Why I cannot–even if I wanted to–throw myself a surprise birthday party

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In the middle of September, I left my desert home in Southern California in order to teach a weeklong course at Kaos Pilots, a social entrepreneurship school based in Aarhus, Denmark, on the way of cultivating discipline lightly. Penciled in on the schedule for Wednesday morning was a learning session which I had sheepishly, yet accurately, entitled, ‘Not to Be Announced.’

What came to pass was a 45-minute improvisation session–unrehearsed, unreproducible, and impossible to recall then as now–in which I sought to dramatize a sense of surprise in the perplexed audience. One joke fell readily enough off my tongue: ‘As much as I would like to, I simply cannot throw myself a surprise birthday party.’

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