Next month my gf is spending her birthday alone. When I asked her if she had any big plans, she said, "no, nothing." I totally can't afford it, but last night I booked airfare to Boston. Now, I have a final on one end and my grandma's 75th birthday on the other, where I am not only obligated to be, but more importantly bring my three kids, so I am flying out, staying in a fancy hotel for one night (her birthday), and flying back the next day. Why? Because long distance blows and it makes you do crazy things.