When New Year's Eve is also a friend's birthday, and the birthday barbecue has to clear out from the barbecue pit at 11:15 pm (condominium regulations), and the party makes it to another location just ten minutes before midnight ---
Well, what happened was that some of us had birthday cake before 11:15 pm, sans birthday song. Then we all had champagne at midnight (clink!). Then the birthday boy had a birthday song after midnight (when it was no longer actually his birthday) with a birthday cake that was already one quarter gone.
As Stellou would say: something lah.
I hope 2009 goes better than the cutting of my thumb on barbecue tongs presages.