Last time I worked on my birthday was for a mandatory training. I didn’t tell anyone. One guy even asked me how old I was for non-birthday related reasons, and I didn’t bring it up. Just said 27 and moved on. Then, 5 minutes before the day is done, my mom bursts in with cupcakes. At least I got cupcakes.
@shahnm As I stated below, I just take advantage of all the free food opportunities. If I were smart, I would have just spaced out my birthday for the companies that don’t check so I’d get free food throughout the entire year, but alas, I’m not THAT smart.
@shahnm I sometimes wonder if birthdays would feel more positive if life wasn’t marked so much by failure and stagnation. You know, more of a “That was a good year,” and less of a “Give it back! I wasn’t done with it yet!”
I’m not really the celebratory birthday type, so I used to always work, though my birthday’s July 3rd, so I’d say half the time I end up having the day off in observance of the 4th.
For the last three years though I decided to treat myself instead. I did some googling and found out all the companies that gave out free food on/around your birthday. Turns out it’s quite the list, and mine is hardly all-inclusive!
This year’s been a bit weird, and I’ve opted to not go to my usual Denny’s/IHOP, since you can’t order your freebie to go. But beyond that, I’ve got:
At my age, it seems silly to make a fuss about birthdays. I’ve had jobs where birthdays were an optional paid day off, and even then, I usually worked. For one thing, if I took the day off, I’d miss out on birthday donuts.