Another trip around the sun at 31.

Aloha everyone! 

It’s another personal year for me as I turn from 30 to 31. Wow, what a year my 30th was… I am pretty sure that I experienced every thing one could experience in a year and then some. I have to thank Facebook a little bit for sharing with me my memories because I know I can’t remember them all on my own.

Last year–turning 30 in 2016–was spent amazingly and it was one of the most epic days, I just wish certain circumstances had turned out different. There was jazz night at the Hideaway Cafe, and a rather large party for Eisenhower and I at work. My actual birthday, our AC went out at work and it was 100 degrees in there… and that was the first time I was taking clothes off as opposed to wearing 15 shirts and 3 jackets. “My first hot flash now that I’m getting old,” they joked.

The year before that – my 29th (2015) – since I could get in for free because I worked at John’s Pass, I went to the alligator place there and held a baby alligator. I also kissed it. On. The. Lips. There are pictures somewhere on Facebook as the proof. This is the same year I adopted Eisenhower, BUT I had to take a couple of days to think about it. Did I want to bring a wee little creature in my life? I’m so very glad I did. He was meant to be in my life for sure.

I kind of blank out before that… but I know there had been a trip to Florida for my birthday week maybe in 2010 or so (which was amazing because we spent time with some amazing people while here having amazing experiences) and then some more time spent in John’s Pass either 2011 or 2012 (I really love that place). Oh and another year not sure which (2013? 2014?) was spent with Blanche and her BFF eating somewhere.

This year… 2017… a celebration started at my favorite day Christmas in July (25th) with G and I. We went down to Sarasota to a cook out with some friends. I remembered Joe Anthony like I always do. I told G the story about him, how he passed away and the story of my connection with that.

On my actual birthday a good group of us from the theatre plus a few others came together to eat at Neptune’s and it suddenly felt like we were back at the theatre taking a break in between shows! Ha! This was yet another epic birthday for sure. THANK YOU ALL FOR CELEBRATING WITH ME! 

So, I was late to my own party – I was stopped by some people sitting outside at the restaurant next door because they wanted to know all about Eisenhower. They said that sort of thing is why they love Gulfport so much! A GP police officer was eating in there and so he wished me a happy birthday, as well as I found out one of the cooks/waiters there was a birthday twin! They sang happy birthday to me followed by a piece of cheesecake. E and I blew out the candle. Also, we didn’t get any pictures except for what G took of E and then E & I.

Give or take a few more days and Eisenhower has been with me for 2 years. I cannot believe it. I was so scared that he wouldn’t even last a week or two with me, that’s why I was so hesitant, I didn’t want adopt a hermit crab only for something to happen to it instantly. My way of raising him is a little different than what hermit crab enthusiasts have going for their crabs (and, believe it or not, I’ve had those people grumble at me for certain things). As you all know, he does not stay home all the time – he’s seen 3 plays now, attended 3 different work places with me several times, goes on short rides, has been out to John’s Pass multiple times, and sometimes visits downtown GP. One of these days, E will have his own legacy. Everyone will know us as Maeby the Pirate and her crabby son Eisenhower. Only one could hope…

It was seriously one good birthday to spend it with friends who seem as close as family. I am 100% sure that E really enjoyed visiting with everyone too. Thank you all so much – again – and can’t wait to do this again next year! 

Always, 
Karen Maeby 

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