I had to work, but it was a good birthday despite my circumstances and location. I got more packages than I ever imagined, from a dozen people. I have snacks and cigars and DVDs and books to last me the rest of the deployment, I think! And my awesome sister even sent me a vacuum-sealed cake, which I shared with my squadmates. Not bad, not bad at all!
Thanks again for all the good wishes. I really appreciate it!