ever have. Next year I'll be in university by the time I get around to my birthday, and who knows how many of my friends will be left in Thunder Bay? :/ So that's my goal. I may darn well not be the most social person on this planet; but I'm going to keep in touch with my friends for as long as possible, no matter where they are.

Because life is a team effort, and the blooper reels are the funniest part. :)