Andy’s at it again with his crazy hippie talk of kombucha! What now? Not only did his kombucha turn out drinkably delicious, he’s cooking with it too! Mussels steamed in kombucha with fennel, heirloom tomato and PEAS FROM MARS (ok, they’re just green garbanzos!)
Meanwhile, Nathan was partying in the pinball museum!
Oh, and did we mention it was a party for a friend’s 40th birthday?
40 is no longer “over the hill” like Andy remembers it being back in the day. In fact, Greg says 40 is the new 25, so a pinball party is completely appropriate. Or how about a piñata? Andy’s Mom’s 40th may have been nearly 20 years ago, but even back then she had a piñata at her party!
And speaking of piñatas, they’re really a great addition to any birthday. They’re even better when you craft them yourself, like these masterpieces by Nathan’s sister.
Piñata or no, Greg refuses to call a 40th birthday a “landmark” birthday. “Significant” is his word of choice. And although he loathes the idea of having a surprise party thrown for him, he successfully surprised his partner Ken on his 40th by inviting all his closest friends and parents to a cabin on the lake.
40 isn’t the only significant birthday. Nathan fondly remembers his 30th, but not because of the number, but rather because of how many dear friends made it to his “glamping” trip.
But what of that “significant” number 21? Greg had more than one 21st birthday, Nathan remembers nothing notable, and Andy passed on drinks for a big plate of sweet potato fries instead!
In reality, the number isn’t always what makes a birthday significant. It’s all about the time, place, people and feeling. Like when Nathan celebrated his birthday on an airplane on the way back from a fun vacation in Russia.
Of course, when you’re a kid, every birthday feels like a significant one, but especially Greg’s 11th birthday on November 11th!
Nathan couldn’t help but look forward to the exciting cakes that his Mom would always make for him.
And Andy was all about the stylish birthday hats.
Andy has an idea for his birthday this year: a Brunch for Dinner Party! Naturally he’s commissioning Nathan to do the drinks. So what is on Nathan’s mind and in Nathan’s liquor cabinet? Aquavit for a very non-traditional Bloody Mary.
And it wouldn’t be a birthday without singing that special song. Never has it sounded sweeter then from the speaker of the Little Gay Record Player.