Happy Birthday to Me. :)

I woke up this morning to a nice surprise, our web director had posted my birthday on the Kidology.org homepage with a forum post for people to say ‘Happy Birthday.’ It was fun to read those posts! I even got a cell phone call from a Kidology member in Colorado!

Today I am 36. And since I love numbers, I was reflecting today that I have lived to be six years old, six times! When I hit the first ‘6’, I was still a youngling at Bellflower Baptist Church in California. By ’12’ I was a young Gospel Magician already doing shows at church and in my friends’ churches. Six more years and I was a senior in high school, at ’18.’ By the end of the next six, I would be ’24,’ a graduate of MBI and married! The next six took me through several ministries, but by ’30’ I was at my present ministry. What amazed me the most reflecting, was that I have been in the same ministry for the last six years. Which means, that a 1/6th of my life has been at the Village Church! It doesn’t seem that long, so I must still be enjoying myself!

This evening for my birthday, we went out to eat with some friends at a fun restaurant called “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” It was a fun Hawaiian restaurant, and Monday was “family night,” so it was perfect for an evening with kids. I LOVE cheeseburgers! The Veggie ‘Cheeseburger’ song is my favorite Veggie song – and is now the only song that skips on my VeggieRock CD because I play it so much!

It was, in fact, my love of cheeseburgers, that led my wife to plan the meal to be at the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” – she hinted that where we were going to eat was ‘all about the name.’ I am often teased because where ever I go, no matter how fancy the restaurant, I usually order a cheeseburger. Whether on sabbatical driving across the country, on a missions tour of Europe, even sometimes at a steak house… I’ll often opt for the cheeseburger! And I definitely was in cheeseburger paradise!

Instead of cake, Sara planned for 36 mini cheeseburgers to be delivered to the table, complete with “Happy Birthday Karl” candles, and a flaming ’36!’ Who needs cake when you can have LOTS of mini cheeseburgers!?!??!!

I started eating cheeseburgers while the candles were still burning!

Blowing them out was indeed a challenge… that i failed, but the kids were willing to help me blow them all out!

The restaurant had a balloon guy named Dean, who calls himself ‘The Balloonatic.” He was amazing! He could make ANYTHING out of balloons. I tried to stump him with an ant eater, and there it is in Sara’s hand, complete with a long red tongue sticking out! Check out his website, http://www.deantheballoonatic.com/ and another website he recommends, http://www.mbd2.com/

Eating 36 mini cheeseburgers took some serious effort (though I had help)

But can leave you pretty full! What to do after eating a zillion mini-cheeseburgers???

EAT A FULL SIZED ONE! Wow, if I’d known about the mini’s, I might not have ordered the big one! That was a LOT of cheeseburger for one evening!

Next came the heart touching birthday cards… well, some of them. The rest were funny…
And then it was present opening time… every kids favorite time, even big kids like me!

of course, a giant silver Darth Vader Pez dispenser always hits the spot…

But I LOVED my new shirt… very true. I’ll probably get beat up when I wear it to the office tomorrow, but hey, it’s not my fault that computer problems, spam, viruses, spyware and blue screens are optional. I’ve rather gotten used to my computer working awesome. I know I’ll never go back to PCs. There are soooo many other things I’d rather do than fuss with computer problems!

And this was just TOOOO COOL – PK Cruiser Postage Stamps!!! Did you know you can now design your own US postage stamps?!?!?!? Check it out at: www.zazzle.com

Because of a sweet wife, good friends (and cheeseburgers) it was a very Happy Birthday!

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Karl Bastian is the founder of Kidology.org, the creator of ToyboxTales.com, and the author of OrderoftheAncient.com. His personal website is Kidologist.com He is Big Kid with a passion for equipping and encouraging those who minister to children.


  1. Too fun! With that many cheeseburgers, though, you’ll have the (burp!) memory of them to taste for a while.

  2. It looks like all of you had an awesome time!! Sorry I couldn’t be there to make you a balloon animal too!!

  3. As one who has a “discerning palate” (some folks mistake me for a picky eater), I enjoyed your comment about ordering cheeseburgers no matter which resteraunt. Five years ago, I made the wonderful discovery that our local Chinese resteraunt makes a really good cheeseburger. I also learned that one of the local Mexican resteraunts also makes a great cheeseburger, but you get rebuked in Spanish and English for not ordering Mexican food in a Mexican resteraunt (I think they were kidding…I hope).
    Maybe you ought to commission a survey on best (or worst) cheeseburger experiences in a non-cheeseburger setting. Couldn’t hurt.

  4. Sounds like a ton of fun! They have one of those near here! My roomate and her fiancee went there and loved it.

    You still planning on going to Chicago Indoor Racing? Let me know! And once again…


  5. Karl, If you happen to want to sell your MAC, contact me or if you know someone because I am looking for one to buy. In Argentina they are 50% more expensive than in USA. If It is in good condition I don’t care If it is used.I’m interested on a POwerbook Superdrive any size.

  6. Hey Karl,
    Looks like it was a great party! I had the opportunity to go to the National Fellowship of Christian Magicians conference this summer (my first time in Indiana) and I had a great time with the balloonatics there! Check out what we made on either my blog http://brettbelleque.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_brettbelleque_archive.html or at Gospelballoons.com I have to admit I never tackled and anteater before – but then again I’m from Montana and we get a lot of requests for grizzly bears and Moose! Happy Belated Birthday!!

    Brett Belleque

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