On Turning 30

Hap­py Birth­day, John! from Pirata718 on Vimeo.

Decem­ber 22 came and went, and now I’m 30 years old. I can’t even com­pre­hend that sta­tis­tic. Grow­ing up, I fig­ured that I would have accom­plished so much by that age – it seemed so far away. Today, 40 seems ridicu­lous­ly far away. There is prob­a­bly some kind of les­son in that.

Look­ing back at 2007, the last year of my twen­ties, it was a pret­ty excit­ing time. I was pro­mot­ed to a man­age­ment posi­tion at my pre­vi­ous job, which was immense­ly chal­leng­ing – as much as you think you’re ready for it, sud­den­ly find­ing your­self respon­si­ble for 7 oth­er peo­ple is a big deal. Despite work­ing 70–80 hours a week in near cri­sis mode for 6 months, I nev­er stopped lov­ing going to work in the morning.

So, it was a bit­ter­sweet deci­sion to leave Lion­bridge in July, and to move from Boston to New York City, with­out a job lined up. It was a move that Lisa and I always planned to do, but had pushed it off onto the back burn­er. I had some mon­ey saved up, and Lisa quick­ly found a job, so we decid­ed to do it. If not before I’m 30, then when? I was look­ing to get back to design, and New York seemed the best place to do that. (It took a while, but in ear­ly Decem­ber, I was for­tu­nate to land a con­tract job at nytimes.com, as a designer.)

And through all of this, Lisa, Katya, and Mouse have been there, as my fam­i­ly – which I am most thank­ful for. Lisa threw me a huge birth­day par­ty ear­li­er this month, with catered food from Schnäck, friends from out-of-town, and a lit­tle Buck Hunter. It was awe­some, just perfect.

A few par­ty pics are on Flickr, and some pho­tos below, and the video above is in response to the infa­mous 2 girls, 1 cup video (NSFW!), which is the most hor­ri­ble thing that I have ever seen.

With Matt.

Amy, Lisa, Liz

that's it
Birth­day shot.

Its Beautiful!
Its Beau­ti­ful!, orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by pres­ley.

Session #1
Ses­sion #1, orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by John­ny Rosco.

Gabe took 16 pho­tos of us all stick­ing our eyes in this rusty bolt… hilar­i­ous, except that Jen­na (pic­tured above) got an infect­ed eyeball:


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