A Birthday Gathering

Having a January birthday sucks, everyone is skint and worn out from Christmas and New Year excesses.   So this year I gave my friends a break and instead organised a birthday dinner with other people who share my predicament.

I was thrilled when they all accepted the invite; Michelle Obama, Barry Manilow, Betty White, David Caruso and Muhammed Ali duly arrived in Camden Town for a seat at my table.

I couldn’t wait to see what scintillating conversation and anecdotes we would share.

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  1. I guess they were all too polite to ask for a fork.

    Happy birthday!

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    • I’ve been noticing the flaws too, like how it is about 4 hours before I ask for salt, the spaghetti hoops would have been stone cold by then.

      Thanks!

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  2. Haha. Awesome.

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE HOOVER!!!

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  4. Happy Bday, Joe! Hope Betty made your day with her witty repartee…and stuff.

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  5. Nice to see Betty there.
    Happy Birthday Joe!

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  6. “Spaghetti Hoops”?!!?!?!? That has now rocketed to the top of my Crazies British Translations Ever list. Ironically, the previous #1 was Rocket.

    Also, happy birthday.

    Also, at first, I thought the picture of you was Obama and that you allowed Michelle to bring a date.

    Also, I’m really tired this morning.

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  7. Happiest of happy birthdays! That looks like a great party. I mean, things got a little out of hand with that salt thing, but when you have celebrities of this magnitude getting together and letting their hair down…

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  8. Barry Manilow has put on a bit of weight since i last saw him. Haven’t had ‘oops in years.

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  9. laugraeva

     /  January 17, 2013

    I share the burden of a January birthday. Yet I was not invited to this dinner party.
    Also, where did Barry’s chair disappear to in the fifth “photograph”?

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    • Hah! Well spotted! When’s your birthday, that’ll be about the 7th bloggers birthday I know on Jan. We rule

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      • laugraeva

         /  January 17, 2013

        It was the 15th Jan, and my 21st!
        I don’t know about that; people seem to dislike the month of January. Though there is that song about a man’s love for January. Have you heard of it?

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        • No? Hope you had a good one or saving it for the weekend?

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          • laugraeva

             /  January 17, 2013

            I did have a good day, and am continuing the celebrations this weekend. But I am praying for as little snow as possible.
            When was yours?

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            • Was celebrating on the the actual day yesterday but decided to wait til the weekend. It won;t be too mental, I’m getting on a bit now

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              • laugraeva

                 /  January 18, 2013

                Aw well happy birthday for yesterday! Surely if you are “getting on a bit” you should party even harder?
                I’ve never really understood why people say “congratulations” on birthdays. Congratulations for lasting this long? Congratulations for reaching your peek, it’s all downhill from here?

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                • congratulations you’re not dead. You have a point, I will have words with the next person who says that 🙂

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  10. Whenever my soirées lag, I haul out my ventriloquist’s dummy and use my “act” to get the party started. Pity you didn’t think of that. The evening might have ended a lot earlier.

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  11. If I had known it was your birthday today, Joe, I would have done something! Dammit! Although it couldn’t compare to having Betty White come for dinner. Nothing could, really. Happy happy birthday, Joe—hope you’re having a great day and are celebrating with appropriate debauchery!

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    • Thanks Weebs! No worries about that, I am finally warming to a January birthday seeing so many other bloggers here have one too, coincidence?

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  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    I think everyone was so tense because they were afraid as soon as they opened their mouths, Betty White would have outshined them.
    Then she and Michelle would have had a throwdown reminiscent of their run in at Tukaloosa in ’67.
    And nobody wants that.

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    • 😀

      For years I only thought I shared it with the singer from the Bangles but I guess I was reading teen music magazines at the time. I was chuffed when I saw I shared it with Betty, she’s fab,

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  13. Happy birthday! Mine is in a few days, so make me #8 😉

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    • No way! Have a great birthday! This is getting a bit weird now though, all the best people in January, I always thought it was a long, cold month to celebrate and everyone is tired after the christmas break. Now I see it actually rules as I share it with so many nice people.

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  14. Thanks for the gripping dinner table talk! More importantly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

    Meanwhile, now this would have been interesting at the party.

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  15. Happy birthday, Joe!

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  16. Happy Birthday Joe!

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  17. Le Clown

     /  January 19, 2013

    Joe,
    Happy birthday, Mr. Hoover. This is the type of parties I enjoy, personally… Photoshopped bubble-stick heads are my peeps, all but Kate Moss type who I usually end up rolling and snort with.
    Le Clown

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  18. Happy birthday! Hope it was a good one. I’m with you and lament the January birthdays. Maybe I’ll do the same. And screw Manilow…he didn’t need a chair at 10:00..

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