Happy Birthday to Me!

Barbara Vey -- October 7th, 2013


Yes, today is my birthday.  I feel like I just wrote this blog last week, but it’s been a year already.  Lunch with Andrew today and then more packing for my trip to London.  Put stuff in the suitcase, take stuff out.  But I like to celebrate longer than one day, so Saturday, Andrew spent the whole day with me.  Something very special and precious for a son to give to his mother…a whole day together.


We started off with a movie.  My choice, so I picked Gravity because it got a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and I saw Sandra Bullock talk about it on tv.  It looked interesting and it was visually stunning in 3-D.  Unfortunately, I thought it was a snoozefest.  Andrew loved it and called it “Castaway in Outer Space.”  I called it “Too Long.”  I know I’m in the minority on this, but I thought it would be more exciting.  A woman overheard me say this and was stunned.  She said, “My heart was pounding through the whole thing.”  I wasn’t sure we saw the same movie.  Oh, well.  I did pick it, so I can’t complain.


Next up, Andrew took me to Madison to see John Hodgman and Bill Corbett.  I love comedy and adore both men, so I was thrilled to go and being the kind of person I am, I contacted both of them and asked if I could interview them.  I know Andrew was surprised, but he offered to be my videographer.


Please watch the videos because Bill Corbett talks about his stint in Mystery Science Theater 3000 and now with RiffTrax.



And John Hodgman talks about his trilogy on made up history.  He also sings Happy Birthday to me, but in a melody he says he just made up.




Their show was in the historic Barrymore Theater in Madison.  Bill Corbett answered frequently asked questions that many times made comments about his head.  My favorite part was his guitar and Ode to James Bond song.  I want to own that song.  John Hodgman talked talked about cats (because he doesn’t put his kids in his act) and shared stories of watching Downton Abbey with his “cats.”  Ayn Rand is not to be missed.

Bottom Line:  Ok, so the Bill Corbett interview turned into a blooper reel.

56 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Me!

  1. Christie

    Happy Birthday to you! (How sweet that you and Andrew spent the Saturday together.) And I am still soooo jealous that you’re going to London!

  2. Kathy Setter

    Happy Birthday Barbara! I agree with you on Gravity; my husband and I saw it on Saturday. My conclusion was it was visually exciting but emotionally unsatisfying. My husband told me it wasn’t a romance so I shouldn’t have expected more, and that my reading habits have affected my judgment. So, I’m officially a romance junkie, and I’m not the least bit sorry!

  3. Debby Giusti

    Happy Birthday, dear Barbara! Your celebration with Andrew sounds like it was perfect in every way…okay, except for the slowwwwwww flick! :)

    Wishing you much love and a wonderful year ahead! So excited about your upcoming trip. Can’t wait to hear all the details!!! Looking forward to seeing you on http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com, Oct 22, and IN PERSON at the Southern Magic Readers Luncheon, Nov 2!!!

    I baked a Chocolate Inside Out Cake (loaded with chocolate chips) to the party today. Vanilla ice cream too. Cutting you a large slice and heaping it with ice cream. Enjoy!!!

  4. Debbie Kaufman

    Happy Birthday, Barbara! What a wonderful gift–time with your son. Means so much more than something to unwrap and sit on a shelf :) Glad you guys got to hang out.

  5. Mary Connealy

    LOL on the Gravity review, Barbara.
    I remember a ‘review’ of Out of Africa on the old Family Ties show. Mom and Dad came home from watching it and she said, “I laughed, I cried, I was transported to another time and place.”
    He said, “It was worse than the time Aunt Louise and Uncle Ed made us sit through a three hour slide show of their trip to Africa.”

    To each his own.
    London, wow! Happy Birthday, indeed!

  6. Wendy Loveridge

    Hope you’ve had a wonderful birthday, enjoyed your interviews on your blog, even though I didn’t know the two gentlemen. I wanted to see the lady I’m hoping to meet this Friday. Looking forward to it. Regards Wendy

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