After sending a quick birthday note to my friend Niki I got this reply:
Subject: Re: Yoyoyo
Thanks dude, will be celebrating my bday tomorrow (so very close though, you were!) in lovely Afghanistan. Big rager planned, complete with juice and a slaughtered sheep. I know, you wish you could be here to join in the fun. Next year, I promise.
...meanwhile I'm flying to Milwaukee today. It is equally desolate and without traditional Western laws and social mores.