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corarose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 04:28 AM
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What's a Good Thing to do on your Birthday If you are broke?
I am taking the day off of College tomorrow and I was wondering what can someone do that is single on their Birthday that doesn't cost a whole lot?

Any Suggestions?

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La_Serpiente Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 04:30 AM
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1. Invite your friends
to your room and throw a huge party. Bake a Cake. Do a whole bunch of stuff.
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corarose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 04:31 AM
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3. Without Friends?
I don't live in a dorm and my College is pretty dead on Fridays.

What can someone single do that is adventurous?
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Racenut20 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 04:30 AM
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2. Hit the bars and mooch a beer from the pub and everyone you know in it.
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corarose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 04:33 AM
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4. You mean go barhopping?
I do have a couple of gift certificates that I can use that I have been saving up for Dinner at a couple of Restaurants in my area and one of them is called Sugar which is a desert bar with booze.
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Laughing Mirror Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 04:43 AM
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5. Happy Birthday, first of all
today's my b-day and I'm broke just like you, but my electricity hasn't been turned off

so I'm hooking up the turntables, the computer, the amps and the speakers and inviting everybody over on the condition that they bring a record or a song from a CD or mp3 file they want to play

if they bring along something to smoke or drink that's fine too
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corarose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 04:50 AM
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7. Happy Birthday!
Where are you at?
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 04:57 AM
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9. Happy birthday to the both of you
If I was alone and broke I'd just come to DU with a glass of wine and read, which is exactly what I did on my birthday. I'm at peace with myself and don't feel the need to celebrate, but that's me. After what I've been through the last couple of years, I'm way too happy to be here alive and kicking.

Happy Birthday! :)
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corarose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 04:58 AM
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10. Thank You
I don't want to celebrate I want to take the Birthday off of my mind.

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Lady Freedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 04:48 AM
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6. SLEEP!
Beautyful sleep!
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corarose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 04:55 AM
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8. I don't sleep
I can't sleep and If I do it's only for 2 hours at a time. Can you believe that I got two A's on my Culinary tests today and I only had 2 hours of sleep last night.
In one way I am tiered if you know what I mean but I am not sleepy.
I don't want to be another year older and the depression from my age is getting to me.
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 05:09 AM
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11. Just try to keep it all in perspective
No one really wants to get old. I'm a boomer, raised in an era of anyone over 25 was old, or so 'they' use to say. I'm getting to be a little old gray haired lady, but mentally I think like a wise 25 year old. I don't emotionally feel it, so keeping it in perspective, I don't worry about it, cuz there's just to many other things to fret about, and I can't change that birth year no matter how hard I try.

Again, Happy Birthday!

:)
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corarose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 05:12 AM
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12. Thanks
I know and I am getting to the age that you know BS when you encouter it if you know what I mean.

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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 05:26 AM
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15. Yup, sure do
I use to be so gullible. I have always had tremendous faith in people, and some could pull the wool right over my eyes, and I wouldn't even know it. Getting older, maturing, becoming wiser - like the old saying, "if I only knew then what I know now ...." rings a lot of truth. < sigh >

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corarose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 05:35 AM
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18. You want to know what's funny
Sometimes when you get older you only want honest people around you because you are so sick of the BS that goes on in life especially with men.
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 05:46 AM
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19. I know what you mean, but
in all fairness, I don't think men spread any more bs than do women.

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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 05:16 AM
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13. My Loved One Takes Me Out
and gives me lavish presents, as does my brother. That's what I do, and I'm always pretty broke.
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corarose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 05:20 AM
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14. I have done with out a loved one for years
You are lucky!

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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 05:29 AM
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16. Luck Has Nothing to do With It!
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corarose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 05:30 AM
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17. I know
:kick:
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Cheswick2.0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 05:50 AM
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20. I'd go to class
if I had just lost my finacial funding because I let my grades drop by missing class, I would go to class. Then I would "celebrate" later.

Hope you have a good evening. I have a b-day of my own coming next month and I am fine with whatever age I am. You can't stop aging, might as well look at the positives like having a fine tuned BS detector.
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 07:09 AM
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21. Hope you live to the next and will have money but still have fun.
Lofe goes on.
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Ellen Forradalom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 07:34 AM
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22. Lincoln Park Zoo is free
Go groove with the animals.
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Ellen Forradalom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 08:40 AM
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24. The Garfield Park Conservatory
is also free and a good place to hang with some plants and breathe some humid air (good for the skin and lungs.) The Palm House is under renovation, though.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 08:38 AM
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23. Happy Birthday Corarose!
I know this has been a tough year for you. :hug:

Here's to hoping next year will be better. :toast:
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 08:47 AM
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25. Pamper yourself.
Take a long hot bath and then put lounging clothes on and sit and read all day long.

