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The One Where He Talks About Birthday Apathy, Feeling Like A Kid, And Happier Things Down The Pipe

January 28, 2010 18 comments

So today is my birthday.

And I’m trying to care.

Maybe it’s because, yet again, I cannot celebrate my birthday by getting drunk.

Maybe it’s because I’m now 22 which is kind of a bullshit year.

I mean seriously, 21 is cool because I could then drink legally and make full use of casinos.

No milestone about 22.

Another year closer to 30?

Ha, no thank you.

Maybe it’s because I’m impatient about all the awesome  things coming up later in the year.

Viva Las Vegas, anyone?

Maybe it’s because I’m still a good deal younger than most of my friends, both in real life and on The Internets.

You know what?

Maybe  it doesn’t matter.

Maybe my birthday is just a fresh start to do things I didn’t as a 21 year-old.

To be more positive.

To be more tech-savvy.

To be more open to my friends.

To be more a better blogger. A better teacher. A better boyfriend. A better man.

On second thought?

22 might kick seven kinds of ass.

  1. I’ll be a college graduate come May.
  2. I am slowly but surely learning how to play my ukelele. This makes me all kinds of happy.
  3. This will be the year of the nomad. I’ll be traveling to New York and Los Angeles to check out schools. I will be in DC come June to sight see and hopefully meet some of my favourite bloggers. I will be sitting at the cool kids’ table when Bloggers In Sin City rolls around.
  4. I’ll be in a whole new city no matter what happens. And for the first time, it’ll be a HUGE city. Will also be my first time living outside of the South. Hello impending culture shock.
  5. I’ve enlisted the lovely PQ’s help in moving to my own domain once I decide just how I want to do this.
  6. I almost have enough cash squirreled away to afford a video camera. Expect epic vlogging to commence.

Now here is where I talk about what I want from you. I get about 300 hits a week on average. I have just shy of 50 GReader subscribers and 10 others who subscribe through WPress. I hear from maybe 15 of you regularly. So I want to know something about each of you. Doesn’t matter what, would just like to put some personality into some of those random stats. And in return, leave a question for me to answer and I’ll post them in an interview next week.

“Butterfly In The Sky. I Can Go Twice As High.Take A Look…”

January 5, 2010 7 comments

I learned to read in English from, of all things, my cousin’s Spider-Man collection. I would sit on a bar stool in their kitchen while she babysat, sounding out the words. Every few moments I would stop and look up at her to see if I was doing it right. A perfectionist even then, I was.

My grandmother buying me the complete Dr. Seuss collection, books I could read on my own and understand, only made me better.

Despite the fact I had serious trouble with pronunciation in my early childhood, I was all ready a lover of the written word. With Rose’s help, it was a problem I soon overcame. The Boxcar Children, Animorphs, Goosebumps, The Chronicles of Narnia. I devoured them all.

Now over 10 years after a librarian used a bit of her free time to help a struggling kid, I get to pay it forward by reading to kids at a nearby Boy’s & Girl’s Club. I sit back against a beanbag and just read through one story or another. Some times telling ones I heard as a kid. At others, making one up completely off the cuff.

I get a massive high whenever I step foot into a bookstore or library for the first time. If there is any B & N sidetrip during our time in Vegas, you’ll see what I mean. I’ll be the tall guy zipping through the fantasy and horror sections like Kel to the orange soda.

When a rainy Saturday comes along and I have no errands to run, you can often find me on the living room couch or at the kitchen table reading my latest book.

Normally I am not one to set New Year’s Resolutions. To be honest, I typically forget about them by March which quite defeats the purpose. What does this have to do with reading? I’ve been slacking, blogosphere.

Over the course of 2009, I finished maybe 3 books not related to the pursuit of my English or Education degrees. 3. So far this year, I am starting out with Stephen King’s Under The Dome but I hope to read at least 15 books in 2010 as my schedule allows.

Here’s where I need your help, lovelies.

I need your recommendations. What new books are funny? Gripping? Thought provoking? Heartwarming? What books have such an amazing story that I won’t be able to stop from reading just one more page until I look down and realize I have finished the entire thing?

I want to know.

Please and thank you.