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I've figured it out!

I've never understood the concept of first birthday parties.  It seems like so many people I know held these HUGE involved birthday parties for their kid's first birthday.  Eh?  The kid is ONE.  Their the clothes sizes are still measured in months.  They don't know the difference, and a lot of them were less than thrilled about all those people, some of whom are effectively strangers.

Last night I was pulling out the 12 to 18 month hand-me-downs from the closet so that they're actually staged as she grows into them, and I figured it out.

One year is just about when you run out of stuff from your baby shower.  You need to either throw a birthday party, or start paying for things yourself.  Suddenly it all makes sense!

Of course, a couple of women I know threw parties whose cost exceeded the gross national product of Guam, but that's an entirely separate issue.



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Aug. 18th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
I believe Guam's GNP was 1.72 billion in 2005.

That's quite the party, right enough.
Aug. 18th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
LOL! Okay, maybe not *that* big. But we're talking in excess of 50 people, catered, hall rental, etc. I'll guarantee you that the guest of honor had no clue.

Hmmm - I'll need to find a less prosperous country to pick on going forward. It's kind of like the state of Rhode Island - I'm fairly certain the only reason it exists is to give the news something to compare the size of natural disasters to (the fire scorched an area the size of Rhode Island...)

How's Belize doing these days? Or Lichtenstein? :-)
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Tokelau! Their GNP in 05 was 0.01 billion. Practically pennies!
Aug. 18th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Oooh - that's a good one! Did you look at any of the pictures? Scary tiny. I'd be scared to death to live on a strip of beach in the middle of the Pacific. I'd dream of hurricanes every night. They're beautiful, though.

Okay - I have Tokelau for money comparisons, and I'll stick with Rhode Island for natural disasters. It irritates them, and they're right next door. :-)
Aug. 18th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
Okay - WHY does it lose my log-in when I'm not at home?

That was me ...
Aug. 18th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, you are only ever logged in ON the computer you log in on, and you stay logged in on that comp as long as you want, as long as you have the 'stay logged in' box checked when you signed in.

You can be logged in on different computers, though, I know that, since I'm always logged in on both my desktop and my laptop.

I figured it was you anyway. :)
Aug. 18th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I think it's the corporate firewall - it seems to have a screwy effect on things. Sometimes it hangs on to a log in even after I've logged off, sometimes I'm logged off when I didn't log off, and sometimes it shows me as logged in until I post something and it comes up as anonymous.

I guess it goes to show that I really ought to be working when I'm at work, eh? :-)
Aug. 18th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
ODL -- no significant land is more than 2 meters above ordinary high tide. Wikipedia talks about Cyclone Percy...as bad as you can imagine. Three coral atols and under 400 people...wow.
Aug. 18th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Belize was 1.02 billion (2005) and Lichtenstein was 1.34 billion. American Samoa was only 0.47 billion, though...

Anguilla...there, that's sort of getting in the more reasonable category...could be measured in millions instead of billions. Anguilla's GNP was 0.1 billion. That's the lowest one I've found so far.
Aug. 20th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
I'm all for at home parties. Nothing better than a home-made cake and lots of people you actually like hanging out in your house.

I just can't believe she's almost 1!!
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