well, thanks, little nephew of mine.
it’s been a helluva year, since my last birthday…
- Josie and I spent my 34thÂ cruising on Absurdity in the South of England, if you learn to sail, you can have her [boat].
- after that, I went to go see Nico [he'll be a quasi-uncle to you] in Paris and had the time in Paris that everyone wants.
- but I got into a little bit of trouble with the U.K. government, and had 30 days to leave.
- so, naturally, I dragged Josie to Vietnam. to live.
- we stayed there for a few months, but ended up going ourÂ separateÂ ways. she to Australia to work. me to Oregon to finish a book.
- a few months into my stay in Bend, I finally got to meet you. and that very day, I started writing another book.
- a month of so after that, I flew to Perth to see Josie for her birthday. we took a campervan around wine country. it was fun.
- a few months later, I left Bend for a month in Oklahoma and the promotional run of the book would be released. it sold out.
- a few weeks after that, I got the call that I never thought I’d get – I was about to take a job in New York
fuckin City!Â I’ve now been here a little more than 4 months and it’s been amazing. I’ve been sending you little postcards and stuff, hopefully one day you’ll be able to check them out.
- my birthday was spent with a lot of friends. which, considering how short I’ve been here, should tell you how lucky I am.
… so there you go, nephew – it’s been a fun 34th year. you just started walking and by the time my 36th [ugh] rolls around, you might even be able to talk with me on the phone a little bit. a lot of your and my birthdays will be spent on the phone, but I’ll try and make that up to you.
so, thanks for the card and the cheeky little grin. I showed this to a lot of people here and they all thought you were amazing.
and I think so too.