Friday, January 30, 2009

Clearing up some Misconceptions

Hello... My name is Stephen and I'm a Thirty-Nothing... and that's not a bad thing...

After sharing the fact that I now have a blog and reading my posts, friends and family have contacted me a let me know that they don't enjoy the fact that it seems I hate myself. Let me assure you, this is not the case.

I have two great jobs that I enjoy and do very well. These jobs allow me to provide for a family that loves me. My friends are supportive, entertaining and great people to be around. I have a great home, a car and an HD TV... I love my life and wouldn't trade it for anything.

My friend Jake, who I've known almost 10 years (can you believe that, man) very poignantly said to me, "There are probably a lot of "successful" lawyers in this town who wish they had a loving wife and beautiful daughter."

With that being said, in my own little world, things are great... In the grand scheme of things I want more.

One of my two jobs is being a courier, which basically means I'm a thirtysomething delivery boy. So aside from waking up some mornings and feeling life Fry from Futurama, I don't get the cool bonus of having a robot best friend or flying to other planets... And I have a nasty case of boneitis. (probably three people in the world got that refrence)

The point is that there are some things I want to change in my life... I want a better job, I want more time with my family, I want to lose 20-40 lbs, I want my life to be better... But I feel like this is the first time I'm saying it out loud, holding myslef accountable, and (in a public forum) allowing others to hold me accountable.

It is fitting that Obama just took office. His election and inaguration's theme was simply change. There are going to be tough times ahead but, but we were mired down in 8 years of mediocrity, irresponsiblity, and complacency (i can't spell worth a damn). Now its a new beginning.

Are we going to fix things overnight? No.

In the long run will we make things better?

Yes. We. Can.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Universe rights itself

As I said, I'm a courier who works 2 nights a week.

I just got pulled over by Montgomery County Po-po but was let off with a verbal warning when I explained to the officer I was on my way to Baltimore to pick up blood from the Red Cross to bring back to local hospital.

We're even for the flat tire.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Karma is a bitch

So... After my tirade on driving in the snow, the universe came back and bit me in the ass...

I have a flat tire...

Thirty-nothing in effect...

The Great White Hype

I live in Washington DC...The cradle of democracy. We house the most powerful man in world as well as movers and shakers that shape the world we live in.

With that being said, we also house some of the WORST drivers in the world.

I grew up in New York and learned to drive on the mean streets of Queens, Manhatten and Long Island. Presently I drive for a living. I once made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. I've outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers mind you, I'm talking about the big Corellian ships... Sorry... Got lost there for a second...

Here's the kicker... Its was snowing yesterday and icey-raining today... Snow in DC exponentially makes things worse.

Granted, we live below the mason-dixon line, but for crying out loud this isn't Mississippi where we get snow once a decade... We get snow every year and as soon as one flake falls EVERYTHING shuts down.

God forbid we ever get more than 2 inches of snow, every kid in the region would have to be left back because they'd miss a month of school.

It's SNOW. It's not frogs, locusts or brimstone. We don't need to put blood over out doorways in the hope the 10th plague passes over us.

All I'm saying is man up DC. Yes, women too. Grab your coats and mittens, take a deep breath, and stop driving like you're the only one on the road.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Change of Perspective

As I posted earlier, I have a few jobs; one of which is being a courier. The usual follow up to that statement is, "Oh, like a bike messenger?" Anybody that knows me will giggle because there is no way I spend 8 hours a day on a bike... We'll tackle weight issues at some point in this blog's run...

Anyhoo... I do night work for courier company 2 nights a week. While walking to my destination, I noticed a man helping a woman into a car. She was draped all over him and it was about midnight.

My natural instinct and 1st thought - Whoa! She's wasted.

Then I got past the car and noticed he was helping her out of a wheelchair and into the car...

Wow... Kinda misjudged that one, huh?

Aside from feeling like a complete ass, I came to realize that I need to change my perspective on some stuff.

Something in a Thirty-Nothing world

It was brought to my attention that I painted myself in a bleek light. But not to dispair, this thirty-nothing has at least two great somethings in his life.

The first is my wife. After reading my post, she told me that the description I gave in the previous post wasn't the man she married and frankly "wasn't someone she would want to be around." I don't blame her. God bless her, she's never given up on me. Nobody in my family has.

The second is my daughter. Almost 18 months ago my life change and I did become the most important thirtysomething I could - a daddy. I'm not being bias, but she honestly is the most beautiful thing in the world. 

  My family are the ones who believe nothing can be turned into something, and they always have. I guess that's the point of this blog... Let's have some laughs, but also, let's watch and see if a thirtynothing can turn into a thirtysomething.

The saddest thing in life is wasted talent. - Lorenzo, A Bronx Tale

Monday, January 26, 2009

What is a Thirty-Nothing?!?!?


I'm Stephen and a Thirty-nothing.

I can remember growing up and there was a show on ABC called 'thirtysomething.' I never watched an episode of it because I was probably about 9 when it was on. I do remember that it was relativly popular bucause it was about suburban upper middle class white people living their yuppie lives. They had good careers, a couple kids and the guy from Revenge of the Nerds who played Poindexter. There was melodrama, but it that was the point of the show - people in their 30s having real problems.

I remember thinking 30 was so old, until I got there... Good god, I'm a thirtysomething.

But then I though about it for a while... I'm actually a thirty nothing. I have a job, but not a career. I have a college degree, but am not smart. I have intrests, but no hobbies. I do things well, but I'm not great at anything.

Right now there are thirtysomethings that are curing cancer, being business mogules, defending our freedoms and making a difference in our world today... Right now I'm sitting in a hospital waiting room waiting for blood to be radiated so I can drive it back to another hospital. Long story, you'll learn more about me.

Slacker? Probably.
Underacheiver? Probably.
Happy? Most of the time.
Skewed sense of reality? Yeppers.
Ready with a sarcastic zing? You betcha.
Cynical? Ten-4.

Thirty-nothing? Most definitely...

Here's an experiment

Post #2 will be an experiment. I am currently in my car driving to annapolis and E-MAILING my post from my phone. As you will find out, I don't have regular access to a computer to make posts and rando stuff happens on the road...

No Whammies... No Whammies... No Whammies!

The time is 9:34... Let's see how long this takes...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

And we're off...

So... this is blogging... thought it would be more interesting...

On the advice and urging of my sister, I have decided to start this blog. What should you expect? I have no idea... but we'll have fun together figuring it out.