Watch Me Turn 30, by Ashley N.
Question of the year: Is spending your late 20s living on South Beach and island-hopping the Caribbean as a career a) every responsible adult's fantasy or b) totally outlandish and ultimately unfulfilling for a semi-responsible adult who still places an abnormally high priority on fun? Perhaps the mere concept of what constitutes adulthood has been distorted due to my surroundings.

Through this blog, I hope to figure out what being "almost 30" really means to me...hopefully, before the big b-day next January.

Thanks goes to Holly C. for, first and foremost, agreeing to go on one of my press trips to the 'burbs of Fort Lauderdale and ultimately passing this site along to me.
the photo for March 22, 2008
DAY 71  |  March 22, 2008

Today’s theme was secrets. I learned that although all of WVU’s athletic teams have a tendency to choke in high-pressure situations, our basketball team secretly had the talent to beat a team like Duke and advance to the Sweet 16. Let’s Go Mountaineers!

I also learned that the secret to getting rich quick is to join a mariachi band. That’s all I wanted to buy my friends Meredith & Ruben for their fiesta-themed engagement party, until I found out the cheapest game in town charged over $350 an hour. Who knew? The bandleader is still calling my cell phone en Espanol trying to close the deal. Sorry ese, I’m on a budget.

I’m also pretty sure that Meredith secretly chose a Mexican theme for the party so that we could arrange an impromptu photo shoot with the mariachi decorations on her walls…the closest we could get to the real thing.

But by far the best secret, one that I still can’t quite grasp, is that Ruben’s boss revealed his double life today. He is…Juno Beach city planner by day, Grammy-nominated pan flutist by night. Seriously, I have probably been doing yoga to this guy’s music for years. He’s like the Romanian Yanni or something. No joke, a listener review of his CD on iTunes says “Through the power emitted from his pan flute, he makes grown men cry and gives orphans hope.” I’m hoping that one is a joke.

The best part is that this all came to light when he gave Mere & Ruben an autographed copy of his CD with the London Symphony Orchestra as an engagement present. His follow-up question to Meredith was, “How did you like the CD? What else did you think I was doing when I went on those “hiking” trips to Europe?” What idiot would think of anything other than making pan flute videos? It’s confirmed…Ignorance truly is bliss.

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