My birthday is today.
I never make a big deal about it, and rarely mention it to people, but this one is shaking my psyche a bit.
**Fun fact…I’ve only had one proper ‘birthday party’ in my entire life. When I turned 30 (and had a large social circle), I had my first celebration on the rooftop of my building–I grew up in a religion where birthdays were considered Pagan, so I never had one before.**
I’ll no longer be in my early 30s, and its a shift that is sinking in hard.
Normally, I would indulge in things that feel good: food, booze, sex, people I love.
But on this one, things are going to be different.
I’ve been fasting for 24 hours, and will take a trip out to a witches house in New Jersey to undergo a Kambo Ceremony.
Kambo (or Sapo) is the venom from a frog that lives in the Amazon jungle.
The venom will enter my lymph system through burns on my skin that the witch will administer.
I’ll report on what the exact effects are later on this week.
I decided to do things differently this year because this birthday is causing me to think about whats next.
Kambo seems like a good way to help get your priorities in order.
And of course it will provide a good story to tell.
My writing is heavy on sharing stories, its a talent that I’ve been honing since there has been a strong response to my style.
This blog is about to be three years old.
Its been a surprising journey, and grown bigger than I thought it would. Averaging almost 100,000 unique visitors a year and over a million total views means I’m doing something people like.
**Here’s a tidbit –writing in a way that others connect with is a lot of work–for example, Robbed by Russians in Havana took days of writing, editing, rewriting, and tinkering with until it flowed well and sounded right.**
I’ve never pushed for donations before (although if you do, I will send you some NYC Condoms) and want to try out an experiment for my birthday.
I set up an Amazon Wish List that contains some things that I want/need.
You can visit the List and purchase one of the items to send to me as a gift.
Just make sure that when Amazon asks you to select a shipping address, you choose “Goldmund”.
I think I set it up correctly so that my home address is hidden, if not, someone let me know–and if there are any maniacs out there who would come visit–just know that I live in a very sketchy part of Brooklyn and open the door with my right hand while holding a machete in my left.
25% of people on Twitter claimed they would be willing to buy me a gift, so now is the chance to put your money where your mouth is and DO IT!
Now would be especially helpful since I found out that my tooth implant operation is not covered by my health insurance and is going to set me back almost $6,000. That added to a $3,000 catastrophe in my apartment has put a large strain on me financially.
So help a brother out with this one!
One compliment I regularly get about this blog is how unique it is. I’ve never seen anyone else share a Wish List before (I don’t know if it will even work), but I know that if I saw that someone did, and I appreciated their work, it would be a much more personal and satisfying way to say thanks.
So go ahead, check it out and get me a birthday gift! **Whoever buys that dream Camera lens for me will be able to take responsibility for some incredible new photography up on this site.**
That’s it, I’m done begging…you know you should do the right thing.
Again…make sure that when Amazon asks you to select a shipping address, you choose “Goldmund”.