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TheaterDiva1

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Re: Iím pretty sure this is rude, but I donít know what to do (a bit long)
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2012, 02:33:49 PM »
For the time being, I would celebrate on par with what's usually done.

I wonder if, because he usually takes care of these things, he's worried that no one will step up when it's his turn (I've seen it happen).  Going forward, I suggest having someone split birthday duties with him.  Divide up the list - alphabetically, alternate months, whatever - the point is James and his "partner" would cover each others birthdays.

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Re: Iím pretty sure this is rude, but I donít know what to do (a bit long)
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2012, 11:08:49 AM »
Thank you all for the advice. I'll suggest TheaterDiva's idea at the next meeting, and for his birthday, he shall get an Amazon gift certificate that he can put towards one of the items. I will NOT be pestering people to contribute 35$. Not that I was going to in the first place. I now know what to say, should he call me asking about it again. Thanks, you guys!

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Re: Iím pretty sure this is rude, but I donít know what to do (a bit long)
« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2012, 11:32:49 AM »
For the time being, I would celebrate on par with what's usually done.

I wonder if, because he usually takes care of these things, he's worried that no one will step up when it's his turn (I've seen it happen).  Going forward, I suggest having someone split birthday duties with him.  Divide up the list - alphabetically, alternate months, whatever - the point is James and his "partner" would cover each others birthdays.

I'm wondering if this is it.

Every once in a while we have a birthday thread on here where someone is upset their SO didn't do the right thing for their birthday.  Inevitably people will ask "well did you tell them you really wanted a cake/to go out/to have a quiet night in/to get a gift/to not get a gift?  They can't read your mind, if you want something, even as simple as a cake, you need to communicate that clearly and directly." 

Perhaps in the past James has orchestrated birthday treats for others and then when his birthday rolls around you can hear crickets chirping as absolutely nothing was done for him.  Let me tell you that feeling hurts.  So maybe he got the advice to be very clear - don't hint, don't assume people will know that just because he does for others he'd like stuff done for him, etc, and he's just going about it awkwardly.

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Re: Iím pretty sure this is rude, but I donít know what to do (a bit long)
« Reply #18 on: September 17, 2012, 12:40:57 PM »
There's a difference between expecting your SO to know you well enough to give you the birthday you want (even though usually, they don't, because we've never actually expressed that opinion to them) and asking a social group to get you specific items that are far out of the normal gift-giving budget.