Monday, June 6, 2011

Fire and Smoke

I had a birthday this weekend marking 34 years of rambling through this old world.

Anna gave me a party with quite a few of our friends. Anna’s cool because even when I pretend I don’t want a party she makes one anyway and lots of friends come over and I have fun. And then all of a sudden I’m dive rolling over lines of children and then she’s dancing with fire and I’m playing a drum and wondering where my precious, precious grumpiness went. Here’s a video of a few short snippets of jumping and fire breathing followed by Anna’s first time doing fire poi in front of a group:

Untitled from Ben Hatke on Vimeo.



I also smoked a cigar.

It may not sound like much, but the cigar is a Big Deal. It’s a Big Deal because, strangely enough, I have never before smoked _anything_ in all my 34 years. (okay, granted, I don’t remember much from the first couple of years of my life but I’m assuming I wasn’t one of _those_ babies). It was pretty cool, and I had the good fortune of starting out with a pretty high quality cigar.

It was a big weekend and now it feels like Summer is here. Let's hope it’s a good one.

Finally, here's a bit of Zita the Spacegirl fan art that came my way courtesy of Gaelen:

11 comments:

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Encore!! Happy Birthday Ben! can't believe another year has gone by.

Fr Matthew Green said...

Impressive! It looks like it must be great fun to hang out with your family.

Douglas said...

Very very cool, Ben!! I didn't know Anna was proficient at twirling fireballs; seems some of your pyromania has rubbed off on her. While Anna was twirling the flaming orbs I heard one of the kids say, "they're on fire". I thought to myself: oh, really? You noticed that? Gonna be a detective when you grow up, right? My brother Steve's smarty-pants attitude has rubbed off on me, it seems. I am also a bit jealous, I must confess. If I dove over that many children I'd flatten the two on the end. And I'd end up wearing the hoop you dove through, requiring a trip to the clinic for 2nd/3rd degree burns. But, hey, I'm glad you posted this; it's great to see how the rest of the family's doing. Much happiness and many blessings to you and your family!!

Tim said...

Great video and fan art! Now I know what to get you for your next birthday. You'll have to wait until then to find out if I mean a cigar or a flamethrower.

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Doug!

Tim, I guess I would appreciate either one!

anna said...

evviva!!! tanti auguri! Buon compleanno!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday!

-Chris Chan

sdn said...

Wow! Happy birthday!

j'aime o'gorman said...

looks awesome, ben. many happy etc.

matt said...

Wow. You guys have good parties. Happy belated birthday and have fun at ALA ( so sad I'm not going). The librarians will love the flaming hoop stunt.

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Matt! Too bad you weren't at ALA -good words were spoken about you and your work.