Maybe it was the “Bring your own Sprite” part that turned people off?

May 3rd, 2010 · 66 comments

Our submitter in Provo, Utah came across this sad little display taped to a door at Brigham Young University. “There’s a lot of pent-up, childish anger there,” she says.

Birthday Party. We're turning 21! (CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST AND PARTICIPATION)

Perhaps those would-be party-throwers in Provo could find some consolation from Ricky in Buenos Aires — his 49th birthday party was also cancelled due to a lack of cooperación from his amigos. (Hello, mission trip?)

PARTY SUSPENDED FOR WANT OF FRIENDS' COOPERATION... (We'll see you at the 50th) Ricky

related: This is not a party, only a reminder to not forget…again.

FILED UNDER: birthday · college life · it's my party · Utah


66 responses so far ↓

  • #1   zenvelo

    it’s not Sprite, it’s 7-Up; you know, BYU = Bring Your own Un-cola.

    May 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   zenvelo

    I’m not completely up on my Spanish, but isn’t “Fiesta Suspendida” a party with Michael Hutchence?

    May 3, 2010 at 9:10 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Badchicn

      Wow, an auto-erotic asphyxiation joke. That’s INXS. Bueno!

      May 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   ClearlyDemented

    I like how they optimistically put the cancellation notes up at all, as if somebody might come and be disappointed.

    May 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Woman on the Verge bang

      I thought they were put up for the whole guilt inducing effect. “Nobody likes me. Feel sorry for me and bring me presents.”

      May 4, 2010 at 9:20 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Denny DelVecchio

    I’d probably still go.

    Being over 30 is a rotten bitch.

    May 3, 2010 at 9:27 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   H for Toy bang

      Pshaw. I started using my fake ID again after I turned 30. Sure! I’m 21…

      May 4, 2010 at 10:50 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Bcteagirl

    These two should throw a b*tch party together… tons of fun. BYOB*tchiness, but they will bring enough to share with everyone. Because at least *they* care.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Silence

    I’m with Team NoteWriters on this one.

    It blows ass to try and plan a party and then have nobody show up. And it really shows you who your friends are, too.

    On the other hand, you do get to eat an entire birthday cake as consolation.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:26 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Splint Chesthair

      What kind of party are you throwing that no one shows up? Because, well, people like parties, and they like going to them. People not showing up to your party only means one thing…you throw lame parties.

      May 4, 2010 at 6:46 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Bunnee

      Well, it is BYU, after all….

      May 4, 2010 at 9:49 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   Pterosaur

      We were going to make paper plate bean shakers and play Pin the Bible Verse on the Apostle. I even made wholesome sugar-free raisin granola bars.

      I don’t know why no one wanted to come… :(

      *sniff*

      May 4, 2010 at 7:41 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   park rose bang

      Pin the Bible Verse on the Apostle. Love it.

      May 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   Silence

      Splint,

      Not necessarily. I’ve been bartending at a pretty hip local bar for approx. 3 years, and there’ve been pleeeenty of times where someone has reserved a big section for a party and only had 2-3 people show up. I mean, cool bar, free drink tab, free food…yeah, sounds like a bummer.

      Some people are just shitty at being a good friend.

      May 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   Splint Chesthair

      You’re right, I made a mistake, throwing lame parties isn’t the only reason people don’t show up to your parties, personality has a lot to do with it as well.

      May 5, 2010 at 7:09 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   SeaOtter

    I am surprised at the South American note, as I thought this huge obsession with birthdays was a North American cultural phenomenon.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Xenobiologista

      You need more foreign friends…

      May 4, 2010 at 8:23 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   AuntyBron

    Poor Ricky – he’s getting mocked on 2 continents.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:51 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Oh Ricky, your’e so fine….But not enough to take time out of my busy schedule.

      May 4, 2010 at 12:38 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   infant tyrone bang

      Los amigos de Ricky tienen un poco de ‘splainin’ para hacer.

      May 4, 2010 at 1:19 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   Escape Goat

      Homophobes strike again. Keep livin’ la vida loco, Ricky.

      May 4, 2010 at 9:02 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   Woman on the Verge bang

      Captain Heteronormative strikes again.

      May 4, 2010 at 9:16 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   Escape Goat

      The Captain was always a bit suspicious of Ricky’s alter-ego, Bi-Curious Boy.

      May 4, 2010 at 10:03 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   dollbones bang

    Definitely on team note writers. I feel their pain. Especially when you think everyone IS coming and then nobody even cancels and one person shows up. ONE.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:56 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   MAMARILLA2 bang

    Utah throws a turning 21 birthday party and no one shows up. This is what you get when you want a sober birthday…Now if they had included a keg and some hard booze, they might have gotten a few dozen people to attend…Truely poor planning all the way around.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:58 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   jaywalke

      They could still tap a keg of buttermilk, then sit around deciding who’s blondest.

