Saturday, 26 May 2012

Tis The Anniversary Of My Birth And I Shalt Weep If I So Choose

If any of you remember, at the start of the month I said there would be an announcement on the 26th of May. If you can decipher the blog title (mega bonus points if you get the reference) then you can work out that today is the ostentious anniversary of my birth. Otherwise known as my birthday. Contrary to the tile of this post though I doubt I'll be crying any time soon. Well, they'll be tears of joy at least.

Yesterday didn't go so great though. I was out in town with my dad and so decided to pick up my present a day early. You may recall me saying I was getting an iPod soon. Originally the plan was to get an iPod for my birthday. Instead I got a new Xbox 360, with Kinect. My old Xbox finally died after six or seven years of faithful service to it's lord and master (me) and so I thought I would replace it, rather than replace a functioning device. After what seemed like forever buying the thing (thank you very much big time supermarket for keeping all your precious, precious, Xboxes stored in the back) I did finally get it home. Where I proceeded to love and cherish it. Until things went wrong. If you follow me on Twitter you may have heard the story. What happened is that I had transferred my old gamer profile on to my new Xbox, but because I made the profile so long ago, I had forgotten the log in details for it. After the first call to customer support (which, despite my tweets, wasn't so bad) I had begun to lose all hope. The only way to get the information would be to get my old Xbox working, and find the information out through there. Thankfully my old Xbox had enough life left for such a short excursion, and I was able to access my profile. However I had an outdated Xbox dashboard, so was not able to get the information. Leaving me, once again, hopeless. After scouring through my emails for anything related to my Gamertag, I hit gold. It turned out that instead of being created in a Windows Live ID, like Xbox suggest is the only way to do it, I had created my profile through my gmail account. I was one step closer to my goal. I made another call to customer service, and between us me and Vladimir (that really was his name. Epic Russian dudes ftw) I was able to change my password without knowing it, and so I regained full access of my profile, and began my journey into the everlasting dark that is being a gamer once again, and we all lived happily ever after. Especially me.

Okay I'm going to admit I can be a good writer, it sounds like I made that into an epic tale of bravery and heroism.

Though really the true bright spot of my day has been, for the third day in a row, Miss Leah. Who did the most super special wonderously terrific awesome thing I think has been done to me. Which sadly did not involve a bedroom, and bottles of wine. She made me a birthday message, a really sweet and awesome one as well that really I just can't praise enough. I hope she doesn't mind me sharing it with you guys. She posted it on her blog, and so I'm going to post it on mine, just so I can point at it, and say "someone made that for me. Someone really special and awesome".



Thank you Leah, very much, for giving me something that has truly made me happy, more than all the Xboxes in the world could <3

Though if I owned all the Xboxes, I'd be rich enough to come a calling. Hmm...

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  1. Happy Birthday Mark :D
    I'm glad the X box thingie worked out in the end. Vladimir is an epic name. Perhaps in few years, you'll get a present involving a bedroom and bottles of wine. Mokesart prefers something else. I think. (Don't tell him I said this)

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    1. Well I think he saw this too, so you told him you said this. If he read your comment. I won't though. It probably will be a few years, or next year. Or never. Who knows?

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  2. Happy Birthday to you. So happy you got he Xbox thingy happening. Having gamers in the family I know full well how important transferring stuff from one to the other can be.\
    Hope you have the most awesome day ever.

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    1. I've had a pretty good day so far at least :) There was a huge fire down the road, but it didn't get far.

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  3. Only exactly 3 days away to another big day!

    So THIS is what was 26th May was all about!

    Happy Birthday.

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    1. Thanks, this is what the fuss was about.

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  4. >which sadly didn't involve a bedroom, and bottles of wine
    >sadly
    Oh you Mark you ;D

    Like I said, have a very happy birthday, party hard, etc. You may have to wait 'til Monday for the stuff I sent to arrive, because, yeah, shitty shipping.

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    1. It'll be worth it when it gets here I'm sure :) I expected it to be late, a lot of other things I've gotten are/have been late, so don't worry bout it.

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  5. Oh the things we do for gaming love...

    Also, A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!!! Go get you a lamb or a chicken or something!!

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    1. I've had neither lamb or chicken so far, and I don't think I'm going to. I don't have any in the house. But thank you :) I would go pretty far for my games.

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  6. Happy day that you were bornded.

    And yes, I just went there.

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    1. You're badass for going there.

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  7. happy Birthday! Vladimir is truly an epic name! x

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    1. I partly want a Russian half baby so I can have an excuse to call it Vladimir.

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    2. Couldn't you just call it Vladimir anyway?! x

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  8. happy birthday bud, ha - bornded - i like that one. Enjoy the day my friend, you have the right. :) .

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  9. Happy birthday kiddo!!! (and yeah: it's your party, so you should cry if you want to =P).

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    1. You're the first one to have gotten the reference, so well done you :)

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  10. Hey you, happy birthday!!! I'm listening to Leah's message to you right now and it's so sweet. Also, I thought your writing in this post was just awesome - and I'm happy you got everything sorted out with your Xbox. Mark, have a super day and year! (Leah has a very pretty singing voice!)

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    1. Thank you :)
      It was incredibly sweet of her. I think you liked it because the writing was so fancy and posh. You like that stuff :) Leah has a very pretty singing voice, and I hope it's not the last time she sings to me.

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    2. And I hope that if she sings more to you we get to hear some of it :-) Hope you had a great day!

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  11. Happy Birthday !!!!!

    And yeah don't cry - when I was kid my Mum used to say if you cry on your birthday you cry all year. I am now going to have an epic catch up read - and try very hard to not leave any comments otherwise (as it's been a while since I was here) you will spend the next year replying to them.
    I know you, you will too.

