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Indoor Go Kart Racing Made My Birthday Party Awesome


The best birthday I ever had was this year. I had nothing planned. I didn’t think I was going to do anything special. I didn’t think anyone realized. I remember being disappointed the week leading up to it. For the first time in many years, my birthday was on a Friday. For the past few years it has bounced around midweek days.  Maybe there was a Sunday somewhere in there, but the point is people either had to work or go to school the next day. There wasn’t a whole lot of room to party. This year, however, it could be different. This year, I thought, everyone is going to want to celebrate by doing something fun.

I said that I was disappointed going into my birthday because I hadn’t heard of anything. I didn’t plan a party for myself, hoping some other people would bring it up and have some ideas. Unfortunately, it seemed like all that my having a birthday on the weekend did was make everyone forget about my birthday. Luckily, I wasn’t giving my friends enough credit. They planned a killer day but just opted not to tell me about it until the last minute. I am pretty sure they just wanted to watch me sweat it out. What we ended up doing was great. In fact, it was super awesome. So I am going to use that as the bar for what a great birthday party should be.

  • Happy Hour Drinks and Bowling at Punch Bowl Social

We started off with some happy hour drinks. The guys took me to Punch Bowl Social in Denver, and we rented out a bowling lane and ordered some punch bowls. If you aren’t familiar with the place, they are a big adult themed entertainment restaurant and bar. They have many activities and games you can play while sipping fancy giant bowls of sugary and boozy deliciousness.

The place is a little strange, but it is certainly a fun atmosphere, especially on a Friday afternoon. Everyone seems to feel very proud of themselves for being there, like merely knowing about the place gained them membership to an exclusive club. Luckily, I was there to party and hang out with friends, and so I put my socially critical mind in the backseat and proceeded to have a good time. And for some reason, my bowling game was in the zone. I am not usually good at that game, but I was on fire on my birthday, so I was quite happy.

  • Indoor Go Kart Racing at Speed Raceway

The next step was a huge surprise. It was way outside of our ordinary activities. We typically just go to new places to eat and drink. We rarely go to new places do new things. Indoor go kart racing is awesome. And Speed Raceway is legit. I knew of two places in the Denver area, Speed and Unser, and they picked the right one. I am a big fan of the electric go karts at Speed because used there in part because the whole place is cleaner and smells a lot better but mostly because I think indoor go kart racing is way more intense.

Sure the top speed is faster on the gasoline karts, but that would only matter on a track where you can cruise at top speed. These aren’t NASCAR tracks. They are small and extremely curvy roads where you are constantly letting off the gas to make a sharp turn. Because of this, the improved acceleration on the electric go karts makes these karts way faster. As soon as you hit the gas pedal, if feels like you are back up to top speed right away.

We did three races each. I didn’t come close to getting the fastest lap time in any of them, but we all had an absolute blast. After the indoor go kart racing was over, I assumed so too was the night, but I was wrong. We had dinner plans at one one of my favorite spots.

  • Dinner at Fire On The Mountain Wings

I am a simple man with simple pleasures. I like a nice warm cup of cocoa on a cold day. I enjoy the sensation of breaking into the top of some crem brulee. I like a nice cozy body to curl up to at night, and I love a good chicken wing. Luckily for me, one of the best chicken wing spots in the city is a couple blocks down from my house. The boys and I capped off the Adrian Birthday Celebrations with a delicious and delightfully unhealthy dinner. Now, I know what you are thinking, it was Friday night! Why didn’t you go out? My friends went on to go downtown and party, but they know that isn’t really my scene, so they politely didn’t make me come with them this time.

Sure this may seem like a lame day to some of you, but to me it was perfect. I love good food, tasty cocktails, and fun activities. My birthday had all of those things, and we got to go do some indoor go kart racing. It was the perfect night, and I didn’t even know it was going to happen. I am very lucky to have such good friends. I should have known they would come through for me, as they always do.

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