You Are the Only Exception

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A month ago today, I celebrated my 25th birthday. As many people pointed out, I now have the option of stating my age as "one-quarter of a century," which is thrilling for all of ten minutes and then absolutely, gut-wrenchingly terrifying. The prospect of old age is super scary once you acknowledge that senior citizens are pretty much decomposing in front of your very eyes. Goodbye, skin cells! Farewell, liver cells! It was nice knowing you, Mr. Ashy McAsherson, who is now blowing away in the wind!

That said, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Adam, Sean, Nick, gRegor, Jeremiah, Erica, Erini, Zach, and Pimp for making Skirtsapalooza a refreshingly youthful time. No old-people complaints were registered about the cupcakes ("Thank you, deary, but I'm not eating sugar this week!"), during the long walks between destinations ("My knees are broken!"), or after I dreamt up the scandalous idea to sneak Play-Doh into the movie theater ("Trix are for kids!"). In fact, y'all managed to give me twelve straight hours of childlike joy and merriment, and for that, you deserve another round of cupcakes. And bacon. And bacon cupcakes.

In the meantime, please enjoy this bulletproof list of key thoughts I've had since my birthday:

  1. Trying new video games is tedious. I am content to play The Sims and Mario Kart exclusively for the rest of my life.
  2. I have officially been playing piano for 80% of my life. There is very little chance that I will be able to say the same thing about being married. How oddly depressing.
  3. Life is too short. I should drink more chocolate cake shakes from Portillo's.
  4. In case of a quarter-life crisis, I can now rent a getaway car / escape pod.
  5. That Paramore song is really catchy.
  6. There is no time like the present to be SUPER FABULOUS.
  7. I sincerely hope that John Stamos' new role in Glee will bring about a surge of activity at


You have a while before you're decomposing like that, so don't worry too much.

Thanks for letting us join you for awesome birthdayness. It was SUPER FABULOUS, indeed. :)

Team Christmas
Team Christmas

Your game list did not include Super Smash Bros. (In any of its three forms), so I must find it lacking. However, to each his own.
Btw, pressing Ctrl-Up while in the text field highlights the Reply link in gRegor's comment.
Btw2, good to see you are still alive
Btw3, getting old isn't too bad. Growing up might be though...


New video games? Tedious? I must agree with Team Christmas on this matter, possibly tossing Minecraft in as well. (I mean, it's survival LEGOs! How can that be bad?)

But then again, as an aspiring game developer on the side, I'm probably biased.

Rachelskirts (in reply to James)

There are a lot of crappy games out there, which is what makes it tedious. The only other game I'd consider adding to my list is Guitar Hero, but that's only because the iPhone version is tantalizingly close to being a Piano Hero, which is what I really want.

I love watching people play video games of all sorts, though.


When I turned 21, my friends were quick to point out that I would now gain 5 pounds per year for the rest of my life due to a slowing metabolism unless I changed my routine. Eh, I they were being a bit over dramatic. Anyway, welcome to 25. It's not so bad.


Thank you for inviting the internet! I had a fun time celebrating your awesome birthday. I'm glad you experienced childlike joy for those 12 hours. Try not to limit yourself to only birthdays. =)