    Enjoy your day - the sun has come out again for you :)X

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    1. I'd consider it a gift from God if the sun stayed away fo the day, no such luck though :( I haven't cried so far on my birthday, so things are going well. I barely cry anyway though. It's easy to catch up with me, just read every Monday post, and you can do it that way :)

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  12. Happy birthday, glad to hear you're feeling well.

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  13. "It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to! Cry if I want to! Cryyy if I want to!!" as Lesley Gore once sang. If you owned all the Xboxes in the world you'd be poor because you would have spent all your money on Xboxes! But I digress. I only see my friends' birthdays as an opportunity to take revenge on them for ignoring my birthday, by paying them back in kind and ignoring theirs! So Lauren if you are reading this, YOU ARE SO NOT GETTING A GIFT THIS JULY 13!!! JERK!!! Well she's probably not reading this, but anywho... That was a really great birthday gift from Leah. I am glad there are still caring and thoughtful people left in the world.

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    1. You got the reference too but sadly you were the second :) If I had all the Xboxes in the world then I would be rich because I could sell them. Or if I was the owner of the Xbox, I'd make loads from sales anyway. I forget birthdays a lot, so I'm not too fussed if people forget mine.

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  14. Happy Birthday Mark. The X-box is a really good gift and I'm glad you got a new one. We couldn't function in our home without our PS3 (don't hate me for not having the X-box, hate my children).

    The best gifts of all are those that can't be replaced and which come from the heart. You're lucky to have Leah as your friend.

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    1. I don't hate you for having a PS3, my brother has one. Between us we have all the consoles. I think. Most of em. The gift from Leah can't really be replaced, so it seems to be the best I've been given this year :) I wonder if she'd consider herself lucky to know me.

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  15. wow its the 26th already?! damn time flies, it feels like i havent accomplished enough yet. must add new things to bucket list. happy birfday!

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  16. Happy Birthday, Mark.

    Loved that the X-box story was a happy ever after story in the end.

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    1. Well for now :) But thank you.

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  17. Happy Birthday Mark! I hope you enjoy the day! And I hope you have a blast with the xbox!

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    1. Thanks. So far so fun I guess.

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  18. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you-hooooooooo! Happy birthday to you!!!! :-)

    Take care
    x

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    1. Thank you very much, I shall try to take care.

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  19. Happy Birthday! Enjoy the kinetic fun of your new toy :)

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  20. Happy birthday Mark, glad the whole Xbox thing worked out, you had me hooked on that paragraph haha. Well written dude.

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  21. D'aww, how sweet. Happy Birthday!

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  22. Waaaaaaah! that is so sweet of Leah! ^_^

    I hope I'm not too late to greet you Mark! Happy birthday! ^_^

    Long live the May celebrants! yay! hehe

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    1. Well don't worry about being late, one of my sisters forgot entirely :)

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  23. Hey Mark, had a great time reading your post- and Happy birthday, I do agree with your statement, some people are crying when their day comes, well maybe they're happy that they've reached that age. Thanks for reminding us- to celebrate (not so) literal. but just atleast be grateful on things and the 12 months of our journey!

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    1. I'm not that grateful of the past 12 months, though some good things did happen for sure.

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  24. I got the reference and came running over here to tell you how brilliant and clever I am with my knowledge of old birthday songs... but alas, I am too late. Dang.

    Hope you're enjoying your replacement Xbox, though it's not quite the same as a shiny new toy or a song from Leah. I used to be a bit of a video game guy back when they were MUCH less complicated. All this online/user profile BS is waaay over my head. Plug and play, sir. Plug and play.


    Happy Bday blogger bro.

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    1. Well you got it, it's the thought that counts right?

      To be fair the Xbox IS a shiny new toy. Or it would be if it wasn't black. Plus it came with Kinect, which is very new to me, and I'm on Xbox live, so I got some new things. However it most definitely is not what Leah gave me, which was super cool :) I lamented that on Twitter too, that I miss the days of memory cards. We didn't have this trouble back in my day.

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  25. Happy Happy Birthday MarK! May you have more birthdays to come! Keep on writing!!! ^___^

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    1. I'm going to keep writing and living for as long as I feel I can, or until the world has enough of my presence and decides it wants me out.

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  26. I was born in May too, on the 11th though. Happy Belated Birthday.

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    1. A belated birthday to you too my friend. A much, much, belated birthday.

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    2. I don't announce it because I like to pretend it doesn't happen. I'm still young and I already hate getting old.

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  27. Happy birthday! I am a little late because I had no idea.
    That was such a beautiful thing Leah did for you. What a sweet voice. I am still really hoping this is a love connection. Two sweethearts together is a great thing.

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    1. Well like I said before, my sister forgot entirely. Late is fine :) It was a very beautiful thing she did, and it did make me ever so happy, but, again, I can't really speak for her.

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  28. Happy birthday Mark, I hope it was a great day. Leah is so nice too.

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    1. I don't think super awesome quite cuts it when it comes to Leah, but thanks :)

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  29. Happy Happy Birthday! (sorry it's belated)
    In my experience, birthdays aren't birthdays unless something ridiculously stressful happens, in my case, family beef, in your case xbox. Thank goodness your dilemma was resolved! Hope you had a fantastic day all in all.

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  30. I'm a little late on the birthday wishes but I'll give it a go anyway (and mine was the 25th so "May people" rock!).

    Happy Birth Anniversary!

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  31. Hey Mark... happy birthday a bit late. Enjoy your XBOX Kinect... we just got one a while back... or as I call it "The Stupid Machine that makes weird butt muscles of mine hurt!"

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  32. A belated happy birthday to you, Mark! Hope you had a great weekend. : )

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  33. Happy belated birthday! Sorry, I had a ridiculously busy weekend, but I hope it was a good one!

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