Taking a bite from my favorite week of the year
by David Lazenby
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David Lazenby
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I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided last weekend I was starting a diet Monday. Tuesday was my second wedding anniversary, Wednesday was my third anniversary of employment with the Daily Mountain Eagle and tomorrow is another annual anniversary, my birthday.

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me ....

It’s not easy to lose weight when you are constantly being given tasty treats by your friends and loved ones.

On Tuesday, my wonderful wife gave me a box of freshly glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Sweet, huh? — the pastries and the missus.

I had planned to take Elisha to Black Rock Bistro Tuesday night to celebrate our life together as husband and wife. However, it turns out the eatery is not open on Tuesdays, so I made a reservation for tonight.

Of course I didn’t have the heart — or lack of one — to tell Elisha she would have to wait a few days for us to celebrate our anniversary, so I took her on Tuesday to Garfield’s Restaurant, which like the Black Rock Bistro, is an eatery to which we had never been. We contemplated going there several times, but always decided to wait for another night when we were unable to locate the $5-off coupon we always save when the restaurant’s ad runs in the Daily Mountain Eagle.

We are excited about tonight’s meal and enjoyed our experience at Garfield’s (especially since we had our coupon.) We were lucky enough to get a window seat that allowed us to watch people as they entered and exited the Jasper Mall. Near the end of our meal, we started playing a game in which we decided what actors should play the people who walked by if their life story was made into a movie. As it turns out, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was the best choice to portray a lot of the male shoppers we saw.

Because of my love of a good bargain, especially free stuff, I may not be able to start my diet this Monday either because of all the freebies that restaurants like to give customers on their birthdays. Recently, I received an email from Captain D’s inviting me to come in for my a free dinner this week and a coupon from Ruby Tuesday’s that entitles me to a free birthday burger.

To see what else I could get for free, I went to the website birthdayfreebies.com where I got a coupon for a free 12-ounce shake (with any purchase) from Arby’s. Also, when I go to Birmingham Saturday I’m going to use my birthday coupons to receive a free scoop of ice cream from Baskin-Robbins and a free Rooty Tooty Fresh ’N Fruity meal from IHOP.

Whew! If I thought I needed to go on a diet last week ...

I’m still looking for other free birthday stuff from local businesses, so if you know of any other such offers, I’d love to hear about them.

Coupons for free goodies are not the only reason having a birthday can be a blast even when you’re too grown up to have a birthday party every time you become a year older. Most folks who have Facebook accounts get as many well wishes on their birthdays as they did when they were kids.

I also enjoy the birthday acknowledgment printed in the newspaper each year, which is a perk for Daily Mountain Eagle employees — or at least it’s a fringe benefit for those of us who don’t mind being reminded that we’re not as young as we used to be.

I also enjoy seeing which famous folks I share a birthday with in the Today in History section of the Aug. 27 edition of the paper. Unfortunately, I don’t share a birthday with any celebrities, past presidents or other historical figures of whom I am particularly fond, although I did learn to like Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden last year when he became a star on my fantasy football team.

Happy birthday Darren, if you are reading this.

For those of you wondering how old I’ll be, but are too polite to ask, I am 41 — for one more day anyway.

My birthday buddy, Bret Williams, a friend from college with whom I share a birthday, reminded me recently that turning 42 is a major milestone according to Douglas Adams, author of the science fiction comedy novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

In that book, a group of beings from another dimension demand to learn the “ultimate answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything” from the supercomputer, Deep Thought, which was specially built for this purpose. After 7.5 million years of deep thought, the advanced piece of machinery comes up with the answer, which turns out to be 42.

If there is any truth to this, I may be coming up with some heavy thoughts in my upcoming columns — and no, that’s not a reference to the extra pounds I’ll need to lose after I finish my birthday celebration.

David Lazenby is the news editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at 221-2840 or via email at david.lazenby@mountaineagle.com.