      May 4, 2010 at 9:56 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   H for Toy bang

      Hell, at BYU you might get a few people with promises of regular Coke!

      May 4, 2010 at 10:52 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Canthz_B bang

    I would feel sorry for the BYU birthday boys/girls, but lack of interest is to be expected when you ban hooch and naked twister on campus.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:19 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Canthz_B bang

    You’d think Ricky would have known no one was coming to his Big 49 party at about the same moment he realized he’d have to throw it himself…but DAMN!…It sucks to not have even one friend who’ll throw you a party on your birthday, but it sucks even more to not even have “friends” you can bribe with free booze and eats.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:24 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Mel K

      surprisingly, I feel really sad for Ricky. He even put up balloons…sniff.
      Wait, who puts up balloons for a 49th birthday? Unless that helps the strippers know where to go.

      May 4, 2010 at 5:04 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   park rose bang

      No, Ricky’s an optimist. I like him. He’s holding out for the 50th, and so am I. Well, at least there will be one guest.

      May 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   TheOldSchool bang

    The first note is eerily evocative of what happened to my first marriage.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:37 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Blogmella bang

    Perhaps I’ve watched too many Disney films but somehow I can’t shake the belief that the people cancelling these parties are actually going to find themselves at SURPRISE parties, later on. All the friends they thought were “not interested” will be there, with balloons, presents and cake. And drinks. It will be awesome.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:59 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Yup, real life sucks canal water.

      May 4, 2010 at 2:07 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   Canthz_B bang

      Mmm, birth canal water!

      May 4, 2010 at 2:45 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   farcical aquatic ceremony

      @Blogmella: you’re so sweet! I find the BYU plaint leaves me cold (you go to BYU, don’t bother trying to ‘celebrate’ your 21st), but I like the thought that a roomfull of surprise friends+goodies might still await Ricky…I don’t know why the tale of heartbreak & rejection was more of a tearjerker for me just because it was in Spanish, but it was…guess I never realized that I had lonely nerd compatriots in foreign countries! : )

      May 4, 2010 at 10:42 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   Luna (the other one)

      Don’t count on that surprise party later. I am still passive-aggressively sulking that my husband and children didn’t throw me a 40th birthday party last year. I didn’t put it in my FB status but if they don’t make up for it this year, I will. I mean it. :)

      P.S. The smiley face is to show that I’m kidding… except I’m not.

      May 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.5   H for Toy bang

      If they don’t, Luna, let me know and we’ll go on a cruise and sulk in the sun. I’m sulking that my husband didn’t do anything for my 30th. I’m debating whether to ignore his 30th this year or celebrate the hell out of it to make him feel guilty…

      May 4, 2010 at 3:33 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.6   park rose bang

      Ignore it, if it’s important to you. I feel that he probably wouldn’t get the subtle subtext if you celebrated the hell out of it.

      I organise all my big birthdays. I want people to come, and I want to enjoy myself (and them to have a fun time, too), so I make sure that I invite them, ask them to rsvp, set appointments and so on. Usually a way to avoid disappointment.

      May 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.7   Woman on the Verge bang

      I prefer to celebrate low-key and have threatened all with unmentionable pain if they surprise me for any important events.

      May 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.8   park rose

      My mother is like this, WotV. I once organised a dinner for one of her birthdays, just for her and my father. That was fine, but the restaurant had a policy of serenading the birthday boy or girl, even though it was a classy joint, I swear! I swear! I was in the poo after that.

      May 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.9   Luna (the other one)

      Toy, I’m sure some sunshine would make me feel quite a bit less sulky. And I definitely say ignore your husband’s birthday. Husbands, as a general rule, do not catch hints or question motives so celebrating the hell out of it would do anything but induce guilt.

      May 4, 2010 at 11:59 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.10   Mary

      I am 3 years older than my husband. He did diddly-squat for my 40th. On his 40th, I sent him those fancy cookies that look like flower arrangements to his work. And yes, my goal was to make him feel guilty about not giving me flowers or something for my birthday. What did he say to me? Nothing at the time. This year, on his 41st birthday, he did tell me not to spend $100 on cookies. He’d rather I put that money toward an iPad.

      Still didn’t get it, did he?

      May 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.11   park rose bang

      Being direct can work wonders. And you also expected your husband to remember three years after the event? I am as fully capable of this type of p-a ness, but it doesn’t seem a great way to get your point across. If he didn’t remember your birthday, he probably wouldn’t have remembered that he didn’t remember your birthday! ; ) I think throwing a justified hissy fit then and there, or a bazooka to the temple, or something like that is more effective than a nice present if you want to say, A little bit of respect, please! Okay, forget the please.

