I turned 26 on Sunday.
I know, I know. Hold your applause.
Actually — and this is how I decided I know I'm getting "old" — this was the first year that my birthday didn't feel like a "big deal." At midnight, I didn't look at the clock. In fact, I didn't realize it was my birthday until 12:16 a.m. Talk about a revelation.
But the bigger deal about my birthday has always been that I'm not really alone. I was born on my grandmother's 40th birthday; my grandpa's birthday is July 13, and my sister's birthday is July 12.
My first nephew was born last year, on July 7.
It's Christmas in July — almost literally.
Even if my birthday wasn't a "big deal," I still like to use the day to make myself feel special. I did, after all, survive another 365 days out there in this big world.
And what better way to feel special than take advantage of business-provided deals only available once a year? So I put a call out on the Port Washington-Saukville Patch Facebook page asking readers where I could go to get some good deals.
They followed through, and took advantage. Here's a list of area deals posted by readers, as well as other deals I was able to find out about throughout the week.
- New Port Shores: Tell the staff it's your birthday, and get a free mini ice cream cake, complete with a candle.
- Beanies Mexican Restaurant: The restaurant will sing you a birthday song and give you a free birthday fried ice cream.
- Tellos Grill & Cafe: Show your ID to prove that it's your birthday and get a free meal up to $14.
- Circle B (in Cedarburg): Free drink with ID *This is actually what I did, followed by a game of bowling!*
- La Chimenea: For kids, get a free slice of cheesecake; if you're of legal drinking age — stop by for a shot of tequila and get to wear a sombrero!
- The Patio Bar & Grill: Tell the bartender it's your birthday for a free shot.
- Firehouse Restaurant: Get a free birthday sundae.
- Messina Restaurant and Deli: Get a free birthday sundae, complete with a candle!
This list does not include every business in Port and Saukville, so if you know a birthday deal that wasn't listed — please tell us in the comments.