70 Orbits! – July 3, 2023

It was science that got me here but it was a total mystery how it happened so fast. On July 3, 2023, I celebrated 70 orbits around the Sun. 70!! How did that even happen? Today I’m on my way to 71, so I thought it would be a good time to tell all about my special day last Monday.

Eileen picked up the cake at 10 am… wait a minute… cake?! I had a birthday cake for the very first time since I was sixteen! And there was a party to go along with that most beautiful chocolate cake. It was a coffee and cake party at 3 pm. A party? How does this magic even happen?

A couple of weeks ago we decided to go for it, to have a party to celebrate 70 orbits and, imho, just to have a party. Eileen said go and there were several things to get done, not only on the day of the party but also before the big day. We booked the Belmont Club, a common space shared among the condo owners on the street. I made an invitation and mailed it out to those on our shortlist, in other words, our new neighbours and my computer buddies. I had a well-laid plan to post the invitation to friends on Facebook (where most of my friends live) but we struggled over the soundness of that idea, well Eileen struggled and I waited until the last minute when there was no time to do anything let alone posting on FB.

Babka House supplied two cakes. One upon which to blow out the candles and one for my guests to eat. They were delicious. We decorated the club with fresh flowers and Dollar Store balloons. We had loads of coffee from Tim Hortons and seven different types of tea from our private stash. Also on the big table were a fruit tray and a veggie platter, candies and Janet’s most perfect ginger snap cookies. Chapmans Tahitian Vanilla ice cream came out of the freezer. Yum. Wasn’t that a party!

And a week before the party Eileen suggested it might be a good idea to develop a slide show with some of my ancient pictures. Challenge accepted. After a week of doing nothing else, I think I came up with something rather good. Very likely this project was as much for me as it was for my partygoers, but I think they enjoyed it too. If you feel like having a look here it is. Just a thought… get a cup of coffee because the video is 15 minutes long. https://codyg.ca/images/video/70orbits.mp4

The music playlist looked like this:

Time – The Alan Parsons Project

Lovers in A Dangerous Time – Barenaked Ladies

The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles

The Fool On the Hill – The Beatles

Don’t Let It Show – The Alan Parsons Project

In My Life – The Beatles

Trains and Boats and Planes – Billy J Kramer

Nowhere to Run – Martha Reeves

Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying – Gerry & the Pacemakers

She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles

Nightshift – The Commodores

Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin

Carry On – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Nowhere Man – The Beatles

Hotel California – Eagles

Piece of My Heart – Janis Joplin

My Back Pages – The Byrds

Do You Wanna Dance – The Mamas and Papas

Runnin’ Blue – The Doors

Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton

Bitter Green – Gordon Lightfoot

Runaway – Del Shannon

Cherish – Kool and the Gang

Pussywillows, Cat-Tails – Gordon Lightfoot

You Make Me – Leo Sayer

The Logical Song – Supertramp

New Kid in Town – Eagles

Carefree Highway – Gordon Lightfoot

A Hazy Shade of Winter – Simon and Garfunkel

Mambo Italiano – Bette Midler

From a Window- Billy J Kramer

You Don’t Own Me – Lesley Gore

The Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh

Wooden Ships – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Penny Lane – Beatles

Private Dancer – Tina Turner

Heart of Glass – Blondie

Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Dylan

Thank You – ABBA

Phantasmagoria – Curved Air

All Through the Night – Cyndi Lauper

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Didn’t I – The Delfonics

Fantasy – Earth, Wind and Fire

Rocket Man – Elton John

Dreams – Fleetwood Mac

Songbird – Fleetwood Mac

Bitter Green – Gordon Lightfoot

Summertime – Janis Joplin

Watching the Wheels – John Lennon

Dust in the Wind – Kansas

Eli’s Comin- Laura Nyro

Stoney End – Laura Nyro

So Long, Marianne – Leonard Cohen

Dance Me Til the End of Time – Leonard Cohen

You’ll Never Know – Lou Rawls

Nowhere to Hide – Martha Reeves

The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

Homeward – Simon & Garfunkel

Land Ho – Supertramp

I Saw the Light – Todd Rundgren

Moondance – Van Morrison

Nightshift – The Commodores

Tears of a Clown – The Miracles

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing – Leo Sayer