      May 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.12   H for Toy bang

      I actually was direct with my husband. I told him exactly what I wanted to do on my birthday, when tickets went on sale and who he could talk to, to get a better price. We went out to dinner instead. It was a nice dinner, but it wasn’t what I wanted… sigh. And I told him quite a while later that I was disappointed that I didn’t get to do what I wanted. I’ll still celebrate his 30th. Cuz I’m only 34% whiny bitch :)

      May 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   Canthz_B bang

    Desi Arnaz, Jr. is more than 49 years old, isn’t he?
    Nobody likes a liar, “Little Ricky”!

    May 4, 2010 at 2:35 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   another david

    they’re lucky.
    my parties all get canceled before the invitation phase.
    sigh

    May 4, 2010 at 4:23 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Woman on the Verge bang

    These are the same ass hats who will ultimately announce their disappointment on facebook.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:02 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Bunnee

      Well, if no one shows up to the party, they can’t have too many “friends” on FB. This raises the eternal question: If a status update goes unnoticed, was it ever really made?

      May 4, 2010 at 10:09 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   Woman on the Verge bang

      Which leads to those who have 764 or more ‘friends’ on fb. C’mon. Nobody has that many friends. That’s just desperation talking.

      May 4, 2010 at 10:29 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.3   Bunnee

      I hear ya’, Wo. I know someone on FB who has over 800 “friends”…. Really? You have that many friends? I don’t think so.

      Although, with that many people, someone is bound to show up at your parties.

      May 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.4   Mark bang

      I know this isn’t really a GOOD excuse, but very often when someone has that many “friends” it’s because they play one of the games like Mafia Wars that encourages/requires you to have lots of “friends.” I doubt that they intend to represent that they actually have that many friends who they actually talk to. It’s just required by the game.
      Again, not necessarily a GOOD excuse, but there ya go.

      May 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.5   Woman on the Verge bang

      Sorry, Mark-who-has-nearly-800-friends… I didn’t know. I don’t play that stuff… Forgive me?

      May 4, 2010 at 2:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   Anon Man

    In defense of BYU students, it is hard to attend parties while managing your seventeen wives.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:29 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Splint Chesthair

      not hard to find a date though

      May 4, 2010 at 10:48 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   Foxy J bang

    The invitation to the BYU party would turn me off. Does it say “feed Richard” at the bottom?

    May 4, 2010 at 10:53 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Big Nose Kate

      Keel richard???

      May 4, 2010 at 12:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Sirius¤ bang

    CANCELLED due to lack of a single fucking thing to do in Provo.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:17 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   the byu non mormon

    Looked up “BYU-IA Members”… found their blog! Here’s the flyer if you wanna see what it says…

    http://byuia.blogspot.com/2010/04/byu-ia-birthday-party.html

    May 4, 2010 at 5:16 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   famine

      Wow, what’s up with that awful font they’re using on the invitation? The o’s and O’s (and all the sizes in between) were making my eyes hurt!

      May 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.2   Xenobiologista

      That makes so much more sense now…it’s not for people turning “21″, it’s a club turning “2!”. The bottom half got cut off in the photo. The cancellation note sounds less whiny in that context as well.

      Agree with Famine on the font though. It’s the kind of font one would use in comic strip speech bubbles to indicate that the speaker has fallen off the edge.

      May 4, 2010 at 8:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   21skulls

    I’m still curious as to what kind of game “Feed Richard” is. Who is he? “Richard” seems too normal a name to be associated with a game. I’m suspecting we’re being tricked into community service.

    May 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   El Jefe

    Isn’t ‘interest & participation’ redundant? Is Mr. BYU really parsing which folks are either

    1) planning to participate, but really aren’t all that interested

    or

    2) super-interested but just can’t make it

    from the general round of No-Show’s?

    P.S. to all partiers out there: if you don’t have good enough friends to throw *you* a party, you need to drink or smoke more.

    May 10, 2010 at 11:22 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   Max Time bang

    ok the mexican one jus made me think…. SUBTITLES PLZ:?!??!?! I jus saw “taco taco taco chalupa taco taco” when I read it

    May 13, 2010 at 9:09 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Chinchillazilla

      Babelfish can be your friend. So can Spanish, but that is a soapbox for another day.

      May 29, 2010 at 12:25 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   Wrench bang

    At a certain point I just decided I no longer have a birthday. I was hatched. Birthday parties past age 10 are pointless, disappointing and end up being more trouble for the person having the birthday than those actually attending, which kind of defeats the purpose.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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