Corarose, here is hoping that your Birthday tomorrow is wonderful, and that all your hopes and dreams that you have for yourself come true in the next year.

Hugs and Birthday wishes,
Laura
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 08:48 AM
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26. Things to do in Chicago when you're broke
I got these off Citysearch; these are their recommended choices. I'm sure there's more that aren't listed, but I've never been to Chicago before.

1 Lincoln Park Zoo
Kid-friendly and free, this zoo is one of Chicago's favorite family attractions.

(Another vote for the zoo!) :D


2 Garfield Park Conservatory
A year-round refuge for those in need of a dose of greenery or a blast of desert air.

(This sounds lovely.)


3 Navy Pier
This tourist-packed peninsula extends for more than a half-mile into the swells of Lake Michigan.


4 Buckingham Fountain
This Grant Park attraction is the perfect spot for a romantic stroll.


5 North Michigan Avenue
Known as the Magnificent Mile, this upscale shopping district is Chicago's version of Fifth Avenue.

(Window shopping is always fun, plus you can get little samples at the perfume and cosmetics counters)


6 Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 280-2660
Fax: (312) 397-4095

Price: $8; students, seniors: $5; Tuesdays free

(Hmm. Not free today, but Tuesday is!)

7. Terra Museum of American Art
664 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 664-3939
Price: Free. Suggestion donation: $5


8. Museum of Science and Industry
57th St and Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 684-1414
Price: $9; children 3-11 $5; seniors $7.50

(Again, not free. But if you can scrape together the admission price the tactile experience might be fun)

That's all I turned up. I'm sure you know Chicago better than I do. Please do something fun for yourself, even if you sit in a coffeeshop and read a book.






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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 08:51 AM
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27. I love going to Borders or B&N and hanging out on a Friday night
I usually don't buy books there (I go to my local independent, but they close early on Fridays).

But those chain places sometimes have great music and for $2 I can get a really really large cup of Ginger Peach Hot tea (ask for double tea bags and you can get away with a refill of hot water for free).

Then I spend the time browsing, reading books I know I'll probably never buy and rearranging the Poli-Sci sections covering up all those nut-job books with good progressive books.

I went 2 weeks ago to Borders and put Gregory Palast books on display and move the Hannity books. The next week they just added more of the Palast books.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 08:55 AM
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29. Hey! That's MY job!
rearranging the Poli-Sci sections covering up all those nut-job books with good progressive books

When I'm reshelving after the store closes, I take all the conservative "face-outs", put them spine out, and replace them with liberal "face-outs".

And since I work there, it's legit!

Fight the power! :fist:

:thumbsup: lynne!
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 09:12 AM
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34. It's the only reason I go to those major bookstores
Just to re-arrange the books
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 08:52 AM
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28. "You say it's your birthday? It's my birthday too yeah"
Tomorrow.

Happy Birthday, corarose! :party:
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commander bunnypants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 08:57 AM
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30. Well on my last birthday
Isabel blew through town. So I drank some beer in the dark and went to sleep.

DDQM
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kodi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 09:00 AM
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31. stop by a retirement home and spend some time with the elderly
what you will get back is priceless.

your humanity.

someday, if you make that far, it will be you sitting in that retirement home, and i bet that then you would like someone to talk to too.
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 09:05 AM
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32. Happy Birthday
If you're anywhere near family, ask them to invite you to dinner.

Even if they cook, that's still a good deal.
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amazona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 09:11 AM
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33. what i do
It depends on the weather, what day of the week my birthday falls, etc. but my birthday is never a day when I have to spend money.

If it's a work day, and everyone else is busy during the day, I get up early and go birdwatching, then go home and take a nap in preparation for the evening's festivities.

At some point if there is nothing planned (that I know about -- surprise parties have occurred in the past) then I call up various friends who don't mind being teased and I tease them for forgetting my birthday. One or more of them will take you out if they have the time, and even if they miss "the day," they'll take you out later, such as on the weekend. Tee hee.

I never do this personally but a friend of mine always goes to Denny's with his driver's license. You get a free meal there on your birthday. He is male so I guess it's the only way for him to get a free meal on his Bday.

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