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Old 03-28-12, 11:45 AM   #1
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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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Old 03-28-12, 11:48 AM   #2
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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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Old 03-28-12, 11:49 AM   #3
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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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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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Old 03-28-12, 01:14 PM   #6
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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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Old 03-28-12, 01:20 PM   #7
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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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Old 03-28-12, 02:15 PM   #11
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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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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.
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Old 03-28-12, 08:09 PM   #18
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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.
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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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Agreed, don't take a trip to where you don't want to go. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo for example.
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This sounds exciting: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/16175
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Followed by a divorce....unless she's into that, then right on!
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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.
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