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    staring at the mountains superdex's Avatar
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    "Big" Birthday coming up, and I'm stumped

    Hello Foosters, it's been a while.

    I have a "big" birthday coming up (involves a '0' and a '4'), and I'm not all that convinced it's as big a deal as it once was. It doesn't feel like "mid-life" to me. There are a few reasons I think --primarily my kids are both under 3. I don't have any teenagers or about-to-head-to-college aged kids; my nest is going to be full for quite a while longer.

    But the wife (bless her) is anxiously awaiting a wish list that includes something that reflects the uniqueness and specialty of this particular birthday. I'm stumped.

    As I said to her this morning, I have everything I need or want: a loving wife, two great (and healthy) kids, a job I enjoy, more bikes than I ride, more computing devices than I use, and generally, there's nothing that I'm aching for.

    So I come to you, my Foosters. Steer me into the light. Suggest appropriate and worthy gift ideas, please. I'm all ears....

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    You're turning 104? Congratulations!
    I'd suggest a restored Ford Model T...or covered wagon. That would be pretty unique and representative.

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    but I have a car. See? I'm stumped.

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    How bout a gold plated wheel chair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by superdex View Post

    But the wife (bless her) is anxiously awaiting a wish list that includes something that reflects the uniqueness and specialty of this particular birthday. I'm stumped.
    Colonoscopy

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    If my wife asked me what kind of big, lavish gift I wanted I'd go with paragliding lessons. Which ideally would be followed up by my own gear.

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    Go somewhere. With or without the family. Your choice.

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    I need a list of these bikes, I am unconvinced you have enough or all you need.

    I do like the trip idea. Somewhere memorable.
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    yeah...serious answer...a trip to HI or similar.

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    Viagra or Cialis. You'll need it soon enough.
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    re: Trip -- I am taking a long weekend with just the bike for a 3-day mini-camp in Boulder to ride ride and ride. Reaction to this was, "it's not special enough, like Moab" (yes, I love my wife, she's awesome) ...

    re: bikes: two road bikes (one basically goes unridden), SS mtb, SS/Fix road bike that is 99% on the trainer, and a bad-weather 26" flat bar 9spd slicks frankenbike. If anything, I'd sell the unridden road bike and (maybe) the SS mtb and replace with one nice mtb. I can do this without the birthday context though.

    hmm...

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    Tell her to save the effort until you are 50.


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    How about a multipack of Bengay.

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    Trip with the wife, must be someplace in the world you would like to go.

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    Threesome?
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    Ski, bike and wish I was gay.

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    At 4 years of age, you have enough stuff.

    Have a great party instead. For my wife's 40th, I got the banquet room at her favorite Chinese restaurant, and we had a Ren and Stimpy themed party with Chinese Food.

    Or go on a short but great vacation.

    Or put your kids in charge of the party but have your wife help.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    You need a trip for 3 days to the Hotel Therme in Vals, Switzerland. The thermal baths are housed in a pretty fantastic building, there are massage therapists, decent food, and if you go in the winter, skiing as well.

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    Get a motorcycle all the kool kids own them. Just don't be stupid enough to actually ride it.

    I see threesome was already mentioned. Can't go wrong with that either.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
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    Yeah, I'd go for a trip, too. 20grit's idea sounds like precisely the right sort of thing. Just keep it focused, don't try to do too much and get stressed out: My sister and her husband just did a trip to Istanbul for their anniversary -- didn't bother with the whole country of Turkey, just wandering around a cool city, trying fantastic food and staying in a hotel where they were treated really well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingscotsman View Post
    Trip with the wife, must be someplace in the world you would like to go.
    Agreed, don't take a trip to where you don't want to go. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo for example.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IthaDan View Post
    Go somewhere. With or without the family. Your choice.
    This sounds exciting: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/16175
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Threesome?
    Followed by a divorce....unless she's into that, then right on!
    I've got your restraining order right here. [grabs crotch] Restrain this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Agreed, don't take a trip to where you don't want to go. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo for example.



    Yes quite, I think I worded that badly, a lot of people have places that would be nice to go to.

    There are usually only a few places that are really wow vacations and it always depends on the person.

    I want to go to the Niagra falls, I may just say what the hades and just drive, should take about 12-14 hours from here.

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    You could come to Arkansas and dig for diamonds. There are also hot springs, fishing, great bike riding and dining and theater.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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