I’ve been scarce this week because A) I was celebrating Christmas with my family, B) I just did 23 posts and a 30-minute video for you people, cut me some slack!!! and C) I was enjoying my birthday festivities! Yup – my natal day has once again come and gone. For those of you who know me (and for those creepy stalker type readers who remember all the details of one of my old posts), you know I came into the world a couple days after Christmas – which is AWESOME as an adult because for most of my birthdays (like all but 3 or 4 of them) I have never had to go to work! Of course one of those few birthdays I got laid off after helping stop a shoplifter…but that’s a story for another time.
As a child, my birthdays weren’t the best; terrible weather, limited choices for places to have a birthday party, you have to invite everyone in your class (even the ones who are mean to you all year long and then there they sit, sucking down your pizza and juice boxes…but I digress). My parents did well making my special day feel special despite it being so close to Christmas (that Jesus guy really stole my thunder) and even to this day, birthdays are a huge deal to my parents. My mother plans out every course of a kick-ass meal with the birthday boy or girl – it doesn’t matter if you want tacos or steaks (or steak tacos for that matter). My father never forgets to hang the birthday banners which are given preferential locations so that they are in the foreground of any other holiday decorations (which means a lot seeing as though most of my immediate family are born near major holidays).
However, this birthday was a unique one for me…this was #39. Bye bye thirties. As far as my aging goes, I’m fine with it – I think I was dreading 30 more than 40. Everyone kept telling me that 30 isn’t bad, you’ll be fine, you won’t feel any different (of course on my 30th birthday I was hit with a massive stomach flu and could barely move…so those people are all liars). However, I want to really live it up this year. AND NO, this is not some sort of mid-life crisis (mainly because I hope to make it past 80, on the other hand there are also people who look at me and say, “Damn! You made it to 39? I lost money in that pool!”) this is just a way for me to get the most out of the end of my 30s AND create more entertainment for you guys! I mean, I have this nifty blog with readers from all over (sure some of them are hackers trying to steal IP addresses, but I still count them, I’m not too proud), and most of my readers have the same fun, slightly twisted, refuse-to-grow-up personality that I have…that’s why I’m leaving this up to you.
MAKE ME A 40 BY 40 LIST!!!
I’ve looked up a bunch of “40 Things You Have To Do Before You Turn 40” lists and most of them suck. They are either full of stuff I’ve already done (get married, have kids, buy a house) or it’s full of crap no normal person could afford (visit all seven continents, get your piloting license, scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef).
So here’s what I need from you:
- Things you think I should do/experience/learn/try before the end of 2018.
- Keep it attainable within a year.
- Keep my budget in mind (think below public defense attorney and above homeless guy asking for change…stick closer to the homeless guy).
- Keep it legal and ethical(ish) – nothing that jeopardizes my marriage (more than I do on my own) or my job (more than I do on my own) or my physical well-being…okay, screw the last one.
- MAKE IT FUN – I’m going to be creating posts and videos for you to enjoy for these things, so if you’re bored by them, you only have yourself to blame.
Comment here, or on Facebook, or on Twitter, or email me before Thursday. I will choose the 40 finalists and present the list to you NEXT FRIDAY!!!
On your mark, get set…..GO!
“Why is a birthday cake the only food you can blow on and spit on and everybody rushes to get a piece?” ~ Bobby Kelton