A Very Merry Unbirthday to You! And you…and you…


This year, a new tradition started at PopCap: the never-ending birthday.

We have a crew of lovely people who decorate your desk to ensure that you feel special on your special day and remind everyone who passes that they ought to consider buying you lunch or bringing you a cupcake.  It’s a nice thing to do, and everyone seems to really enjoy it.

So much so that it will never, ever be taken down.

I count six birthdays visible in this photo. This morning, I walked the halls and counted 60 desks festooned with birthday decorations. Today is no one's birthday.

We do not, in fact, employ any sets of triplets. Though that would be pretty cool. Especially if they played Robert Palmer songs in Rock Band.

Reasons for never taking down the decorations vary from, “I like having them up!” to “I can’t find a chair without wheels to stand on,” to “I figure I’m saving the decorators the trouble 364 days from now.”  But really, we all feel like every day we get to be at PopCap is a special day worth celebrating.  So a very merry unbirthday to us all.  All year long.

This is part of what has become known as Birthday Row. I am reminded of the parable of the Star-Bellied Sneetches. "It's my birthday. Why isn't it your birthday?"

This may be my favorite. We vacated this area for renovations. Not even the movers have gotten around to taking down these birthday decorations.


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