My version of a hint was to leave dead flowers in a vase for a full week, point out the new Elfquest swag and say "If I were going to Comicon- this is what I would get" - or some art books- and then talk about my birthday constantly. I guess that wasn't enough. Because he was still shocked when I was disappointed he didn't get a gift- or even a card. And he actually said "if you wanted it, why didn't you say so?" Who doesn't know to get their girlfriend a birthday present? My boyfriend. He didn't mean it in any bad way- he honest to goodness just didn't realize he was supposed to do it. Amazing. Blows my mind. I still love him- but geez.