I would like to wish a very happy birthday to my baby brother Ryan who (as of today) is no longer a teenager. Congratulations on being 20 and “a fifth of the way through life.” Please note that I had to scroll through nearly 600 self-portrait photobooth photos of you on my computer to select the perfect photo for this honor. I ultimately chose one that is the perfect combination of things that I love; my brother, my brother being snarky about my love of Sarah McLachlan, and my (extensive) Sarah McLaughlan CD collection.
(Note: I went through a phase after high school graduation where I realized I could buy anything in the world on eBay, and for some reason, I thought the most important purchase would be to buy physical copies of all of SM’s CDs [rather than just the MP3s, of course]. I now listen to them only on rare occasions; even I can admit that seven CDs worth of her tear-jerking, animal-cruelty-fighting warbling about love and loss is a bit much.)
Anyway, Ryan, happy birthday! Hope you have a great day. Enjoy your morning run to Denny’s and know that I am craving country fried steak all the way across the world.