people of strasbourg! people of zurich! people of schopfheim!

Today I turn 30. In celebration of three decades on the planet we (The Battenkill Ramblers) will be playing three shows in three countries. To be honest, this was actually a coincidence.  But it does make a nice little trio of threes doesn’t it?  If you are interested in attending any of the shows, there is more info on the flyers below, or on our website.

I approach 30 with my usual birthday attitude.  That is: “holy shit, I’ve made it another year!”  Rather than wallow in the thought that I am getting old, I prefer to celebrate the fact that I have yet to be taken down by a speeding bus, lung cancer, or any of the other unpleasantries that can bring a life to conclusion.  “Old” is relative anyway.

By most people’s standards, including mine, I’ve managed to acheive quite a few lovely things with my first thirty years in this sack ‘o flesh.  I own my own little house (or three, if you want to count each of our Wägen), the house that taught me how to do quite a few things with power tools that I never imagined I would be able to do.  I’ve co-authored a book (though I’ve never really felt like it counted as having written a book, as its a guidebook sort of thing), I’ve put out a zine, I’ve been published by other people on paper, I’ve put out two CDs, and my income comes entirely from writing.  I speak a second language fluently and live in an exciting and improbable place.  Not to mention the I lovely daughter and Beard in my life.  So I’d say that 30 is feeling pretty good.

Glasses up!  Cheers all around!  Now if only I would start liking the taste of alcohol again…

0 Comments on “people of strasbourg! people of zurich! people of schopfheim!

  1. What a great way to look at ageing! I never thought of it like that.

    And Happy Birthday!!! I so wish I could come to a gig though…

    The things you’ve achieved in such a short space of time are both an inspiration and a depresser for me. I always feel like I’ve wasted so much of my time and achieved little! But here’s to taking life by the balls and making the most of every day!

  2. That’s exactly how I feel every year on my birthday- I think it’s a family thing, my mom says she’s the same too. Complete surprise! Wow, I made it! Though for me it’s always surprise that I didn’t drown, get e.coli, or yeah, get hit by a bus.

  3. Yes, a beautiful 30 years it has been! I am in awe of your accomplishments and what’s more, your healthy attitude!

  4. happy birthday, wonderful lady. i hope our paths cross somewhere this time around the sun. i would love to come to a show & snuggle the little one while you’re crooning, but alas. hugs!

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