Monday, February 27, 2006

Yes, I Really Am That Stupid

My wonderful, lovely friends gave me a surprise birthday party last night. It is one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me. I was completely surprised too. I must be the densest person in the world to have not suspected anything, but I didn’t. In my defense, the people I hang out with are quite intelligent.

The day started in Paris around 12:30. I went to Sebastien’s house for lunch because his girlfriend, Rachel, was in town. We were in the middle of lunch, when Sebastien suddenly realized he had no butter, so he rushed out for butter dessert. We then went to a Frog pub to watch the Scotland/England rugby match. Throughout the night, my other friend Seb kept texting me. He said he had been sick all day but we could still come over and see him. I needed to get my phone charger anyway, so I didn’t spend too much time thinking about why Rachel asked what each of his texts said or why she still insisted on going to his house before we went out. Fortunately the pub brews its own beer, so I was not in a sleuthing mood. Over the course of 4 hours, we drank about three pints each and by the end of the night, I was feeling pretty good.

Upon arrival at Seb’s house, my first comment to him was how bad he looked. Fair enough. He sounded horrible, but as we all know, alcohol lowers your thought-speech barrier. He asked me to come into the living room and help him with something. I followed and was completely shocked to see everyone there. It took a few moments for me to realize what was going on and I remember thinking for a split second, “he’s not really sick.” I was truly surprised and spent the first half an hour listening to how often the whole party was almost given away. I had to repeatedly admit that, “No, I had no idea, never even was suspicious; I am not at all clever.” All the weird little things going on never set off any bells. Turns out when Sebastien left his apartment for the butter, he actually met the other Seb to get the stuff for the party. And all of the texting going on throughout the night was really obvious after it was explained.

As I said earlier, I was and am still really touched by the whole gesture and everyone’s participation. Thanks!


Moment said...

It's so nice to have friends like that!

Hope u had a wonderful Birthday.

Angela in Europe said...

Thanks! I did. It was one of the nicest!

Rohit said...

First Belated happy birthday. You know Angela you sound to me, the luckiest person in the whole wide world. If you have frnds like that, nothing else matters. Don't you think. And nice posts, like always. Keep up the good work.

Diamond Lil said...

Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Angela earned that surprise several times over--she once surprised me with a fresh-cut, completely decorated tree in my living room one Christmas when I was not in the best of situations--She cut the tree herself!! Very special person deserved a very special birthday!

Sebastien Blache said...

so you cut a x mas tree yourself!!!
yes, the frogs are nice people after all...!
hope you're well: see you soon!
and yes, the weather is very weird!!