...you can find me in the club, bottle full of bub... ;) well. bottle full o' BLACK more like it.
in exactly nine hours, i will commence celebration of my "birfday". 11:46pm, january 4. what's that you say? but in nine hours it will still be january 3? why, you are so observant, grasshopper! you see, i celebrate 36 hours of "birfday". i never felt like it was a fixed event, probably b/c as a child, we'd end up celebrating it via my daddy's famous NYE-Anna's birthday-Christmas party on whatever saturday was most convenient. so i learned early on that the day with the champagne and cake was my birfday. and yes, there was champagne. even as i was turning four. my daddy loved me ridiculously, as you are all now aware...
when my father called kerala to report the happiest news of his life twenty-nine years ago, they took out the ancient book that recorded birthdays and deaths and carefully wrote, "anna john (latha), january 5, 1975". no, no, my father exclaimed, over crackling, expensive international phone lines. the fourth! she was born on the FOURTH! his older brother snorted derisively and said, "in Kerala, it was already the 5th. she is Malayalee and she was born on the FIFTH, no matter where she physically made her entrance. besides thampy, there are implications for her horoscope! i'm trying to give the child an auspicious start!"
did i mention that i am a scion of one of the oldest strains of christianity in the world? b/c between the quote from Durga at the top of the page, my strict south indian vegetarianism and my appachen's fretful words over stars and fortunes, you'd think we were actually still hindu. anyway.
there you have it. i obviously get the 24 hours of january 4, but thanks to my biggest, richest and scariest appachen (he towered over my dad in years AND height), i get another 12 on the 5th. word. now if you'll excuse me, since i'm a fly gal, i have to get my nails done, get a pedicure, get my hair DID. 29 is going to be the best year of my life, and i ain't about to commence it looking biz-usted like i was 28 or something. ;)