February is Birthdays

“I don’t remember anyone’s birthday” i said.

“You will remember mine.” Hawina replied almost 20 years ago now.

And as usual, she was right.


Kate-X, Hawina and Flame X-Acorn
at the Women’s Gathering

While i dont put much stock in this particular celebration, many people and the community think these things matter. It especially matters when you turn 50 and start getting pension hours.  This slightly recklessly designed system is one of the more clever things about Twin Oaks (which Acorn sadly does not mimic).  For those who tuned in late, I live in an egalitarian community, where we dont work for money.  Instead we work a quota of 42 hours a week and in exchange for this the community covers almost all our costs.  Including but not limited to food, clothing, housing, some education, some entertainment, full medical and dental coverage and most transportation.  Your quota starts to go down an hour a year when you reach age 50 (as Hawina did this year).  i am now 55 and will soon be getting my 7th pension hour (dropping my quota to 35 hours a week, when i am at Twin Oaks only).  Making quota is not a problem for me, i am generally over quota and i often operate within labor collectives.  But i care about it in the context of whether others can live here and how we take care of our aging population.

Hawina is an expert in designing the birthday parties she wants.  This year was no exception.  We played games, especially her group game favorite Werewolves (aka Mafia).  And it is the super powered players which make this game interesting.  There is a “curious girl” who can peak and see who everyone is, but if she were revealed the werewolves would try to get her right away.  There are lovers who’s lives are linked and in one game the lovers won, despite the fact that one was a werewolf and the other not.

Great minds think alike and fools seldom differ

Great minds think alike and fools seldom differ

Similarly, Willow redesigned capture the flag for his most recent birthday, by adding super powers and special zones.  He has taken Games and Strategies classes at his Cville based home schooling group for several semesters now and wants to control the playing field (just as i generally do).  Of course, as a funologist, i am all over this.  I even got the kids to do a funological review of the game immediately after it in which they suggested some great changes to the rules to improve the game (including: alternating sides of the asymetric field, moving bases in from the edges to avoid boundary breakers from repeated jail breaks and running out of the boundary to avoid capture, and adding a time limit to how long you can be in the safe zones).

It is my son’s birthday, but this is my present.

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a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

7 responses to “February is Birthdays”

  1. pnc says :


    I was born February 9, 1957.

  2. paxus says :

    @pnc that is 25 days before i was born

  3. Diana Felber says :

    Re: that hackneyed phrase: Great minds think alike – I so totally disagree! Great minds think differently – individually –

    I really think they’re saying no-one wants to go out on a limb by themselves -so they’ll take all the ‘company’ they can get. The need for reassurance – and the fear of being outspoken – sticking out.

    btw – my BD is 2/14.


    • paxus says :


      i could not agree more. Great minds think differently, that is actually what makes them great – that they are not normal.

      Willow’s b-day is 2/14 – 3 minutes to midnight

      Paxus at Acorn
      Willows 11th celebrated

  4. pnc says :

    I misunderstood. When you posted “It is my son’s birthday, but this is my present.” on the ninth, I thought I was finding out that he and I had the same birthday.

    • paxus says :

      @ pnc

      MLK jrs birthday is Jan 15th, but it was be celebrated this year on Jan 21st. Similarly, my not-yet-famous son celebrated his birthday this year on your birthday of Feb 9th, because some of the kid guests he really wanted were not
      available on Feb 14th which is the actual date.

      Paxus at Acorn
      10 Early Flowers 2013

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