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1. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 5y

Greeting to All of You Wonderful Birthday Club Participants:

It's with heavy heart and tears in my eyes that I bring this news to you... But, I thought you should all be aware of my decision... (It's open to discussion.)

For the past four years we have been celebrating the birthdays of those members participating in the Birthday Club. I have thoroughly enjoyed posting the threads and reading everyone's responses. Sadly, as tends to happen, many of the participants have drifted with the currents of "real life" and no longer sail into port with me (Captain, after all) to partake in the birthday wishes. Having spent these years "on the TP sea", I understand.

After much thought, and watching the dwindling responses, I did not feel it fair to the birthday recipients to continue. Again, this decision is open to discussion if anyone would like the "tradition" to stay the course. I have no problem with that at all. (As I stated above, I've enjoyed it immensely.)

So, with that said, the fate of the Birthday Club Cruises are in your hands... I will proceed as you, the crew, dictate.

Sincerely Your Captain,

Isa ;)

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 5y

Sad, yet understandable... so what do folks feel about adding a similar thing here as exists on FB, ie. it basically tells you when your friends have birthdays coming up?

One to get folks to come back and check their birthday threads would be for us to start one automatically for every birthday, then email the person to tell them to come and check it ;) Of course that'd be a few hundred thousand extra threads a year, so probably not that great!

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 5y

Quoting Sam I Am

Of course that'd be a few hundred thousand extra threads a year, so probably not that great!

Yeah, but think of the increased traffic and all of those rankings! I know, I digress...

Personally, I do like the idea. I may not have always been exactly on time with the celebrations, but I enjoyed writing them (obviously) and, for awhile, the threads brought members back just to see who'd responded. Now, all of the wishes tend to be posted over on FB because of their system. You know me - I'm not a big FB fan - nice site, just not my style of communication. (Sorry FB. I'm old and set in my ways.)

Anyway, I vote yes to the idea. I like birthdays.

4. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 5y

I'm guilty of being one of the lazy FB'ers....sorry 'mom' and overlord

for me, well i still love tp but off topic went really slow at one stage which helped my laziness...........but actually you've just reminded me that i need to do some research for my holiday next week

but i do like the idea and i love reading some of the responses from people

and always come back when summoned :)

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 5y

Hey Isa,

Like Sam said: very understandable and with the latest slow traffic on OT I guess even more. I would miss it though of course, it was part of the fun as well on OT.
Maybe, Sam's suggesting is an idea which might give some extra personal touch on travellerspoint, especially regarding to the people who have been here for years as well.

Regardless of the (near) future, I guess also looking back at the last 4 years is appropriate here, and I would like to thank Isa and Beerman for the personal touch they created! It was more than a simple 'happy birthday'. They were complete stories about pirate ships, martinis and pinguins, sometimes combined of course...;)

That is something you would never come across on other website! So: A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU BOTH!

Cheers
Michael.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 5y

Thank you, Michael!!!!!

We started sailing only because I was exhausted spending all of my time in the kitchen. (That kitchen was hot all of the time!) The first 1.5 years were spent making massive feasts of native dishes for all the various nationalities. That, or arranging overnight catered stays in breweries and wineries. I now know a vast number of multi-ethic dishes and how to prepare them. At least on the ship there were cool breezes and lots of rum. ;)

7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 5y

I got the summons back home and whilst l read this with regret like everyone else l agree that the birthday reminder is a great idea - it will never ever never ever match the personal touch that an Isa and beerman birthday greeting!I

I would like to thank the most awesome TP mom and dad for their dedication to the priate (intentional!) birthday ship - drinking all those martinis and assorted birthday feasts and of course the raucous debaucherous singing and activities that followed!

My lap top is broken - and l havent gotten around to getting it fixed or taking it to a person who can - thats my excuse - and according to my phone l need to be over 18 to access TP via it!!!

Hxxxx

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9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 5y

I loved your birthday messages Gretchen - they always made me feel special on my birthday and it was so nice that you personalised each one. I understand your decision though, even though it's kind of sad.

I really like Sam's suggestion - I think we should do it! :)

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 5y

Thank you, everyone! Now you're making me cry. But, in a good way!
I'm so very pleased that all of those trips around the globe made people smile and feel special. That's exactly what I was aiming for - even if "long-winded" at times. It's not always easy to get a pirate ship from the US to Europe to Australia in a matter of hours. So, I compliment all of you, the crew, for making that happen regularly.

I also applaud each and every one for helping out in the kitchen early on and then volunteering to crew the ship. Your replies in the threads brought many smiles to many faces, of that I'm sure. You guys are cool!!! ;)