There was a time when a person just had a birthday, maybe ten minutes in the morning and some kind of boiled meat product in the evening. But that sort of casual acknowledgement has become a thing of the past and birthdays are up there with a total eclipse of the Sun.
Officially, I'm all for this sort of rampant indulgence devoted to celebrating a
moment from the past which I've heard was probably a very painful and messy
affair. Unofficially I'm inclined to believe it one more symptom of decline into
a reliance upon consumption that will bring us all to a sticky end.