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A very random story...

Once, I had the waiter surprise my husband with a candle-lit dessert on his birthday. We were traveling... somewhere. Edmonton? Canada somewhere, I think, and we went from our cheap hotel down the block to the not-cheap hotel for dinner. I told Jake I was using the ladies room and snuck over to the hostess counter, where I explained the occasion. We had only just ordered our dinner, when a trail of waiters marched past our table to some unsuspecting couple across the restaurant singing happy birthday.

'It's not my birthday!' the poor man protested.

Confused waiters milled.

I had to flag them down and explain that it was for Jake - spoiled the surprise, but twice or three times as many laughs.

Sometimes, the oddest things well up in your memory.


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Jun. 23rd, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
About a decade ago, chronovius and I went to TGIFridays for his birthday dinner. As was our wont, we decided what we were going to have, put down our menus, pulled out our PDAs and continued reading whatever books we had in ebook format. Our waitress hadn't seen palm hardware before, and so we cheerfully showed her what we were doing, and I let her look at the screen on mine... after I wrote out a quick note that it was Chrono's birthday and could she please do the birthday foo-ferraw after we ate (on the PDA screen)? She grinned and nodded, and we enjoyed a delightful dinner, and Chrono was careful to watch that I didn't sneak off to organise some manner of natal day frivolity. He was genuinely surprised when the staff came over to sing him happy birthday, and the waitress was crowing about how the info was passed along. To this day, he chuckles when he recalls that.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
"Sometimes, the oddest things well up in your memory."


And at its best moments that what makes life interesting.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
Aww! :D When I was in college, I went out to dinner with my roommate and her boyfriend. We decided to prank the boyfriend (who I was good friends with anyway) and tell the waitress it was his birthday when it was not. I trotted off "to the lady's room" and grabbed our waitress. She apologized told me they don't do that anymore (and since then it seems like more and more places don't either).

But at the end of the meal she wrote a huge "Happy Birthday" with a giant smiley face on our check. The befuddled look on his face was worth it anyway, and he had a laugh when I told him what I'd done. :)
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