Today, my 30th birthday, is a rare moment when the past is probably just as long as the future and so I can’t help but feel both hopeful and reminiscent.
As for that reminiscense, I wanted to jot down a few birthday memories that I will never forget:
I recall fondly my 17th birthday because, at that age, that was the first year I could go to the movies by myself to see an R-rated film. Not that I hadn’t gone before, but this was the first sense of cinema independece that I felt and I took full advantage. Because I went to see the movie Malcom X by myself, I also learned on that day what a pleasure it is to go to the theatre alone. No arguments over which movie to see, no distractions, no blank staring from a date who doesn’t know what the French New Wave was. Going to the movies by one’s self is a true present…
which is exactly what I did the next year when I went to see Pulp Fiction on my 18th birthday. The joy then was not going to the movie but getting to test my parents “No Curfew” allowance that went into effect that year. They had always been liberal with my curfew because they trusted me, not to not get into trouble, but to know how to get out of it if I was in it. Gaining my majority was also very important to me because I knew I would now be able to vote, a sacred right that I have never taken for granted.
My 19th birthday was just fantastic. I was in St. Petersburg, on break from FSU, and was out with Mark, Eric and Darren Crew. We had a huge dinner at Ten Beach Drive, eating dinner with the owner, who was a friend of mine. He regaled us with stories of him opening up a strip club in Prague (his stories were one of the first seeds that were planted in my mind that would grow into a fixation for eatern European women). Excited by his stories, we all decided to go to 2001. What took place there will have to stay between Eric, me and the most beautiful stripper I have ever seen. All I can say is that $13 on your birthday can take you very far.
Speaking of which, I am off to a birthday lunch, so let me post what I have now and finish my trip down memory lane later.