Early August, 2014
Daniel was born.
I know, I was surprised too. I always thought that he just sort of appeared one day, descending down from the heavens on a sport rope, wiping the chalk off his hands and asking who was ready to give him another belay.
But, he is in fact born of humankind, and thus celebrates a birthday like the rest of us. So…. we threw a party.
To prep for it, I walked over to Liz’s place. Then, Liz and I walked to Porter, to pick out a cake topper. See… Daniel likes trains [Ed Note: See the post about the TGV in France], and I like making fun of Daniel. So, I was aiming to throw him a train-themed party. And what theme party is complete without a cute little cake topper? None, that’s what party. And I wasn’t going to throw an incomplete party, no sir!
The first store didn’t have any trains. The second story didn’t have any trains. Thankfully, the children’s bookstore did, in fact, have trains. And the second store had a train-shaped balloon… so the combination of the two was deemed sufficient to create a train-themed atmosphere.
A few miles longer found us picking out a cake. Another mile after that, the Mass Ave Tavern.
The Mass Ave Tavern is a good party place. There are many reasons for this, but chief (in my mind) among them is that it has tons of cool games. Rock ’em, Sock ’em Robots found me winning a streak against Chirag (we later found out that one robot always wins…), and building blocks found Daniel constructing a set of train tracks for his new toy train. Enjoyment was had by all, especially when it came time to attempt to navigate the train tracks with the little toy… turns out, children’s blocks don’t make the best of rail systems… but given enough time (which we were), people can make anything happen… and after a solid 20 minutes of tweaking and carefully laying out the starting block, we were able to make the trip… or at least, make the train make the trip.