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August 6, 2006 07:27 AM

My 28th Birthday

Sydney Harbour SunsetSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Unless something unforeseen happens in the next 24 hours, it looks like I'll have survived the cursed 27th year. It seems that 27 is difficult year to live through if you're a rock star: Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones (of the Rolling Stones) all met their maker in their 27th year. The fact that this phenomen is unique to rock stars may mean that I had nothing to worry about all along. Still, one can't be too cautious.

Either way, tomorrow I'll be 28 and I'm planning to make it one of the biggest years of my life. 27 was good. 28 will be better. Apparently major league baseball players reach their offensive peak when they turn 28. I'm also told that Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes, was 28 when he performed what Forbes called 'the greatest athletic achievement of all time'.

While I don't plan to play baseball, or take up running, I do plan to work my way up into Asia then on to Europe and beyond; all of it without the convienience of air travel. I don't anticipate it'll be an easy feat so it's nice to know that I should at least physically be up to the challenge. My year is when I start my inevitable slide into old age can be put of for atleast another year; perhaps I'll back home and into a nice safe cubicle by then.


Jason said:

Happy Birthday Bro!

Congrats on your exciting year, and hopefully more to come.

I've made a donation (monetary values will not be discussed on an open forum) that must be used in a certain way. One half is expected to be spent tonight or some other night indulging in your drink of choice, and the other half is to be put towards your future travels. Enjoy.


August 7, 2006 04:30 AM
Berns said:

Hey buddie!
Happy Birthday! I wish I could be there with you in Sydney!! I miss it!! Lemme guess...your staying at Wanderers on Kent...haha...you haaaaaate that place...make sure you visit the Kathmandu store for me!!
Miss ya, Berns
PS> Everything gets better with age

August 8, 2006 10:14 PM
jocelyn & dave said:

happy birthday ryan !
from charlotte's parents

August 10, 2006 03:52 AM
Steven Robert said:

Hi Ryan,

I hadn't checked on your progress for a while, and was duly impressed by your progress.

You may remember me from Ultimate Frisbee and beach bar days at Zipolite.

If you are swinging down south at all to Adelaide, make sure you drop me a line and I'll be happy to buy you a beer and help you along your way.

Keep up the good work.


August 10, 2006 11:15 PM
Wayne said:

I've made a donation (monetary values will not be discussed on an open forum) that must be used in a certain way. Half on drugs. And half on hookers.

Happy Birthday.

August 11, 2006 12:07 AM