A Report on the "Perfect" Day

sunset on sunset blvd

Yesterday turned out to be a great day. Thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes either through this blog, email, facebook, regular mail or those who met us in person along the journey yesterday. In short, I was successful in having a “perfect” day. 😉 Of course there were a few obstacles along the way, but fortunately I was able to shake them off and stay focused on my goal. In other words, even though we gave it a lot of hype and hoped for something silly to happen to make for a great story everything worked out just as planned.

Here’s a few highlights from the day:

  • French toast, eggs, oranges and juice for breakfast.
  • Went to Peet’s where I drank a latte, and journaled and read the owner’s manual to our new Honda Fit (something I’ve yet too mention here)!
  • For lunch we ate grilled cheese sandwiches, with pickles and salt and pepper chips.
  • Hung out at the red lion with some good friends.
  • Went to Amoeba and got three cd’s Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Love and Hate, The Darjeeling Limited Soundtrack, and Led Zepplin IV.
  • We finished the night off at Canters with a Turkey Rueben, and more pickles!

What made it so special really, was just getting to go to some of my favorite places throughout the day and see friends. And I got a lot of fun pictures as well.

I originally got the idea to have a perfect (brith)day from a friend back when we used to live in Canton Ohio. He attempted his own perfect day about 5 years ago and invited us to go a long with him for the ride. Why I remember it is because just about everything he planned to do didn’t work out for one reason or another, which made the whole thing (in my memory) hilarious. One thing after another didn’t seem to work as planned which just kept us laughing the whole time. For instance, he saved up money and had an extensive list of rare music to get at this really great record shop in west Cleveland but when we got there (about 1 in the afternoon) we saw a sign on the door that said “closed for the rest of the day for a staff meeting.” We couldn’t believe it, they had literally closed a halfway through the day. I think it was part of the hype of the day that made all the little mishaps all the more hilarious and such a great story to tell afterwards. So with that story in mind that’s why I set out to do my own. Anyways, the whole thing was really fun and nothing to tragic happened at all, so other than having the story to say I attempted the perfect day there’s not much left to tell!

But it does bring up the question, what constitutes a perfect day and have you ever had one?

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Wess

...is the William R. Roger Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.

6 thoughts on “A Report on the "Perfect" Day”

  1. Hey Wess,

    Happy Birthday!!! I’m glad you had a “perfect” day. A rare treat, I’m sure.

    I’m glad you picked up some Cohen. A lot of interesting stuff in his lyrics.

  2. Cohen fits under my umbrella of “important, glad I have it, don’t listen to it much” music. I’ve put quite a number of artists under that umbrella, much to the chagrin of my wife (I know… it’s a travesty to treat Johnny Cash that way) but in the case of Cohen, you can’t possibly overstate his importance. Same with New Order.

    Also – I’m glad you had a great day. Also, also – the new car is totally family-tastic. You look VERY dad-ly standing in front of it, which is a look that fits you well.

  3. Happy Birthday!

    It sounded like a great day even though I know none of those places or people (except for Peet’s).

    I think a perfect for me would have similar themes to yours. I am a coffee lover, and in moving to Philly from the Northwest I have been underwhelmed by the quality coffee selection. Oh what I would do to have a Caramel Latte from Chapters Books and Coffee in Newberg, OR.

    In my day I would also visit the local record store, but after that I would indulge my fetish for used books as well. And since my perfect day is happening in the Northwest, I would spend the afternoon at Powell’s Books on Burnside in Portland.

    After that I can’t think of much else. Friends are key and I’m glad to see that many came out for you to show support.

  4. “Also, also – the new car is totally family-tastic. You look VERY dad-ly standing in front of it, which is a look that fits you well.”

    Thanks Chris…I think… 😉

  5. Happy birthday! I’m glad you enjoyed your last birthday when it really is all about you. (Sorry to break it to you.)

    The only Cohen I ever enjoyed was the Madeleine Peyroux cover of Dance Me to the End of Love.

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