Charlie and I have been friends since we were 12. Ever since he started working at BookFinder.com, I've been making it a tradition to do something a bit offbeat every year, to celebrate. (Go read that post, then come back.)
His birthday just came around again.
Charlie just moved back to Danville, the suburban town in San Francisco's East Bay region where we grew up. His friends have been giving him a friendly ribbing about his move deep into the heart of boring suburbia -- near family, old high school haunts, all the places we hated as children.
So for his birthday, we decided to make it up to him -- by bringing Danville to Berkeley. We "transformed" our downtown office into a pastiche (err, tribute) to our favorite suburban Bay Area town.
Our front door sign was changed to read "Welcome to Danville, Pride of the Tri-Valley." The walls of our office were festooned with (badly drawn) depictions of hip Danville hangouts. And with the help of paper, cardboard, scissors, and a pile of duct tape, we managed to transform our office coat rack into a poor imitation of an oak tree, the symbol of Danville.
Deviating from the Danville theme, we also wrote twenty haiku about Charlie, printed them out, and left them pasted up all around his desk. (You can never have enough haiku.)
Our birthday victim greeted the redecorated office with appropriate amounts of surprise and embarassment.
[Now Reading: Dark Harbor: Building House and Home on an Enchanted Island by Ved Mehta]
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