Turned 12: Adriel Gooding

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12-12-12: a golden birthday for Adriel

By Joel Julien joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com

YESTERDAY was 12-12-12, the last of the repetitive dates for this century.

A similar repetitive date will occur on December 12, 2112.

Another such repetitive date will also occur more than 88 years from now—on January 1, 2101—when the date will be 01-01-01.

From as early as 12 minutes into the day—12.12 a.m.—social networking sites such as Facebook were bombarded with status updates by people heralding the occurrence.

The number 12 holds special significance, as there are 12 months in the year, 12 signs of the Zodiac, 12 Apostles and 12 days of Christmas.

In the popular numbers game Play Whe, the Spirit guide for the mark 12 is King.

For math geeks, the number 12 can be divided into halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and twelfths.

The date was even mentioned by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday at a Christmas luncheon at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's, for her staff and in honour of six retirees. "I am advised that this is the last repeating date of the current century and whether on a personal or national level, perhaps we could use this date as the start of a new positive chapter in our developmental journey," she said.

But despite all the varying meanings of the number 12 and more specifically the date 12-12-12 to many others, for Adriel Gooding the day marked simply his birthday, albeit his golden birthday.

Gooding yesterday celebrated his 12th birthday.

Gooding was born around 6 p.m. at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, 12 years ago.

He is a Form One pupil at the Waterloo Secondary School.

Asked what the day meant to him, Gooding told the Express in a telephone interview: "It simply means I can celebrate another birthday and I am happy that I can see another day."

Gooding's mother, Natasha, however was more expressive, as she called the day a "special one".

"This days means a lot to us. It is a special one for the family, 12 years (ago) we had our first-born son," Natasha said.

Gooding spent the day away from school, and with his family, as end-of-term examinations have ended.

Natasha said the family intended to have a birthday party for Gooding, but he said he wanted to have a quiet dinner with his family and his best friend, Alex Charles.

"We wanted to have a party for him, but he said that all he wanted to do was go to TGI Fridays in Chaguanas and relax," Natasha said.

Natasha, her husband, Hezron, two other family members and Alex were the only ones expected to be there.

Gooding is an aspiring disc jockey who goes by the stage name DJ Cue. Asked what was his favourite number in light of the fact that he is celebrating his 12th birthday on 12-12-12, Gooding said: "Ten". See Page 44

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