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My birthday is tomorrow.  My birthday is tomorrow.  My birthday is tomorrow.

better cake

Part of me experiences the childlike excitement that phrase elicits.  Part of me says this is no time for self congratulation or celebration if you’re living in Santa Barbara.  Too much has been lost by too many.

Anyhow, I can’t bring myself to call a party.  But I do love birthday cake.

better cake

Many of my friends are still evacuated.  But I do love birthday cake.

better cake

The 101 freeway is still closed to the south.  But I do love birthday cake.

better cake

No one cares as much about my birthdays as I do.  Most people have other things on their minds.  And, I still love birthday cake.

better cake

So just in case you’re a friend of mine and want to sing Happy Birthday tomorrow evening to someone who loves birthday cake, let me know.  I don’t care about presents, so no worries there.  But you’ve gotta love cake too.  And maybe a little champagne as a topper.

Tomorrow night, Jan. 15, 7:30 pm. Let me know, so there’ll be enough cake.  Address will be given when you rsvp if you don’t don’t know:




Dianne Vapnek

In an attempt to slow life's quickening pace, I'm writing to share my personal perspective on the aging process, its dilemmas, the humorous self-deception, the insights and the adventure of it all. I spent the bulk of my time in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, but manage to get to NYC a few times times a year. I've been a dancer/dance teacher and dance supporter almost all my life. For the past20years, I help create and produce a month-long creative residency in Santa Barbara for contemporary American choreographers and their dancers. It's been incredibly gratifying. This year, I decided it's time to retire! Big change. I also now spend several weeks a year in Kyoto Japan, residing for several weeks in the spring and the fall. I've been magnetically attracted to Japan for many years. Now I live out a dream to live there part-time.


  • Susan Ward says:

    Happy Birthday, sorry you are in a difficult area. Hard to imagine happiness when you are so exposed to the realities around you!! Anyhow I’ll have some cake, but I prefer a pie!!! Love to you.❤️

  • devapnek says:

    thanks, Friend. Yes, well celebrated, and I’m going to sleep feeling content.

  • Eleanor Moriarty says:

    Oh well left celebration words on fb and in messenger. I am there in heart and soul drinking a lovely champagne and eating an lovelier birthday cake. Hope it was a day well celebrated in spite of the sadness of the events out there.

  • devapnek says:

    I think so! I’ve all heard that 77 is an important year for a birthday if you’re Japanese! We could all use some luck!

  • Albert Reid, Bill Davis says:

    P.S. Aren’t 7’s lucky in numerology, gambling or something?

  • Albert Reid, Bill Davis says:

    A very happy birthday, Dianne. Sorry we can’t be there because we love birthday cake too!
    Albert and Bill

  • devapnek says:

    Try 77! Love to have you!! Hope you can make it.

  • Melanie Bales says:

    Hi Dianne –

    I would love to come to your birthday cake eating evening. . . can I give you a strong Maybe? Happy Birthday!! This must be 76 Trombones!!


  • Judi Miller Wallner says:

    Happy Birthday darling! I’m trying to talk Larry into hopping in the car and driving down, sadly I’m not having much luck. Hope that you have a cake as beautiful as the one in your blog and a year as fabulous as you are. Much love,

  • Doug Elkins says:

    HAPPIEST OF HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂❤️
    “There’s always room for cake!!”

  • Steve Kappel says:

    Happy birthday Cousin.

  • says:

    I’d be there with champagne if you were in NYC! Happy happy birthday tomorrow! May Santa Barbara heal quickly!

  • Charlotte says:

    I’d be there with a bottle of champagne if you were in New York! Happy happy birthday tomorrow. Hope Santa Barbara heals really soon!

  • devapnek says:

    Thanks, Sheryl! So nice of you!!

  • SheryL♥ says:

    I wish you a happy birthday! ^_^

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