This is the fourth time that I have posted on Sept. 21. That means it's the fourth time I've posted on my birthday. I remember when I started this blog a little over three-and-a-half years ago how I felt I was joining the party late. There were all these people who had already been writing in various forms on the web for one, two, three, even five years or more. And yet, when it came time for the indieWIRE film blogger panel nearly two years ago, Eugene Hernandez (who was moderating) introduced Andrew Grant and I as some of the first film bloggers about whom he, at least, had become aware. We were the old fogeys of the panel, and not just cause we were somewhere close to old.
I haven't exactly been the most consistent blogger or writer or whatever-I-should-be-called since I staked claim to this little corner of the webiverse in February 2004. I don't know if it's because of a weird degree of over-ambition -- always wanting to do more, but often not sitting down to do it -- or the fact that some days, I love to write, and others, there is absolutely nothing I would like to do less. I do know, however, that as I look upon this birthday, I think this blog is, in fact, somewhat representative of the last four years of my life. For better or (more often) worse. It's had its ups and downs. I've sometimes ignored it due to busy-ness; other times out of pure laziness. I've occasionally worked very hard on it and been quite conscientious covering and writing everything I've intended; other times, I've let things slide until they're so old, I just give-up on them. Some of the time, this blog has been exactly the way I've wanted it to be; others ... not so much, and in fact, exactly the opposite.
Today I'm 36 years old. That is utterly unimaginable. If I didn't know it was true, I would say it was also completely impossible. I've been in New York for nearly 11 years. I've had lots of ups and downs while here. So I take solace in reminding everyone that I share date-and-year with Alfonso Ribeiro! come on and admit it ... you're jealous! Me and Carlton! I wonder who's actually older. That's even cooler than the fact that I also share date-and-year birthday with Luke Wilson! Yes it is. Stop it. Yes. OK ... maybe not. But yes it is!