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1. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

...As the sun begins to set on the Wonderful Land of OZ, the totally beaten and abused pirate ship sails slowly towards the pier at the Hurstville Golf Course. Suddenly, and without the requisite warning of "Fore", golf balls begin bouncing off the side of the vessel. "Captain, I do believe we are under attack! What did you do to piss of the Aussies this time?" Captain Isa calmly replies."Absolutely nothing! That's how the Aussies welcome everyone to their country! Just keep your heads down as we disembark. We need to find Mr. James and apologize for the lateness of these birthday wishes."

...And as the crew crawls onto the pier (to keep from getting hit in the head by small round projectiles), they begin to sing...
Once a jolly swagman sat beside the billabong,
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
And he sang as he sat and waited by the billabong
You'll come a waltzing matilda with me...

With that, the barrage of golf balls ceases and the crew stumbles to their feet... Ah, Mr. James - we have come to wish you a happy birthday and to beg your forgiveness for the delay. The weather in Chicago was horrid. Severe thunderstorms, torrential downpours and a tornado kept us from leaving Navy Pier in a timely manner. The massive amount of cocktails didn't help either. The rain kept us trapped in the pub for days which made our server (Tamara at the Congress Hotel Lounge) very happy. We also apologize for leaving a trail of muck on your lovely carpet but with all that rain, Grant Park was a bloody mess! It took forever to navigate through the sea of people (all there to see B.B. King for free) to reach the ship. Fortunately, we were able to set sail Monday afternoon only to be drastically slowed down by another round of storms on the Great Lakes...

Here's hoping you had a wonderful day (June 9th) filled with beer, beer, food, beer, beer, more beer, lots more beer and some pressies!! Did the kids plan out your activities for you? I'm sure you had a lovely time playing on the swings at the park, visiting the zoo, playing hide & seek in the back yard and going to bed early!!!!

...Before Captain Isa can finish explaining the terrors of the sea the ship had to endure, the crew has once again vanished into the closest pub to drown their sorrows. The rum barrels ran dry somewhere around Sunday morning and they have been a very cranky crew since then. Isa wanders off to find a cleaning crew to clean Mr. James' carpets...

Ps: The part about the thunderstorms, torrential rain and tornado is true. The UKers had not seen the likes of such weather before and were truly amazed. Thankfully, the tornado skirted downtown Chicago but left massive devastation in the suburbs as it passed through.

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2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Happy bday, James!!!!! Have as many beers as your age--and then 3 more for good measure.

Enjoy and take tomorrow off!

3. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


Hope you had a great one.

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Happy Birthday James

Sorry its late - but we were stranded in Sears Tower with a river running down the street!!! But lm sure you had a fabulous day!!

5. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

happy birthday james.....from me and MEL

6. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

..........and out of a huge swirling cloud, not too dissimilar to the one in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy's house gets picked up in Kansas and dropped in Oz, and dressed in his finest shimmering green speedo (a la Margaret Hamilton, James' Auntie) and bedecked in his most lavish and well-coifed chestwig, comes Beerman with a case of Guinnes in one hand and a case of Captain Morgans in the other........

Eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh are wicked leetle girl, I am will get you, and your leetle dog eh eh eh eh eh eh eh, wrong film. And here Beerman is all dressed up like Hamilton family.....damn.

OK, Mr. James's, it is I, Beerhamilton, here to make Happy at you on this, the Day After your Most Happy of Happy Days...YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

And we will make dispense with Happy Dance and get right to making drink. You are having chairs and table with umbrella out back? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, you are getting it? Out back??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..........OH Beerhamilton is make funnies like that all day.........

.....suddenly, and without warning, Beerhamilton is grabbed by Child Hamilton and unceremoniously heaved into street, just missing two cars and large lorry............

7. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Happy Happy Birthday! (again - but actually late this time) Hope it was wonderful

8. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


Hope u had a gr8 time.

9. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thank you.

We celebrated with a public holiday so it was a long weekend.

Coincidentally, Australia also celebrates the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at the same time so I hope she got to enjoy a long weekend also, with my compliments and best wishes of course

10. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'm only 2/3 days late this time; Happy Birthday James!! :)