15,768,000

15,768,000 minutes are what comprises 30 years. Today I am 30 years old, and I’m not sure how to feel about it. I don’t feel older, unless you count not being able to crawl up slides with ease, heartburn after eating cheeseburgers and hotdogs, the thought that coffee might not be strong enough to fully wake me up, or potentially that my bedtime is typically around 9 or 10 PM with having to wake up at 4:30 AM most days.

If that’s feeling older, then yeah- I do feel it. I listened to Ellie Goulding “Love Me Like You Do” in the car today as I drove into work, I reflect on that being the first song I listened to completely as I start my 3rd Decade, and I don’t think it was a bad choice. Alkaline Trio’s “Crimson” or “Prevent This Tragedy” were close calls, but I didn’t think to really turn on the CD Player in the car. “Billionaire” from Travie McFace was a possibility, but I missed the beginning of the song.

I sit, 6:52 AM in Hebron, Ky drinking a Diet Soda and admire the new three pane picture frame Briana bought me, each pane containing one of my three girls. It was one of the nicer gifts I got. My little sister’s fold up silverware set is another.

Shawn/Just One More is due to be out next week on Bewildering Stories, so I’m terribly excited about that. The Shamblers needs to go elsewhere as Flashes in the Dark appears to be down forever ever. Forever ever. (But now forever ain’t as long?)  Because as I typed this I checked, Flashes in the dark does exist again. Shiny.

The facebook flood of “Happy Birthdays” are rolling in now as people start to wake up. Kudos to my Vice Principal from Brossart for getting the first FB Birthday Greeting.

Dear Editors,

It’s my birthday, please buy the rights to my novel.

 

-Chad

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