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You Say It’s Your Birthday

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All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much. – George Harrison

There are quite a few famous people partying today. Today’s celebrity birthdays include Erin Moran, Pam Dawber, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Frieda Pinto, Wynton Marsalis, Chuck Berry, Mike Ditka, Lindsey Vonn, Bristol Palin, Lee Harvey Oswold and CheesyMike.

That’s right, CheesyMike shares his birthday with at least 2 sitcom actresses, 2 movie actors (although in Jean-Claude’s case, I use the term loosely), 2 musical legends, 1 Superbowl champion, 1 Olympic gold-medalist, 1 political brat, and 1 political assassin (or so they say). Quite the motley crew, no?

On Sunday, I invited Mike and my friend Olivia over for lunch to celebrate their birthdays (Olivia’s was earlier this month). I made a creamy sweet corn and red pepper soup, as well as Tarte à l’oignon (onion tart). I forgot to take pictures (bad blogger, I know), but I promise to share the recipes with you another time. We also had a Dairy Queen brownie ice cream cake for dessert.

The food was good, the conversation…um, lively. The conversation, as it always does in my house, turned to penises. I had hoped having another girl at the table would result in a lack of penile discussions, but it was not to be. Luckily, Olivia has an awesome sense of humour and was able to laugh at such statements like “We men are just looking for somewhere to put our penises.” and “Seriously, those monkeys with the red asses? It’s appealing!”

Sigh. Don’t ask.

Eventually, we moved from the kitchen to the living room and enjoyed some less phallic conversation, along with some grapes and cheese. Now, this I did not forget to take a picture of!

cheese, grapes, purple grapes, queijo sao jorge, portuguese cheese

Thank you Olivia, for bringing this along! The cheese is Portuguese, Queijo Sao Jorge, and similar to an aged cheddar, except not as hard and a little saltier. It was delicious! The grapes were from her mom’s garden and were sweet and juicy.

Eventually, Mike could not resist the pull of the guitar propped up in the corner of the room. The guitar belonged to one of my brothers and it is over 30 years old. It’s pretty banged up, and I know a little piece of Mike’s heart dies whenever he sees it. He always offers to fix it. I’ve offered to let him have it, but he always declines, saying he already has too many guitars. I think he just doesn’t want my crappy not-a-fender-or-a-les-paul guitar. Snob!

But when he’s here, he always has to pick it up. And try to tune it. And strum and pluck at it. And I always ask the same question I’ve been asking him for the past 25 plus years. I never get tired of his reaction.

Happy birthday, Smick!

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  • Happy birthday Mike. Pints are on me this weekend.

  • Thanks man, I’m totally taking you up on that!

  • Thanks, Snick! And thanks for cutting the video short! I mean it. I don’t remember what I played, but it sucked!

  • Oh yay! Happy Birthday, CheesyMike!!!

  • PS: my son gives me the finger every single time I try to record him playing the guitar too!

  • Actually, Mike gives me the finger every time I ask him to play Stairway to Heaven and Smoke On The Water! I can’t imagine why… 🙂

  • It didn’t suck! The guitar is just so badly out of tune. Which you mentioned in the video. Which I cut out. Which now means people will think you suck….oops.

    PEOPLE!! He doesn’t suck, I swear! It was the GUITAR!! 🙂

  • Can’t the pints just be on the table in *front* of you, instead?

  • …as that guitar gently weeps…

  • I’ll take a slice of cake and a hunk of cheese.  Happy Birthday Mike!

  • Ahahhahahah!

  • Happy Birthday Mike!  I’d have brought you more cheese and some plums from my garden plus a lovely Chardonnay.  And I’m sure you had a great time!  Listening to Nicky’s pretty voice is my idea of a really good time.  I don’t care what she says, she sounds good saying it.  Now, play something damn it!

  • How many times have I heard that same question?  I hate it when I hear it. Probably because I’d end up playing something nobody knows, or they ask me to play something I don’t know – which is anything after the 70’s 😉
    Happy Birthday Mike.

  • Happy Birthday, Mike!  Love the video.  A picture is worth a thousand words, even if the words are $%#@ &%$

  • Hmmmm…your comment raises an interesting question, Cheryl. So if a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s a video worth?

  • I think Mike’s cutoff is probably the late 80’s, early 90’s. What really bugs him is when I ask for those 2 particular songs, though. Which is why I ALWAYS ask for them. 🙂

  • more like…as that guitar emits great, heaving sobs…

  • Got an extra seat at the table just for you Linda! Come on by whenever you like 🙂

  • Well, you can still bring some ’cause it sounds delish! Plus, I’ll talk your pretty ears right off your head 🙂

  • Mike plays guitar like I type. With one finger (on each hand)! Happy Birthday Mike. As you age I hope you manage to stay in tune with all the things around you. (I know, I know, but at least it wasn’t a cheese joke.)

  • P.S. I had no idea it was Mike Ditka you were blogging with, Nicky. Hey, Mike, how about dem Bears?

  • Naw, not Mike Ditka! CheesyMike’s mustache is surprisingly less cheesy than Mike Ditka’s!!

  • Da Bearss? I don’t know nothing ’bout dem Bearss.

  • Millions, if it goes viral.

  • Thanks, Cheryl!

  • Thanks, Meleah!

  • Thanks, Linda! Cheese for all!

  • Thanks, Linda! But yeah, that guitar is in a sorry state. I vow to fix it so that I can play death metal/folk on it!

  • OMG!  That’s my FAVORITE!  How did you know?

  • You’re welcome!

  • I’m perceptive that way!

  • Just don’t play “Stairway to Heaven” and we’ll get along great!

  • (rolls eyes) 
    You are welcome to join us. 

  • Portuguese cheese…Portuguese cheese. i like saying that. Happy Birthday Mike!

  • Anonymous

    Mike, I have a guitar — also roughly 30 years old — that looks very similar to that one. Also, a penis that’s very similar to other penises. I’m sure you understand what I’m trying to tell you here.

  • But can you say it 10 times fast? 🙂

  • I’m sure I speak for Mike, and everyone else, when I say: please tell us more. About your guitar, of course.

  • I think I understand, Mike, but I also think I’ll just play dumb.

  • Jepeto

    I wonder who talked about the baboon’s appealing red ass. Whoever did it is a total loon. I’m sure that kind of person also talks about horse penises. Pffff…shame on you incognito male!

  • Total loon, agreed.

  • Happy belated birthday, Mike! I hope you got all the penises and monkey butts you wanted.

  • Thanks Ziva! And gladly, no penises or monkey butts were received!

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