Birthday Blog - Episode 1
Birthdays here at Aerial Innovations are no joke. Unlike some bigger and more impersonal companies, we take time to celebrate our employees. Some people will get a cupcake or a card if they're lucky, but we go all out. We were going to bring the time period of 800 AD to Tampa, FL. Or try, at least.
A single trip to Party City made it apparent that the Viking Age wasn't a popular theme in south Tampa, nor was "Renaissance." The only item that vaguely resembled vikings was a bow-and-arrow set that we purchased. What a flop.
Yet, returning (almost) empty-handed was a no-go. Our journey continued to a local art supply store. Although unsurprisingly-- but still a disappointment-- the art supply store consisted mostly of paints and brushes. Yikes.
Where were the faux dead animals? We demanded. Where's the blood?!
The overall quest was not over, however, because we still hadn't fulfilled our destinies. We decided not to besmirch craft stores, but to give them our forgiveness. One last time.
Tactics were changed, ideas were tossed, and the main theme of "Vikings" remained. Michaels was our last chance.
Like the other craft stores, there were no obvious signs that the store housed our much needed materials. There were aisles of flowers, scrapbook supplies, picture frames, paint, yarn, and weird furry stuff.
"Let's try to find a furry animal," Ian said.
There was a pause.
"Vikings wore...like...dead animals and stuff, right?" he asked.
"Sure," I replied. "Yeah."
A small roll of furry fabric hung at the bottom of an aisle.
"How about that?" I asked. Ian turns around and walks over. It's perfect-ish.
He grabs about two or three rolls of the stuff and walk away.
"We could get fake blood (or paint) to splatter on it!" I exclaimed. "Like a dead animal!"
Gory. Ian was on the same page. We journeyed to the paint section for the last time, and at last we were done.
We whispered, "Good-bye" to Michaels and vanished.
After quick stop to Fresh Market and the restaurant, the party was officially on the way.
After cake, spirits, and the distribution of birthday gifts (wine, cigars, liqueur, and a framed New York Times newspaper clipping from 1941,) the combined birthday celebration resulted in a success!