2013 Top 10 Birthday Wishes for Joe


All birthday wishes are not created equal, which is why I created the annual Top 10 Birthday Wishes for Joe Awards – to separate the trite from the thoughtful. This year’s list was filled with more expletives and bizarre moments than a Miley Cyrus concert.

Without further adieu, here are this year’s top 10…

10. “Last year, I wished you a happy birthday to my most handsome, intelligent, loving, witty, silly, talented nephew! This year, I will just say DITTO!” – JoAnn Settle

Aunt JoAnn, flattery will get you everywhere.

9. Happy motha’ flippin’ birthday, honkie! (Please tell me that took you back to Junior year in Mrs. Bolen’s class…) – Leslie Renee

Oh, it did bring me back to junior year, Leslie. Back when I was the king of the castle!

8. “You old f***. I met you when I was like 15…” – Chris Wilson

Thanks for reminding me how decrepit I am and for the aptly used F bomb.

7. “Seems like yesterday you were 28.” – Jason Poteet

Such a smooth operator, Mr. Poteet.

6. “Hey buddy! Happy birthday! Hustle more!!!” – Scott Wu

If anything this world needs more of, it’s hustling. Thanks for the reminder, Scott.

5. “Happy birthday Joe, you’re the pride of our nation!! Just like the runner up pictured here http://tinyurl.com/joeesco” – Christian Jensen

Thanks for comparing me to a toothless hillbilly. For the record, I do own that hat.

4. “29 years ago in Bitburg Germany, a strapping young lad was born. This son of mine grew up to be a amazing young man. Smart, hard working, witty as can be, but most of all, he has learned balance in his life and his heart is pure and strong. A father could not be any more blessed than to have a son like Joe. Happy Birthday buddy…I love you” – Joe Escobedo II

Pops really knows how to bring a tear to my eye.

3. “Today is your birthday. I will celebrate privately. Text me for details.” – Craig Spiva

This line takes the cake for the creepiest birthday wish I’ve ever received. Congrats, Craig.

2. “To the other half of the Gruesome Twosome, holding down the fort in Sublime Singapore, Happy Effing Birthday bro!!!!!! Denim chicken, bird with teeth, and — of course — Vurmhat’s Worm Hat are in the mail and on their way. If they don’t arrive by sundown, give the Singaporean postal service hell for me lah!!!!!” – Matt Lazare

My favorite minion, Matt Lazare, referenced our favorite show to pay tribute to this golden god. Salud!

1. Happy birthday, boo. – Rea Yeh

My girl earns a massive amount of points for being my girl.

For those that didn’t make this year’s list, don’t worry there’s always next year.

Honorable mentions:

“Happy birthday, Scooby Doo!!” – Lauren Skora

Lauren earned points for mentioning my childhood nickname.

“Happy Birthday” (with a photo of a birthday cake) – Josh Schieffer 

I do love me some free cake, Josh.

“Happy birthday my… Singaporean?… brother! You’re no longer my Chinese brother! Hope life is treating you well! I’m going to try to make it to your neck of the woods next year. XO” – Julien Scott

Nice job of sharing the love with the XO at the end.


3 Websites to Save You Money During the Holidays

ImageAnyone who knows me knows that I’m a shrewd shopper. I spend an exorbitant amount of time researching prices and checking reviews online before making any big-ticket purchases. But in the spirit of giving, I’ve decided to share my three favorite sites for finding deals on everything from air tickets to electronics.

  1. Decide amalgamates product reviews and prices from various websites. However, it’s greatest contribution to saving you money is the “Price Alert” option which will send you an email once the price of the item you’re tracking has been reduced. It was through this alert that I found out that Best Buy was offering a USD 50 discount on the iPad 4. Unfortunately, Best Buy sold out before I could purchase it, but it just goes to show you that you can still find deals on even the most popular items.
  2. Kayak – Similar to Decide, Kayak offers a price alert informing you of reductions in air ticket prices. You simply select your destination and max price, and you’ll receive an email once the price has fallen within your price range.
  3. ITAwhich was purchased by Google, is a search engine that allows you to check prices from a variety of airlines. I’ve found some pretty good deals from this website including a round trip flight from Beijing to Los Angeles for around USD 900. The only downside is that you can’t purchase tickets directly from the site, so you’ll have to go to the relevant airline’s website or you can book through a travel agent by providing them with a code on the itinerary page.

So why spend countless hours trying to find the best deal when you can have discount sites do all of the work for you?


What discount sites do you use?