Olle: Suppose I would be outside your front door and had to get inside. What would the code be?
Olle: Aha. Suppose I would want to know which floor you live on, then what floor would I have to go to?
Me: YY Y.
Olle: And suppose I would have to ring the bell on the right door. What name is on the door?
Olle: Ah. Actually, never mind.
....and comes seconds later with a painting of me made of spaghetti and beans that he and Claire had made last midnight.
What I had done was to suggest everyone to make surprises for me, instead of planning my birthday celebration myself. Wise with experience, I now know that an effective method is:
- suggest hours to your friends when they can surprise you
- start a chat where you connect everyone with everyone and then leave the group (so that your surprises do not become un-surprised)
- don't panic. If times do not match or ideas are hard to realise, just ask everyone to come for dinner in the evening. In the end, all you want is a good time with your friends. Adrenalin or chilling can be decided there and then.