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Today is my 29th birthday and all I want is a steak and a hug from Tom Hardy (pictured above). I know that I’ll certainly get the former today and the latter if I’m lucky in the next 10 years. When I was younger, I thought I always imagined I’d be a world famous mega writer/director, jet-setting from cool country to cooler country with a dangerously attractive man on my arm. Now as I groggily type out this post, I realize that while I’ve not yet obtained the desires my younger self had conjured up, I am satisfied with the direction I’m currently traveling.

My twenties have been a great time of confusion, discovery, and empowerment. I’ve had the best and worst times trying to figure things out. I’ve had some ridiculous adventures, made some poor decisions, and met some of the most fantastic people along the way. When I talk to younger people, a lot of them seem alien to me. I can practically smell the breast milk on their aimless lips. I don’t wish to be their age again, plagued with fear and uncertainty, dependent on other people for direction. I used to think I’d envy their youthful positions but in reality I’m happy to have gotten out of that portion of my life.

Now, I just want basic things; hours of conversations about movies, drinks at a bar, getting my short into a festival, watching my sister graduate from college, laughing with like-minded companions, and hugs. I hope I can retain this eternal optimism for another 29 years. Now that I have a hold on who I am, I can put all my energies into getting the universe to give me the opportunity to get a hug from Mr. Hardy.

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Happy Birthday Dave Chappelle!!

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36 years ago today a little tike was born that would later grow up to become one of the funniest comedians of my generation. His name was David Khari Webber Chappelle or Dave Chappelle to his adoring public. For over a decade Chappelle has warmed the hearts and shook the guts of the world with his ability to make people laugh by way of parody and observation.

Today, let us celebrate a comedian who’s groundbreaking cult classic “Chappelle’s Show”  gave insight into a culture that is often misunderstood and stereotyped to death. From the classic “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” to his turn as a serious actor in “Half Baked”, Chappelle never fails to entertain. While he has been in remission for a few years gaining back the peace of mind that instant fame can devoid you of, he has remained in the heart of all who adore him. Happy birthday Mr. Chappelle and we can’t wait for your inevitable comeback.